Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Introducing Miss Julie: The Second Pattern in the Swoon Vintage Collection

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I have been doing quite a lot of bag sewing lately, although as usual, I am too lazy or busy to blog about them. However, I had to make an exception with the last bag I just sewed, as she is beyond fabulous! So I decided to roll out the red carpet (or in this case, five yards of interfacing) for this royal beauty's introduction.

I am pleased to introduce you to my tester version of Miss Julie, the Second Soon-To-Be released pattern of the Swoon Vintage Collection!

Julie: The Ring-Top Handbag
I am pretty much in love with her! I have to say that I set a record with this bag when it came to picking out the fabric I would use. Usually, it takes me forever to dig through my ridiculous stash of fabric, often coming away thinking I have nothing I like or trying to decide between different combinations. As soon as I went to look in my stash, this fabric, which I have had for close to two years, immediately caught my eye and there was no deliberating about it. I knew it was perfect! By the way, both the exterior and interior fabric are Benartex prints.

I have also had these bamboo handles (which I bought at Jo-Ann's) for ages and was thrilled to finally use them! One thing great about this pattern is you can make your own handles out of fabric and some inexpensive tubing or you can use pre-made ones, like I did. The pattern includes excellent instructions for making the handles. I will say, for me, the most difficult part of sewing this bag was top stitching along the bottom of those handles! But it can be done, with a little dose of patience and determination.

Another thing I love about Julie is her vintage look with a slight modern, convenient touch; that is her removable strap, which allows for hands-free carrying.

The strap is optional and even if you include it, it can be completely hidden as the strap connectors are tucked nicely away.

Julie has two slip pockets (both an interior and exterior) and plenty of room inside to tote around all the items you could need for a classy night on the town.

Julie will be released this week, and you will be able to purchase her two different ways, either as an individual pattern or you can purchase the Swoon Vintage Collection Subscription. The Swoon Vintage Collection Subscription includes all 12 vintage PDF patterns that Swoon will be releasing over the course of a year, at a very discounted bundle rate. You will receive each of the 12 patterns as they are released. In fact, you get them earlier than the general public! More details about Swoon's subscriptions are available on the Swoon website.

Now put on your pearls and heels and some lacy gloves and take Julie out on the town in style! :)

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