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« on: October 16, 2011 10:07:38 AM »

My best friend flew in from Pittsburgh this weekend to visit and I made her a bag as a present.  I used the large Melanie Bag pattern from ithinksew.com.  You can see it here:  http://www.ithinksew.com/ProductDetails.aspx?pgProductID_int=22

I used two coordinating outside fabrics that I found at Joann's.  The lower fabric is the geisha and the handle is the coordinating parasol fabric. 

I used a third fabric for the lining in a solid green broadcloth.  I also added a center pocket that runs the length of the bag and reinforced it with a thicker (but not too thick) fleece fusible and some sew in applique to seal each side to the fleece to hold its structure.  It's big enough for magazines but she is an avid reader and always has her ereader with her and worries that it will get crushed or damaged in her purse regardless of the cover she already has on it.  So I made her a special compartment that will keep it away from the rest of the items in her bag.  It did make the bag less puffy and gave it an interesting flat appeal.  I also loaded the bag with a lot of other pockets.  We're both big fans of pockets.

I really liked this pattern and will definitely make more of them in the future but without the double center pocket that I added on my own.  I rally liked the look of the straps since it's all one piece that folds over.  I'd like to try it with a larger drop. 

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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2011 11:37:41 AM »

What a pretty handbag!  Looks like the prefect summer carryall.

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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2011 12:38:09 PM »

I love it!
I love the fabrics, and all the details.
It's fantastic--you are a super friend, really.

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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2011 05:13:21 PM »

I love it!
I love the fabrics, and all the details.
It's fantastic--you are a super friend, really.

She's my best friend and pretty much the only one willing to fly to wherever I am to see me.  My fiancee is in the Navy.  So she is definitely worth the time!!!

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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2011 09:08:04 AM »

Oh I love the fabric very nice.  Cheesy The green inside really shows it off. I love all the pockets. You did a great job.  Roll Eyes I would do the same for a friend like that!!
Also thank your fiancee for his great service!!! Wink

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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2011 02:38:19 PM »

A really nice bag - especially the inside pocket so she can protect her ereader.   Sounds like you are very good friends to each other.   Great bag and a nice gift!
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