My husband asked me to make him a custom messenger bag a few months ago for who's birthday. I finished yesterday just in time for his birthday today. I took a while with the pregnancy brain and energy. Lol. Also was self drafted so I had to figure things as I went.
Here are a few of the purses I've worked on in the past month. I've really fallen in love with faux leather and although it can be quite challenging at times and break many needles, I love the clean look that result at the end.
I've been working on these for a couple of weeks and finally got it down. I made some mistakes with the first ones where the fabric was spilling over the leather. I finally have something I'm happy with. The brown one was almost perfect, but I made it too long so it doesn't work too well for pockets. I gifted it to my mom's husband. The teal one was the first one I did. But cash pocket was too high and you could see it while the wallet was closed and I didn't like that. I want the fabric to be a surprise.
I wish I could jot down my patterns and repeat a purse that I make. I always seem to just wing it like I did with this one. I used two and a half placemats to construct the outer body and the handles. It has a magnetic closure and I used the upholstery fabric for the inner lining and side pockets. The placemat was so structurally sound that I didn't need to use any stiffeners/interfacing in the purse.
This took me about 90 minutes to complete. I love peplums because they are so flattering. I wanted to try something I'd seen on Pinterest, but wanted to work with what I found. The full tutorial is on my blog, but I put in darts to taper the waist and used part of a second shirt. Now I've got another project in mind for the other shirt and can't wait to see how that pans out.
I wanted to try doing zipper and still keep the integrity of the placemat even though I did have to cut it down some to get the dimension I wanted. This took quite a while of trying to figure out stitching when it was too thick for my sewing machine.
My friend is getting married for the second time to my other friend. I'm attending their destination wedding. I wanted to do something special for her and made this. It's a wristlet for her to put some of her things (phone, lipstick/gloss, etc). All I knew was that her dress was a satin ruched ivory dress. I saw it once months ago so I really hope it matches and that she likes it. Inside is a picture that her fiance sent me with he and her two daughters and the other side is a quote along with a picture of their engagement that I took off her FB.