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City Bag Pattern by You Sew Girl

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Have you ever fallen in Love with THAT fabric
And said to yourself:
"Wouldn't that be perfect for a bag"...? 



City Bag Pattern - BO365

Bag size: 30 (highest point) x 34 x 10cm

Strap Length is variable

You Sew, Girl! by Nicole Mallalieu

This slimline shoulder bag sits snugly under your arm
as you weave your way through city crowds.
It has a zippered closure at the top for added security.
It's a real city-slicker!

Your friends won't believe you made this bag! 



Now, Here's your chance to Whip up THAT bag
~ Show it off ~
and Proudly tell everyone: "I made it Myself!"





" I NEVER EVER thought I'd be able to sew such a pretty purse, but the instructions are so detailed and the pattern is so well-drafted, it's hard to go wrong.

I went slowly because this was my first time and took the time to enjoy the process too.

But I must confess that throughout the project, I couldn't wait to finish up the purse properly and take a few photos :-))"

- Simone - Singapore (testimonial courtesy of You Sew, Grl!)




Imagine having EVERYONE commenting
on THAT exquisite handmade bag you're carrying.

... And watch their jaws drop when you told them that YOU made it

... While you humbly giggled and coyly (but proudly) said,


"Oh, this old thing.....?

Why, yes... of course I made it myself."




What If.......

Turning Fabric into Fabulous Bags You Love to carry around
Was Easier than you think?




 
*Note: Images courtesy of "You Sew, Girl!" by Nicole Mallalieu


Hey, you might as well take credit for being AWESOME at creating handbags...
..... seeing you've done the hard work of sewing anyway!


Often the hard part is to come up is the "know how".......

The Secret of successful bagmaking is having the RIGHT instruction.

Hey, it is the most basic thing to do but it will make a huge difference.


Imagine This:

Fabulous handbags made by YOU....

(using Nicole Mallalieu Design patterns)    

 


I'm thrilled to announce that Sew Much Easier has paired up with a fellow local designer, Nicole Mallalieu (from the "You Sew, Girl!" fame) and we now stock her handbag patterns!






Since we both graduated from the same fashion design institute - AND having attended her workshops myself -
I can confidently vouch for her degrees of perfectionism....



Ok, I know you ALL know that she makes awesome bags and patterns.

What you may not know - is just how awesome her instructions are....

Each pattern is like having your own private lesson

...... with Nicole Mallalieu herself!



This is what teaching others to sew means to Nicole:



" No matter what kind of chaos, minor ailments, grief or stress is going on in daily life, I step into this [sewing class] and feel like I'm home. 

It's wonderful to meet so many other people from the sewing-tribe, who are interested and enthusiastic about the same things that I am.  Best of all, I get to see them take a journey from uncertainty and self-doubt to bustin-out-all-over pride in their achievements."

- Nicole Mallalieu (quoted from her blog "You Sew, Grl!")



That means YOU too can enjoy learning from Nicole.....

...... at your own home, in your own pace

...... by simply following her step-by-step instructions

...... so you can ENJOY creating your own handmade bags

...... and be proud to say " I MADE it myself !! "
 

Let's see what you've got here.....

City Bag Pattern - BO365 (You Sew, Girl! by Nicole Mallalieu)

Bag size: 30 (highest point) x 34 x 10cm
(Strap length and design is variable)

This slimline shoulder bag sits snugly under your arm as you weave your way through city crowds. It has a zippered closure at the top for added security. It's a real city-slicker!

The detailed instructions guide you through how to insert a zip on a curve, make internal compartment and zip pockets and stablise a bag base. You'll also learn how to attach straps on a "boxed corner" seam.

Vary the straps, fabrics and add your own personal touches to make a bag to match every outfit...!!

 
Your friends won't believe you made this bag!




*NOTE: Instructions do NOT include embellishment techniques.

Sewing Skills Level:

           


Intermidiate (Level 3) with enough sewing experience


This
level is perfect for you if you are a confident sewist - that means you are comfortable with sewing more complex components and can sew accurately.

While this bag is not difficulat to make, it DOES includes a few options for sewn components.

