Wednesday, February 25, 2009

More Laptop Pictures

I'm all in a quandry about the cover picture for the new Laptop bag pattern.
Some of the best bags photographed badly... and some of them (like the one below) are too much like another pattern cover.....
Things that look great in real life look a bit DULL when you try to reduce reflection on PVC....

Then there are cases of "Am I completely biased OR does everyone think this is the best print ever...?"
Same print, different colourway (I'm like that...). Is this colour combination likely to attract or repel...?One for the blokes. This fabric SCREAMS Ikea, I think. Probably not my ideal choice for the cover pic but I thought I should put it in there.

Mind you - this weight of Ikea furnishing fabric is IDEAL for this design, and it's hard-wearing... and cheap.

OK - so I need your help here..... Let me know which you'd prefer and you're in the barrel for the pattern giveaway. Even if you're already in the draw you can have another go!!
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97 comments:

Nancy said...

My personal favorite is the second one, the red bag....

Stephanie @ My Answered Prayer said...

I like the orange and green!

Aussie Jo said...

I like the pinky mauve photo the best.
Have you tried this pattern with a patterned body fabric and plain flap?? I'd like to see the difference it makes.

Nikki W said...

Decisions, decisions! You are worried about the red flower bag looking like another pattern.... but the fabric is beautiful. And it must be one you love to have used it again. That bag gets my vote for the pattern cover. If I had to pick a second, it would be the one underneath with the tan background. Good luck... I look forward to seeing your choice....

gret said...

Absolutely No. 4 is the best (pink, red and white on blue grey).

littlemis said...

I like them all, but for a cover, probably the third one. I guess it all depends on what else is on the cover and the colors in your logo, you know?

Pati said...

I LOVE the grey/blue one with the pink flowers the best!! Awesome.

Honeybomb Bay said...

The orange and green looks deadset HOT - my stand out favourite!

upstateLisa said...

Wow! I like them all (not very much help, huh?) Well, I am particularly partial to the first two but having to choose just one, I would go with the second, the red/white floral. Great bag!!!

Alina said...

Oh I'm a big sucker for Ikea fabric, and think that it has photographed the best out of the bags you have there, so if you're happy to use that, that's what I recommend!

Tia (aka Vintage Grrl) said...

Hey Nikki, they are all so very cool, but I would have to say that #4 (pink/purple) is probably the one that catches my eye the most. Totally a hot bag!

Katy said...

Love the third on but also really love the last one with Ikea fabric... Good luck!

Emma J said...

I really like the Purple one, very girly.

Anonymous said...

Definitely the orange/pink on green bag for the laptop bag pattern cover!

Love them all!

from the USA -- Eileen O

clrobbins said...

I think the first pic of the turqoise ladies is great attention getter!

Caryn said...

Hi, I like the 4th one the best, pink/purple colours. Gorgeous!

Di said...

You expect us to choose from gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, and gorgeous?!? OK then, I love both the pink and purple one and the Ikea bag, but will probably go for the Ikea one as it looks such a stunning photo. Well done!

Sue said...

IKEA all the way baby! it looks very stylish and not too girly - absolutely love it :)

son_shine7 said...

I like the third picture the best! Well I like them all really but the 3rd is my top choice.

Moose said...

Well... I like the last one, but it depends what else is going on the cover? What is the type like? My two cents!!! Yippee, they all look fantastic.

Danielle , Alberta, Canada said...

This is hard, I like all of them, but I'm pretty sure my favorite is the bright orange Alexander Henry fabric one.

Melanie said...

Looks like there's going to be a fairly even split! I love love love the orange print, definitely doesn't repel me :) Though it would be sort of nice to have a blokey design on this one, I can understand not wanting to use the 'screams Ikea' print. Um... make another bag?!

Monika - Creative Bliss said...

Absolutely the RED one, but then I am a Red kind of old gal. Second fave...the IKEA one. Guess who's going to IKEA this weekend ???

Jodi said...

