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Introducing The Colette Bowler Bag: A Sophisticated Companion

The Colette Bowler Bag Digital Pattern
Kaya Papaya Design

Let me introduce you to The Colette Bowler Bag – the epitome of class and sophistication in the world of bags. Picture a lady of refined taste, shapely yet exuding an air of elegance. What sets her apart is the subtle curve of her overlays and the faux rolled straps, which soften the otherwise boxy design.

Opening up The Colette's 20-inch zippered top reveals a spacious interior, thoughtfully organized with a divided slip pocket on one side and a zipper pocket on the other, both neatly trimmed for a polished finish. The meticulous matching of the accented side gussets and overlays adds to its luxurious appeal, giving it a high-end look that's hard to resist.

You have the option to play with fabrics here – either go for a harmonious blend by choosing one fabric for the overall design and opt for the flat strap, or mix and match with contrasting materials for a unique touch. The beauty of this pattern lies in its simplicity; with minimal hardware, the focus remains on the bag's design and the craftsmanship of its maker.

Designed with intermediate skill level in mind, The Colette offers a rewarding challenge for those looking to elevate their bag-making expertise. While cotton, canvas, or similar weight fabrics are recommended for the main exterior, vinyl, cork, or leather can be used for contrasting elements, adding versatility to your creation.

Structural integrity is key here, ensuring The Colette maintains its graceful form even when empty. While foam is the preferred stabilizer for optimal results, fusible fleece can be a suitable alternative, albeit resulting in a slightly less structured finish.

With a strap length carefully calculated for a comfortable 9” handle drop, The Colette transforms into a true handbag, perfect for those who prefer to carry their essentials in the crook of their arm. Should you desire longer straps, adjustments in fabric requirements will ensure seamless elegance without the need for piecing.

Intrigued? Dive into The Colette pattern and unlock the potential to create a timeless accessory that's bound to turn heads. Once you start, you'll find yourself reaching for this pattern time and time again, each creation a testament to your growing skills and impeccable taste.

Finished standing size is 12” wide x 10” high x 5” deep with handle drop 9".

You are permitted to sell items made from this pattern on a home production basis exclusively. Please refer to the pattern for further details.



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