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Big-City Bags: Sew Handbags with Style, Sass, and Sophistication [Paperback]

Sara Lawson
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Book Description

28 Jan 2014
This book helps you create stylish and sophisticated bags with the help of expert sewist and popular blogger Sara Lawson. Ready to move beyond basic bags and totes? Now you can create sophisticated handbags and totes with a modern look. You can learn a variety of intermediate to advanced techniques - from installing zippers and magnetic snaps to creating adjustable straps - and find detailed info on selecting the right interfacing, stabilizer, or batting for any project. You can choose from 12 new designer-style bags and purses - alternate colourways provide additional inspiration. You can make use of clearly illustrated, well-tested patterns for sewing attractive bags. You can add stylish design elements that make your bags stand out: piping, three-dimensional pockets, fabric pleats, and more.

Product details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale & Company (28 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604682930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604682939
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 21.1 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sara Lawson is author of popular sewing blog Sew Sweetness.

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5.0 out of 5 stars patterns 27 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
nice range of bags with good clear instructions very easy to follow, and why do I have to add extra words?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for 7 Nov 2013
By Lindsay C - Published on
I have been following Sara's blog for a few years now, and have used several of her sewing patterns. Since I always get compliments on my purses made from her designs, I was very excited to find out she was writing a book! "Big-City Bags" does not disappoint. The book is filled with really unique and stylish bag patterns for any occasion, from a dressy clutch to a diaper bag and everything in between. There are also some great tips for using purse hardware, adapting the patterns and how to choose interfacing. I have already picked out the first pattern I want to make!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! 13 Nov 2013
By Kate W. - Published on
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Great book with great patterns! I LOVE that she details the different types of interfacing and that there are techniques included for bag making. The pictures throughout the book of the bags are great, I love seeing them so I know what I am making and they are in color and *gorgeous*! These bags are also different and not all just variations, Sara is so creative! Deciding which one to start first is a tough decision!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very clear and precise directions and fun designs 22 Nov 2013
By nybookworm - Published on
This is an all-around excellent book. I have made several of Sara's bags before and am always impressed with the clarity of her directions and the creativity of her designs. Each time I do one of her bags, I learn a new technique or how to use a notion I didn't know existed. I especially like the fact that one can "steal" some features from one of her other patterns and insert it to create something that is very personalized. I feel my growth as a bag creater has been enormous from using Sara's directions and photos.

I am almost finished with my first project from this book and know I will move on to another and another.I highly recommend this for people of all abilities.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!! 19 Nov 2013
By lynsey ruml - Published on
Very nice and fashionable patterns. Author has a modern perspective and a great grasp of both style and clearly explaining sewing techniques, which is a refreshing. Projects are stylish, yet very functional. Love this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You make bags? Buy this book! 25 Nov 2013
By Tam Sesto - Published on
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I have been a fan of Sara and her bag patterns for about a year now. I could hardly wait to receive my copy of Big City Bags and it was worth every inch of excitement. The details are amazing. I love the bag interfacing information she provided as well as wear to obtain hardware and etc. She provides excellent instructions and graphics for certain techniques. I love all the bags but my favorite is the cover bag and the one I plan on starting with. Excellent book!
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