Monday, September 7, 2015

The New Bella II Handbag

Now that the new Bella II pattern is out at available at ChrisW Designs, I can show you mine. I was one of Christine's testers for this bag. Christine retired the old Bella so she could update the pattern not only in looks, but in how some things are sewn too, such as the straps and interior zipper pocket. I think Bella II is gorgeous! While I still like the original Bella, I think I may like this updated new Bella a bit more. Go here to see all of the testers bags. Some testers added the grommets on the front of their bags and some didn't. The grommets are a design element that you can choose to add or leave if off, you decide. I rather like the look of the grommets and the bow.

 There is a 20% off discount if you purchase the Bella II, good only at ChrisW Designs website. If you purchased the original Bella, you can get 50% off the new Bella II!!! The sale is good through September 30, 2015 (Australia time).

Here is my new Bella II~
I used 2 batik fabrics and the pink is a hand dyed fabric that I dyed several years ago. I also used the pink for the lining fabric.
Grommets with a ribbon bow. I added 2 ribbons. One is an organza ribbon that picks up the aqua color. There are 2 large front pockets: the pink pocket is divided in half with stitching and the aqua pocket has the 2 grommets that help to create the division of the aqua pocket, although it's still  really one large pocket.
The side view. I added a zipper pull to the recessed zipper. The charm is a handbag too!
The recessed zipper. I used a plastic teeth zipper I had on hand that was the right size.
She holds a lot of my stuff inside!
I placed my pen pocket in the center, rather than on the one side as the directions instruct. That way my pen pocket divides the larger pocket in half when you sew the pen pocket in place. My "Pick A Pocket Wallet" (another ChrisW Design) looks pretty inside the Bella II.
Across from the slip pockets here is a zippered pocket that has another slip pocket behind it.
I made a little notebook cover using selvages a long time ago so I could always have paper and pens with me to jot down ideas. That slip pocket is the perfect size to slip in my little notebook.
Back of Bella II.
I make my own zipper pulls. I made 3 for this bag: this one for the back zippered pocket, one for the inside zippered pocket and one for the recessed zipper.
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15 comments:

  1. It is gorgeous, Daryl. I love the new Bella II.

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  2. I really like your ribbon and grommet detailing. Great looking purse.

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  3. I love your version and of this bag. I like your batiks, the grommets and bow, your zipper pulls! Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you Judith! You are a no-reply, so I couldn't email you directly. I appreciate your sweet comment!!!

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  4. I love your version and of this bag. I like your batiks, the grommets and bow, your zipper pulls! Gorgeous!

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  5. Every detail is just right on this new bag dear. Your choice of fabrics, ribbons, and zipper pulls really enhances this purse. Creative Purse Bliss...

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  6. Wow! That is an amazing bag. I love everything about it...even the zipper pulls.

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  7. this is a nice looking bag, lots of zippers, space and easy access. you did a wonderful job of making it; your embellishments are a great addition.
    the grommets are fun, I don't know why I am nervous about using them, they look great and add strength as well.
    Tara

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  8. You always use such interesting fabrics! And you think of every single to detail. Love your version. Isn't it fun to see all the versions? This bag is awesome.

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    1. Thank you Norma! Your bag was awesome too with your signature chevron fabric.

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  9. You've made a beautiful version of the bag. And your hand-dye fabric goes very well with the other two. As well as your pretty wallet. :-)

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  10. Wow - so professional, and I love all the places to put things. I also love your fabric choices. Super job

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  11. Love your purse and all the details, especially the zipper pulls.

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  12. I've made the old bella and loved it but this one is even nicer. You did a great job as usual.

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  13. Oh my Daryl - this is really adorable! I love your fabric choices and the extra special little touches you added too. Two ribbons makes it look even better and those handmade zipper pulls are great. You are really talented - the goodies inside show that too!

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