Monday, September 30, 2013

California Sunshine Bag

So, I took the plunge and became a pattern tester.  In today's sewing world, young designers often depend on the fans of their previous work to help them by testing their new patterns, working out the kinks and giving them a host of examples of possible colors and fabrics.  The testers are not usually paid, except they receive a copy of the pattern and have at the end one of the projects for their very own.

I've been working with Anna at Charmed Liebling on some editing jobs and when she asked if I'd like to test a pattern, I decided to do it.  She has announced the pattern today on her blog, so I am free to share my work with you.

She's calling this the California Sunshine Bag and the fabrics I chose remind me of being in LA in the late 60's, the era of peace, love and psychedelic colors. I used four fabrics from the Amy Butler Lotus Garden collection.

If you think you'd like to make one of these yourself, you can find her patterns available here as a download-able PDF.

If you think you'd like to be a pattern tester, start hanging out with young designers on your favorite social network.


  1. That is one cool bag ... but just because you can read and execute the project, doesn't mean an idiot like me could pull it off.

  2. Stop listening to those voices in your head, you are not, and have never been an idiot! You have figured out things much more complicated than this bag, probably three today already. Love you, G