Thursday, March 03, 2011

A New Purse and a Pattern Giveaway

NOTE: Comments are now closed for the giveaway.


"Victory Bags" from Indygo Junction by Amy Barickman

Pattern Description:

From the pattern back: A pair of stylish shoulder bags with a 1940s wartime influence. The Victory Bags are constructed with a set-in gusset base and are a sensible size for everyday use. Both styles include instructions for an internal zippered or patch pocket.

Pattern Sizing:
one size: The bags measure approximately 14” wide x 11” high x 3” deep at the base, excluding shoulder strap.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes. I sewed View A with the buttons. View B sports a buckle.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

The instructions were well-written with clear, helpful illustrations. The only thing I found lacking was a pattern layout diagram. Because of the many pieces, a layout diagram would have been helpful.

Error on pattern piece G: pattern piece says to cut 2 from interfacing; only 1 is needed.

The gussets were surprisingly easy to sew. I expected to have to re-do the gussets at least once, but they came together just right and on the first try. Again, great instructions!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I like the style and size of this purse. The gussets at the purse bottom make for a roomy inner compartment. The purse is easy to sew, but yet the details of the design make it interesting. I also like that the purse has a magnetic snap closure under the front flap. The 3 buttons are for just for show. :)

Fabric Used:
Exterior: I used a piece of home decor fabric--a heavy twill, I think--a typical home decorating fabric with a mod leave print on a lime green background.


Interior: A cotton quilting fabric from my stash. The bag also has an inner lining of Pellon fleece. The strap and front flap are also interfaced with fusible interfacing.


Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

The only change I made was to add a second pocket to the purse interior. The pattern gives great instructions on how to make a zippered pocket; my bag has both the zippered pocket and the added second patch pocket.


Conclusion:
I love, love, love this pattern. It's the perfect size purse, and I can imagine making several in various fabrics...change the fabric and you get a whole new look..cute and trendy, sleek or classic...just imagine the possibilities! I will definitely make this pattern again, but next time in View B.

Ruth


Okay, if you've read this far, here is the information about the pattern giveaway! Sew Chic will be giving away two purse patterns from Indygo Junction, complements of Amy Barickman, owner and founder of Indygo Junction. The two purse patterns are: Victory Bags (reviewed above), and Cross-Over Carryall, another great pattern I hope to sew up soon.

To enter, go to the Indygo Junction site and browse the shop. Then come back here and leave a comment on this post answering the following question: If you were to buy one item from Indygo Junction, what would it be?

Be sure to leave your email address so we have a way to contact you if your name is drawn.

Note, because of shipping costs, this giveaway is open only to people with addresses in the United States and Canada. We're sorry that this is closed to our international readers.

In a week or two, we will choose 2 winners for the 2 patterns. The first winner will receive her choice of the 2 patterns, and the second winner will receive the 2nd pattern.

Now, go to Indygo Junction and have fun browsing all the fabulous patterns! :)
happy sewing,
Ruth and Jessica

108 comments:

  1. I really really really really really really really really really really really want the Victory Bag pattern! It's been on my wishlist for a long time now! Your bag looks amazing, and has definitely sealed the deal for me that I MUST have this pattern!

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  2. This is such a great post!
    I would love to win this! Wonderful job on the bag! Love the fabric choice!
    I love the Streetcar bags pattern on their website! Soooo chic and unqiue!

    wvhandmade@gmail.com
    www.woodviolethandmade.etsy.com

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  3. What a beautiful purse! I love the green :)

    I love the Victory Bag and the Petal Blossom Bag off of the website.


    Kelsey
    kreed1287 @ gmail.com

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  4. So cute!! And what an awesome giveaway! My favorite pattern on the website is the London jacket. I love both bag patterns, but I think I'd sew the Victory first.

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  5. A MAZ ING Bag! You made it sooooo beautiful. Fabulous fabric choice!! If I were to win this pattern, I would definately pick the Victory Bag and hope to choose a fabric as terrific as yours. Although the Side Pocket Purse is pretty great too.

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  7. Thanks for the giveaway! My one purchase would be the Street car bag pattern. It is similar to the Victory bag, and I love the proportions of it!!

    v.burks@lycos.com

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  8. That is an adorable bag!

    There are so many cute things at Indygo Junction. Right now I think at the top of my list would be the Garden Party Pullover.

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  9. I love the bag you just made! Too adorable. If I were buying a pattern, it would be a tossup. I really like the Streetcar Bags, but they look pretty big. I think I probably would choose the Victory Bag!

