Introducing the “Barlow Bag”

I’ve been selling these for a few months now, but I thought it was time to officially introduce my newest style: The “Barlow Bag”!  This convertible bag is available as a cross body, but the strap quickly shortens to purse length to be carried on the shoulder.  Ready made items are currently available in my Etsy shop, and of course you can always custom order by visiting the Contact tab above.

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Tapered at the top, with a pleated, curved bottom to accommodate a full bag, it holds a lot but stays flat against your body.

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Size wise, it falls between the smaller “Pennsylvanian” and the “Essentials” bag.

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 The “Barlow” stands 14″ tall and 4″ deep. The top measures 12″ across, while the wider bottom is 14″. It contains 2 inner pleated pockets, but can be upgraded to 4 pleated, or 2 pleated and one flat. The cotton belting strap adjusts up to 50″ in length (longer lengths available by custom order).

 

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The “Barlow Bag” is available with a messenger flap closure (with magnetic snap), or with a zippered top (pictured below)Image.  

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To order, please contact me, and I’ll send you my current fabric choices.  The “Barlow” bag is available for $55.  Embroidery, monogramming, and appliqués are available for an additional fee.  

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The “Barlow” can also be ordered in a purse length with a matching fabric strap for an additional $8.

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The one that was sent away…

It starts off innocently enough.  I’m making a piece for a client, and then it happens.  I’m cutting the pattern out of the fabric, like any other project, and the butterflies start.  I rush to the sewing machine, eager to see it become what I see in my mind.  I begin to grow attached, find myself staring at it as it comes together, unable to go to bed until it’s *at least* almost finished.  I won’t finish it that night, because I know that the sooner it is done, the sooner it will leave my possession.  I accept it. I’ve fallen in love with the piece, and I want to stretch my time out with it for as long as possible.

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Don’t get me wrong-I put my heart, and all the skill I can muster, into every piece I create! But sometimes, something about a certain item, or maybe the person it is going to when it is a gift, creates a different energy.  Last week this very thing happened again.  My friend Heather had asked me to create a backpack for her, and it was her turn in my sewing queue. Her first choice of fabric was unavailable, but we found this black and white version of it, and I convinced her to let me play with the coordinating medallion pattern.  I based it off my “Essentials”pattern, with a few modifications per her request.  I also added resin snaps to the sides, so that the side gussets can be snapped flat when the bag is less full, but opened up when it needs to hold more. It has 1.5” wide woven cotton straps, and silver sliding buckles to adjust the length. I hope I have some free time in the fall, because I certainly want one for myself!  in the meantime, I’d love to make one for you!

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So, check it out…here is the one that got away! 🙂  If you would like one of your own, please email me at susie@freerosestudio.com to place a custom order.  The Essentials Backpack is $85, and can be made in this combination of fabrics, or from another pattern in my current stock (email to see current availability).

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