PPC23: Help Us Choose the ErgoMatic Cover Model


with yet another pattern almost in the books, it’s time to choose the ONE bag sample that best represents the ErgoMatic design for the pattern cover! In order to do this, I like thinking about which of our samples would most appeal to our customers… which one would gather the most attention at shows… and especially, and perhaps more importantly, which sample would be the one most likely to compel a customer to pick up that pattern and give it a 2nd look!

But here’s the thing… before I make this decision, I REALLY love hearing which bag YOU would choose to be on the cover if you were ME. WHY? Maybe its because pattern designing is such a solitary business and I like the interactions… who knows? At any rate, I get a kick out of learning your choice and hearing your reasoning…

So pictured below you’ll find that I have presented all SIX of our ErgoMatic cover candidates in the order in which they were introduced to you in this series, (just click the link under each individual picture to see the original post associated with each sample). And oh yeah… don’t forget to keep scrolling down to read up on the criteria you’ll need to consider before putting on your “designer hat” and choosing which bag YOU would place on the cover if you were ME! Because trust me, I have found out the hard way that there’s a whole lot more involved in picking the right cover model than choosing the the bag you LIKE the best or that goes with the most of your outfits!

Effervescence— 10/14./20
Cone Flower Heads — 10/19/20
Gilded Tiles — 10/23/20
A 60’s Vibe — 10/28/20

So… now that you’ve seen the choices, here’s the criteria to keep in mind as you make YOUR choice!

1. Consider MORE than just your personal favorite. Of course the sample you choose should be appealing to you, but always consider how much “universal appeal” a bag has. Would it appeal to MOST people?

2. Will it turn heads? Ideally, a cover sample should “stand out in a crowd”! By definition it’s a show bag. It’s not meant to be neutral, fade into the background or look good with our entire wardrobe although it might!

3. Do the fabrics used draw attention to the design’s key features? Some prints are so “busy” that the bag features seem to disappear because all you can see is the PRINT! I want interesting fabric, that’s for sure, but I want the design to shine thru unimpeded.

4. Does the sample include ALL the design features promised in the verbiage on the cover. Because here’s the thing… the model that is chosen for the cover is the model that will MOST be associated with this design… it’ll be the “spokesmodel” so to speak. But if it’s missing a promised exterior pocket for example, then every single person who picks up that bag at the shows we travel to, will want to know why it doesn’t, or worse still, they’ll think that the design DOESN’T include an exterior pocket at all.

5. Is it photogenic? Sometimes, for reasons that I’ll never understand, (probably because of MY photography skills), certain samples just don’t photograph well. No matter the lighting…. no matter the background….no matter… what… I…. DO! But here’s the deal, no matter how pretty and ideal it is in person, if it doesn’t photograph well, or if I cannot seem to get a decent photograph of it, then it’s just NOT a good candidate for our cover model! It can still be a fantastic “show bag”, but not the best “cover model”.

6. Does it actually LOOK like “our brand”? Our goal is for our customers to be able to identify a pattern as belonging to our line without even seeing the title or our logo on the front cover of the pattern. We would be doing ourselves no favors for example, if we suddenly departed from a “formula” that’s worked for us for 17+ years and placed a model on the cover that just doesn’t look like something we would put forward!

7. Is it created with a special pieced exterior? As most of you know, I LOVE piecing my way to a unique exterior, but I’ve learned from bitter experience and quite a few customer scoldings (reference the Lollapalooza) that placing a model with such an exterior on our pattern cover is generally just NOT a good idea. BUT– if there are actual pattern pieces for this special exterior, and those pieces can be included in the pattern package itself (reference the Uptown Saddlebag or the Triple Play, then it CAN in fact be placed on the front cover.

So…there you have it! Are you ready to have a little FUN?

Because now it’s time for YOU to put on YOUR “designer hat”! … after reconsidering all six of these samples with the above criteria in mind, I’d love to know which one YOU would choose to grace the cover of our ErgoMatic pattern.

But don’t forget—I would also enjoy hearing the reasoning behind your choice. 🙂 And do stay tuned for the next post in this series to see how closely your choice mirrored ours when I reveal which model really will be on the cover of the ErgoMatic pattern. I’m SO looking forward to seeing your comments! You probably don’t know this, but this is one of my very favorite posts of the whole year!

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  1. Lorraine Allen on November 6, 2020 at 8:02 am

    Alexander in Purple. – this fabric is stunning and eye catching. This is the one I saw that makes me want to make thus bag as your newsletters and progress of developing bag. I even was thinking about how to reinforce the conceal pocket for a ccw pocket. I also love that the zipper is towards your back as your carry the bag with the extra lock for the zipper

  2. Gale Fields on November 6, 2020 at 8:23 am

    Opulence. This bag will go everywhere and turn every head…with elegance and grace. The placement of the flowers keep the eye away from the side pocket. It’s understated lush patterning will keep this bag in the “everyday carry” category and not relegated to occasional use.

  3. Rebecca on November 6, 2020 at 11:10 am

    Gilded Tiles, because it pops off the page and it’s not too fabric-specific. Second choice: Opulence; it stands out, and though it features a fabric motif I know that I can replace that flap with embroidery or decorative stitches or a different printed stripe.

  4. Sharon McKinney on November 6, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    BEST for your purposes: “Alexander in Purple” because it shows 2 modes of fabric – geometric (top) and floral which I feel accents your pattern. A runner-up for BEST would be “Opulence”, again because the top and bottom illustrate the pattern. My favorite is “A 60s Vibe” because I love the colors. However, some customers may not be that crazy using floral fabrics.

  5. Beth on November 6, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    I feel that ALL the examples represent “show bags” but the ones that best show off the pattern details in my opinion are 1. Alexander in Purple and 2. Gilded Tiles. That being said, I adore the flap on Opulence!

  6. Ray McCoy on November 6, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    A 60s Vibe truly shows off the design of the bag. The fabric does make a statement but it is not overdone. This particular one sells the design, where others are selling the eye pop of the fabric not the design. All of them are bags that WILL sell, but the “cover bag” needs to sell the CONCEPT.

  7. Nancy Rosa on November 7, 2020 at 8:39 am

    What a difficult choice! I am tending toward either Opulence or Alexander in Purple. Both show the bag’s features very clearly & demonstrate how you can integrate various fabric patterns. And–as everybody probably knows–I am a big fan of coordinating different fabrics. Love them all though–what a gorgeous display!

  8. Sharon on November 7, 2020 at 10:05 am

    Effervescence!! – First choice. The fabric makes you want to look at the whole piece not just one area.
    A 60’s Vibe – second choice. Love the bright, colorful fabric.
    Tough choices – they’re all lovely!

  9. Cheryl Baker on November 7, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    Usually when I take a look at your samples, there is one that really grabs my attention. But with this one, I LOVE everyone. Each make the ErgoMatic really lovely.

  10. Kat on November 10, 2020 at 6:54 am

    So thank you all so much for your wonderful comments ! I so love hearing your choices and especially the reasoning behind your choices! You made my day! 🙂

  11. Roxanne Snell on November 13, 2020 at 4:19 am

    Do you have the fabric “Cone Flower” …the color you chose in making yours?

    • Kat on November 13, 2020 at 6:35 am

      We tried our best to procure a bolt or two of that fabric but were unsuccessful. 🙁

  12. Elaine Gates on December 15, 2020 at 8:10 am

    Gilded ties. I think it would go so well with blue jeans which I wear so often. And it is not to busy a print.