Hey Nikki, I see your dilemma. Such a difficult decision. The red bag and the brown bag and the black are all great universal colours and I think would appeal to lots of people as they look smart and classy. They would go with almost any wardrobe. I love the purple bag. The colours are very eye catching and funky (as are the orange/green combo). However, I think they would limit the audience appeal. Anyhow, this is just my opinion. Overall, I think for versitility either black or red (both photograph well) or purple (very funky) depending on the type of audience you want to attract.
Sorry if I rambled too much. Good luck with your decision.

Jodi xox

Fiona said...

They are all great but I think my personal fav is Number 4. Colour. Pattern. Everything. is just right

Angi @ Peakmore Academy said...

Hmmmm-- SUCH a tough decision, indeed. My favorites are #5 & #3... and in that order. It doesn't help for me to say that I REALLY like them all, though does it? LOL

Decisions, decisions.

boofsmom said...

Even though it is similar to another bag, I would still go with the red/white floral. I think it will attract the most positive attention. There is just that 'something' about it that really appeals to the eye!

That said, my personal favorite is the last one, the grey/white Ikea-like print. I'm a sucker for anything black and white.

I have a large laptop-a 17-inch. Could the pattern be adjusted easily for a laptop this size?

Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your awesome patterns!

Tui said...

I like the red and white but see your point about it looking like the other panel, so my next choice is the orange bag. I has the "wow factor" to work for a pattern cover.

Margaret said...

Definately the orange one. Nice bright warm colour will attract the eye. The mauve one is nice but not eye catching enough for a front cover.

wasklywabbit said...

I like the the first one... blue with ladies silhouettes. Sylish enough to bring out in a corporate boardroom but also fun enough to use with jeans when surfing the net at the local coffee shop at breakfast on Sunday morning. To me, it shows that this pattern is chic enough to be sewn for every occasion.

leahs mum said...

I like the first one because it looks a bit funkier!

Jo (sparkly green knickers) said...

I really want the red one, so if I saw that on a pattern I'd buy it. Second choice would be the Ikea bag. Apart from the fact that it is a great fabric choice, it also shows that it's not just a ladies bag pattern.
Good luck choosing!

Allyoo said...

I think I have to go for the orange & green ... It looks funky & gorgeous as well as being very eye catching for something that will be a cover item !

But I do also join the ranks of " I LOVE THEM ALL !!!! " ....

Decisions, decisions !

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

I love the purple the best, and then the Ikea one would be my second fave. Good luck choosing, doesn't look like it will be easy!

Kristin L said...

The grey and the orange ARE the best print evah! Either one would be great, but I think the orange has a little more Grab-you-from-across- the-room power. So that's got my vote. As one who is getting twitchy from IKEA withdrawal, I think the last one is pretty darn cool too.

Anonymous said...

In order of preference (personal, putting aside not knowing what else will go on the cover of the pattern (font, design, other colourings ect...)

Picture 4
Picture 3
Picture 2
Picture 1
Picture 5
lastly Picture 6.

Allison (or Karen as the case may be ;) )

Anonymous said...

Nikki, all are splendiferous however I would have to choose the orange and green, ultra funky and would appeal to the uni types as well as the work types. it is really really really luvverley!

Anonymous said...

Nikki, tried to post and it wouldn't let me, they are all spectacular. However the orange and green is a hands down winner in my opinion. Would appeal to the uni set, mums, workers - everyone. It is totally luvverley!!!! Fiona L.

bethanngil said...

The last one with the Ikea fabric is simply perfect. It photographed the best by far, particularly with the pattern continuity from the bag to the flap. (Although if I were making the bag for myself, I might choose the orange/purple/green combo!)

MissyP said...

Surely you aren't going to read all these comments and take any notice of what we say Nikki??? BUT... Just in case you do:

1) Love, love , love the Ikea fabric the most, however, wouldn't use it on the pattern cover. You want to sell NMD, not advertise big Swedish company with enough money to advertise themselves (unless of course they want to do a deal!!!).

2) Don't really want to say which one - you are a stylish lady and I'm sure you know in your heart of hearts which one to choose.

3) OK, you asked for it, so IMHO the red floral.

Clever you. Now I just want all those tips on working with pvc (disaster over here on the week end).

