I have to apologize in advance for the lousy pics, I don't have a digital camera, only my camera phone, and it's crap.
I travel a lot (my boyfriend lives abroad) and I usually only bring carry-on luggage when I fly. This means one small suitcase - and a purse. There are regulations for the size of the suitcase, but the purse can be as big as you want, it only needs to look like a purse at first look. So I created this bag, it's huge but still looks like, well, a purse.
The material is gray wool, which I got from a thrift store skirt - it was pleated and it was hell to iron out the pleats, but it was worth it, no way would I have been able to afford this quality of fabric at a fabric store! It was a bit thin for the bag, though, so I backed it with unbleached cotton which I had lying around at home. To keep the two layers together I machine quilted leaves and swirls freehand in black thread. Don't really have a good pic of that. Blame my camera.
I'd bought a large scarf to use as lining, but happened to find this lovely thick blue satin - no idea what fiber, but something artificial - in a scrap bin, and couldn't resist.. Here is a pic of one of the inside pockets, it's hard to see but it's got two compartments, one for a cell phone and one for my wallet. It's accented with the same red piping I used for the outside of the bag.
The other inside pocket has a zipper, which is recycled from the skirt the fabric came from..
On to the outside: One of my favorite parts of the bag, the outside pocket. And here you actually see the quilted pattern a bit! I love the effect of the red piping and red zipper against the gray wool..
And.. It's lined too!
The strap has two sets of buttons, so it can be made longer - this means the bag can be carried with the strap across the body, which is nice in areas where there is a lot of purse snatching or when the bag is really heavy.
And a pic of the finished bag hanging over a chair.. It looks really rumpled because I've used it so much already..
And a side view, where you can see the piping.
This isn't the first bag I've made, but it's the first one with a lining. A lot of thought went into this bag, I spent a lot of time planning what I wanted and needed from this bag, and then to figure out how to do it, like, in which order I had to do things (I didn't use a pattern). And I so wish I'd have a good camera, because these pics DO NOT make it justice. I've never received as many compliments for anything I've made before in my life, the most common one being "I can't believe you made that". Some of my favourite features I couldn't even photograph properly, like the keychain on the inside (an invaluable thing for someone like me).
I love this bag, and I wanted to share it.