Here’s an updated sneak peak at my new bag pattern. And it finally has a name – The Phoebe Handbag.

When I first start designing a new sewing pattern I usually make it using muslin fabric, so if things fail then I don’t feel so bad if I have to throw it out and start again. But this time, instead of muslin I used some linen fabric that I have lots of, and which has been sitting around for the longest time. Luckily, with this pattern things went together quite well the first time round apart from a few seams that I had to unsew.

The finished bag looks a little elegant I think, with a ruffled front section, a faux belt on the top section, and button detail to finish.

Take a sneak peak at my new bag pattern

The bag has a 5″ wide bottom with a rigid bottom insert so you can fit lots inside and it won’t sag.

Take a sneak peak at my new bag pattern

The front ruffled section can be used as a pocket, and it also conceals a hidden zipper pocket for handy access to things like car keys.

Take a sneak peak at my new bag pattern

There is a magnetic snap closure so it’s easy to open and close, and there are slip pockets inside although I think I’ll add another zipper pocket as well. You can never have too many pockets for organizing your stuff.

Take a sneak peak at my new bag pattern

And I actually got all the buttons to line up which was more by chance than design. I’ve been using the bag for a few days now and it’s perfect for use as an everyday bag. It’s easy to open and close, and there are lots of pockets to organize the contents. Plus it looks good although I must admit I’m not really a beige sort of person.

Take a sneak peak at my new bag pattern

So now on to the next sample so I can test that the pattern pieces are sized correctly. And this one will have a little more color and contrast.

Take a sneak peak at my new bag pattern

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