Flower Child Barcelona Wallet- Parcel #7

Is it just me, or does it feel like we just did this... it's Pattern Parcel time again!! The last one ended just a week ago, but I'm not complaining- I LOVE seeing what everyone makes with these patterns, and I love sewing things up for the Parcel blog tour. This is the last parcel of the year so I'm soaking it up while it lasts.

Parcel #7 is all handbags. Feast your eyes.

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!

Parcel #7 includes:

Barcelona Bag and Wallet by Pat Bravo
Butterfly Sling Purse by Emmaline Patterns
Evelyn Hangbag by ChrisW Designs
Midtown Messenger Bag by Betz White
Betty Bowler by Swoon Sewing Patterns
BONUS PATTERN: Daphne Bag by Clover & Violet

Bonus Pattern:

Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #7 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That's just over $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the brand new Daphne Bag pattern from Clover & Violet. The Daphne is a slouchy satchel that can be worn cross body or as a shoulder bag. The zip top keeps your gear secure and the internal pockets keep your accessories where you need them. This is a brand new, never been seen before pattern and is an exclusive opportunity for Parcel #7 customers! And in case you haven't been around here much, or don't know what Perfect Pattern Parcel is- here's the spiel:

"Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Its our goal to raise over $20,000 for Donors Choose this year."
I am Holli Coats, and I support this message. (just a little post-election humor for you :)
Anyhow, Parcel #7 launched TODAY and I'm happy to be sharing my (first) make from this parcel today on the blog tour. I've got quite the story for you on my Betty Bowler bag journey that I'll be sharing some time soon, once I can get it sewn up, but suffice it to say I ran in to some snags (not pattern related at all) and decided to put that project on hold for a bit and sew up the Barcelona Wallet. Don't see it up there in the parcel pictures? I almost missed it too, since it isn't pictured, but the Barcelona Bag comes with a wallet pattern as well- double bonus! And it's a super cute wallet pattern, at that!
I was drawn to the quilting detail on the front immediately. I wasn't sure how this striped fabric would work with the diagonal quilting but I went for it anyway because I love it. Also I'm channeling my inner hippie/flower child here with the retro green/blue stripe and the floral lining. I'm totally ok with this.
This wallet is a great size. I have a small wallet to hold all my cards (and occasional cash) that my keys attach to. If I'm ever going out for a quick trip without my kids I just grab my wallet/keys and phone and leave my purse that is generally caked with smashed goldfish and littered with kids meal toys from Chick-fil-a. Then there's the diapers, wipes, random bags of snacks, water bottle, multiple sets of headphones, and whatever else I've left in there for far too long. I love being able to ditch all that when I'm out by myself, but then I never have a place for my phone. Enter the Barcelona wallet. This is just big enough to fit my cards, phone, chapstick, keys, and even some feminine products if the need arises. It is cute enough to carry by itself, but small enough to stash in whatever bag I need to take on any given day.
I find that I have a lot of packed bags- my every day with kids bag (the above mentioned one caked with goldfish crackers), my church bag, and another bag for day trips or times when I need more stuff. I switch between all of these depending on my needs, so I'm excited to have a wallet to hold my essentials that I can throw in whatever bag I'm using, which invariable is stuffed with various kid stuff. It's sort of like my own little space where my things won't get lost in the sea of markers and board books.
As for the sewing details, here they are:
Pattern: Barcelona Wallet by Pat Bravo
What I loved:
  • the quilted front
  • separate pattern pieces for interfacing mean I don't have to cut into my pattern or trim down myself
  • the size, as I've already raved about
  • lots of organization inside
What I changed:
  • I used heavy weight interfacing because that's all I had. Don't do that.
  • I omitted one card pocket because of bulk (from the too-thick interfacing)
  • used leather for my flap piece and opted to leave the edges raw
  • added a leather pull tab to my zipper
What I'll change next time:
  • BUY THE RIGHT INTERFACING. Because the bulk makes the lining sort of buckle and not fit right inside the wallet
  • if I use this thin leather again I'll fold over the edges
  • I'd like more card slots and less cash pocket spots, so I'll probably omit the card pockets and stitch down the cash pockets to the lining in intervals to form pockets. Does that make sense?
  • insert my interior zipper the same direction as my exterior one- right now when the outer zipper is open it covers the tab of the inner zipper and makes it hard to open. A simple switch would make life easier
  • I might add a d-ring on the side for latching keys on to, just to keep things easy to find
Notions & Fabric:
  • exterior fabric- thrifted years ago, a medium weight wool blend I'm guessing
  • lining fabric- floral remnant from a dress up cape I made a while back- originally from Joann
  • leather- upcycled from a leather jacket
  • heavy duty yellow thread for topstitching
  • zippers both from Joann
So there she is, my new wallet, and a whole parcel of fabulous bag patterns just in time for holiday gift sewing! As I said, today is the first day of the blog tour, so you can follow along with all the great bloggers over the next two weeks. Links are below, or you can make it even easier and follow @patternparcel on instagram, like the Perfect Pattern Parcel Facebook page, and even join the Pattern Parcel Facebook group for a more interactive experience.

Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, November 7 Stitched || Sew Exhausted

Saturday, November 8 Made by Sara ||Oliver's Fancy || Strawberry Patch Ramblings

Sunday, November 9 from a box || Mia's Creations || MOMENTS

Monday, November 10 owen's olivia || While she was sleeping

Tuesday, November 11 Nutta || Radiant Home Studio || La Pantigana

Wednesday, November 12 Sew Fishsticks || Stacy Sews || Stitching Insane || GnomeAngel

Thursday, November 13 Needle and Ted || Patchouli Moon Studio || Sprouting JubeJube || The Crazy Tailor

Friday, November 14 Casa Crafty || A Jennuine Life || 'So, Zo... What do you know?'

Saturday, November 15 Stitches by Laura || Rebekah Sews || Serger Pepper

Sunday, November 16 Blogs Like A Mother || Vicky Myers creations || Blossom Heart Quilts

Monday, November 17 Shanni Loves || So Sew Easy || GYCT Designs || Tiger In A Tornado

Tuesday, November 18 The Nosy Pepper || Keep Calm and Carrion || There & Back || Sewing Sober

Wednesday, November 19 Sew Like My Mom || Knot Sew Normal || Stacy Sews || sewVery

Thursday, November 20 Mimi's Mom || Our Family Four || shades of BOLD || Modern Handcraft

Friday, November 21 Shawnta Sews || Lulu & Celeste || Amanda Rose || Robin's Fabric Nest || House of Pinheiro

I'm living in Hudsons.

I'm just barely sneaking in another make for Parcel #6  (here's the first) before the tour ends and this parcel is gone forever! (don't know what I'm talking about? Check out their site to learn more about how awesome Perfect Pattern Parcel is) I've been dying to make some Hudson pants since before I even got the pattern but I've been supa supa busy sewing many other things. In the past couple of months I've sewn 2 wedding dresses, 2 Halloween costumes, 20 drawstring bags, and two makes for separate Pattern Parcel blog tours. That's all I can think of, but for some reason I feel like there was something else... Oh and I had a photography retreat, a trip to Utah (2 weeks!), my sister came to visit, and I'm training for a marathon. Way too many good things to even deserve, but it meant those Hudson pants went on the back burner.

Anyhow, I've been wanting some Hudson pants because I basically live in yoga pants these days and mine are all stretched out from maternity/postpartum wear. And yes my baby is 18 months old already. I know. Buy some clothes that fit already, right? But I made time! And I sewed them up in literally one evening, which is nearly unheard of for me. I've worn them every day since I finished them 2 days ago, and I don't plan on stopping. I guess I'll probably need another pair ;)

So the pattern- I printed the large format version at the copy shop because NO TAPING MAKES ME HAPPY so that expedited the process quite a bit. I literally started tracing my pattern at 8:30 and put the final touches on them at 11:15. Boo to the yah.

I'm short on pictures this time because we were all a little hangry and dinner needed to be made. Also, anyone have recommendations for a camera remote? My marriage will thank you.

Behold, my Hudsons.

Pout pout fish photo bomb!

