It’s finally here!! And when I say finally, I don’t just mean the last 8 weeks that I’ve been prototyping and writing and taking 3000 photos.
I’ve been attempting this top zipper technique for years. I knew *how* to do it, in theory, that was the easy part. Finding the best way to explain it, as well as getting the pattern pieces just right, finding the right interfacing, determining the order to assemble everything… that was the challenge. But, it was time to figure it out for real. And preferably in a way that stopped Bob from continuing to point out that the base looked like a maxi pad without wings.
So, why Date Night? See, I’m a big purse girl. Someone emailed me last week and asked how to make the Two Zip Hipster smaller because it was too big for an everyday purse. I replied with some suggestions, but I really wanted to write, “Are you crazy? It’s tiny.” Because doesn’t everyone need a water bottle and a clipboard with a to-do list and a pattern to edit and their laptop and tissues and disinfecting wipes and giant sunglasses and a stack of business cards and extra socks, a spare pair of undies, and a hoodie…?? Apparently some of you only need your wallet, phone, and keys. Crazy people.
Anyway, since I carry a ginormous bag (a 105% Daytripper, usually), there were so many times while Bob was here that we just ran out for food and I wished I had a smaller bag. I have a small purse that I usually take when I go out with my friends, but Bob makes a fuss about me using purses I didn’t make. He even sold half of my VB’s in my garage sale!
When I mentioned working on this one, my mom friends chimed in and said they needed a small purse for the times when they didn’t have the kids and the accompanying diaper bag. I specifically wanted a bag that didn’t have a lot of outside pockets, with a secure top zip so that I could set it in the booth next to me at a restaurant, or hang it on the back of my chair, or even hold with my knee under the table. I wanted it to fit on my shoulder AND be able to hold it in one hand without touching the ground. It couldn’t be too big, but it couldn’t be too small because I’m me. (And I’ll make a special occasion bag later. :P) So when I say Date Night, I don’t mean your fanciest dress and heels. I mean a movie date. I mean girl’s night. I mean dinner. I mean your favorite jeans and your favorite tee and your favorite guy and NOT your giant everything bag.
So that’s it! I hope you love it as much as I do!
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