Sandra Saddle Bag
Sandra is one of my unblogged bags from last year. This saddle bag is part of the Swoon Sewing Patterns Vintage Collection. I gave it a classic style with Jackie McFee's Opposites Attract line (Sitka Fabrics) and large gold rings (Paccana). The pop of colour from the lining is Camelot's Mixology Woven in Topaz (Sitka Fabrics)
In addition to the interior zippered pocket, the bag has a front slip pocket with pretty dart tucks, secured by the flap. The flap is closed by a unique bottom tab with magnetic snap. I chose black vinyl for the gusset and tab and I think it completes the timeless look. This was one of the faster Swoon bags I've made and I would say it's suitable for a confident beginner.
Harriet Expandable Tote
Harriet is expandable! Each side opens wider with zippers. It's also part of the Swoon Vintage Collection. This bag was definitely more involved than Sandra, but certainly worth the effort. I used a couple prints from Bonnie Christine's line Winged (Dragonfly Fabric) and some matching vinyl. I also chose O rings (Emmaline Bags) instead of the suggested rectangle rings, mostly because I had them in the right finish; I think either shape works just fine.
The main top opening is secured by a flap tab with magnetic snap. There is also an interior zippered pocket, and room to add another pocket if you like. The vinyl overlays and straps gave me a bit of trouble until I remembered to use my walking foot - why do I always forget?! Overall, I love the style of this practical tote. I think this pattern is suitable for an intermediate bag maker.
The Swoon Sewing Patterns Vintage Collection offers really great value, even for Canadians with our not-so-great exchange at the moment. The per pattern price is really affordable, and I love having a variety of patterns to choose from in my pattern library. The collection concluded with Maisie Bowler Handbag, an adorable pattern that I'm itching to sew up. I'm not sure how long the collection will be available for purchase, but once you purchase the collection, all 12 patterns will be in your account for good. One thing I really like about Swoon Sewing Patterns, is that you can always access and download your purchased patterns, for an unlimited amount of times. You can also take note if any revisions have been made on a pattern before you tackle a new project.
Have you made a bag from the Vintage Collection? Which one is your favourite?
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Hi! I'm Reece and I love to sew! I'm also a mom and a wife. I love being crafty and sharing tips.
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