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  10. I LOVE the Victory Bag! I have been wanting to get it for a while.

    gpthorne@gmail.com

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  11. That Victory Bag is to die for! The Best Biased Skirt looks like just what I need! And those wool packs...!

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  12. I'd have to buy the Streetcar Bag pattern, as well as the Victory Bag!

    ddechurc (at) indiana (dot) edu

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  13. I love the serged Satchel. I saw it at my local quilting store and thought it was adorable.

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  14. I like the all day apron pattern as my pattern to choose just because I have been looking for a pattern like that for my daughter-in-law for quite awhile. Also like the second place prize bag just because it looks easy to whip up. The
    Raincoat seems tempting just because I am from Washington! Pam Kirkskorner@comcast.net

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  15. I would have to say the grommet wallet. I think it would go great with the victory bag. That pattern is awesome!

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  16. I LOVE your bag. My favorite color is green :) I would buy the All Day Apron. Love aprons and all things vintage! Great giveaway too.

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  17. I LOVE THIS BAG!!!!! You did a great job on it! If I had to chose only one pattern to purchase, I think I would go with the Woven Mosaic Purse. I love using lots of colors!
    Shannon.arnold@yahoo.com

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  18. You did a beautiful job on your bag!!

    I'd buy the Streetcar Bags pattern too :)

    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  19. After looking through everything I'd have to say the Victory Bag! It is a really neat bag and I love your version.

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  20. I really love the victory bag pattern. I also was really drawn to the grommet wallet pattern on the Indygo Junction website. That would be such a cute gift to give my daughter and our friends. Just loved it!

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  21. I love both patterns! If I had to choose only 1 pattern from the website...my oh my...that's difficult. There are so many that I want. But, I would start with the Manhattan Messenger bag.

    debutaunt79 at yahoo dot com

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  22. I like the Street Car bags!!!! And the book covers are SO cute!!

    Thanks!
    Sarah G.

    sarah(dot)egilmore(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. Great job on te bag!! I would by the Recycled Sisters, item IJ884 off the web site. My 3 y/o would love these!

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  24. Love your purse! Great colors, I adore bright greens. Very spring-y too!

    I like the grids-n-grommets bag. I like that it could easily switch from a crossbody bag with longer handle, to an over-the-shoulder with shorter handle. Very clever.

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  25. Cool give-a-way. I really like the Victory bag :)

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  26. What fun patterns! I love the Victory Bag and also the Grommet wallet. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

    aspentrees@gmail.com

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  27. I can see why you like your bag so much, it's adorable!!!! If I were to buy in IJ pattern, I'd pick Chinois Coat - that is too cute!

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  28. I love the victory bag most, I think! Although the composition cover is excellent as well.

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  29. So adorable! I've always looked at the Indygo Junction patterns, but never purchased one. I really like Flouncy Tops & Pants pattern from the website. I am a single mom of 3 girls and would LOVE to make 3 coordinating outfits from this pattern.

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  30. I really like the cross-over pattern. It would be fun to have either pattern and make several of it.

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  31. I like the Victory Bags...very pretty! I love the one you made! Many blessings!

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  32. I love the all day apron, the streetcar bag and the Victory Bag because the green is so striking!

    freedom694@hotmail.com

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  33. LOVE this purse!

    As for Indygo goodies...I like the Quick-Tie Topper the Midtown Trench, the Audrey Afternoon Dress and the In-Over-Your-Head Apron. Sorry, I really did try to narrow it down to one! ;)

    (email linked to my profile)
    Thanks for the fun!

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  34. Just one???? I would have to say the Chinois jacket -very on-trend!

    (The parisian tote is a close 2nd, followed by the Parisian purse, nouveau hobo.....see? It's impossible to pick JUST ONE favourite!!!!)

    hpennie AT amtelecom DOT net

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  35. Great giveaway! Love the look of the bag you made. I checked out the Indigo Junction shop; cute and interesting patterns. Besides the Victory Bag Pattern I really liked the Whirlgigs Quilt pattern. It looks like such a fun pattern and perfect for someone like me who has always wanted to make a quilt.

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  36. Great giveaway!!! thanks
    I do like the victory bag. It is styled like an old pair of 1940's pants. I really like the all day apron pattern.

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  37. There are so many great things on Indygo Junction! I love their apron patterns, the Victory Bag, the Streetcar Bag, the high-tech totes...

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  38. What a nice looking pattern!
    I like the wallet pattern and that first embroidery book.
    Nice things there.

    Would love to win the pattern.
    Thanks.

