Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Wallet

my coworker had a birthday yesterday and i had heard her mention how much she needs a new wallet so i mentally added it to my to-do list. she is a great admirer of Vera Bradley crap. (An aside: I hate Vera Bradley for irrational reasons. probably because i have hated most of the people I've met who carry her handbags. plus i feel like the prints she uses are too garish, like Amy Butler on steroids.) i used a steroid-free Amy Butler Love fabric for the exterior since it was the closest approximation i could come up with to the dreaded VB. (plus, she likes purple). the green card pockets are a denyse schmidt for joanns line--maybe sugar creek?
Wallet for coworker
anyway, i whipped up this wallet as a gift. i've made a conscious decision not to link or name the pattern. i bought a pattern despite there being many free tutorials on the internet because i am lazy and because i like supporting independent designers. i believe i have mentioned before that i am also an anal-retentive researcher. i did an extensive search before purchasing but was unable to find anyone who had ever used this company's patterns, probably for good reason, but i decided to take the plunge anyway.
Wallet for coworker
the pattern was written tutorial style with the world's tiniest photos. i found the descriptions of the steps extremely lacking in clarity and i had to muddle through, sometimes redoing entire portions my own way because it was the only thing that made sense to me. i'm also pretty sure the cutting instructions for the exterior are incorrect.
Wallet for coworker
one thing that i couldn't tell before purchasing the pattern was whether or not it included a slot for holding paper bills, like a regular wallet. it doesn't. i was too frustrated by this point to add it on my own. the back has a zippered pocket and i used my new pink hello pilgrim bracelet fabric for it but i did not take a picture because it looks less than stellar. i was a bit ashamed to give this away as a gift but the recipient seemed to like it anyway.

i need a new wallet myself because i've been carrying the same damn one for over 10 years but i will definitely not be using this pattern again. if anyone has recommendations for a good wallet pattern or tutorial i am very open to suggestions.

3 comments:

  1. That is irritating. It still looks nice, despite the pattern troubles. I share your dislike for VB.

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  2. vb...not my fave.  her stuff always looks too "old lady" to me.  bummer about the pattern.  does keyka lou have any good ones?  i have been pleased with the patterns of hers that i have...

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  3. Go to "Confessions of a Fabricaholic". She has a wallet tute that is fabulous! I have made several of them. I have changed a few things along the way to suit my tastes better, but she is thorough and awsum!

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