Pellon®: Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Alicia Wietholter: I find a lot of ideas at the store, I note what’s trendy yet classic enough to not go out of style tomorrow and implement similar details using techniques I learn mostly by trial and error. The ladies who sew Swoon patterns provide a lot of inspiration, they have so many great ideas.
P: What does your creative process entail?
AW: A lot of coffee.
P: Why do you enjoy sewing?
AW: It’s the one artistic outlet that anybody can learn how to do.
P: Do you create mainly for satisfaction, gifts, art or another reason?
AW: Having something to show for doing what you enjoy in invaluable. As for writing sewing patterns, providing the know-how for someone, anyone, to create something with their hands that he/she is proud of is truly amazing and deeply fulfilling.
P: What tips or tricks learned through experience can you share?
AW: Press EVERYTHING. And fabric glue is a fast and easy shortcut alternative to machine basting.
P: When did you start sewing?
AW: About 10 years ago when my mom randomly bought me a sewing machine. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I figured it out.
Mabel is an adorable little handbag inspired by vintage box purses of the 40’s. This bag is roomy enough to carry your everyday essentials while still looking sleek and retro-stylish. It’s also the perfect size for a lunch bag with Pellon® Insul-fleece™ basted or quilted to the lining pieces, or as a cosmetics bag by using laminated or nylon fabric as the lining.
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Whether you’re new to handbag construction or a seasoned expert, the Laney Hobo Bag may just be your new go-to pattern! Designed and patterned by Alicia Wietholter of Swoon Patterns, the step-by-step instructions are clear, concise, and easy to follow. Make one for yourself and one for a friend! Finished bag measures at 15″ wide, 10″ tall & 6″ deep.Read more