Having a great matching or complementary purse really makes a daily wardrobe work.
I made this black and white toile purse/bag over a month ago but have waited to post it because I wanted to post it along with the tops it goes with. One or the other always seemed to be in the wash bag or else needing ironing. This shows the success anyway! I like spending my sewing time making things I use and wear a lot.
I don't have a pattern. It's just a basic flat bottom bag (a wider version of my recently posted "green grocery bag") with an added flap. I used a big paper bag to get the flap the right size before I cut it out. I can fit sheet music and books into this bag which I do a lot.
The purse uses fabrics from both these tops. It's been successful with other stuff I have too, but most fun to wear with these. Both tops are the same simple pattern (and the same pattern as other matching tops and purses I've made and posted). One is black and white toile. The other is green linen. These tops work well when they are fully lined.
The purse is primarily the black and white toile. I used the green linen for a twisty, raw ripped piece around the strap and for the petals of the flower. I tied on a rough edged remnant of, and backed the flowers and the green linen top with, the remains of the sheer green jacket I created for this mini wardrobe. I usually only wear this when I'm doing something vaguely formal. So far that's been two ceremonies and one play.
Trim besides the flower is JoAnne's beaded trim for the upholstery area and a watch face for a cute watch that didn't work out as a watch. The center of the flower was a piece of ribbon I wadded up and fooled with until it looked right, then stitched in place.
I lined the bag with black linen, leftover from the loose black linen pants I wear as part of this mini-wardrobe (and with a lot of other things as well). I also made a pair of black skorts from the same black linen and using the same gathered waist, loose floaty pattern. (OK it's actually a regular elastic waist, loose pants pattern I modify to the leg shape I want for that particular pair - more palazzo, more straight-legged, etc.)
This mini-wardrobe started with a trip to Washington D.C. in mid May. I focused it around green because that's not a color I had much in my closet, and yet it was one I wanted to start wearing. We went to a ceremony there, and I made the shimmery yellow top from the same top pattern for that. It looks the best with the green jacket though the others work too. It's shown here just looped over the hanger. I got these other two tops, the skorts and pants done for the trip too. Though I wore them they weren't much on display as it rained. However I've gotten a LOT of use out of them since. I've gotten more pleasure from this mini-wardrobe-complete-with-purse than a lot of other things I've made to wear. Easy to put together and put on. I feel well dressed and really comfortable at the same time.
I think I spent more time sewing and adorning the purse than I spent sewing all three tops. But it was worth the time. The jacket, a simple kimono type pattern, took forever because it's sheer and I was fooling with french seams. You can just barely see it's little gold printed sleeve edge in the picture. Love that fabric. A JoAnne's sari silky (aka polyester I guess). Glad I made it, cute but I won't do anything similar soon.