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