Have you ever wondered how many different designs can be out there? Ever hear about people "borrowing" designs and claiming they never saw the other one out there that looks just like theirs?
Well...it just happened to me. And no, my pattern wasn't "borrowed".
I just finished off a new clutch this weekend. 100% me. Most of it was even freehand. I drafted out the basics: handle & body. I pleated the body & curved the sides after I sewed in the pleats to give it shape.
And this evening I took some pics and then checked my email while they downloaded. I had lots more to pic than just the clutch.
Lo & behold...my newsletter from The Fabric Shopper had advertised a pattern for a clutch that is nearly identical to the one I just made. And I know I have never seen it before. I guess there are just only so many ways to make a basic pleated curved clutch with a flat attached grip handle.
So if you see something out there that looks a lot like yours...it doesn't necessarily mean that someone "borrowed" the pattern. It's all in the individual touch you give it that makes it yours.
So...here's my Bizarro clutch:
And the pattern I saw tonight...after the fact...