Let’s start this year off with a bang! My Presidio Purse pattern is live! Find it in my pattern store and keep an eye on the Presidio Purse page on my website for a summary of all things Presidio Purse as they are posted. There’s so much in store for this coming year – I’ll be finishing graduate school, moving to Seattle, and getting married (although I’m not yet sure in what order). This should be a great year for me and an exciting year for SeamstressErin Designs and I’m thrilled to start it with my first big sewing pattern launch.
What is the Presidio Purse? My pattern testers said:
“This is the perfect purse for a woman on the go! It will stylishly hold everything you need for a day out, while the pockets inside keep important items handy. The handle length is perfect for throwing over your shoulder and keeping your hands free.”
“A hobo style shoulder bag with lots of customization options.”
“The Presidio Purse is the perfect spacious bag you need. Whether you have kids and need to carry along lots of things or you love taking short trips on the weekend, this bag allows for plenty of stuff without looking like a weekender. It can also be used as a school bag or to carry your gym gear.”
“A functional bag perfect to fit everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink.”
“A large zippered tote bag with shoulder strap featuring an interior zippered pocket as well as a divided pocket for holding a cell phone and pens.”
“The perfect big bag to suit your hoarding tendencies.”
The pattern is written for a confident beginner/intermediate sewist, but I’ll be hosting a step-by-step sewalong in the weeks to come to make this bag accessible for the beginning sewist. The sewalong will also include some extra details – like how to add piping and how to turn the insets into extra pockets – for the more advanced sewist. The pattern itself features 3 different inset options – gathered or plain or leave them off – and you can sew them from the same fabric or spice it up with a contrast fabric. There are also 2 different handle options – with hardware (a 2″ rectangular ring) or plain. [Please note that my pattern testers only had one inset option and it was somewhere in between the two available with the final pattern so test purses differ slightly from the finished pattern.]
I could not have done this without the help of a fabulous group of pattern testers. See the SeamstressErin Designs Flickr group for photos of pattern testers’ purses (and please add your own photos there after you’ve made your own Presidio Purse!). Thanks so much to Woolbothy, Ellen, Laurahoj, Liz, Amy W., Grayallday, Velosewer, Shanniloves, jtknittersan, Deanna D., Sonicka, Sew Maris, busylizzieinbrizzie, Fabric Maverick, Tia Cuervito, FisforFlamingo, Amy of Sew Well, SewLengthenHere, My Sewing Suite, Jitterbug Craft, DangerouslyAlice, Frau Sma, Infectious Stitches, FlowerCatDesigns, SewButterfly, and Eleanor F.