I think test sewing a new pattern must be a little like “stunt sewing”. To be a sewing pattern tester you have to be fearless and willing to spend the time to cut and sew a pattern that’s not-quite-ready-for-primetime. I pride myself on clear, accurate instructions, and part of that relies on feedback from these patient and generous stitchers that I am so grateful for! Here’s what a few of them created from my new Road Tripper Duffle Bag pattern:
First up is Kate Henderson of Two Little Banshees.
I love Kate’s fabric combinations! I spy Heather Ross’s Far and Away Rapunzel print for the outer bag with Ellen Luckett Baker’s Stamped print inside the scoop pockets.
I believe Kate used the same handle/strap fabric as my bag, a black cotton linen. I think it turned out beautifully!
Jodi of Sew Fearless made her duffle with her son in mind. Word on the street is that the bag is a hit! Check out these adorable shots of A Boy and his Duffle.
For her son, Jodi used a great black and white check with black solid accents inside the pockets and gray fabric for the straps. He likes it!
Ooh, do you see that little pop of color on the pocket lining? Wait for it….
Whoa! That is fabulous! It’s a great way to sneak in some color and make it easy to find stuff inside. No Black Hole here.
And off he goes, what a kid!
And last but not least, Krista of Spotted Stones made a gorgeous duffle using another fun fabric combination.
I’m loving this print canvas from Drygoods Design with the soft coral chambray. So Pretty!
Here’s a little peek at the outer pocket lining…
And the inside. Another Heather Ross print? Well done!
Isn’t it awesome to see how each bag looks with a different fabric combination? It’s always a thrill for me to see what people make with my patterns. A very special thank you to all of my test sewers!
Update 9/17/14: If you are interested in making the Road Tripper Duffle Bag, the pattern is now available in my shops!