I gave the perfect pre-Christmas gift last year that worked out great for the recipient, but even better for a slew of her family and friends!
My friend Marcy saw a purse in one of our books and said, “That’s cute; it looks easy to make.” (She sews.) I told her, “If you want to make purses, have I got the book for you!” Bags—The Modern Classics by Sue Kim landed on her sewing table within days, and she was off.
She oohed and ahhed and pulled out a stack of fabric. She matched designs with people and people with fabric and fabric with designs. She hemmed and hawed. And then she cut and sewed. The Cute Elizabeth bag was first. And cute it was! But what about the more delicate Sweet Annemarie? Or the more rugged Urban Carryall? But she tried the Chic Hobo bag next, and it was easy, just like the book said. Then she moved on to the Metro Shopping Bag, and apparently the angels sang. This bag would work for so many people…or it could.
This sewer Marcy, being like many creative types, added a pocket here and vinyl there, a little piping, a little extra stitching. And of course, fabric shopping inspired her as well. She made adjustments to the adjustments, seeking the perfect look. She was able to make each bag uniquely special for each person on her gift list.
Out of curiosity, she looked at a couple of other purse patterns in other C&T Publishing books, but returned to Sue Kim’s book because she liked having the template patterns—which mean less measuring. And the bags were a hit! From teens to the over-4o crowd, eyes sparkled when they opened their Christmas gifts. It quickly became clear what everyone was getting, but the question became, “What will mine look like?” It’s amazing the difference that fabric choices make!
The question was asked multiple times, “You made this?”—the awe clear in their voices. Her college-age daughter was sure people would ask her where she bought it, and would want one made for them when they learned that it was a one-of-a-kind original.
Marcy told me she thought beginning sewers could easily get started with this book, especially with the clearly-marked easier designs, and they could have a good time creating an enviably cute product. And obviously an experienced sewer can have a blast too, making themselves and others very happy.
Marcy has added new events and people to sew for—there’s Valentine’s Day, birthdays, graduations, auctions, etc., and so on. And she’s experimenting with new patterns like the Easy Lazy Bag and the Elva Bag.