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« on: March 07, 2011 07:03:50 AM »

So...

I'm going to Portland, Maine then New York for my birthday in May but my job is only part time and I can't really afford to go out and buy new holiday things so I've been picking up bits and pieces from charity shops and accessories in sales so when May comes round it'll feel like I have lots of lovely new things.   Cheesy

Well I'm liking a lot of nautical themes these days but I'm finding no bags in sales or charity shops to put away so I decided to have a go about making one myself.

I recently got beautiful fabric in the Valentines Swap from the wonderful SonjaBoo and so that's what I used (I'm hoping to make high waisted shorts too).



I made the pattern on my own (I'd maybe make it smaller in the future) but I wanted to make sure it was big enough for bits and pieces I'd pick up when I'm away, have pockets to it and also be secure.  The red over the front pocket was a bit of a last minute improvise with my remnants.



I didn't like that it wasn't very sturdy so when I made it yesterday I decided to unpick it and put in more interfacing to make it stiffer.



My pockets and clips.



The bag charm was just a cheap 2.50 one that I'd bought in Primark and was already in my "holiday box" and I thought it made it look a bit fancier.

And just for good measure...my very scientific sketch of what I was after - on a work notebook (working hard that day!  -  Wink )



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« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2011 08:13:21 AM »

I love it! its so pretty! i also love the fabric! the purse looks all roomy! haha
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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2011 08:58:48 AM »

Very pretty & very good designing your own pattern. The charm & bow are sweet. Lots of room for the all the trinkets you'll get on your trip!   Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2011 10:05:25 AM »

Great job! It screams "nautical" even without classic anchors or things like that. The shape is lovely.

Have a fun trip!
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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2011 10:31:23 AM »

I love love love it, super cute
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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2011 10:36:18 AM »

I love it! You did a fantastic job on that bag lady! Cheesy  (And you're going to be in the U.S.!  That's so awesome!!)
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