I've been meaning to blog about this for a while, but Christmas and the New Year got in the way, so I'm doing it now. Back in late November and early December, I attended Nicole Mallalieu's Advanced Purse Frame Workshop. It was held over four Monday nights. As my partner had to take time off work, this meant I had four Mondays to spend shopping in Melbourne, but that's another blog post!
If you are in or near Melbourne (I'm a couple of hours away) I highly recommend you attend one (or more) of Nikki's workshops. I am hoping that Nikki is going to run the pattern making ones this year, as I would really like to have a go at that.
The class was great. The pattern I used was the Teardrop Purse, which doesn't have a base or purse feet, but with Nikki's help, mine does! I get compliments on this bag everywhere I go. I've actually stopped telling people I made it now, and just say thanks...I think the pattern and the lovely Laura Gunn Lantern Bloom fabric have quite a lot to do with it!
If you can't get to the classes, the patterns are VERY GOOD. Nikki's patterns have around 20 pages of instructions, which might sound like a lot, but it really is a lesson in a packet. Nikki covers everything you need to know in order to complete your bag or purse rather than skimming over things, assuming you know what you are doing. Nikki's patterns also include lots of tips to help you do the tricky bits. If 20 pages sounds a bit daunting to you, definitely get to a class, you will not regret it and I am sure you will come away with something you are truly happy with.