So after a bit of time thinking, drawing and sewing, here's my 1st attempt at a wallet. Don't look too closely or you'll spot a few mistakes. Put it this way - it wont be appearing in my shop any time soon! I've found that it's very rare for me to hit upon a design that you're happy with the first time round, and this time is no exception. There's quite a few slightly dodgy sections here!
The positives: I'm really happy with the outer section - it looks very simple and (I hope) sophisticated - although I must say it's really hard to go wrong with this yummy Amy Butler fabric. I also like the layout - 3 card pockets, a little section for change, another pocket for receipts, shopping lists, stamps and all that other ephemeral I seem to collect in my wallet, and a section for paper money (that you can't see - it's in between the outer fabric and all the inner pockets.
The negatives: in my enthusiasm to get it all finished I forgot to topstitch the pockets, which means they look a bit wonky and a bit home-made rather than handmade... There's also a bit too much clumsy stitching and bumpy seams for me to be completely happy with it - that was mainly because I miscalculated the seam allowance, so had to squeeze everything a bit too much so that it would fold up right. The main design problem is that seam down the middle of the inner section - it makes everything far too bulky and hard to sew and fold. So, I'm off to have a rethink... By the way - if you want to leave a comment, I would love to knwow what you look for in a wallet..