Purse Patterns, etc
There are lots of indie companies out there other than the big four (Simplicity, Butterick, McCalls, Vogue).
One of my favorite sites for Japanese fabric, is Super Buzzy.
You can buy Japanese purse patterns that aren't the same worn out designs--they are fresh, fun, and worth a try.
These sewing patterns are by designer Etsuko Furuya, for Echino Fabrics:
These bags are especially stunning in the gorgeous selections of Echino fabrics (I would love to have them all!)
And of course we all know that Japanese Craft Books are the creme de la creme.
I am drooling over this one, Favorite Fabric Bags
The site also sells supplies for making bags, such as these cute
cherry bag handles