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Plum, Lilac and Wine

Yesterday I completed some new pleated shoulder bags. I really love this new design. Posted above is me modeling one of the new pleated bags. I'm standing near the east river in New York City with a view of the United Nations building in the background. 
The bag above is made from cotton twill in plum and lilac. I find that cotton canvas and twill works best with this design.  I used the same fabric on the outside  for the inside lining.  Since the fabric is soft but thick I do not need to interface it. I found that using interface made the pleats looks stiff and unnatural. This designs looks best when the pleats are soft and flowing. I did interface the top band which helps the bag hold its shape. 
The handbag posted below on the right is made from a beautiful linen and cotton blend fabric in a deep wine color. Since this fabric is a bit thinner than the cotton twill  I decided to interface the inside lining to give the bag more shape yet keep the pleats on the outside soft and flowing. I think they both were a success. They will be available in my shop sometime this week. Plum, lilac and all shades of purple are very in fashion for the fall and winter. hint hint!

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Had to say goodbye to my sweet Anni this past Tuesday. She had been sick for several weeks and after my Vet confirmed that she would not get better only worse, I decided I could not let her suffer. So at around 2 pm she traveled to the rainbow bridge. She had been my buddy for more than 15 years. 

NYC 2007
When I first started sewing she would often sit right next to the sewing machine occasionally swatting at the lose thread at the end of my fabric. My partner walked by one day and said " Are you being a pesky little cat Anni?" That stayed in my mind so when it was time to name the shop, "Pesky Cat Designs" seemed perfect. She was actually far from pesky, with such a sweet and gentle demeanor. 

Florida 2014

I will never forget my little sweetie. She will be in my heart forever.