PPC28: The Inspiration

So here we go again!

It seems like we were just working on the Katalina Shoulder Bag (and actually, we were), but we’re also off and running on our next new design!

First of all, I very often have a non-work-related project that I want to work on for a week or two after publishing a new pattern to use a different portion of my brain or to just to mix it up a bit, but not only did I not have a project in mind this time, but I also had a specific idea I was anxious to start working on!

Because this time I want to create a minimalistic bag that can work for everyday AND also could also work for an after hours event. And here’s the best part…

I wanted to give it the ultimate test
by taking it with me on a river cruise!

So let me give you the quick tour!

The bag I’m envisioning has oodles of storage options but is light, and easy to carry because let’s face it, who goes to the theatre, or a cocktail party with a giant floppy bag on their shoulder?

As you can see in these drawings, there will be two completely separate zippered pouches, wide enough to accomodate a wallet if desired, but since there will be a card caddy within, (with an option to add more), a wallet will not absolutely be necessary.

There’s also a roomy storage niche in between the two zipper pouches which will be secured with a sew-in mag snap. PLUS— there’s an additional slot pocket and I’m toying with the idea of either leaving this area open (as shown in the picture at right) or perhaps protecting it with a tab closure. (what do YOU think about that?)

And now, it’s YOUR turn!

What questions might you have about this design? Do you have suggestions for features we should add? And if you have comments you’d like to share or questions you’d like to ask, please feel free to leave either or both in the space provided below.

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  1. Charlene Samanich on October 8, 2022 at 6:23 am

    How about adding a “D-ring” inside one of the zippered pockets to hook your keys on. I hate digging for my keys :).

  2. Mcarr on October 8, 2022 at 6:39 am

    Agree with the d ring. Remember that if there are too many pockets and dividers,, it looses functionality as a minimalist bag.

  3. Alma Lou Annab on October 8, 2022 at 8:29 am

    I like a flap tab to keep it together. Also an exterior pocket for a phone. An yes, a d ring or snap hook for keys.

  4. Tracy Williams on October 8, 2022 at 11:26 am

    This looks like an upgraded Guardian, which I love? Will it be the same size?

  5. Kat Southern on October 8, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    I’m commenting here since my reply pretty much applies to all four of the comments presented above and since my talent does not lie in the field of artwork I can see where you might could not have been able to tell that this bag is quite short, yet quite wide. Because of the short depth, I really dont think they’ll be much “digging for keys. 🙂

  6. DMorr on October 8, 2022 at 3:39 pm

    I think having many zip sections on a handbag greatly helps with organization. I carry a smallish crossbody bag daily that has five zip sections on the outside. One zip section has a clear zip pocket on one side wall and 2 small pockets with elastic at the top of the pockets on the other side. In the largest zip section there are credit card slots on one side wall, another slender zip section intended to hold cash that divides the larger section, and 2 more pockets with elastic on the wall opposite the card slots. The handbag is made by a company known for their travel pieces. It keeps me so well organized I have bought this particular bag 3 times for daily use.

  7. Beth on October 8, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    I’m excited to see what you do with this idea. The width vs a shorter height is intriguing! Can’t wait to see the gorilla sample!

    • Sharon Davis on October 9, 2022 at 11:28 am

      I don’t use credit card slots. Could this be optional? Another choice could be to zippered pocket for cash or lipstick, comb and small mirror. I always seem to lose my lipstick somewhere in the bottom of my purse!
      I love your designs and this one is a great shape!

      • Kat on October 9, 2022 at 12:05 pm

        Sure- the credit card slots are almost always optional and they can also be also to additional interior bag walls as well.

  8. Ray Mccoy on October 9, 2022 at 10:49 am

    I think it looks very interesting and I am very anxious to test this one.

  9. Dawn on October 9, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    OMG! I have a friend who asked me to make her a bag like the very old one she currently uses. And it is very similar to this! I hadn’t started it yet because I hate figuring out how to make my own pattern! This would be perfect! I’ll have to go back and check the pics I took of it to see how it compares. But at first glance this is perfect!

    • Kat on October 10, 2022 at 5:51 am

      I’m glad youre pleased Dawn. Stay tuned for more info as the process proceeds but we’re at the very start of a pretty long road so we’re probably looking at February or so b4 this pattern will be ready to launch. 🙂

      • Dawn on October 10, 2022 at 3:31 pm

        No problem! I can’t wait!

  10. Ann on October 10, 2022 at 11:41 am

    I really like the concept! I could see using the magnet pocket between for receipts, and I like a quick phone pouch access. What are the dimensions you are considering?