Friday, November 14, 2014

Black and White

The Black and White bag

With a Little Dash of

Red Inside!

This is the 11th bag in the "Big City Bags" book, by Sara Lawson, it is called the Piccadilly Circus Bag and is also the bag on the front cover.

Exterior Fabric: "Indian Summer-Menagerie Onyx" by Sarah Watson for AGF
Handles: "Architextures- Scribble Notes Charcoal" by Carolyn Friedlander
Interior Fabric: Thank you Shirley for the fun Lobster print by Alexander Henry
LR Stitched Genuine Leather Seude was used for the exterior corner accents and Handle Tabs.
Bottoms: on the exterior a random piece of black on black fabric and on the interior a random piece of red batik. 
Metal Bag Label "Handmade" from Emmaline Bags 

Once again Sara did not include a zippered pocket, so I made one instead of the regular pockets, I just like zippered ones better.  And I also sewed it up a little differently in order to avoid the whole slip-stitching the interior to the zipper thing, so bad at hand sewing of course if I did all of the bags that she has in this book that way I might actually be a pro by now, but I would rather just avoid the whole thing if possible.  I like this bag size and would be willing to sew it up again, I will probably had a detachable strap that is long enough to go over my shoulder since that is the way I like to carry my bags, but if you just like short handles or are a short person then the handle size suggested in this pattern is a great size.  I also did a different handle tab shape, just because I like it better.

Linking to Purse Palooza
and since this is the 11th bag and it is the 11th month I will be linking it to the Big City Bags SewAlong that is going on over at Sewing with Squeak with Angela, you have the rest of the month to sew along if you want to join in on this month and she has changed things and you can sew bag #12 too, that is actually my favorite one, and I have sewed up pretty much all of the bags.


  1. Beautiful bag - love the surprise of the red inside!!!

  2. Oh wow Mara! This is gorgeous! And the red really pops too. I need to get busy,have most of the pieces cut for my second one,but have not even post about the first.

  3. Love your fabrics and so cute on the scooter. You'll be styling around Greece!

  4. you have chosen the perfect fabric for this bag - it is gorgeous :-)

  5. Very clever fabric choices! Great photos too. You should work for a magazine!

  6. You have been busy! That menagerie prints is one of my all time faves! What a professionally finished looking bag.

  7. What a gorgeous bag! And the photos are absolutely great!!!

  8. This bag is just Fabulous! It looks so stunning on the scooter too! Okay Mara,what is your secret to sewing the bags by machine instead of using the hand sewing method? I am soo slow at hand sewing and it never looks very good either!