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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Pattern Review Weekend 2012 New York City: Loot, Travel Purse, and Tote Bag

Just returned from a fun Pattern Review Weekend in New York City. Bodhi went along and we enjoyed cocktails and fabulous beef filet at Keen's Steakhouse on Thursday night. Friday was shopping in the Garment District, a tour of the Simplicity pattern office, and dinner at Tre Dici on West 26th. Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm was lectures and a pattern exchange at Pace University. Kenneth King was the first guest speaker and he is so entertaining! During the lunch break, I had a picnic in a nearby park then strolled over to Les Halles and the World Trade Center. Dinner on Saturday was at Tony D'Napoli in Times Square. The warm, dry, sunny weather was positively splendid for walking around during the day and drinking wine/beer with the other ladies on the hotel patio in the evening.

Here's the awesome loot, clockwise from upper left corner: teal cotton sateen and lining purchased at Mood for a trench coat; green wool jersey purchased at Mood; charcoal and teal Supplex-lycra knit from Spandex World (for athletic wear- BTW, this fabric is hard to find outside of stores like The Rain Shed and Seattle Fabrics); PR mug specially made by Silk & Clay Studio for all weekend attendees;  Simplicity 1918 Amazing Fit pants pattern as swag from that office tour; Jalie 3132 t-shirt pattern prize from the Saturday dinner party; Vogue 8540 jacket, pant & skirt pattern from the exchange; London Tube map and bicycles novelty cotton prints purchased at The City Quilter; and a gift certificate for Paron's won as a prize.

I sewed this new travel purse last Wednesday night. The main fabric is 330 denier coated Cordura leftover from the backpack in 2007. The black strap is foldover braided trim from stash- I sewed the open side together first. The decorative trim and #2.5 zipper tape with a locking zipper pull were also from stash. This bag was a perfect size for the trip and very easy to sew at the last minute. It's loosely based on travel bags from a Mary Mulari book.

Below is the tote bag I sewed for the contest this weekend. The idea was to sew a tote that represented love for Pattern Review. This is my own basic tote bag pattern with polypropylene webbing straps sewn all the way under the bag on both sides for support and durability. Here are the constructions steps:

1. Sewed the silk fabric scraps to a flannel foundation using the "flip and stitch" technique for making crazy quilt squares.

2. Squared up the rectangle shape because the piecing technique usually skews that.

3.  Sewed on the top hem and handles.

4.  Hand-beaded "Pattern Review" and pattern company names to the front and back sides.

5. Sewed in the lining, which is a lightweight scrap of periwinkle Versatech microfiber from stash.

6. Sewed the side seams then bound them with 1" wide grossgrain ribbon to cover the raw edges and add durability.


  1. What a nice recap of the weekend! I didn't realize that you made your travel purse - very nice. It was a pleasure to meet and spend time with you.

    1. Thanks so much Geralyn! It was nice to meet and hang out with you as well. It will be fun for us to gather other sewists from this area to get together and shop hop.

  2. Glad to hear you had a wonderful weekend. I have yet to get to NYC to fabric shop. Some day!
    I like your tote and travel bag. Nice details on both.
    I was in Ithaca over Mother's Day weekend, but had a jammed schedule with family so I didn't contact you. We WILL get together there some time! I managed to drop a fair amount of cash at Homespun Boutique. I have always enjoyed shopping there!

    1. Hi Dixie! Ooh, the owner of Homespun does stock lovely fabric. The PR Weekend was lots of fun. When I get ready to sew my trench coat, I might ask for your advice on button selection.

  3. Hi Anna,

    It was great to meet you in NY!


    1. Hi Lisette,

      It was so nice to meet you too! Hope to see you in San Francisco next year.