The New Colette Bowler Is A Classy Bag!

Lisa Stewart Colette Bowler Bag tester photos

As usual, we had a talented group of testers who always put our patterns through the ringer. Their feedback and suggestions are invaluable to getting a fine-tuned pattern published. Enjoy the show!

First up is Ulrike Puckering of The Busy Sewing Room. She said, "I've used cotton and waterproof canvas on the outside and taffeta for the lining. Interfacing used is SF101 on everything apart from the canvas, headliner for stabilizer and Peltex plus headliner on the bottom. Sewn on my Singer 201K." The polka dot fabric makes such a sassy bag and that lining is decadent! And always such professional pictures!

In addition to her Facebook page, check out her Etsy shop and follow The Busy Sewing Room on Instagram

New to the testing group was Donna Dickerson. Her beautiful striking blue bag is made of navy blue cork on the accent from Fabric Funhouse and the exterior fabric is a cotton canvas called "Dandelion" by Cloud 9. The interior is quilting cotton from JoAnns. She used Wovenfuse II for the body plus a heavy fleece that has no brand (probably 40 years old from an upholstery shop in Florida!). On the bottom is Decovil heavy and added Bontex bag stiffener, and the lining is interfaced with Wovenfuse I. The cute zipper charms are from Michael's. She sewed her bag on a Juki tl18 (Haruka).

Donna also made an "unpacked" picture to illustrate just how spacious the interior is. Note the iPad!

Find more of Donna's beautiful makes on her Donna Lee Designs' Pinterest page.

Turtle Trax Too's Becca Olson returns with a sophisticated wool blend and faux leather vinyl. She interfaced with Wovenfuse from Barbs Got Interfacing. Such a beautiful fall bag with a delicate lining.

Becca Lorraine of Cosmic Thread Customs' very striking bag is made using fabric from Over the Selvage for both the main exterior and interior, along with faux leather/vinyl for the accent. She used Decovil light instead of foam for the exterior stabilizer. For the exterior pocket, she used a contrasting vinyl with machine embroidery. Her mother-in-law is the lucky recipient of this gorgeous bag.

This beautiful lining looks quilted - but it's not!

Follow Becca on Instagram to see more of her very creative bags!

This next bright cheerful bag is from Kassiah Schern Myers. She said, "I used Wovenfuse 2, Decovil heavy on the base and the sides, and Bosal in R-Foam fusible for the interfacings. Cotton fabric from Hawthorne threads for the main exterior and  vinyl from MyPunkBroidery. The lining is waterproof canvas from The zippers are from My Handmade Space and the hardware is from"  Be sure to check out Kassiah's video sew-a-long tutorial at her YouTube channel Siah Swag. One tester said about Kassiah's bag: "Top-stitch perfection!"

Find Kassiah on Instagram and join her Facebook group

Rebecca Hansen of TwoLeos Design once again wowed us with her beautiful version of The Colette. Her exterior fabric is dogwood denim from Spoonflower interfaced with Wovenfuse and Pellon fusible foam. The exterior accents and straps are Mora faux leather, and the lining is Ottertex waterproof canvas which required no interfacing. 

Check out Rebecca's "Packing the Colette" video to get another view of the spacious interior.
Follow TwoLeos Design on Instagram to see more of Rebecca's beautiful bags. 
Once again, a huge thank you to our testers. We couldn't get our patterns published without your help! Now it's your turn to get creative and share your makes with us! 
The Colette Bowler Bag Digital Pattern is now available at the special launch price of $8 through Sunday, September 6th at 6 pm. 

Whether you are a beginner or an expert bag maker, we'd love to have you join our Facebook Pattern Group. Ask questions, give guidance and encouragement, share your makes. Patricia is always quick to answer questions, and loves your feedback. 

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