Being a large-ish bag that uses a decent amount of fabric, you may find it too large a project if you are a biginner and have never made a bag before.


With this pattern you will learn how to:
  • Insert a zip on a curve
  • Make internal compartment 
  • Make internal zip pockets 
  • Stabilise the bag base

You'll also learn how to attach straps on a "boxed corner" seam.
(And if you didn't already know, you'll ALSO learn what a "boxed corner" is!!)

Vary the straps, fabrics and embellishments* to make a bag to match every outfit!

This pattern is
suitable for those with enough sewing experienceand ready to learn more.

*Note: Design Variations refers to ways to alter the straps, flaps and bag body. 
Patterns do not include instructions for the applique, embroidery or other embellishments on the bags.



You will need:


Materials:

  • 55cm x 115cm OR 80cm x 90cm Medium weight, woven fabric
  • 65cm x 115cm OR 80cm x 90cm Lining Fabric
  • 55cm x 115cm OR 80cm x 90cm Light-medium weight iron-on interfacing
  • 30-35cm zip
  • Template Plastic (also known as "stencilling" plastic)
    or
    Peltex or Fast2Fuse for the bag base


Optional:

  • 20cm zip for lining pocket
  • D-rings or O-rings
  • Decorative zipper pull
  • 60-80cm Light fusible wadding (such as Vilene H630)



*Note: Design Variations refers to ways to alter the straps, flaps and bag body. 
Patterns do not include instructions for the applique, embroidery or other embellishments on the bags.



"Now that I've done a few following the pattern to learn the techniques, I think I'm ready to start "tweaking" it a little and see what modifications I can make.

[Nicole Mallalieu's] techniques have really helped me to progress with my bag-making skills and produce a much more professional looking purse."

- Kathy - Pennsylvania, USA  (testimonial courtesy of You Sew, Grl!)



So, what's so special about "You Sew, Girl!" patterns by Nicole Mallalieu...? 


Nicole Mallalieu Design Bag Patterns are more than just patterns!

Graded over four levels of difficulty (from "Beginners" to "Advanced"), with each level teaching more of the fundamentals of professional bag-making, the patterns are like a self-paced bag-making course to help you to LEARN and IMPROVE your skills.

Begin at or below your level of sewing ability, and you're sure to achieve great results as you learn techniques to improve your sewing and bag-making.

As you gain confidence and know-how, move on to the next level, and learn a few more techniques... and on and on... (it's addictive!).

The more designs you work through, the more bag-making skills you'll gain.... and the more FABULOUS handbags, totes and purses you'll end up with - to keep, give away or sell!



 
*Note: Images courtesy of "You Sew, Girl!" by Nicole Mallalieu



"[Nicole's pattern] is fantastic! I've already made two, and get lots of comments on them.

The pattern was so easy to follow, and now I think I'm addicted! In fact, so much so that I'd like to buy another pattern....
 
I generally have little patience for machine sewing (I do hand quilting, which I enjoy much more than sitting at a machine), but the pattern was so straightforward, and the results so immediate that even I didn't get scared off!"

- Julie, VIC  (testimonial courtesy of You Sew, Grl!)








What exactly do I get out of these patterns?


The bag patterns show you how to make more than just one bag - by varying the designs you can come up with as many different ways as your imagination will allow (that means more bags for you)!

Instructions for variations leave the ACTUAL design work up to you.

For example, you can make the straps as long or as wide as you want to, choose to use rings or handles or not... You're encouraged to think for yourself and explore all the possibilities.

This is how you learn and develop the craft, rather than make up just another kit bag (like everyone else!!).

Your bags will be original and creative, and before you know it - you will become a designer in your own right - with a sizeable collection of handmade bags to prove it!



 

*Note: Image shows the quality of paper and level of details.
Actual pattern code may vary.



What do the patterns LOOK like inside the packets....?


The patterns are all full-size patterns (actual size, with almost no "cut on fold" pieces), printed on 80gsm white paper - none of those fly-away brown tissue paper - so you can use it over and over again. Yay!

