When spending time with my ever-so-fashionable friend Finny last week, I noticed she was carrying a new fabulous bag.
To know me is to know that one of my many weaknesses is a fabulous purse. I believe women cannot own enough pretty purses and I’m a fan of changing them up frequently. With some fabric purchased in Guadalajara last summer when vacationing with my friend Alma, and a new Amy Butler pattern in hand, voila — my new summer bag:

Close up, fruity covington

I’m only bummed that I’ve just gotten it done. It will not make the pack list for Nicaragua, but will be nice to come home to in a couple of weeks.

Covington bag

Love it. Although, just like any pattern, I already have a few thoughts on how I will do this differently next time. The lining is a bit small — which is more than likely my error and not the pattern maker’s. Also, the sides are sloppy, also my error. But the colors, wonky fabric and complete silliness of it all are just right.

I also got around to that purse organizer pattern I’ve seen on Craftster. I made myself one, lining up my personal items as suggested:

Measuring out the goods

This takes about 10 minutes to sew and is super easy. I love how organized my purse is, in theory.

Purse organizer, with flowery tag

In all fairness, after scrounging through this bag multiple times this morning, it does not look as tidy as it did last night.

Purse organizer in the works

Everyone should have a summer bag. For the first time in my life, I am without want at Coach and loving something I made. Holy moley!