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.