Round summer bag… with mustache

I treated myself to his round summer bag, sewn from the Sacôtin “Candy radiating bag pattern”. A pattern I created. I already sew a few of these but I want to preserve them as “archives” for my little business. So I needed a Candy bag to wear proudly this summer.

The pattern

Candy the radiating bag pattern from Sacôtin. A round summer bag with a radiating effect on the front. And because I like fun design details, the rays on the front create 4 pockets !

This pattern is ideal to have fun and get creative with fabric choice and placement by combining 2-3 or 4 different fabrics.

I rated this pattern “intermediate”, not because of technical difficulties but because of the preciseness needed. A motivated beginner will be able to sew it.

Modifications

I added 2 pockets in the lining : a patch pocket and a zippered pocket.

I’ve also written the tutorials to show you how to create these pockets for the Candy bag pattern. Tutorials can be found on the Sacôtin website :

Add a mobile phone pocket tutorial

Add a zippered pocket tutorial

Fabrics

  • Cream cotton canvas
  • Salmon pink cotton/linen blend
  • “Terra in black” by P & B Textiles
  • “Mustache” by Alexander Henry

I really wanted to use the great mustache print by Alexander Henry in a bag and I though this pattern would be perfect for it because the rays would echo a mustache shape (kind of).

I also fell for the “Terra” collection by P & B Textiles. They are printed cottons, available in a wide range of colors, and the print give a very nice  illusion of texture to the fabric.

Bag pictures

Patron sac été rond

Candy with mustache

Moustaches in the trees

Mustaches in the trees

Poche intérieure zippée

Zippered pocket

Poche intérieure zippée

Zippered pocket

Poche plaquée pour portable

Patch pocket

What else ?

I’m slowly “recovering” from the stress of launching of my bag patterns line.  I shivered the all morning of the launch. Everything went fine but I was really nervous about showing my baby to the world.

Thank you for warmly welcoming the patterns. Your first feedbacks on sewing the bags really did help me get my stress level down :)

Win 4 bag patterns

A short message to update you on my progress in the Sacôtin adventure, to announce the launch date and perhaps give you a chance to win bag patterns… Sacôtin bag patterns of course 😉

For those who do not know, for the last 2 months and a half I’ve been on a part-time entrepreneurship to create Sacôtin: a line of bag e-patterns. More details HERE.

Previously on Sacôtin

The 4 patterns are done and the last one is being tested right now.
I’ve already sewn the final bags for the first 3 patterns, those will be the ones pictured on the website.

About the patterns, I can tell you that :

  • The 4 spring-summer bag patterns levels range from beginner to advanced.
  • The instructions are on average 12 pages (without the pattern itself of course) and they are illustrated.
  • According to the testers, the instructions are (quoting) ” clearer than in books.” That was a huge relief to hear!
  • The patterns are real/full size.

Next on Sacôtin:

Aka “to do list” :

  • Sew the last pattern for the photo shoot
  • Take pictures of the bags !
  • Finish the instructions layout
  • Translate all instructions into english
  • Create and translate the website
  • Too many things I’ve already forgotten :/

Oh and I should not forget to go to my work-office and spend time with my daughter ! I’ve been working 7 days a week for the last 2.5 months and I haven’t been able to spend as much time as I’d like with her :/ . Hang on sweetie, it will get better soon, I promise!

Wednesday May 15th, 2013

That’s the date to mark on your calendars : Sacôtin is launching Wednesday, May 15th, 2013.

Win 4 Sacôtin bag patterns

To thank those who encourage me in my progress through their subscriptions to the Sacôtin Newsletter or by becoming a fan of the facebook page, I will draw, on launch day, 2 people among Newsletter subscribers AND 2 persons among the Facebook “fans” and these 4 people will receive the bag e-pattern of their choice among the four that will be available in May.

If you are registered on both, you’ll have twice as much chance of winning.

Here are the links to participate in the draw :

Your turn to play !

♥ Le logo Sacôtin ♥

♥ Le logo Sacôtin ♥

Sacôtin : bag patterns

Sacôtin is my new adventure, and as the title very subtly hints at, Sacôtin will be about bag patterns.

I haven’t talked about this project on my English blog yet, but I did talk about it a bit more on my French blog. So to keep the English readers up to date, let’s roll back to a few weeks ago.Sacôtin

On February 1st 2013 I’ve started a part-time scheduled at the office in which I’ve been working for the last 10 years. You see, in France, when you’ve been working for the same company for some time, you can ask for a leave of absence or a part-time schedule for the duration of one year, to start your own company. After the one year is up you can either say goodbye to your employer or go back to your full time schedule. Of course your employer can refuse the deal… Mine said yes.

So since February 1st I’ve been very busy pattern making, pattern testing (aka sewing bags), writing instructions and drawing illustrations… And going to my “regular” work.

Why bag patterns ?

Because I love bags, I have more bags than shoes and that says something !

Because they are the sewing projects that give me the most satisfaction. When you sew a bag there is only the pleasure of choosing fabrics, sewing and carrying it around proudly. There is no fitting problem, no gaping neckline, no FBA (although I do love conquering fittings foes).

Bag e-patterns

The patterns will be available as downloadable PDFs only.
They will be automatically delivered by e-mail a few seconds after buying.

Patterns will be available in French and in English.

 

Launch in May

The first patterns will be available in May. It will be a collection of 3-4 summer bag patterns.

Then I think, that starting in September, I’ll release a pattern every month – month and a half. It is not yet set in stone, but it seems a more dynamic and fluid option to me than releasing 3 patterns 2 to 3 times per year.

Today

I’ve created two patterns. They have been tested, instructions and illustrations are ready, I still need to do the final layout for the PDF… And translate them to English.

I’m currently writing and illustrating the instructions of the 3rd pattern, then it will be tested by other seamstresses. The instructions and illustrations part is what takes me the most time : I pay special attention that everything is perfectly clear and easy to understand, and that takes time.

And well, you guessed it, the patterns are only the visible part of the iceberg, I have the website to set up, translations, paperwork,… The road is still long, but I’m on my way, one step at the time.

Follow

Sacôtin

I’ve created the Sacôtin Facebook page, where I’ll publish my progress, my joys and torments from day to day. Once on the Facebook page, just click “Like” to follow it all.

I also set up a newsletter that I’ll use to announce the official launch, so if you want to be informed on D-day, register now !


That’s it I have unveiled (almost) everything about my project!