this is kind of straying from the apparel that i normally make... but i've been on the hunt for a good handbag for MONTHS now and haven't found anything suitable (for a reasonable price, anyway)
i finally just bit the bullet and bought this pattern to make my own:
amy butler's 'sweet harmony'
i made the handbag, one zippered pocket and one double pocket
the pattern was very easy and straightforward... the instructions were extremely clear and once i got past the cutting (which took something stupid like 3 hours - there are a LOT of pieces once you start cutting interfacing and bias strips!) and fusing, everything went together in about 3 hours.
the only beef i had with this pattern was that i ended up buying way too much fabric/interfacing per instruction. i've stated before, i don't buy cheap fabric (my fabric was $22/yard and the fusible fleece was $9/yard
) so it kind of sucks to finish cutting and realize you have a significant amount of fabric leftover. plus my fabric is decorator-weight, so i couldn't make clothes with it if i wanted to! ehhhh.
overall, though, it was a fun bag to make. there are 3 different kinds of interfacing, so it is structured as hell and i would be lying if i said it didn't get a little hairy trying to navigate all those layers at the end. the only word of advice i have for this pattern - don't attempt it if you don't have a heavy-duty sewing machine and a GOOD iron! trust me, you need them!!
this is the fabric i used... also amy butler (hmm i wonder if that is why she had me buy extra
other side w/cell phone pocket
side. i love the forked straps
close-up of piping and cell phone pocket
for size reference - i can actually fit my 10.5" netbook in this lil guy! yeah!!
and just for funsies... this made me laugh while i was making the pockets...
guess that's all! thanks for looking and please let me know what you think!!