Thanks for stopping by! Next on the Road to California blog schedule is Trisha from Trisha Jane.com.
Here is her design, Ulee Totes.
Trisha took time to answer our interview questions. Want to get to know her better as well as her inspiration for the totes? Here are her responses.
Bag Introduction Questions
1. What is the name of your company and what is the name of the bag?
Trisha Jane -- The Ulee Tote is named after my sister Eulalia
2. What was your inspiration for this bag & for the way you used the Road to California fabric?
I wanted to design a Spring/Summer tote that reflects California life style
3. For what do you recommend the bag be used & what are its features?
It can be use for a daily purse to match a dress, skirt or top a great bag for the Farmers Market run. It can be made in three sizes Mini, Medium and Large. Can use any type of handle, cloth, bamboo, leather or chain.
4. Is there anything special about the bag construction? If so, can you provide a brief description of what is special and how it was done?
The tote is constructed with Peltex#71. It gives it a sturdy purse like look. It is not recommended to throw in the wash, as it will lose its sturdiness. It’s a simple construction. Cut (2) pieces from n back fabric, (2) lining (2) straps (2) #71 peltex. iron on to wrong side of fabric sew together. Center straps on top raw edge of right side of fabric, sew in place. Sew lining both sides, leave bottom open for turning to the inside. Trim side top edge only. Turn lining to the inside. Press n Top stitch top edge of tote.
5. What components did you use and why did you choose them?
I chose the peltex #71 because I wanted a professional constructed look to the tote. The leather handles gave it that extra edge.
6. Is there a pattern? If so, what is the link? If not, do you have a website or other public space you would like us to share on the blog?
Yes, there is a pattern. The Ulee Bag retails for $10.
Personal questions to add some flair
1. What does your perfect day look like?
My perfect day is creating new patterns and especially sewing. Love to sew all day if I can.
2. What word(s) describes you?
I love colors. I love to smile and have fun. Working corporate in commercial finance for 25 years, I wore black everyday. I don’t do that anymore.
3. If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
Design a perfect Studio, sew, design, and teach
4. What inspired you to start sewing?
I learned to sew when I was 8 years old. I became ill a few years back and needed to make a change in my stress level. This is when I decided to go back to what I love: SEWING and DESIGNING.
5. How long have you been designing patterns? How did you get started?
It’s been 10 months. I did design ready-to-wear for Zuliliy and for the Garment District. It was too much stress. So I decided to create what I design into patterns with the help of my sister Eulalia the graphic designer. She makes the patterns look so pretty.
6. What has been your biggest challenge in designing patterns
Writing the instructions so that the sewer understand the steps
7. Which of your patterns is your favorite and why?
The Vintage Apron is my first. It has a petticoat underneath that is detachable, The Ulee Tote -- I made it to match all my Trisha Jane Classic Dress pattern. It reminds me of the 40’s, 50’s and 1960’s. Just like my mom.
8. What is your go-to notion/tool?
Thread by Gutterman, Clover seam ripper, Fiskars rotary cutter/blade, straw needle #11
9. What has been your most memorable experience when teaching or traveling to shows?
When a student goes home and sends me pictures of the additional tote or apron they have made and having fun making them. As far as the Houston Quilt Show, it’s seeing the huge manufacturers that inspire all the Quilters/Sewing enthusiast.
10. What advice would you share with aspiring bag makers?
Keep sewing, have fun making all your projects and use lots of colors and bold prints. i.e. ALEXANDER HENRY, COTTON N STEEL, MODA, COMICS
Bonus: Trisha says the tote is featured in the magazine called Haute Bags. It's in the news stands by Stampington n Company. Go check it out.
Want to see more of Trisha's work? You can find her any of these places:
Pinterest Trisha Jane Patterns,
Finally, Trisha has been so generous to offer the tote bags pictured below. There are three bags so we'll pick THREE lucky winners and send each of them one of the totes. How incredible is that?
All you have to do is enter here. You don't want to miss out on this chance to win a beautiful tote, handmade by Trisha Jane herself!
If you have previously won a giveaway during this Road to California Series, you cannot win again. Sorry, but we want to be fair to everyone else and spread as many prizes around as we can :)
Remember, if you want to make your own bag to enter in the 2016 Road to California Bag Challenge, you can read the rules and download the entry form here. Don't miss out on your opportunity to shine. Anyone is welcome to enter using any design.
Miss a designer or can't wait to see who is next? Check out the schedule on the original post here.