Sophia Clutch Pattern And Crossbody Bag - Testers Versions

If you haven't noticed yet, the new Sophia Fold-Over Clutch And Crossbody Bag pattern is available now! It wouldn't be as good as it is without a dedicated team of pattern testers who have invested quite a few hours, in some cases even days into testing the pattern. As a thank-you, I wanted to showcase a few of the pattern testers' versions of the Sophia pattern. Meet the people that have helped me to make this pattern the best it can be! 
testers versions of the sophia clutch

I always find it so tough to decide on which photos to feature in the shop, and that's not mine - it's the ones my testers have made. So many breathtakingly beautiful, gorgeous photos! Not to mention that there's tons of know-how behind those images, tons of well-thought-out solutions, sometimes even pattern hacks my pattern testers come up with (there's one below, check it out!), errors found and dealt with, and improvement suggestions. I cannot say how grateful I am for all the hours they have invested in this pattern, helping to make it the best it can be!

Now, I'd like to show off many, and I say many of these images, and a bit of the stories behind. And, here I'm sharing all the various materials they have used - and YOU can use - to make the Sophia. You'll see, from quilting cotton and duck cloth, through faux suede, leather, upholstery fabric, light and heavy home decor, glitter vinyl, all the way to Craft Tex!

Check them out here:

fold-over clutch and crossbody bag pattern options
First, Ulrike. You'll find her on FB at The Busy Sewing Room. Gorgeous color combos, her impeccable sewing skills and solutions blew me off! Her shop (link) is filled with gorgeous bags in perfectly matching prints and colors.

fold-over clutch and crossbody bag pattern options
Next on this journey is Lorna and her Ella Marsh Handmade boutique. She made the small version with glitter vinyl, and she stitched a divider into the inner pocket - so clever if you need it for small items (I'm thinking credit cards and lipstick!)

fold-over clutch and crossbody bag pattern options
You'll find Maryanna on FB at Marvelous Auntie M.  She made this gorgeous small clutch version with a Tula Pink print and some cute pink glitter vinyl - what a fun clutch for a girl on a Saturday night out, or a teenager's first clutch!


fold-over clutch and crossbody bag pattern options
Kris made the medium crossbody Sophia version with black faux leather and home decor canvas, and she said it is such a great size for a wallet and phone. There might be a blog post with more details on its way! Find Kris on FB at SewNotes

UPDATE: she also wrote a blog post on testing the Sophia pattern. I feel so flattered! See why, and you absolutely must check out her photos - tons of details you'll want to see!


So far, bright and bold colors. And here are a few breathtakingly beautiful clutches in pastel, like this one:
AppleGreen Cottage pattern - testers versions
Genevieve has tested a few of my patterns already, and I always enjoy scrolling through her wonderful Instagram feed. She sews professionally, and her photography is stunning. That's the best possible combination!  Find her on Instagram at @Genevieve_O

AppleGreen Cottage pattern - testers versions
And here's Kadri's Sophia crossbody bag modeling in Abu Dhabi. Kadri is one of the dedicated testers who managed to jump on the project right away, and she was so happy with the Sophia she made she took it right away to her trip to Abu Dhabi, just a few days later. Looks like love at first sight stitch, doesn't it? The embellishments on the flap add just the right amount of interest to the flap while still retaining a cohesive picture. Love them!

She even wrote a blog post about the Sophia and her trip (here) and her photos of the Sophia crossbody bag are stunning! Also, check out Kadri's FB page Kadristik here.  
AppleGreen Cottage pattern - testers versions
Oxana is the owner and apparel pattern designer at Sinclair Patterns. She was the one brave enough to take on a combination of duck cloth with Craft-Tex, and it looks stunning! This is her medium size crossbody version, and she was amazing in taking care of the user-experience aspect of the pattern. Assembling the Sophia pattern prints is now way easier  - because of her!

AppleGreen Cottage pattern - testers versions

And here's Tandy's beautiful Sophia Crossbody Bag. An avid tester of both the sewing process as well as the wording of the tutorial, without her there would be tons of tiny little errors in the pattern instructions. (thank you!) Also, she's made quite a few clutches during testing and a lot of photos (ones you might see in the coming weeks if you follow AppleGreen Cottage on Instagram) and I just need to show you her latest, hacked version: 
AppleGreen Cottage pattern - testers versions
Front and back panel switched, with faux leather on the front and QAYG with batting instead of fusible fleece. So clever, and adorable!

AppleGreen Cottage pattern - testers versions
Fleur has made a medium-sized Sophia crossbody bag with cork. Such an elegant and sophisticated version! Find more of her photos on her Instagram account @fleursebregts


AppleGreen Cottage pattern - testers versions
Claudia has sewn a large crossbody Sophia bag using the pieced front panel option, combining pink leather and home-decor-weight fabric. You can't see it in this image, but the lines on the interior pocket and the lining match perfectly!  


AppleGreen Cottage pattern - testers versions
Ann made a small Sophia clutch and a large crossbody bag, a cute set made from black cork with silver and a bit of canvas for the little clutch. I'm grateful for her support and advice - you know when you can message a tester and ask about a certain detail, and she responds right away? Invaluable. Visit her on Instagram here.


AppleGreen Cottage pattern - testers versions
Ahsh sewed a small crossbody version. What a cute make!


AppleGreen Cottage pattern - testers versions
Ann is one of the Sophia pattern testers, too. She chose a beautiful golden leaves print for her final version (very hard to photograph, yet adorable!) Her verdict: 'Such a beautiful pattern, easy to follow and so many options.' She made the large size with a crossbody strap and the small clutch with hand strap. She posted more photos on her Instagram profile at @annmade.1

Pin all these versions for later:
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And let me tell you, there have been many more versions, and you'd have to wait for this post for another two weeks if I wanted to include them all. Let me just say these are beautiful bags and clutches and I'm hoping to get a few more showcased in the coming weeks in my FB group (join here!) and Instagram - make sure to follow and see more beautiful photos of Sophia bags made by pattern testers - and I'm hoping to see your version, too.

Make sure to tag me using @applegreencottage on Instagram or @applegreencottage1 on FB. I'd love to see what you make! Happy sewing,


Damjana

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4 comments:

  1. Wow, they are all beautiful bags. But if I have to say what caught my eye immediately, it was Fleur's cork/vinyl bag and Oxana's duck cloth/kraftex bag (her fringe zipper pull was just the right touch). I have had a roll of cork, vinyl & kraftex for over a year trying to decide what to do with it. Thus, I am purchasing the pattern and now just have to decide which textile to use first.

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    1. Susan,
      thank you for the purchase and for commenting. Can't wait to see your versions! xoxo, Damjana

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  2. Now that I see all the different ones maybe this will be my next pattern I try lol

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    1. Yey! Leigha, if you do, make sure to post it somewhere I can see, or send me a photo, will you? Seeing what others make from my patterns is my favorite part of a pattern release! xoxo, Damjana

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