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« on: December 26, 2004 02:05:36 PM »

Has anyone tried the clutch purse pattern in About.com (http://chrochet.about.com/library/bl_1940bag2.htm)? I love all the retro patterns they have, and I decided to try one.  This one left me saying..."Huh??"

First of all, the picture looks like the bag has a flap.  It doesn't.  It has 2 pieces for front and back that are the same size.  Second, it has side pannels (called "gussets;"  I had to look that one up).  The gussets are the same lenghth as the sides of the bags, and go on either side to give the bag expansion room.  The gussets have pointy ends that you're supposed to "fit into the bottom of the bag."  Wha???  The bag comes out like a box that is open at the top and bottom with two pointy things at the bottom.

And nothing to close the top.  I made a flap to sew on to it.

Has anyone tried this?  Did I miss something?  I will try to take a picture and post it.


« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2004 06:01:20 PM »

I don't see a flap in the photo - looks to me like the sides and bottom are bulging out a bit.  I'd stick the pointy pieces into the inside of the bag; it looks like they are supposed to be part of the bottom.  One of the things about vintage patterns is that they tend to assume that the person using the pattern knows how to put handbags, hats, etc. together and what the pieces should look like, so the patterns wind up being short on finishing instructions and lacking schematics. 

It sounds like you have solved the problems the pattern presented to you - whether or not you follow the pattern exactly doesn't matter as long as the results are what you want. 
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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2004 06:52:35 PM »

Thanks!  Whew! so it's not me....

I agree.... I guess there is nothing particularly vintage-looking about it, and it's of no use if I can't use it (department of redundancy department).  Tomorrow I'm going to add a lining, finish a handle and flap/button, and call it a done deal.

Thanks for taking a look. 

Anyway, it was  a "warm-up" project.  I haven't really crocheted since I was a child, and now I think I'm ready to tackle one of those vintage bed jacket crochet patterns they have on About.com. I hope they make fewer assumptions about how much I already know!


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