Evelyn Bag (Swoon Pattern)

I finished up this bag for a friend last week.  The Evelyn bag by Swoon Patterns is one of my favorites to make.  This is my 4th one, and I find that each one gets even better.   So far the Evelyn is the only Swoon bag that I’ve made, but I have the pattern for the Brooklyn Bag (from the Bag of the Month club).  I have others that I want to try out in the future as soon as my WIP list dwindles down.

My friend requested the exterior be a very bright fabric with lots of color.  I found this print one day at JoAnn’s and sent her a picture from the store.  She immediately texted back, “Get it!!”.  I love all the colors in the print.  It will pretty much go with anything.

I knew that I wanted to use black cork as the accent fabric for the bag.  The other three Evelyns I made also had cork accents.  It is so easy to use and I think the cork really makes the bag special.  I probably won’t use regular fabric for the accents in future Evelyn bags because I love the cork so much.  I’ve been using cork for bags for about 3 years now, but it’s really become popular recently.  When I first started using it, I had to order directly from Portugal but now there are several options in the US!  I have ordered through SewSweetness most recently.  Her prices are quite reasonable and she charges a flat rate for shipping, no matter how much of the cork (or vinyl) you order.

For the interior, I used Alison Glass Insignia in pink.  The pink matches the hints of pink in the exterior perfectly.

One change that I made for this bag is that I used a magnetic snap instead of a zipper closure.  That was at the request of my friend that prefers no zipper.  I actually almost never zip up my bags either, so I can relate.  I also added a interior slip pocket in addition to the zipper pocket.

This was the handbag size,  but there is also a bigger tote size pattern which I have not yet made.  If there is interest, I am thinking of doing a giveaway for one of the handbags in the near future.    Let me know your thoughts.