Some things take a while to see the light of day: I've been working on this pattern for a few months on and off, but have then have kept being called away by more pressing sewing matters (that's fabric, Japanese pattern books and lots of other good things doing the calling!). But finally, my slouchy make up bag, that I have sold in my own shop for the last few years, has had the full attention that was needed to turn it into a PDF pattern.
These are just some of the guises that it has been through...it's a lovely pattern to embellish...in the past I've done that with a ribbon that follows the bag's gentle curve, or with sequins and beads, sewn on by hand.
The final pattern that I've settled on has covered zip ends:
And a velvet ribbon zip pull:
It is fully lined, flat-bottomed and the cavernous, informal-but-elegant slouchy feel remains unchanged. For pictures of the make-up bag from every conceivable angle you can peep at the ones in my shop (although they don't have the velvet ribbon pull on them). I love this make-up bag...I've make a new one for myself about every six months (due to a desire to see an ever-changing parade of lovely fabrics on my dressing table), but the Anna Maria Horner Social Climber print that I've used to illustrate the pattern is one of my favourites.
Small, independent sewers/shop owners are completely welcome to sell any make-up bags that you make from this pattern. And if you want to share any pictures of the lovelies that you make then you're also welcome to drop them into my Flickr group or email them to me - I'd love to see!
This pattern has a slightly lower price, of £3.50 (that's around $5 USD) than my others, due to it being shorter in length and a less complex design. It is not a scary pattern, could be tackled by an enthusiastic beginner and assumes no prior knowledge of zip insertion.
As ever, you don't need a PayPal account to pay for this pattern - PayPal accepts credit and debit cards. Once you've paid, PayPal will take you to a page where you can download the pattern instantly, by clicking on the link provided. You will also receive an email containing the same link. The pattern must be downloaded within 48 hours of payment - after this time the link expires.