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  39. The Streetcar Bag pattern for sure!

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  40. I would definitely put the Streetcar bag at the top of my list!

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  41. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I think I would choose one of the cute apron patterns or the Vintage Notions book.
    Becka
    becloach@gmail.com

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  42. I would probably go with the Little Charmers pattern because I usually end up sewing for my daughters. The streetcar bags pattern is really cute though. So if I was looking to make something for myself that would be it!

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  43. I would go for the chinois coat...I have the perfect fabric for it...oh to dream.
    lovin'the give away!

    malcolm.tanya@gmail.com

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  44. I would be hard pressed to pick just one of the yo-yo patterns, but were I to purchase only one item I think it would be "scrappy the clown". My niece loves clowns and this would be her bday present from her Aunti Martha.

    qzwv8j@yahoo.com

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  45. I would buy the Saddle Bag pattern! It's just so cute!

    -Many Smiles!

    ashley_c_014@homtail dot com

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  46. I love the bag. Thanks for sharing.

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  47. I would get the petal blossom bag! It looks like the perfect way to use up a lot of small scraps.
    Lindsay1984@gmail.com

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  48. I have been a reader of your blog for several months but have never left a comment. This handbag pattern broke the ice for me.
    I make bags for teachers and love the Manhattan Messenger and also the Saddle Bag patterns. I have purchased other patterns from Indygo Junction.

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  49. I would definetly buy the everyday apron! I love it!

    -Courtney
    courtneysoleil(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. I'd buy the Victory bag - so cute.

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  51. I'd love to have the Cross over bag- I walk 1.3 miles each way to work and need a good bag to carry!

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  52. I love the retro look of the "All Day Apron" on the Indygo Junction site - if I got just one thing from their site, that is what I'd get. Similarly...I love the Victory Bag pattern! I like that things that have a retro feel to them are "in" right now!

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  53. The grommet wallet looks really neat. The Victory bag is really nice. Thanks for the heads up on the ottobre group. I'll have to start following your blog.

    aliben7@gmail.com

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  54. I love the bag patterns in this giveaway. I also think the Quick-Tie Topper is great. Please enter me.

    Thanks

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  55. love the Victory Bags! I am intrigued by Indygo's circle scarves and their embellishments with yo yos and zippers! It all looks like fun! Thanks for the give-away!

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  56. Thanks for putting together this give away! If i had my choice of ANY pattern at Indygo Junction it would be a three-way tie (is that wrong) between the Mod Top and Tunic, the Chinois Coat, and the Victory Bag (no joke--you nailed it on the head for me with that one). Thanks again!

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  57. I would buy the side-pocket purse, but I love a lot of their designs and have been dying to try one.

    crystalfulcher(at)ec.rr.com

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  58. Chinois Coat is my top pick for patterns, other than wanting the bag patterns : ), I'd love to acquire from this site!

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  59. Oopsie! My email address is:

    cbhale4@gmail.com

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  60. Just found your site - love it. I would get the Grids and Grommets bag pattern. Way cute.

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  61. Cute bag! I would buy the Manhatten Messenger bag pattern.
    hwbayley@msn.com
    Thanks!

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  63. I like the colors on the bag and would love to try out the pattern.

    My email is camelliaonmoss@gmail.com

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  64. I think I'd get the Composition Book cover patttern. So cute! and it would make a great, practical gift!

    Karen
    karen.woodie@cmaa.org

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  65. Street Car Bag is AWESOME! Maybe I will be lucky today!

    becka818@gmail.com

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  66. Your stuff is amazing!! i'm new to blogspot and i make patchwork blankets, pillows and all sorts of other things! i would love it if you checked out my blog!

    http://cloudypatchwork.blogspot.com/

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  67. I love the site! If I had to buy just one...it would be between the Classic Vest and the Ruffled Revival. Are you sure I could only pick one? hmmmmm. Ok. Classic Vest!
    I would have a vest for every single day x's 2!
    What a neat site. Thank you for the intro and the chance to WIN!

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  68. Sorry. Email is ldunkerley@comcast.net
    :)

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  69. Wow...I haven't looked at their products for a while. They have more neat things than I remember. I would definately buy the quick-tie tunic, and then the mod top. I will have to add these to my stash if my budget allows. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  70. woops...should have added my e-mail. It is charmedbyvintage@hotmail.com thanks again!

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  71. I love the Streetcar Bags and the Victory Bag patterns! These would make great gifts AFTER I make a few for myself!