The instructions are VERY DETAILED, with lots of diagrams and photos of every stage of the construction process. There are also tips for a better finish, and also lots of hints and instructions for varying the design of the bag.

The pattern is packed in a reusable self-sealed clear bag - which will store your pattern pieces securely once you've cut them out.

The colour prints on the cover are there for inspiration, and you'll also find a materials list on the back, and more information on cutting on the inside of the cover.




  
*Note: Images courtesy of "You Sew, Girl!" by Nicole Mallalieu





What if I don't understand the instructions, or have any problems making the bag...?


You'll have the back-up of "technical support"!!

If you have any problems with the pattern, or need any advice on making up the bag, you can find useful Tips and Tutorials on Nicole Mallalieu's website - the answer might be there... If not, then simply email Nicole or if you prefer, feel free to contact us and we will either make some suggestions, or ask Nicole for you.



  
*Note: Images courtesy of "You Sew, Girl!" by Nicole Mallalieu
 




The instructions are a little LONG... does that mean that they're very complicated?


No. Not at all.

The patterns are straightforward - because Nicole does a LOT of teaching, she understands just how many questions people have when they're following each pattern.

She tries to ANSWER ALL THESE QUESTIONS by fully breaking down the process and showing diagrams and photos at every stage.

You will find tips and suggestions at every step to make the job easier, or give a better finish... so that's a lot of information. It's like a bag-making class in a packet - and you don't even have to leave the house!




"[Nicole Mallalieu's] patterns are fantastic, the best I have worked with. It has taught some new skills and it is my best made bag yet, thanks !

- Katy - QLD (testimonial courtesy of You Sew, Grl!)







Do I have to read ALL the instructions?



We won't make you - but we DO recommend that you READ before you start.

While experienced sewists may choose to skim the instructions (although they'd probably pick up a few new tricks if they read them), you will find all the information in there if you need it.

It's best to stick to a simple design idea when working with a new pattern for the first time.

Read through each step as you're sewing the bag to make sure you're on track.

Once you've made one bag, MAKE ANOTHER ONE with a new variation.

Try new things with each bag and extend your skills by following the "variation" instructions.






Can I use the patterns to make bags to SELL?


Sure! Nicole has no objection to this, as long as you use your own design ideas to interpret the patterns.

And here comes the scary-sounding (but important) bit:

You cannot copy or distribute the patterns / instructions in any way.

Because copying or distributing the actual patterns or intellectual property in ANY WAY is an infringement of copyright - which is ILLEGAL and subject to prosecution by Nicole's legal team.

Sounds like common sense? We think so too.


 
*Note: Image courtesy of "You Sew, Girl!" by Nicole Mallalieu




"The instructions were simple and easy to understand, the purse itself was much easier to make than I thought, and I look forward to making many more..."

- Angelique - NT  (testimonial courtesy of You Sew, Grl!)



About Nicole Mallalieu Design


Nicole Mallalieu Design is a small, independent business which follows ethical employment practices (no sweatshops here!).

You Sew, Girl! is a trademark owned by Nicole Mallalieu.

You Sew, Girl! by Nicole Mallalieu Bag Patterns are proudly designed, printed and assembled in Melbourne, Australia.

Nicole Mallalieu Design supports other other small local businesses by sourcing and outsourcing locally.

Nicole also has lots of warm-and-fuzzy notions about helping the world to be a better place through unleashing creativity and confidence and bringing something positive into people's lives....






About the Designer.....


Nicole Mallalieu


Since picking up a needle and thread at the age of three, Nicole Mallalieu has been a passionate designer and maker of all things "textile".

She graduated (in 1989) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, with a degree in Fashion, and has worked in Australia, England and Ireland, making clothing, hats, bags and furnishings.

She has specialised in one-off, hand-finished bags and hats for exhibitions, commissions and boutiques and worked as a designer, patternmaker and product developer for the commercial market.

Since returning to Australia in 2002, Nicole has designed and manufactured bag patterns in conjunction with teaching courses and workshops in patternmaking, sewing and bag making.

