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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Echino Birds totes are back!

Last summer I purchased a lovely Echino linen fabric in a birds print, and made a bag and a handful of wallets.  The fabric was from Japan, and I fell in love with the feel and look of this print.  Then I found out it was sold out everywhere online!  I was so sad to not have a chance to make any more nice things with it.

Fast forward to last month, when my husband, Marc, and I took the bambino on a quick trip up to Austin.  We ended up by a small, independent fabric store I had not visited in some time.  I started to get very excited when we parked, as there was a sign advertising they were now carrying the Echino line. I don’t think you can imagine my joy when I found they still had not one, but two of the birds color ways!!

I bought what I could, brought it home, and got to cutting.  I started with the biggest projects first.  Today I am so happy to unveil the first three bags made from this small stash of sold-out fabric.  They are each made from my “Essentials” pattern, and feature all the inside pockets and divider that help keep your belongings organized and easy to find.  You can find them all in my Etsy shop.

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“The Essentials” pattern is a multi-purpose bag I designed that is just the right size to hold it all without being bulky.  It works great as an oversized purse, diaper bag, carryon and even as a school bag (will hold most average laptops).  It’s layered canvas construction and cotton straps will carry your items with ease and provide many years of use.

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Each bag features a different lining color scheme, as well as contrasting trims; truly making each bag one of a kind.  Please see the listings for detailed photos.

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Features:
-14″ Tall, 10″ Wide, 5″ Deep
-Interior Divider features two flat 6.5″ tall pockets.
-4 Large pleated pockets, 2 on each side of the divider; each measuring 10″ high and 7.5″ wide when fully expanded.
-Durable, double stitched seams and reinforced stress points.
-Contrasting trim on inside pockets. Interior is made of sturdy duck canvas.
-Outer features a beautiful, Japanese linen fabric featuring birds and vines. Polka dots line the sides of the bag. Linen fabric is backed with duck canvas for strength.
-100% Cotton Straps.

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Thank you for visiting Free Rose Studio! Please come back again, and browse the wares on Etsy!

-Susie

The year is flying by!

Wow, 2012 has just been growing and growing for me here at Free Rose Studio. I’ve been so busy working with clients and sewing, that time got away from me and I’m finally doing my “Welcome, 2012!” post!

2011 was a wonderful year that allowed me to grow in many different ways.  It also marked many milestones for my business: first a website, a PO address, new logos, and finally become an actual corporation!  I’m so happy to be at this point with our business that we were able to accomplish those things.

As the year began, I did some thinking about what 2012 should hold.  I decided my goal was to get handmade into more people’s hands.  I want people to have the option of buying handmade, buying local, giving gifts that were created by someone you can actually interact with.  My goal for this year is to focus on my ready-made stock.  Each month I will add ready-to-ship items to the Etsy store, so that Free Rose Studio can be your source not only for custom designs, but for beautiful, carefully handmade items you can order on a whim and have in your possession within the week

"Essentials" canvas diaper bag, 6 inner pockets, divider, 2 outer pockets

Free Form Van Halen Frankenstein canvas tote bag

I have been enjoying this new challenge, balancing it with custom orders has been interesting, but ready-made offers me a chance to use fabrics I love and techniques I feel like doing that day so I think it’s win-win for everyone.

So far, ready made items in my shop include an Essentials Diaper bag, a smaller tote, and new flannel burpcloths (that double as cloth diapers) and wash cloths.  I am excited to announce that I also have 3 NEW, ready to ship Echino birds bags that will be making an appearance very soon. This fabric had been sold out, but I found a source with just a few pieces left, I can’t wait to share them with you.

Please peruse the etsy shop: Free Rose Studio, and take a moment to like my Facebook page to stay up to date on new designs, offerings, and specials.

Pocket Prefold Burp Rag Cloth Diaper

Down memory lane…

Yesterday, during our seemingly endless drive into the the Big Easy, I was going through some of the older pics in iPhoto.  It was so fun to look at pictures of some things I have created in the past! I thought I would share some of them here, in case they might inspire others of something they would like to have custom made for them, or maybe even an idea they could make for themselves!

Today I will focus just on bags I have made.  While I don’t like to remake anything exactly the same (because I want your Free Rose creation to always be one of a kind), I can happily remake any of these with some variations if you see something you would like!  Feel free to email susie@freerosestudio.com with any questions!