So my oldest niece turned 18 on the 24th (yay!) and she wanted a steampunk purse as a present from me. I asked her to send me a picture of something she liked, and this is what she sent:
I started by trying to find a metal purse closure, but couldn't find one similar, so got this:
Then I couldn't figure out how to make the bag shape while using the handle . . . THEN the wondrous queenofdiy gave me some links to the right hardware and THIS wonderful pattern for a doctor's bag (which was what that bag my niece liked is actually called) http://swoonpatterns.com/?s=nora&submit=Search I highly recommend the pattern - there are lots of pieces, lots steps and it's a bit fiddly to put together, but if you follow the directions, it's not TOO hard, and it comes out great! (If I do say so myself. . . )
So I wound up making this for my niece - she told me what fabrics she liked out of several links to various fabric websites that I sent her. (The keys and gears fabric came from equilter, the black pleather came from Joann's) Here it is: Front
Close up of pocket with gears and a key sewn on
A key I attached to the zipper
And I decided to make a small change purse to go with it:
inside (with my hand for size reference - it's tiny!)
Sorry this is so long and picture overload, but it was quite the project and I am very happy with how it came out!
These were so much fun to make - the only PITA was the fact that white fabric, even thicker white fabric with interfacing on it, tends to show the lining colors through to the outside - I had to add another layer of fabric in between the inside and outside so that it looked right!
I made a few more of these today - they are cute, relatively easy and don't take too much time!
Here are some more brocade hearts - I had a bear of a time with fraying on previous ones. Someone suggested fabric paint, which helped, but really not enough, so I decided to try some iron-on interfacing I had - that worked wonderfully! Sewing it was much easier, and I think the finished product looks much better!
They have fairies peeking out, too!
And then a red one with silver studs:
And the fairy:
Another soft purple one - this fabric is horrible to sew with - it slides around all over the place! Comes out okay, though: