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I finally finished Juanita’s purse the other night, and so decided to name the style after her.

This lovely lady is about 12″ long, 9″ high, and 6″ deep, with 24″ straps (end-to-end). There is a zippered interior pocket, about 9″ x 6″ with a 7″ zipper, and dual open interior pockets opposite it, perfect for easy access to your cell phone or other odds and ends.

Fabric patterns I used

  • Exterior – Clair Blocks Brown designed by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit/Westminster Fibers
  • Interior lining – Chelsea Lace for Studio E Fabrics

Other notions included a silver, “regular” sized magnetic snap and a 7″ zipper –¬† regular polyester zipper from Joann’s in Cloister Brown, and dark brown thread.

Here are most of the pictures of the final product – I know you’ve been anxious. For a few more, check out my Flickr photo stream.

I took the bag to work for a test drive (it works just fine) and now have a couple co-workers interested in having a Chelsea Fitch Original made just for them. I’m looking forward to working on them, but I think I need to find a less expensive fabric source. If you’d like one made for you, just drop me a line.

In the meantime, please let me know what you think about my first “for hire” bag in the comments.


Yesterday, Kyle and his little brother (from Big Brothers Big Sisters) made peanut butter swirl brownies – a recipe I found from a blog I read. They were very tasty, though I was thankful that Kyle sent his little brother home with the majority of them, and the rest (except for a little for me) went with Kyle to work today. Today is his birthday (Happy Birthday, Love!).

While the boys baked, I met my friend Jacob who commissioned me to make a purse for his sister’s birthday that’s in a few weeks. I showed him my sketches and we talked about features for the bag (pockets, zippers, clasps, etc.). I also showed him some of the fabrics I loved that I took pictures of last week. We decided on a green cross-hatch background with purple/pink/orange/turquoise paisley blossoms. I’m obsessed with it and am so glad I get to work with it. See?

The bag will also have dark blue accents and handles, and the interior will be pink, likely a simple pattern, like a pinstripe or similar. I’m very excited because I’m designing it from start to finish. Not using any pre-existing patterns, but am arming myself with many free tutorials and things learned from other patterns I’ve used. Plus, I got some inspiration from other designs. So, I don’t think it’s a big surprise that I’m also a little scared that I’ll mess it up somehow. But I think that’s a glorious thing about sewing – most errors are fixable, though always annoying. As long as you don’t cut wrong.

I found this fabric at Urban Arts + Crafts at Briarcliff in North Kansas City/Riverside. The rest will likely come from Sarah’s in Lawrence, and/or Joann’s. Sarah’s just has a much, much larger selection of fabric than Urban Arts offers.

When I was doing my research at Urban Arts, I took the bolts of fabrics that I absolutely loved down from the shelves and laid them on a table and took pictures to show Jacob. I took 25 pictures. I took pictures of my chaotic method, of close-ups of the bolts splayed out on the table, of others I didn’t have time to take down, but wanted his opinion on them. It was fun. But I think I have a problem.

Bolts of beautiful fabric

Le sigh …

I felt bad for leaving a mess, so I purchased a $3 pattern for a coin purse/card holder.

So, this will be my very first “true” Chelsea Fitch Original (as my custom tags say). Though one can argue Juanita’s bag is an original since I took an existing pattern and modified it to fit my vision for her bag.

Speaking of Juanita …

I’m also about 1 step away from finishing it. It’s technically finished (I took it on a test run today), but there are a couple things I might modify or add. I sent her some pictures and questions today, so hopefully it will be 100% done tonight, if she gets back to me.

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