She writes the occasional magazine article (Stitches, Get Creative, Homespun etc), vast amounts of student notes and her book "You SEW girl!" is currently available in all good book and craft shops.

Nicole teaches workshops in Northcote and as a guest tutor for fabric stores, craft guilds and professional associations. Her classes are constantly booked out because happy fabric addicts keep returning to try and make a dint in their stash!

....and YOU get to enjoy instant success in whatever fabric you've set your heart on.....

Because the patterns are just like having your very own private classes!




*Note: Image courtesy of "You Sew, Girl!" by Nicole Mallalieu


Intermediate Sewing Skills

Making this City bag will teach you many handy bag-making techniques, as well as providing you with a comfortable, practical shoulder bag.

The top of the bag has al zipper closure on a curved edge, and you will learn how to make the internal pockets and a zippered pocket for extra security.

The details instructions are full of tips and techniques for a professional finish on all your handmade bags.



With this pattern YOU WILL LEARN
:

  • Insert a zip on a curve
  • Make internal compartment 
  • Make internal zip pockets 
  • Stabilise the bag base
You'll also learn how to attach straps on a "boxed corner" seam.
(And if you didn't already know, you'll ALSO learn what a "boxed corner" is!!)


The instructions will boost your sewing skills beyond your current level,
clearly explaining many of the finer points of creating a well-finished bag.

Enjoy learning lots of tricks and tips in the world of bag-making 
- So you can get started making great fashion accessories that you'll be proud to carry!

Get The technique & Sew it your style! 




     
*Note: Images courtesy of "You Sew, Girl!" by Nicole Mallalieu


"A girl at work thought I was pulling her leg when I told her I made the bag I was carrying..."

- Julie - NSW  (testimonial courtesy of You Sew, Grl!)




Better still, you get to have heaps of fun and make tons of beautiful things for your family and friends too...!!!

How about getting your own budding fashionistas involved in selecting fabrics?

Better still, how about making a bag to match each outfit - for yourself and your little ladies?

(... they're gonna think that you are amazing....)
 

Sounds like you might enjoy Making Handbags?

Scroll up and grab yours now... before we run out!




        
*Note: Images courtesy of "You Sew, Girl!" by Nicole Mallalieu





"I am so pleased with the purse you would think I had designed the whole thing myself.

It all went together in about an hour, everything fitted where it should and it was so easy."

- Gillian - Vic (testimonial courtesy of You Sew, Grl!)




So what's included in this pattern?


Lots.....




Unlike most of the commercial patterns out there....

Nikki's instruction is so comprehensive - you'd think it's a book!


Here's the table of contents:

A. Preparation & Cutting
B. Zip Pocket on the Lining - Optional
C. Compartment Pocket - Optional
D. Construct the Bag
E. Cut the Straps
F. Make the Straps and O-Ring Loops
G. Construct the Strap
H. Attach the Strap
I.  Sew the Lining
J. Bag Base
K. Turn the Bag Right Side Out
L. Attach the Lining to the Bag
M. Slipstitch

And, life-size pattern pieces for you to cut and use!!!




  
*Note: Images courtesy of "You Sew, Girl!" by Nicole Mallalieu





"You've created a monster! I can't stop making bags!!"

- Yvonne, VIC  (testimonial courtesy of You Sew, Grl!)








Attention.....!!

Like all patterns and instructions,
Please Read through everything
BEFORE you start cutting and sewing!!!
 




How Many Bags can you make out of this ONE pattern?


More than just another commercial pattern, Nicole's instruction will inspire you to create so much more!


Here are some inspirations from the designer herself.....



*Note: Images courtesy of "You Sew, Girl!" by Nicole Mallalieu



What would YOU do with your pattern....?


 



"[Nicole Mallalieu's] instructions are brilliant.

I took my time and worked through step by step and it went together exactly as she said.

I can't wait to make another..... I will definitely make more and I will definitely try some other styles as well, but this will be a favourite!

I've never really been a handbag person, but now I can make my own unique bags, I will be making them to match every outfit. Thanks..."

- Carol - NSW (testimonial courtesy of You Sew, Grl!)





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