Purse-a-palooza – Arm Candy Review

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There’s a Dog Under My Desk! Coincidentally, I’m reviewing the Arm Candy pattern by Erin of Dog Under My Desk for Purse-Palooza at Sew Sweetness. If you are visiting from Sara’s, hi and welcome! If you haven’t already, go and check out my review at Sew Sweetness.

dogundermydeskforralI made Arm Candy as a pattern tester with my beloved Tula Pink squirrels.



I was sooo happy with it, I decided to make another, and test my own skills by upsizing the pattern. You can see how I went here.

Enough of me! If you’d like to win a copy of Arm Candy, pop over to Dog Under My Desk, browse the patterns, and tell me which you’d like to make next, or if you’re familiar with DUMD, which pattern you’ve made already. One entry per person – go!


66 Comments on “Purse-a-palooza – Arm Candy Review”

  1. I made the lunch bag a little over a year ago for my daughter and she still uses it. Recently washed it and it came through beautifully. Now that she’s over the color pink, I may have to remake it, only bigger. May I pretty please be entered to win Arm Candy?

  2. I would enjoy making the drawstring backpack! I would also enjoy winning the adorable dog in the tote bag! Probably not an option though, right?

  3. I liked the Arm Candy pattern very much, I have been looking for a nice pattern for a purse in this size. So i hope i will be lucky to win! Thanks for a great review.

  4. I’ve already made Erin’s Daytripper (the smaller version); now I want to make Date Night. Her instructions are great.

  5. I would love to win arm candy ! I have some Tula fat quarters here and love the purse done with that fabric ! You did a great job !

  6. Boo, something whacky happened when I was trying to post a reply. I hope this is a second reply. Loved your review. I am also a fan of DUMB and have made her 2 Zip Hipster. Would love to make Arm Candy or Date Night. I also love love your Pink Tula Squirrels fabric!

  7. I have several of her patterns. Even tested one for her. I’ve made: Date Night, Get Carded, Bigger on the Inside, and Two Zip Hipster. They are great! I love her patterns. This one, Arm Candy I still don’t have. You did a great review and I love the one you modified too.

  8. I’ve only made one evening clutch and that was a long time ago and closed with a snap. Yes, a real snap. Do they make them anymore? The bags you made turned out very beautiful. I’d like to make one or two or more if I win the pattern. Thanks for sharing. kthurn@bektel.com

  9. Thanks for your great review of Arm Candy. I would like to make both the Arm Candy and the Daytripper bags.

  10. Such a great review, thanks for posting! I’d love to win ..wake me up before you go go. I’ve only been sewing bags for a couple of months so I’m trying to get patterns that will teach me different techniques. That pattern looks like it has some things I haven’t tried yet..I’m so eager to learn. Plus with funds being limited this year , they would make great Christmas presents! Thanks for the chance 🙂

  11. I’ve always wanted to make the two zip hipster. Arm candy looks pretty cool too. thanks for the great review!

  12. So far I’ve made the two zip hipster and the date night bags. 2 of my favorites! I want to make another date night, and a daytripper someday.

  13. There are two patterns that I would like to make. I would make them as a set. The “Daytripper” and the “Earbud Circle Zip Pouch” would make great travel companions.

  14. Loved your review and would love to try out the Arm Candy pattern myself, if a copy of it should find it’s way to my place. 🙂

  15. Loving this review process!,so fun to read what each of you think. Enjoyed your review of arm candy. Dog under my desk does a great job with her pattern. Would like to make Arm Candy for gifts for granddaughters…

  16. Toooo many beauties that I want to make, so my choice is the Date Night bag, its a classic shape and I can see it made in all kinds of fabrics. Thank you for the chance to win one. I really enjoyed your review and living Down Under I know what you mean by ‘a quickie’, and it wont stop me from buying the pattern and probably making the changes you did. Great job.

  17. After having a good look and a think…I’d have to say I like ‘arm candy’ best 🙂
    I would definitely make that one if I was to win.
    Thank you for the opportunity 🙂

  18. I have fabric I have been saving for just the right pattern. I think Arm Candy might be the one! I love the use of your Tula Pink fabric.

  19. Having checked out all the patterns, I like this one that you have reviewed and I really like both versions you made of the “Arm Candy” , they look amazing!

  20. I have a few DUMD patterns, but so far have only made the Daytripper 🙂 And soooo love it! Get Carded is next on my list, then maybe Arm Candy 😉

  21. I’d love to make arm candy, and I’ve already made Get Carded and have a day tripper in the works!

  22. Choosing one is difficult. I love the look of the ‘make me up before you go go’ bag with the binding on the outside, the date night bag is gorgeous and so is arm candy. I will eventually have to make all three. Thanks for the review, very useful and I love the tweeting you did on it. Bravo!

  23. Oh There’s so many I want to try, But I actually think Arm Candy will be the one I make, as I need a new “nice bag” for going out! hehe 🙂

  24. They’re all so cute, it’s hard to decide. I like Day Tripper and Arm Candy the Best.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  25. I love Dog Under My Desk patterns! I most recently completed a few of the Two-Zip Hipsters…one of my favorites! I don’t have this lovely new pattern, so it would be super-cool to win! Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. I have many of Erin’s patterns, I love every one of them, and made them all several times, and in different sizes. I love that she is not only selling a pattern, but teaching you methods that you can carry on to other projects. I don’t have her latest yet, Arm Candy or Date Night. So thanks for the opportunity to win! Her patterns are definitely the best!

  27. I’ve made Erin’s Circle Zip Earbud Pouch countless times. They are great for gifts and people adore them! I’d like to give Arm Candy or Date Night a go.

  28. I have had the “Make Me Up Before You Go-Go” bag on my “to attempt” list so I would like to do so soon

  29. My first ever sewing project was the essential wristlet. I would love the chance to win the Arm Candy pattern.

  30. I loved the way you up sized the Arm Candy bag. I would like to make Arm Candy and Date Night, because a girl just can’t have too many bags.

  31. I haven’t made one of her patterns before, but I’d like to try the Get Carded wallet. Actually, all of her patterns look great, and I’ve heard good things about them.

  32. Aww, I think you need to let poor Melody out from under there! Then we can all sing ‘Who let the dogs out?’… 😉

  33. I love Erin’s patterns. I’ve already made the Earbud Circle Zip Pouch, and am working on the Get Carded.

  34. I’ve been looking for ideas for end of year teacher presents, I think Make Me Up Before you Go go would be perfect (and now that song’s going to be in my head all day!)

  35. I’ve made the Two Zip Hipster twice now. Very good instructions – especially around the zippers.
    I made the earbud case for my daughter and several of her friends. I’d like to try the Date night Purse next.

  36. I’ve bought the Two Zip Hipster, but haven’t made it yet. It’s in my top priority box!! Love ALL your patterns, though. And your blog!

  37. Love those squirrels. And I had missed your other bag. It’s pretty great too.
    Seeing your bag makes me (almost) tempted to try making one myself.

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