The new Phoebe Handbag pattern is almost ready! After a few more changes to the overall design, and some major changes to the way the bag is sewn and assembled, this is the final design. You can see how the design has progressed from version 1 here and version 2 here. I made this sample using some of my hand-dyed fabrics.
One of the main reasons for making multiple samples is that it allows me to refine the design and change the construction process if necessary to make it as easy as possible to put the bag together. One of the changes was to add some top-stitching detail on the bag handles which helps to attach the handles securely to the bag, keeps the belt in position, and provides some nice finishing detail.
Another of the design changes was to add some faux piping trim along the top edge of the front ruffled panel.
The front ruffled panel can be used as a pocket, and conceals a hidden zipper pocket.
Inside the bag is a slip pocket and a zipper pocket, plus plenty of room for holding other stuff. The bag closes using a magnetic snap.
Phew! It was a little challenging to design this bag exactly the way that I wanted, but I love the way it has turned out. The design process is now done so now onto editing the pattern instructions.