my buddy Jessica made me an awesome pillow for my birthday, and then her birthday was at the end of December so it was only right that i make her something in return! i actually considered asking her husband for her measurements and surprising her with a washi dress, but i figured that was just a taaaaad risky.
so i made her a purse instead.
it’s the Nooodlehead sidekick tote. Anna is the queen of the amazing bag pattern, and i always love how interesting and unique her designs are (my purse creativity is pretty non-existent). i’d been wanting to sew it for a long time now, so this was my proverbial kick in the pants. it’s a really great pattern and the details are perfect! i made the large size, since Jessica’s got a couple munchkins to haul stuff around for.
Gail and Anna have both sewn it in a yarn dyed black essex linen, so i just went with what i knew worked for the outside (it’s from Bolt). plus i know it’s one of Jessica’s favorite fabrics and she’d probably enjoy carrying it around / petting it. we nerd out about fabric a lot in our friendship. doesn’t everyone?
the pocket is bound with the seersucker i’ve used a few times so far, most notably on little red.
and the lining is sort of another bit of silliness – i always say kona olive goes with everything, and so…i used it, mostly to make Jessica snicker. but also, it REALLY DOES go with everything.
the zipper is magenta (a little brighter than reality in this photo) and the interior pocket is an anna maria horner loulouthi print from Jess.
there’s a good amount of interfacing (i used Pellon SF101 as recommended) giving the sidekick a nice structure. i definitely tried harder to keep my stitching neat and crisp too, since this would be the first in-person example of my sewing she’d see and i didn’t want her to think i was a total hack face.
my giant vintage coat collar and i were ready to make off with it / keep it…but i didn’t. i stuffed it with fat quarters and washi tape magnets and other trinkets and shipped it off to Ohio like a good crafty friend should.