I was unfamiliar with Sue Kim, so I was excited to find out that she's the designer behind ithinksew patterns. She has several bag patterns that I've always wanted to try but for some reason haven't purchased yet (maybe because I have way too many patterns and not enough time to make them all). After making a pattern from her book, I definitely need to add some of her bag patterns to my collection. The Demelza Backpack might be first on my list.
The Scarlett Clutch has 2 versions - a rectangular shaped clutch and a square clutch. I went with the classic rectangular shape but the square clutch is funky and different. One thing that I really like about the Perfect Patchwork Bags is that each project has several different bags made from the pattern, including one that's not patchwork. Sometimes it's hard to envision what a bag looks like without the added interest of patchwork, so it's a big plus that she included pictures and the changes that need to be made to the pattern. This particular comparison (bottom right pic) is not the best because the fabric is Echino (a Japanese fabric that already looks like it has been pieced) but you can still tell that the clutch looks great without the piecing.
The lining I chose for the clutch is also from Rashida Coleman-Hale's Macrame collection. The Scarlett Clutch's flap closes with a magnetic snap and its main body closes with a zipper.
Another reason that I chose this pattern book is because I was unfamiliar with the designer. I wanted to be able to look at the patterns with fresh eyes. It's really easy to get used to a designer's pattern writing style and skip over confusing bits by remembering how they've done things in previous patterns. I was very impressed by Sue Kim's pattern writing style. I found the patterns easy-to-follow without being drawn out. Another great thing about this book is that you can use the piecing templates for piecing on bag patterns that you've made before but want to give a different look to. Conversely, I think all of the patterns in this book look great without piecing, so even if you're not into the patchwork look, you might still enjoy Perfect Patchwork Bags.
Remember to check back tomorrow for another sewing book review. If you missed yesterday's, you can catch up here.