Monday, April 8, 2013

Genevieve Bag & Pattern Giveaway

Yayyyyy!!! It's time for another giveaway.
This one is fantastic, you'll see why as you read this post.

I just finished testing this bag for Christine at ChrisW Designs. What can I say. A beautiful bag as a result of a fabulous pattern. It's amazing how much time and effort Christine puts into her patterns and this one is no exception. It's a gorgeous bag pattern that includes instructions and loads of photos, for not just one, two but three versions. I don't know how she does it but the next is always better than the last and to show you just how versatile this pattern is I've changed it only slightly to show you a fourth version. I'm pretty certain more versions could be made from this pattern. You're all so clever and imaginative.

Christine has posted photos of the other testers bags on her blog so be sure to go over and see them. They've all done such a good job.

Ok here's my version.
As usual I used upholstery fabric for my bag but I advise you to stick to the fabric suggestions of the pattern if you don't have an industrial sewing machine. I couldn't have done it otherwise. The actual bag wouldn't be a problem but the straps and tabs would be too thick for an ordinary machine to cope with.


 I'm really pleased with the result. I've managed to control the speed on my industrial sewing machine going forwards but making it go backwards to finish off seams is still a bit tricky.


On the strap tabs it went through nine layers of upholstery fabric plus the lining. Impossible with my ordinary machine.


This bag has a magnetic button closure with a large pocket under the flap.



Inside the pocket is a smaller pocket for your cell phone.


The main part of the bag has two slip pockets a pen pocket and on the opposite side a zipper pocket.


The pattern has an adjustable strap but I wasn't able to get hold of the buckle in time to finish so I made an ordinary strap.



Christine even give's instructions on how to quilt the bottom of the bag.


Now for the giveaway. It's very simple, just leave a comment on this post and I will announce the winner on Wednesday 17th April.

Please, please, please make sure that I can get in touch with you either by leaving your email with your comment or make sure that you are not on noreply. If I can't get in touch with you I will have to choose another winner.

UPDATE:  Quite a few comments are on noreply, please remember if I can't get in touch with you I will have to choose another winner. Check your settings to make sure noreply is turned off or include your email in your comment.

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Maria ~



64 comments:

  1. What a great bag - I love the fabrics you used!

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  2. Your fabrics are always so great!
    This looks like a nifty bag--like a messenger bag but sleeker and not as boxy.

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  3. That's really a lovely bag (and lovely fabrics) - it's very curvy and feminine - I like that in a bag!

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  4. What a great bag! I love the fabrics you used - especially the swirly one! :)

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  5. I just love the colour of your Genevieve. Well done Mia

    Hugs
    Naomi

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  6. This is a very nice bag!
    KathyC

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  7. Another beautiful bag Maria. It looks so soft in those closer photos.

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  8. I just got a (used) industrial machine. What a great opportunity to test it's "mettle" this could be. Lovely bag.

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  9. Maria, the bag you've done is just beautiful! Congratulations twice, once for the bag because you did a nice job and the second time because you did it using your industrial sewing machines!!!!! This bag is beautiful, I love the fabrics you used,the texture and colors. I would love to win this pattern! I love all about this bag, thanks for hosting this giveaway and thanks to Christine for the pattern!
    Marisa from
    http://passionetcouture.blogspot.ca/

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  10. Love your Bag...You have inspired me to get going and make my first bag. I have been collecting too long.......Beautiful...

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  11. Love this bag! I am ready to sew a new bag for spring and summer and this I the one.

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  12. Really like the bag. Like the flap with a place for the cell phone. Makes it easy to get too. It is time to make something for mysef.

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  13. Great work Maria.. love the combination of texture and colour and pattern!

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  14. That bag is so nice. I would love the pattern, as I love making bags.
    Debbie email mskepim@aol.com

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  15. Great looking bag!!! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  16. Wonderful bag design. The quilted bottom really caught my eye. It's one of those great looking bags that can be made with so many fabrics and always look smart. Would enjoy trying this one. Linda

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  17. I love the bag. Inspired me to get sewing today. My email is mbasher@twcny.rr.com.

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  18. what a pretty bag! thanks for the chance to win! rikkitachiquitabananagirl@gmail.com

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  19. What a lovely bag! Lots of work went into it. Email is redflyingcat@gmail.com.

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    1. Great bag! Love the design & fabric and the pockets!

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  21. Your bag really looks good!! I love this pattern!! kytravelrn@gmail.com

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  22. Your bag is drop dead gorgeous! Love it. roxsews @ gmail.com

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  23. Maria, you are so kind to encourag us by posting your beautiful creations. I love your blog. The Genivieve bag and your fabric choices ..just gorgeous!! You have inspired me to try making a bag. Anita Goodwin

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  24. Just love your Genivieve bag. I like the way you used different colors of fabric on it.

