See Shani Sew

Sew many bags, so little time! I thought I was temporarily retiring my sewing machine in favour building our Pottery Barn inspired media cabinet. Instead, I found myself working on two consecutive sewing projects over the past weekend. (Yes, I know, it’s already Thurday.)

Last Saturday I rushed to complete yet another Cosmo Bag by Amy Butler. As far as quality goes, I’m really disappointed by my slapped together sewing job. Unfortunately, mistakes and sloppiness come hand in hand with rushing through any craft. Ah well, I did learn a new lesson – contrast stitching looks nice, but only if you take the time to do a good job.

And so I humbly present my latest handbag project, the Jessa Bag (aka Cosmo Bag)…

The Jessa Bag aka Cosmo Bag by Amy Butler -

If the fabric looks familiar to you, it’s because I recently used the same print for the Angela Bag. It’s a gorgeous cotton sateen fabric with a gray-brown and pink floral motif. The Jessa Bag features a shorter handle than the previous “Cosmo” bags that I have worked on.

Made especially for my sister as a gift to celebrate her birthday, the Jessa Bag is the perfect accessory for any girl who is “thirty, flirty and thriving”. If my sister is feeling old then I must be ancient! No, my thirty year old younger sister is far from being an old bag (pardon the pun). She is exactly what Jennifer Garner’s character, Jenna Rink in “13 Going on 30″ would describe as the perfect, successful thirty-something modern woman.

Happy Belated Birthday Jessa – Enjoy your new one of a kind handbag!

P.S. My sister is a successful registered physiotherapist. Be sure to check out her website:

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  1. Gosh, now I’m jealous…I have a bag but no ticket to Miami:-( Have fun hanging out with each other, your friends and your awesome beach bags!

  2. OMG thanks for the nice post!!! I love my bag!! My co-worker was like man I’ll give her $75 for it =)

    I’m brining mine to Miami too so we can strut the street in style!!

  3. haha… I always think about 30, flirty and thriving! awesome line. Cool. I plan on bringing the bag you made for me to Miami, its perfect. Its huge, so I can fit everything that doesn’t go into my carryon in the purse (and save some money on check in luggage). And, I think its great for the beach, shopping, and fashion savvy for Ocean Beach Dr!!!! =)