(I apologize in advance, I'm not an amazing photographer by any means, so the pictures aren't anything to write home about.)
I was very lucky to be picked to test a pattern from ChrisW Designs, her Lombard Street Cross Body Hipster. I have done pattern testing before, but for much simpler things that only took a few hours. She asked for it in one weekend, so I didn't want to disappoint and I cranked it out. Seventeen (yes, SEVENTEEN!!) interrupted hours later, I had a gorgeous bag that I can't stop staring at.
First, the fabric: perhaps the most important part of a purse, it has to compliment your pattern and be awesome. Sometimes I find the pattern first, sometimes I find the fabric first.