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  25. very nice bag, so good job!!I fowolling your blog!

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  26. WHat a wonderful bag. Your work is beautiful.

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  27. As always Maria another great bag. Thank you for the chance to win the pattern.

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  28. I LOVE this bag. I adore all of ChrisWdesigns. She has wonderful patterns. I love the colors and fabric you have used with this. Very striking.

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  29. Amazing bag and pattern! I'd love to try making one for myself. Lots of pockets is always a good thing. I just finished testing a different bag pattern myself. Hope you'll come over to my blog, sewVery, to check it out and enter my contest, too.

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  30. Thanks for the give-away; I'd would love to win the pattern!

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  31. Love this bag! I would love to win the pattern! My email address is rtigger4@gmail.com if I win. Thanks!

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  32. Wow, what a great bag! Thank you so much for showing all the little details. I already knew I wanted to make the Genevieve but now I am moving it to the top of my list! I have a fun, quirky turquoise fabric with lime green citrus fruits printed on it, perfect for summertime outings (I'm thinking a light denim lining), though I really love the fabrics you used. I recently made the Coco pattern from ChrisW Designs and I love it! I get a lot of compliments on it every time I use it.

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    1. can't figure out how to make sure I am not on 'no reply' so will add my email here: alainore@msn.com

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  33. This bag looks great. Thanks for the opportunity to win the pattern.
    lyndat65 at tpg dot com dot au

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  34. I love that bag and was too slow offering to test it so would be delighted to win a copy of the final pattern.

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  35. Beautiful bag and fabrics! Looks like a great everyday bag and love the pockets. I'd love to add this pattern to my collection. Thanks, mamalusco at ortelco.net

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  36. What a wonderful bag! I already noticed at Liz's Blog :O)
    Have a lovely week,
    Claudia

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  37. Hi, what a wonderful bag! I love the quilted bottom and the pocket under the flap.
    You've chosen beautiful fabrics. I would love to win the pattern. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
    Greetings Marle

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  38. A great looking bag. I especially like the fabrics you chose for your bag and I would love to win this pattern.

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  39. You've done a wonderful job on this bag. I love your fabric choices!

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  40. Really great combination of fabrics! This bag would be nice at my wardrobe :-)

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  41. Maria,
    another fabulous bag! Chris W did an amazing job creating this pattern! I LOVE your fabrics !!!

    Lita

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  42. awesome job on the bag!! love neutrals!!

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  43. Maria, lovey bag, and I like the fabrics that you chose.
    Patty

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  44. Wow, I am glad I found this group. Wonderful bags. I love your colours that you used for this bag. Lots of pockets and the shape is very sexy. I only dream of becoming as good as you are. OK, so I am making my first purse today. Yaaaa. I have always bought purses...... I am addicted. Good thing to be addicted to. LOL. Now that I saw your purse here.... you have given me great inspiration. Thank you!

    intriguing@gmail.com

    Cheers Michele

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  45. Super cute love all the pockets
    hugs
    Susan

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  46. Yippie, Chris told me to enter and tell you that she knows how to contact me. Love all her patterns.

    Stacy

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  47. Your fabric choices complement each other nicely. Great pattern.

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  48. What a wonderful bag! I'm imagining it in Kaffe fassett fabrics for summer. Thanks for the giveaway and for your inspiring blog.

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  49. Stunning, Maria, simply stunning!!! A great shaped bag and you have chosen the PERFECT fabrics!!!

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  50. Another great bag. The fabrics you chose favor the design.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Regards
    Birgitt
    Ritterin(at)web.de

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  51. Your bag is lovely! I'd love to win!

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  52. That is a lovely bag. I love your choice of colours!

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  53. Great craftsmanship and fabric/color choice! Thanks for the giveaway!

    L5L5e3e3 @ bellsouth.net

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  54. What a great bag. I appreciate getting a chance in your giveaway.

    I found you through Sew Many Ways and her linking party. I did not put anything on this time, but I have enjoyed seeing what others have done.

    Thanks, again!

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  55. I love the bag you made and would like to join in the give away!
    I would like to try and make the bag myself.
    Love from Holland,
    Esther
    esther_ingrid@live.nl

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  56. What a beautiful bag. The textured fabrics you chose look amazing and I love that lining.
    I'm already a follower although a quiet one.
    Margaret

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  57. Great bag. I love your version with the different colours. I am leaving my address since I sometimes come up as no reply
    valspiers@gmail.com

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  58. It's a lovely bag. Perfect dimensions for a nice summer bag. I have some ideas for realisation :))). I love your version with different fabrics.
    Hughs from Germany
    Gabi

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Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Your comments mean so much to me and inspire me to create.
~Maria~