Piccadilly Circus Handbag

Back at the beginning of October my wonderful friend CeLynn and I decided it was time to make another set of handbags together.  We picked another pattern out of Sara Lawson’s book, Big City Bags, and started pulling from our stashes.

I found some great prints that I bought this summer when my mom was visiting but I was completely unsure if I would have enough fabric because I was slightly under the fabric requirements for the pattern.  I emailed Sara on a Saturday, and I wasn’t expecting a response for a couple days, after all it was the weekend. I was so excited that she responded almost immediately and told me I should be fine so long as I was very careful with my cutting. I love AWESOME designers like Sara who really do make themselves available to their followers!

Piccadilly Circus Handbag - http://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI have to say that I absolutely love how this bag turned out. In fact I only made one change and that was using D-Rings instead of actual rings. I couldn’t find any at all at JoAnns and I was too excited to get stitching to order any online and wait. I was so pleased with how the curved corners turned out – if you showed me this pattern 3 years ago I would have scoffed at the idea that I could sew it!

Piccadilly Circus Handbag inside - http://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI didn’t have enough of my interior fabric to make the pockets so I grabbed a coordinating Kona. The entire bag, minus the interfacings was made from my stash. Oh how I love stash projects, my husband would be so proud!

Piccadilly Circus Handbag and Me - http://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.comI asked Anne to take a picture of me with the bag. When the only person available to take your picture is just under 4 feet tall you end up with some interesting angles.  Next time I will have her stand on a foot stool!

I have to say I really love this bag and again I am just so pleased with Sara’s patterns. I am really looking forward to her next book!

And for those who don’t follow me on instagram, today is a certain someone’s fifth birthday. I am crying on the inside!

Anne on her birthday - http://www.sewbittersweetdesigns.com

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11 Responses to Piccadilly Circus Handbag

  1. Abby W says:

    Love your bag Melissa! Piccadilly bag is on my to do list was the whole reason I bought Sara’s book.

  2. Happy Happy Birthday to that precious little someone! And I love your bag! Great job!

  3. Susan says:

    I love the look of your bag, and Anne took a wonderful picture of you with it. Happy birthday to the birthday girl. You’ll have a big family celebration later this year. =)

  4. Nicely done on the bag! Isn’t it great to see how far you skills have come! I haven’t made a bag in ages….you’ve inspired me to go at it again! Happy Birthday to your baby girl!

  5. Michele says:

    Happy birthday to Anne! I love the bag and the fabric is great!!!

  6. Barb N says:

    What a fun bag, and you have a built-in photographer on your hands! Tell her Happy Birthday, a day late!

  7. Laurie says:

    This bag is awesome- i LOVE those Stof fabrics. You did a great job. I agree about Sara- she’s gotten right back to me when I have had questions.

  8. kaholly says:

    Your bag came out great. Those darn kids, growing up so fast. I can remember the feeling well.

  9. CeLynn says:

    You sewed up such a beautiful bag Melissa! The kiddos grow way to fast,happy belated birthdayto Anne 🙂

  10. Jannette says:

    Your bag looks GREAT! Nicely done, and the photographer did a great job too! (Sending
    happy birthday wishes to her!)

  11. Katy says:

    The bag turned out great, well done 🙂

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