|Side by side, you can see the width is similar, Penny Inn has a squarer shape so a wider bottom, but about the same at the top.|
|Penny Inn is slightly taller, but NCW is slightly wider. Not quite as much as this picture makes it look, but wider.|
They both offer similar features, lots of card slots, storage area, can hold a phone (reasonably sized ones, not giant mini tv ones), a flap for security, wrist or shoulder strap options, zippered pockets.... but they aren't exactly alike.
The NCW has a ton of modifications that people have made over time, since it's been out for a few years now. If you want to add a back zipper, inside snap to keep your phone in place, extra card slots, extra pockets, id pocket, flap modifications, or just about anything else, there is probably a tutorial or guide to help you! There is a facebook group dedicated JUST to the NCW and it has thousands of members, so you know it's a good pattern!
Double zippers, 12 card slots, 2 slip pockets behind each of the card slots
The cons of the NCW - some domestic machines hate sewing through all the layers to make the accordion folds on the pockets. (to overcome that, some do rivets through that area instead, which totally works) For me, I didn't like the original method of installing the d-rings for the straps, I felt like it flipped stuff forward and out too easily. Again, someone came up with a different method to install the D-rings that fixed that issue.
The PI (Penny Inn) is a new pattern so there haven't been as many changes, but there is already one variation that the designer put on her website for changing some of the card slots for another zippered pocket. And the PI has pockets. Like a million! Ok, not that many, but the original pattern has 3 zippered pockets, 20 card pockets, an ID pocket, 2 slip pockets plus dividers that can be used as more pockets. A snap on the inside keeps it from popping open all the way, unless you want it to.
|Main Compartment - 2 zippered pockets, 8 card slots, storage behind the card slots and in front of the bottom zipper|
|Front pocket snapped shut|
|12 card slots, ID pocket, zippered pocket, slip pocket behind the bottom card slots|
|Stuffed full of the cards I don't use as often...I did mess up the card slots a bit, so the bottom ones are shallower than they should be...but everything stays in!|
I've been using my PI since June, so 4 months, and before that I used the NCW for well over a year. I love them both, but I think I would be more likely to make the NCW to sell because they are faster and after making the PI, the NCW seem almost simple! I use mine as wallets, but I did take my Pirate bunny NCW on a business trip and used it to walk around downtown Annapolis for a week - it was great for that! My PI doesn't have the straps, so I can't comment on that part, but I assume it will be very similar to the NCW. Both clutch/wallet patterns allow you to end up with a great finished product, so really it depends on how card crazy you are and which style you like better.
I am pocket obsessed, so I really love the PI for all the options I have for stashing my cards. I carry debit and credit cards, tons of loyalty cards, business cards, insurance cards for the whole family...plus a checkbook. I also carry stamps (yes, people still mail stuff...like bills), receipts I mean to file, cash, more cash (that has to be separate) that my kids want to have on hand when they find that 'perfect' toy they've been saving for, and random other things that find their way into my wallet.
I hope this helps someone decide on which clutch they want to make, and I'd love to hear which one you like better!