I finally sewed my bag ! I only started this at the end of 2014 ( or was it 2013 ? ) when my old handbag was breaking . But then I purchased a new bag a few months later and this got shoved aside. But then the ` new ` handbag was starting to perish AND I was in a cleaning up the sewing corner mood so I finally buckled down and tackled the project. The sticking point was the how to make the bag flap.
I was inspired by this project in a very old Handmade magazine from the 90s. I have never sewed crazy patchwork before - the actual sewing is very easy but trying to get the right fabrics in the right positions is sooo hard. I picked out my fabric scraps and after lots of mucking around I realised I just had to start sewing but it was all looking a bit bland until I added a small scrap from my Mum that had a bright flower and gold highlights .
I used plain navy suedette left over from sewing my Mum an outfit in 2000. I interlined this with left over fleecy so the bag is more substantial. I added an extra pocket to the back but had to piece together scraps to make it large enough so I covered the seam with narrow velvet ribbon. I added a magnetic clasp which I had removed from an even older handbag.
To the inner lining I added one zippered pocket which was not included in the pattern. I followed the book The Bag Making Bible to create this but it is very easy to do . I wish now that I had added a zippered pocket on the other side of the bag . Next time !
I love the tassel decoration on the my original inspiration and perhaps I might even make one one day but instead I added a large etched shell button that I pilfered off the back of one of my cardigans .
There is plenty of room for my wallet, keys, phone , glasses , reusable shopping bag and bits and pieces that are absolutely necessary to carry around. Honestly how do men get away with just a wallet !
I am insanely pleased with my new handbag . It definitely won`t be the last one I make. I have a couple of Marcy Tilton patterns that I will try next.
This is what I have to contend with while I am taking photos !!