Cheers,

MissyP

Anonymous said...

Hi Nikki,
They all look fantastic, but I like the 1st one because it is a little different to the rest, and I also like the red one.
any decision you make will be fantastic.

Lizette

Lisa said...

I love the Ikea fabric on the bag the most, but for the pattern probably the red and white. Can't wait to see the pattern

Anonymous said...

Nikki, they are all stunning (as always) but my vote has to be the first one (blue ladies) - it is my favourite.

Kylie in Canberra

Heather, New Zealand said...

Hi Nikki,
as always a great desgin and one that I am looking forward to doing! Your patterns are certainly the best of all that I have tried.
I would go the purple one - in the majority the guys would get a lady to make it for them?!?!
Heather, New Zealand

Karli said...

I am IN LOVE with #1. It's just so different and chic and it has that Je ne sais quoi! Love it!

RachelMM said...

Orange/Green one really pops out the most to me. Great bags.

kidletsmum said...

The very first one is my favourite, hands down.

Laura H said...

Third picture down (brown and blue floral) is my favorite!

Columbia Lily said...

I like the orange and green one the best, followed by the Ikea one and third is the blue and purple one.

Lissy said...

I love the orange and green one :) My kind of colours :)

Kelly said...

I like #4 - the pink and mauve. But I am also really partial to the Ikea fabric. Some of my favourite colours. Good luck with making a decision

okie2thfairy said...

I really like the orange and green- funky. Next, I like the IKEA. Can't wait to see what you decide.

Christie said...

i like #4 the best :-)

Handmade said...

I like the Ikea - I think it will appeal to those who aren't fussed on florals - it's contemporary & commercial- not dull and not too floral.

Gillian aka Silly Gilly said...

The 'best print ever' bag with the plum colourway/flowers. And I also love the last ikea print. I'd love that bag!!
Great stuff as usual Nikki. :D

Little Munchkins said...

I love the third one, the brown floral.

goddessjodi said...

I LOVE the orange one too - stands out and looks lovely!
What a great pattern BTW
Jxx

lorchick said...

Honestly for myself I'd pick either the blue or the beige one to carry. But for a COVER... I'd say, go with the beige floral. It's got enough to hint that it could be a kicky bag and wont' be passed over for being blah, but it's tame enough that it won't be passed over by those who are into something a little calmer, and don't want it to look like thier kids' schoolbag. It's also not so girly that you can't see it could be a guy-bag. I think that one could have the most universal appeal.

maria said...

Really hard as they each appeal in their own way.(spoken like a true fabric-holic!!) The orange/green pops out, the pink purple looks georgeous(and isn't the floral to die for!?), the blue is so interesting, but in terms of what i would like to make, i think the last one is both funky/interesting and very wearable!!! Yep, the last one gets my vote. Phew, that was hard!!!!

Ms. Fine said...

The purple one definitely. If not that one then the one with the blue flowers immediately preceding the purple one. I'm in love with these!

Mel said...

Definately the red and white floral. It's striking! I don't think it really matters that it is similar to an eisting pattern. At the end of the day if it's the one that speaks to you it'll do the same for your customers.

sewjourn said...

No 3 would be my traditional favourite as I love brown and blue together and I think it will appeal to a wide range....BUT then the red one is very striking!!!

Serena said...

Definitely the orange! I think it's gorgeous!

Bronwyn said...

I love the blue mod girls and just to contrast that, love the grey Ikea print too! The last one is so 'Melbourne'!

millymollymandy said...

Hi Nikki,
Loving the look of this bag.Would so love to be the winner !
I prefer the purple/ mauve bag photo..it is gorgeous and has photographed well..
Decisions..decisions...Good luck !!
Cheers, Peta-Jane

stacysews said...

I like the last bag - even though it's not as colorful, it's very striking... it's gorgeous! If you're looking for a more colorful cover I like the purple one!

Bloom said...

I think the orange one is stunning, but the mauve colourway is gorgeous too & possibly a 'safer' choice. i would be happy to have any of them on my shoulder!

citrus daisy said...

