Today we have designer Kat from StudioKat Designs who will be a judge in the Bag Challenge this year. Kat and her husband quickly became loved by the ByAnnie.com team when they were our neighbors at Road to California in January 2015. Her husband was always asking the girls if they had snacks (although he never took any), scaring them through the curtains, and looking out for them in case anything was needed. Kat even took time to sit down and talk with Kati about social media. They are very giving souls.
Kat has also offered a very generous offer to every single one of you who read this, so keep reading to find out about that offer!
Bag Introduction Questions
1. What is the name of your company and what is the name of the bag?
StudioKat Designs, Inc. --- the name of the bag is "The Wrapsody".
2. What was your inspiration for this bag & for the way you used the Road to California fabric?
Our trademark as a company is designing with interesting storage options that are easy to embellish and the Road California fabric was perfect for a fussy-cutting project.
3. For what do you recommend the bag be used & what are its features?
The Wrapsody is designed to be an everyday bag. There are 3 zippered storage pockets inside the bag and one on the exterior. The whole bag is secured by 2 invisible sew-in magnets.
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?
We use this remarkable material called Soft & Stable.
5. Is there a pattern? If so, what is the link?
Personal questions to add some flair
1. What does your perfect day look like?
I love an uninterrupted day of sewing in my studio. It's fine with me if its raining or snowing, because then I have no desire to go outside. It doesn't hurt if I get a phone call at some point from my daughter or my grandson! :)
2. What word(s) describes you?
3. If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be?
I really feel like I'm living the dream right now. I honestly wouldn't dare to want for more than I already have!
4. What inspired you to start sewing?
I was taught at a very young age to sew by my mom. I almost don't remember not being able to sew. My grandmother sewed for a living for Sears Roebuck. She made little boy's jackets and ties for almost 40 years. My mom sewed most of my clothes until I took over about age 13. Most of the things I'm proudest of that I have created have been stitched in some way. I enjoy cross stitch, and have dabbled in quilting as well as fashion sewing.
5. How long have you been designing patterns? How did you get started?
I've been designed patterns since 2004. I was stuck in a very unfulfilling job with the City and very badly wanted to retire a bit early. At first I thought I might try starting a custom sewing business but it didn't take long before I realized there wasn't much way to make a living doing that. I've always had a passion for handbags and accessories, and have some very definite opinions about how bags should be designed and the rest is history.
6. What has been your biggest challenge in designing patterns?
I'm a perfectionist and I want everything to be perfect in a pattern, but at some point in the designing process one must decide that a pattern is ready for publication even though in my mind...it can always be just a little bit better.
7. Which of your patterns is your favorite and why?
My favorite generally seems to be the one I am working on at the moment. Its certainly the one I'm most invested in, BUT, if pressed... the bag I always seem to go back to is the Boho Baguette. It's loose and casual and it looks good whether its full or half-empty and I like that. :) http://studiokatdesigns.com/
8. What is your go-to notion/tool?
My favorite notion is the sew-in invisible magnet snap, without a doubt.
9. What has been your most memorable experience when teaching or traveling to shows?
Hmmm... that would be hard to say. I've absolutely loved having the experience of designing and creating and actually making a living doing so. Sometimes I just have to pinch myself to see if its all real!
10. What advice would you share with aspiring bag makers?
Have a clear vision, a definite point of view. It's important so that you can differentiate your products from those of others. You want to have your OWN inspiration after all. And most important, you need to be committed and willing to work hard at ALL aspects of the business. :)
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Preface: Did you read our newsletter that explained the story of how we got numerous packages of miscuts of Soft and Stable? If you missed out, you should go read it after you enter the giveaway. Luckily, we weren't left hanging. We partnered with StudioKat to give you the perfect solution. One package will give you enough for two Wrapsody Bags and leftovers for small projects.
Kat has generously offered $4 off the regular price ($12.99) on the Wrapsody pattern to everyone. You should use the code ROAD2CAPROMO at checkout. The code is valid through 6/20 midnight ET.
But we couldn't stop there! We are also going to give away TWENTY 17" packages of white Soft and Stable. One package will make TWO Wrapsody bags.
Enter the giveaway below and share with your friends. There is plenty enough to go around!
Want to read about how we got 17" packages of Soft and Stable, rather than 18"? Please go take a look at our blog explaining it.
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 :)
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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.