Have you met my buddy Kaelin at The Plaid Scottie? If not, you should pop on over and say hello. She's a bit of a firecracker (my kind of gal), makes amazing stuff, and is always one for a funny story. Can't wait to meet her in person at Sewing Summit for some good drink-out-my-nose laughs!
Anyways, when Kaelin asked if I would give her new Grab 'n' Go Wristlet pattern a test run, you better believe I jumped at the chance. These pretty little bags have a sweet pleated panel across the front and a button accent...y'all know how I feel about buttons, right? The pattern includes wristlets in two sizes, a generous purse size and a smaller size she lists as a coin purse but I think makes a lovely small bag. Being the delicate flower I am (snort!), I opted to make the smaller purse.
For my fabrics, I used some chocolate brown suiting that I had bought eons ago. It has a bit of a heavier weight to it and I love the color for fall. I paired it with some gorgeous Anna Maria Horner Little Folks Voile...yes, Friends, I cut into it again! Therapy must be working ;) For the lining I used a pretty Rowan shot cotton that perfectly compliments the violet tones in the voile.
The pattern was very clear and well written. Good photos and illustrations to help with each step. The only mods I made (I never truly follow a pattern) were to omit the lobster clasp for the wrist strap....simply because I didn't have one on hand and was too lazy to go out and buy one. I did some extra top stitching on the pleats to secure the slippery voile. I also used the brown fabric for the button band instead of the pleat fabric as suggested; in my opinion, it helps to make it pop. I also didn't put the interfacing in the button band, and I wish I had used a lighter one for my wrist strap...I went with the full fleecy type and it was a bit bulky. But comfy on the wrist! It's all good.
Anyways, I love the pattern and am very happy with how my wristlet came out. It is meant to be a gift, but I think I see one for me in my future.....If you would like to get your own Grab 'n' Go pattern, it is available in Kaelin's shop. AND, Kaelin will be one of the contributors to my upcoming Bag Lady Week, where she will be doing a free tutorial for a quilted hexie coin purse, along with a Grab 'n' Go pattern giveaway for a lucky reader!! Looking forward to more fun with Kaelin :)