I've been wanting to make a bag with a band/yoke and pleats and was thinking of either drafting a pattern myself (in a moment of craziness) or buying an Amy Butler pattern (she has a couple on that theme).
Then I spotted this Kwik Sew pattern (3526) in the discount bin at Spotlight. A bit of a steal at $5 and worth a try I thought.
I'm really happy with the way the three fabrics from different designers came together. The main body of the bag is a gorgeous purple-pink Junko Onishi (now sadly discontinued, I think). (Reprodepot in the US and Duckcloth here in Australia stock other Onishi prints.) The spotted band and an inside pocket are Echino and the handles and lining are a lovely olive/sage linen from Cloth Fabric. The fabrics are all medium weight and apart from some light interfacing fused to the back of each band piece it didn't need any other reinforcement.
For reasons which I'm sure I don't have to explain to you I left out the bow on the bag front (see pattern cover below). I don't think I'll be making the headscarf either as a motoring holiday in the French Riviera isn't really on the cards at the moment......!! I also adjusted the handles to my own preferred length and width and brought the lining up a bit to peep out before stitching around the top of the bag.
The bag matches my purple maternity top beautifully and is a perfect size to stash some light reading in for the hospital! (A yarn shop in Manhattan, now there's a career dream!)