One of the very first bag patterns I purchased back in 2009 when I started sewing again was the City Bag from Nicole Mallalieu Designs. I made 3 bags from it back then, I think, but never one for me ... until now, that is!
This will be my new summer handbag. I ordered the fabric from a store in Canada, had it delivered via a colleague to Andy on his last trip to Brazil and he brought it back for me! It is from Dwell Studio's "Eclectic Modern' collection and is called "Bella Porte". The lining is a gorgeous fleur de lis pattern (blue on white) from Robert Kaufman ... I never take good photos of linings, so I didn't try!
I love this pattern for many reasons. Firstly, the bag is a good size and has a zip closure rather than a magnetic snap. Secondly, the design is simple and classic and I think it suits geometric prints very well. Thirdly, it's actually really quite quick and easy to make!
Now that Nicole has closed her online shop, it's a little bit harder to get her patterns in the northern hemisphere but you can order this one from here.