THE SEWING DIVAS sewing, design, fashion

June 6, 2008

Crazy for Bobby Breslau

Filed under: Accessories,Bag,Els,Gigi,Leather sewing,Patterns — Gigi @ 1:58 pm

Some of our friends and dear readers have asked us for tracings of the gorgeous Bobby Breslau handbag pattern that Els made in November 2006 CLICK HERE FOR LINK. While we completely understand the need to have this pattern (we have the fever just like you!) please remember that we cannot, under any circumstances, violate Vogue’s copyright by tracing off copies.


However, you will be excited to know that we are working on a just-as-fabulous bag pattern whose shape is based on a baseball (and you know how much I love baseball!). We hope to have the pattern available as a download within the next month or two. We are very excited as this will be the first Sewing Divas pattern!



  1. Yeah, Sewing Divas!

    Comment by vtmartha — June 6, 2008 @ 2:53 pm

  2. Hey, how about a download of a football bag too?!?!

    Comment by Laura — June 6, 2008 @ 7:34 pm

  3. Ooh, can we use that cool baseball stitching embellishment technique as seen in this spring’s Balenciaga collection?

    Comment by georgene — June 6, 2008 @ 9:13 pm

  4. I just bought the other Bobby Breslau bag pattern on eBay. It finally arrived today.
    If the link doesn’t work, try a search under completed listings for vintage vogue pattern bag. The seller left out the designer’s name. I had bought the first one a few months ago as well. That seller left off Bobby Breslau’s name also. I was looking around on the web just the day before yesterday and noticed a handbag designer who is marketing a very similar design called Bird Handbags.

    Comment by janlorraine — June 13, 2008 @ 8:58 pm

  5. Janlorraine you are so lucky to find that so wanted bag pattern.

    I came across the Birdhandbags a few weeks ago too, and it sure does look like a copycat from the famous Bobby Breslau pattern.
    But even famous designers do copy that design. Just look at Emilio Pucci spring summer collection 2008 and you will see a lot of the bags based on the BB bag like

    See this one

    Comment by Els — June 14, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

  6. I made the first Breslau (Vogue 2184) largest size bag in a very heavy linen with mixed result, I thought, though my daughter loved it. I am shy about using leather since I have never done so and it is expensive especially for the large amounts these patterns call for. Vogue 2153 has a similar shape to its bottom, but the top is quite different with extremely long side pieces extending into shoulder straps. I am pondering what to use now to make it up. I find the designs intriguing, but wonder how sensible they are in use since it seems to me that items would clump together at the bottom. Vogue 2153 is quite similar to the Michael Kors number pictured in Anna Johnson’s book, _Handbags: The Power of the Purse_. I think this design looks better stuffed like a pillow if made from cloth or very soft leather otherwise the remarkable shape isn’t discernible. Still, I plan to play around with it to see what I can come up with. 2153 looks to be a much simpler style to make than 2184 which took me many hours to sew. I suggest people interested in these patterns keep searching eBay and etsy for vintage Vogue patterns as well as Bobby Breslau since not all sellers know to include the designer’s name in their listing.

    Comment by janlorraine — June 15, 2008 @ 10:26 am

  7. FYI Vogue 2184 is on eBay now scheduled to go in about four days.

    Comment by janlorraine — June 18, 2008 @ 6:41 am

  8. I won that BB bag from ebay and it is great to have my own copy now. The instructions are also for using leather aswel as fabric.
    I plan to make the clutch which I can use as a make_up bag.

    Comment by Els — June 29, 2008 @ 6:08 am

  9. I thought that had to have been you, Els. I am glad you won that auction. It is a great pattern and the instructions are quite detailed, I thought. I am just about finished with my version of 2153. I decided to make the smaller version as an evening bag. I am using a pale pink chiffon beaded all over with different size pearls. I’ve backed it with a pink crepe de chine and interfaced it with hair canvas so that the bag will have some structure, but not be too stiff. I am wondering just now if I should pipe the seams or sew more pearls over the seam lines. I will line it with a heavy white jacquard silk. These fabrics came from old thrift store items I got cheap a while ago. I look forward to seeing your new bag.

    Comment by janlorraine — June 30, 2008 @ 10:13 am

  10. Does anyone have the ability to scan this pattern, to share. I just love this bag, and think I can figure out the pattern from a few pictures I have scoured off the internet, but an actual pattern would be a lot easier.


    Comment by Aubrey — August 12, 2008 @ 5:15 pm

  11. I’d love a scan of the pattern as well, if available. What year is the bag.

    Comment by Calandra — August 21, 2008 @ 9:50 am

  12. I am searching for some-one who can make/sew the design I have for a purse which is in a leather material. I cannot sew in leather and I am not that good on the sewing machine but really want this pattern made… Can the PROFESSIONALS help?

    Comment by Ramona — September 18, 2008 @ 9:49 pm

  13. I keep coming back to find it. Any idea when & If it will come to be? Otherwise when you post a picture of the pattern piece diagram from the Bobby Breslau?

    Comment by Kim Larsen — September 27, 2008 @ 8:09 pm

  14. Hi, Is there any word on availability of the bag pattern yet? Thanks much.

    Comment by laureen — November 9, 2008 @ 11:36 am

  15. Hello, I am working on fundraising projects for Livingston”s local animal shelter. One such project is bags and totes with our name and logo on it. I am having no luck finding the Vogue 2184 Bobby Breslau bag pattern from searching ebay, second hand stores, friends patterns, etc. Do you have any suggestions who or where I may be able to borrow the pattern from for a short time? I could leave a deposit or my boss at the Stafford Shelter, Vicki Blakeman 406-222-1311, would vouch for me. Thank you for your time. Sincerely Yvonne Venturino

    Comment by Yvonne Venturino — March 14, 2009 @ 1:13 pm

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