One of my favorite people ever who had one of the most fun weddings I've ever attended and with whom I eat lunch almost every day asked for a bag. She likes big bags, but she has a tot, so she needs certain things to be readily accessible. Then she told me she had been looking on Fabric.com (I love when my 'customers' do their own research--saves me the guesswork) and saw something she thought would be good. It was a large print so she thought it would look good on a larger bag, and the colors seemed vibrant but not loud (I'm amazed that people listen long enough for something to sink in when I babble on about this stuff, and then kind of repeat it back to me accurately).
So here's the print she selected:
This is Michael Miller's 'Tattoo Parlour Scroll'
I would normally have passed this by. I like pink and flowers and Christmas trees, so things that are not one of those things don't register with me (unfortunately--because usually they're quite nice. I need to increase my fabric field of view). I'm considering ordering more of this just to have on hand--it really is a great looking fabric. And it is 100% her personality.
Anyhoodle--here's the bag I just finished:
Please excuse the huge shadow on the left--I need to deliver tomorrow so I had to snap photos tonight.
And here's a modification to the original: she asked for pockets on the outside to fit a kid's juice cup or a bottle of water, etc. I had to figure out the measurements of the bottom pleat and how much elastic was just right--I think I nailed it.... I really like how it blends in to the side so it's not obvious there are pockets on the sides.
And here's your standard inside: slip pocket on the left, zip pocket on the right.
I thought I had much more of this red than I actually did, but I had the exact amount I needed so all ended up being right with the world. I like how the fabric has chameleon properties about it. It looks like an animal print but it's not. It's called Tattoo Parlour and looks tattoo-ish, but not really. It's kind of abstract, but at the same time definitely a scroll pattern. Michael Miller is definitely my favorite fabric designer. And Amy Butler. If they ever collaborated on a fabric line my head might explode.