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  72. I love the Victory Bag pattern, especially with the patch pocket. It would make a great gift. I'll end up sewing one for myself too. Maybe one for each season?

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  73. ooops...I got so excited Mommy forgot to add her email address. I also changed my profile name to Sarah

    sgreenfie@gmail.com

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  74. I really like the Mod Top & Tunic pattern from the website. I think if a different fabric were used this could be very chic worn with leggings and booties!

    Piper
    pfinley85@yahoo.com

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  75. The Anna Rose bag is so beautiful so that pattern is on my wishlist from now on...But I would be very glad to win the giveaway. This is my first attempt.
    Have a great day all fashionistas out there!!!!

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  76. I think the Chinois Coat is gorgeous! And I'm also intrigued by the idea of zipper flower etc accents... (can you tell I'm new at this??!!)

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  77. I would but the grommet wallet pattern. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  78. Im really into classical designs, and being a sewing novice I love finding chic beginner (or intermediate if Im extra excited) patterns and designs.

    Definately Streetcar Bags for me!

    murrieteir at aol .com

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  79. my favorite is the Streetcar Bags - very cute

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  80. Would love the pattern. Thanks for having a giveaway.

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  81. I love the London Jacket pattern. I really like the Crossover Carry-All as well.
    laura(d0t)hojnacke(at)gmail(d0t)com

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  82. street car bag ok any bag pattern!

    thanks for doing the giveaway

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  83. The victory bag is awesome. The fabric choices and the buttons are great.

    Lunachance
    Redmond, WA

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  84. The victory bag is my favorite! I also like the all day and rick rack aprons.

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  85. Yo tambiƩn me apunto a este sorteo ya que me encantan los bolsos, soy adicta a ellos.. ji ji ji..

    eupterus@gmail.com

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  86. Just found your Blog this morning!!
    The Victory Bag is delightful...would love to win this pattern and make for my college daughter and her friends. Your choice of fabric was perfect.
    Looking forward to keeping up with your Blog :)

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  87. I love Call Me Ruth's bag with the retro look. I wish I had more time, to really search for great fabrics! kwolf42@hotmail.com

    Thanks

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  88. I re4ally like the Victory bag.

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  89. I love the purse you made! I have been a fan of Indygo Junction for years. They always have such wonderful designs. I'd like to get The Ruffled Chef apron pattern. Thanks for having the giveaway!t

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  90. I like the Quick-Tie Topper pattern.

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  91. I would buy the petal blossom bag. I love how it has all the different colors but it's such a simple design.

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  92. I like the Victory Bags!

    Many blessings!

    office@craigchurchministries.org

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  93. I am LOVING the victory bags. But I have to say, if I could choose from the whole site I'd have to go with the little boy jammies. <3

    crystalsdesign at gmail dot com

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  94. I would like the Yoyo Fashions book. I want to make everything in it!
    Judy
    jshodges1@comcast.net

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  95. What a great site! Love the Victory bag! Very cute!

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  96. I absolutely love this bag, I would love to win this pattern giveaway, especially since I've never won anything in my life!

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  97. I would definitely have to echo what Sara @ Sew Sweetness said. I have been looking for a bag that I just have to have for a long time now and I definitely have found it with the Victory bag!
    alysoncollom@yahoo.com

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  98. It is really hard to choose. I really like the Boulevard bag though and would probably choose it!

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  99. That looks like a great site to find some patterns. I liked the Woven Mosaic Purse - IJ876 Looks like it would fit a bible nicely. :o)
    My email is Kelli1120@verizon.net

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  100. yo yo blooms. so cute!!

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  101. love the grommet wallet and the botanical bags!

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  102. I would get the Grommet Wallet if I were to buy something from Indygo Junction. In fact, I just might... :-D

    ali.meagher@gmail.com

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  103. I think the tie pocket pouches are so cute but I love the boulevard bag!!! So many cute things!

    terri.garland@hotmail.com

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  104. Thanks for the great giveaway! Wonderfully cute!!! I love the Victory Bag. Very fun! I'm also loving the Grommet Wallet on their website.

    susiesewmaker@gmail.com

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  105. Chinois Jacket, but this is a hard question. There are many patterns I like, and some are just because of the fabric choice.

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  106. I would purchase either the Victory bags pattern or the Streetcar bags pattern. Both are such stylish bags.

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  107. I love the Streetcar Bag and the All Day Apron!

    mamasewing(at)gmail(dot)com

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  108. I would get the pattern for the afternoon tea apron - so cute. I might actually wear one when cooking =)

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