This is pretty accurate- no fancy photo shoot for these. I'm lounging in them, reading books, really spending much too much time on the computer in them. #momlife.

The details:

Things I loved...

  • the fit! I sewed a size 6, no changes, and I love the fit.
  • fast sew! record speed for me, I tell ya.
  • the waistband! The finish of it looks pretty pro.
Things I changed...
  • nada. not one thing.
Things I'll change next time...
  • I'd love to try a cropped version
  • use a heavier fabric to make them feel less pajama like
Notions & Fabric...
  • Charcoal reversible rayon jersey blend, from JoAnns. It is DIVINE. So soft. So supple. The waistband and pocket detail show the opposite side of the fabric.
  • Dollar store shoe lace for a waist tie
There she be. They may not look like much- not flashy or fancy- but these babies are in heavy rotation which makes this project an absolute WIN.
There are only 8 hours left of this parcel sale so GET IT NOW!!

Aztec Floral Zsálya Top- Pattern Parcel #6

Another Pattern Parcel is here!! This bundle of PDF patterns from indie designers, available for two weeks, is all women's patterns and all fabulous! As always, you can choose your price when you purchase, and all profits are donated to the charity Donors Choose, which provides supplies for classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!

The patterns included in Parcel #6 are: Bronte Top by Jennifer Lauren Hudson Pant by True Bias Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations Syrah Skirt by Lauren Dahl/Selvage Designs Zsálya Top and Dress by Kate and Rose

aaaand a bonus pattern, if you choose a price of $32 or greater, the Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll! It's a star lineup of patterns, folks! Some I've been pining after for a while, some are completely new to me, but I can see myself wearing every one of them.

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win I chose to sew the Zsálya top first. This is a risky move for me, I have to admit. I have a pretty petite/narrow frame, so while I love the look of loose and drapey tops they rarely look good on me. My shoulders are narrow and generally can't balance out a voluminous top. I decided to sew it anyway and hope for the best because I love that crossover front detail so much. It reminds me of a grown up Fawn Lily pattern, which I've been eyeing for my girls.

Totally works, right?! I love to layer in fall, especially since our weather is pretty temperate. I can start the day with a cardigan over the top and take it off when things warm up in the afternoon.

The fabric is refashioned from a Laura Ashley dress I bought at the thrift store. Charly was bemoaning me for cutting it apart. Apparently 90's fashion is her jam.

I chose it because of the funky floral. The flowers have an aztec sort of styling to them that for some reason spoke to me. The dress is a lightweight cotton that doesn't wrinkle, making it the perfect mom top. Aint nobody got time for ironing. I love that it dresses up my normal t-shirt and jeans look but isn't too fussy- no closures, high neckline that can't be pulled down by tiny hands exposing me to the other parents at the children's museum... you know, all the important things. And comfy. Did I mention that?

And it looks good with my favorite boots, which is requisite for any fall staple.

Back yoke, so pretty.

You can see the aztec-ish floral on the sleeve detail here. And speaking of sleeve detail, I love the gather and the shaping of the sleeve!

I'd wanted to use piping to accentuate the crossover detail but I didn't have any and I was antsy to get started. Next time.

I cut out a small and ended up sizing it down later. I should have cut an extra small (I was on the border size wise, and should have known from past experience to size down on these sorts of tops) but I solved it by holding the taped together yoke and front bodice pieces over my sewn together top (sans sleeves), shifting them over about an inch, and literally drawing a new side seam and armysce based on that. It's a bit of an unconventional solution, but it worked like a charm and meant I didn't have to worry about changing the sleeve shape any.

As for the pattern, I'm in love. I love the pattern diagrams- very clear and easy to follow. The pattern had great pointers and explained things really well. I really loved that they gave two methods of finishing the yoke so you can choose if you want the easy way or the more polished way. It's a pattern that can teach you something while you sew, and I love that! Everything came together relatively quickly, although I did have to think through the bodice/yoke sewing method a few times before I figured it out. The sewing was made quicker by reusing the existing hem of the dress I refashioned. Hooray for up cycling!

So sewing friends, do you want these patterns? Head over to Pattern Parcel to purchase this bundle before it's gone!