This is Bond Street by Poppy Patterns. Poppy Patterns is a collaborative pattern company made up of Patti Pinkston and Laura Gunn. Their patterns are relatively new on the scene and are right up the new "modern" sewing trend alley. Laura Gunn is a fabric designer among other things and I've loved ooing and awing over her fabrics at Market. This pattern was introduced to me by my very dear friend Nora of Hands on Tradition.
It's the perfect pattern to really showcase your large scale prints.
This particular sample is the larger tote size.
All Poppy Patterns have a 4 tiered skill level system that is actually pretty cute. The easiest pattern is represented by a baby carriage. Next up is a tricycle, next a bicycle and the highest skill level is what looks like a 1972 Dodge hatchback or something. This particular pattern is a "Tricycle". I imagine the only reason for that is the peek-a-boo pleat but honestly, the directions are so clear and easy to understand that even the most beginning sewist isn't going to have trouble with it.
Now, I promised you a tweak to this pattern. In the first sample I made, the tote in Anna Maria Horner Innocent Crush fabrics, I decided to use a fusible fleece called Thermolam by Pellon. Thermolam is a little "loftier" than your average fusible fleece. The pattern calls for "heavyweight interfacing". In my head, "heavyweight interfacing" is a Decor-Bond type fusible. I used the Decor Bond in the smaller handbags you see here. While it gave a beautiful product that photographed well, they were so stiff and inflexible that I couldn't see myself toting them around. My bag needs to be soft yet still keep its shape and Thermolam does that. Now, you'll deal with a little extra bulk at the straps when you sew the lining into the bag and topstitch around the outer top but go slow and easy and you'll have no issues at all. I've included Thermolam in all of the kits I am offering in the shop, NOT Decor Bond. I'm certain you'll be happier with the Thermolam!
Another cool aspect to this pattern is the little "ripped" flower. Not only because it's cute and adds an artistic flair to your bag, but because you get to tear the heck out of some fabric. I don't know what it is about tearing fabric...the noise it makes, the frustration you can diffuse...I don't know and I may not want to delve into why I like to rip fabric so much either. But look at the cute little flower you can make! The pattern calls for a 1.5" covered button which is adorable as well but I collect little antique pins and thought the flower would make a beautiful frame for my ever growing collection! Get creative! Just about anything can get attached to the center of this! How about running that ink jet printer fabric through your printer and putting a picture of your favorite child on there, at about a 2" size and centering that on a fabric button!? Ooo! I see Christmas presents coming! I'm going to have to try that next!
At 72 inches square, it is the perfect large lap size or yard quilt for anyone who wants to lounge in the sun!
Thought I would throw this in so you can see what challenges I have during my photography sessions! He almost took off with the My Twinn doll. Even though she's twice his size.
If you are interested in checking out these new kits in the shop, here are some links for you:
Thanks for spending some time with me today! Now I'm off to find a quilter who can get this thing finished for me before our next show! We'll be in Kerrville, Texas next over Memorial Day weekend at Schreiner University in Edington Gym. If you're near the Hill Country, come check us out! This is a new show for us so I know nothing about it but I have really enjoyed working with the organizing quilt guild. Texas is chock full of really great peeps!