well hello craftsters. i've been coming here for a while but this is my first purse and the first project i've put a lot of effort into. it's also the first time i've used stripes, because they always scared me before. inspiration and directions from these tutes and projects:
the jordy bag tute from (of course) thejordyhttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0
aline jordy with flap tute from second-hand-smokehttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=3105.0
zipper tute from sewing starshttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=8541.0
idea for fabric covered buttons and buttons on the strap from maggiedotcomhttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205945
aaand here are my pics (this is my first post so i can't post the pics right here). the color is a little washed out in these, but i think you can get the basic idea:http://www.lindseycore.com/core/purse/purse1.jpg
the whole thing.http://www.lindseycore.com/core/purse/purse2.jpg
close-up of the button on the front, covered in the lining materialhttp://www.lindseycore.com/core/purse/purse3.jpg
the side, with a cute little green button that matches the stitching even though the stitching doesn't show up much. you can see my tiny little imperfect seam right under the strap. it's like that on each side. http://www.lindseycore.com/core/purse/purse4.jpg
flap up, so you can see the lining.http://www.lindseycore.com/core/purse/purse5.jpg
and the inside. i know it's not the best pic. i am so proud of my zipper though! and on the right hand side (you can just barely see the end of it in the pic) i put a little loop to hold my keys, since i am always fishing around in my purse for them.
other than the small blemishes under the straps on each side i'm very happy with the way it turned out. i do have one question... what is the best method for turning straps inside out? i had a bear of a time with this one, the finished handle was actually my third attempt as i made it a little wider each time. i interfaced both sides and the fabric itself was a little thick, which made it very hard to do. i ended up sitting down in front of the tv with a wooden spoon with a long handle and verrrry slowly coaxing the thing to turn.
any comments or feedback are very welcome! thanks for looking!!