Number 4, followed closely by number 3...

our shabby cottage said...

Hi Nikki, even though I am a pink girl at heart, I do like the blue and brown one. I really love this colour combination and I think it would be the best for your new pattern cover.

Jackie said...

I love all of them but #4 really stood out. My 11 year old son even thinks they are cool - "if it was in, you know, guy fabric"
Cheers Jackie

Candied Fabrics said...

The orange & green!

Sandra said...

I like the orange and green one best.

Melissa K said...

I love the purple floral print and the green/orange colourway. I think if I had to pick one it would be the purple one. I would carry most of them. Every new pattern you release is my new favourite!
Thanks,
Melissa

akquilt said...

Hi Nikki,
I like the orange and green laptopbag. It catches the eye. I have been waiting for the pattern since you first showed the bag on you blog and it looks great.
//Kristina

CurlyPops said...

My fave is definitely the orange and pink floral teamed with green. Fabulous!

Terri said...

My favourite is the brown bag with the blue flowers, but I also love the Ikea bag. The pattern placement is very cool.

Andi said...

orange and green should always be seen!!!

Penny said...

I love the first one, I'd feel comfortable taking that one to work - showy but not OTT, so I'd be inclined to make it. Also bright enough to catch my eye on the website.

I think I'd love the second one with a black bag and red flowery flap.

one little acorn said...

Hey Nikki... you aren't making it easy for us are you?
I would always go the red, but I also really like the last one. Would love to see that with solid black and patterned flap (as if you don't have enough to do!)
I will be dropping by to visit you at the Stitches and Craft show - and hope to catch your zip class too. Look forward to seeing you there.
Jacinta

Hilde Einvik said...

Hard decision, but I prefer the purple/mauve.

You clever bees had made so many...


Kind regards

Hilde

Cherryskin said...

I'm definitely voting for "the best print ever"!

anna said...

Hi Nikki,
I like the bag made of the Ikea fabric as it would appeal to a wider range of people. The design and colours of the fabric compliment the design of the bag.

Jackie Lawrence said...

I really like the brown one. Love the flowers. It is a neutral and would get a lot of use.

Joyce said...

I vote for the 6th bag. I love the color combination.
Joyce in NC

laura said...

After reading all of these comments I think you're going to just have to draw a number! I love all of them but I'll start with # 4and then # 6. Good Luck, it's a fabulous bag.

Sigrid said...

So many responses! My favorite # 4 and then 2. But they're all lovely. Looks like a great pattern again.

Vireya said...

I vote for the 4th one - the mauve one. Actually I love this print in orange as well, but I like the mauve bag more.

froginthepond said...

I'd like to pick no. 5 (orange and green). It's funky, and the colour and movement of the print really make the bag jump off the screen.

The mauve would also look good but I think it depends on the demographic of sewers and giftees. the mauve print might appeal to the person sewing the bag, though the orange and green print may be the one that grabs the eye of the giftee.

Bernadette said...

Just love the red one and I think it looks different enough to use. second choice would be the brown one no 3

Jacinta said...

I think the last three look great, particularly the floral design (lolly pink coloured flower)with purple strap etc....the "mens" looks good too...
cheers Jacinta

Danelle said...

My preference is for number 3!!

owlet said...

Definitely bag #5, the orange/pink on green. It's so vibrant and stunning!
Hannah

Anna said...

The pink and purple floral one as it is eyecatching and looks funky yet sophisticated! my second choice is the red as it is such a classic colour combination, but dare i say a little boring in comparison?
the only problem with owning such a beautful bag is that i would have to upgrade my daggy laptop as it would look very uncool when pulled out of such a beautiful bag!!!
also LOVE the PVC. then can use beautiful prints and not be concerned that will spill my coffee and ruin it.

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Nikki said...

Holey Moley.... there's a pretty even split here. I've made my decision now and will be drawing the winner any moment - the draw is closed. STAY TUNED!

Julie said...

Third photograph from the top is my favourite one....it would be stunning as the pattern cover photo!

Citrus Tree Designs said...

I like the final one...how do I get it???