It took me two weeks of off and on work to finish this purse, but I'm glad I took my time because I'm extremely happy with the results. I watched a loooot of Star Trek while I was working on this!!
I pieced together three fabrics and quilted them myself for the fabric before I assembled the bag using the Simplicity Sew Stylish 2862 F pattern. The instructions I used called for a chain handle
, but I thought it looked really tacky so I made the leather one instead. I bought a strip of double layer leather trim (you can find a photo in my flikr account), folded it in half and sewed up each edge. Then I strung a soft cord through the middle with my loop turner, leaving three inches on each edge without the cord, and folded the strap through the swivel clips. I stitched them down and then made small covers that I hand-sewed on to conceal the stitching.
I got the instructions/pattern from the Summer 2008 edition of CraftStylish, but honestly I would NOT recommend using this source. The mathematics were AWFUL -- each level of instructions contradicted the last with regards to measurements / number of pieces to cut / etc (especially when piecing together the fabric). I ended up having to basically re-create the pattern on my own by looking at the photo and actual pattern and doing scale measurements. If anyone is interested, I will post the measurements I ended up using (I don't want to step on the toes of the magazine editors here, but the original instructions are practically unusable).
If anyone decides to make this and wants tips/information I'm glad to help!
It's a bit of a project but pretty fun, especially if you put on a movie/show in the background while you're working.More photos on my flikr, if anyone is interested