I decided to make myself a new purse, and I wanted one that was big enough to carry my coffee and water bottle but still not huge. I have often just made up my own bag patterns, but this time I wanted something with pleats (to add some volume) and didn't want to mess with drafting it, so I purchased the pdf pattern for the Daisy Cross Body bag from Blue Calla Patterns. In addition to the pleats, I really liked the idea of the fussy cut dresden-like piecing. I have several yards of the Midnight fabric from Jane Sassaman's Prairie Gothic line. It's several years old now, but is one of my favorite prints of all time, and it's perfect for fussy cutting.
Here are a few of the designs I auditioned. The pattern calls for 7 dresden pieces on each side. I settled on the one with the moths (my very favorite) for one side, and the one with half spiders on the other side.
The pattern was great, easy to follow and understand, it was pretty much constructed in a standard way and I liked the size/pleats. It only called for a magnetic snap main closure, but I really wanted a zip top, so I made a recessed zipper for it.
It's kind of hard to tell in these pictures, but the bottom and the underside of the strap are this great dark purple corduroy I saved from a pair of pants I no longer wear.
So far I'm enjoying this bag a lot, although I realized the last time I made myself a new purse, it was exactly the same color scheme, and approximately the same size! That purse is still going strong, I just felt like making a new one, and next year if I make a new bag I'm going to have to branch out away from blue and purple!!