So, why not MAKE the perfect purse?! That's what I thought to myself anyway... Said and done!
I started by thinking what I was looking for in a purse - size, number of pockets, types of pockets etc. Iliked the size of my old, stupid purse so I went from there. I also remembered that there was a bag in the Burdastyle sewing handbook. I used that pattern and adapted it to fit my needs.
Here's a BUNCH of photos from the process...
|All the fabric pieces and the sketch of my purse.|
|One of the side pieces. I made pleats instead of gathers at the bottom because of the heavy fabric.|
|Front/back lining piece with double pocket.|
|Other front/back lining piece with zippered pocket.|
|Outside front/back pockets. One zippered and the other one only pressed.|
|Outside front/back pocket attached to front/back piece.|
|Shell finished. Or so I thought....|
|Here the lining and the shell are sewn together. I remembered to fasten the little side straps before sewing everuthing together.|
|Side strap from the outside.|
|Side strap from the inside.|
|The elastic's in the casings and fastened and the sides are stitched too. Yay! I thought, and then I realised that I had forgotten the handles.... :(|
|Sewing on the handles.|
|Handles! Yay! They turned out quite OK actually.|
|The shoulder strap, complete with D-rings and swivel clasps. (Had to go to three stores to find some.)|
What do I have in my purse then? Well, it's not a secret...
|Side pocket - extra head scarf.|
|Front/back pocket - work keys and home keys|
|Other front/back pocket - my car key and the husband's car key|
|Inside double pocket - chewing gum and hankies. Everything else jumbled around in the actual bag. I think I will have my mobile in the remaining side pocket.|
|Looking good on the arm...|
|Looking good on the shoulder...|
I used some heavy-weight fabric (furniture fabric) from IKEA. I think they still have the print but in some less offensive colours. This is HOOOOOT pink with yellow print. I used yellow zippers and some yellow bias tape for the pockets. The thread is a slightly darker pink. The lining is some light/medium weight cotton I had in my stash. The IKEA fabric has been in my stash for quite a while. What I ended up buying to finish the purse was two 30 cm zippers, swivel clasps, D-rings and keyrings (to connect the swivel clasps and the D-rings) - much, MUCH cheaper than a new purse!
It was really fun to sew the purse, it took two days for me, but then I didn't sew all day. It was actually kind of fun NOT to use the overlocker, I used my sewing machine for everything. I recommend the pattern for anyone who would like to make their own purse.
Anyone else who has made the Burdastyle bag?
Bye for now,