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Topic: Completely Custom Nerd Purse and New Wallet!  (Read 6991 times)
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« on: February 26, 2012 08:21:05 PM »

I just wanted to share my first ever purse.  I've made basic envelope style clutches in the past, but this was my first ever involved purse like this.  I used Spoonflower to print a fabric I designed on a cotton/canvas (which I still backed in heavy weight fusible interfacing).  I drafted the pattern from scratch by looking online at a purse I liked and tweaked it to suit my wants.  I used a faux leather piping and used coordinating pleather trims on the body and to make the handles from.  I have D-Rings on the sides that a removable cross-body strap goes on.  The inside is lined in a very pretty wavy patterned satin and I have a cell phone pocket, 3 CC slots, and on the opposite side - a large inset pocket for my keys and gum collection.  I made the straps from welting cord and wide pleather trim.  I made them long enough to sit comfortably on my shoulder and not be too tight (a common problem I have with store bought purses).  The bag is about 12" wide x 9" high x 5" deep at the bottom.  I've never made a purse before, I've done PLENTY of costume and clothing work, and I figured it couldn't be that much harder.

The symbols on the purse mimic the LV style layout, they are the Rebel Bird (think Princess Leia and her Rebel friends), the Imperial Cog (for Darth Vader and the Empire), the Naboo Royal Crest (for Queen Amidala), and an "SW" in classic Star Wars font.



EDIT 03/10: I just made a wallet to go with it using the tutorial http://www.noodle-head.com/2010/04/gathered-clutch-tutorial.html and omitting the inside pockets (for time's sake).  I made one for my friend as a thank you gift (she took care of our cat at her clinic) but her looks more like the tutorial one and not like mine.  I made mine to coordinate with the purse by adding the piping and changing the direction of the gathers, I also added the strap.  The lining is the same that I used in the purse too.


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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2012 08:37:13 PM »

I love it!  So very clever!  Even non-nerds might like this one!  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2012 08:37:28 PM »

i am in LOVE with this!
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2012 04:31:01 AM »

This is outstanding!
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2012 05:11:59 AM »

holy guacamole,
I love it!
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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2012 05:31:46 AM »

Great job designing and construction!
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« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2012 01:17:39 PM »

LOVE it!  You did an amazing job!  Looks great!
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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2012 07:57:17 AM »

Thanks everyone!  I've taken it to work (where everyone else is a geek too) and it was well received.  I've already got requests from friends to see if I can make more lol
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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2012 09:55:20 AM »

Great job.  I love the shape of it and how you did the straps.
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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2012 10:30:40 AM »

Wow! it's just fabulous. I love it!
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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2012 01:19:16 PM »

The purse is gorgeous. The fabric is absolutely fantastic, I love it!
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« Reply #11 on: February 29, 2012 08:26:59 PM »

That's an amazing bag!  I've been trying to make my own pattern for something similiar as I love that style of bag..
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« Reply #12 on: February 29, 2012 09:51:24 PM »

This is amazing!

YOU are amazing!!

SO COOL!!!
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« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2012 04:49:33 AM »

Super cool! Awesome job!
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« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2012 07:42:30 AM »

FABULOUS!!!
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« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2012 12:54:51 PM »

Wow!  Tres cool.
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« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2012 06:42:26 AM »

Nice job!
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« Reply #17 on: March 02, 2012 07:08:21 PM »

Did I read that right? First ever purse. It's truly fantastic, kudos to such a structured design, love it!
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« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2012 08:59:32 AM »

love it
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« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2012 01:07:31 PM »

Did I read that right? First ever purse. It's truly fantastic, kudos to such a structured design, love it!
Yep, my first purse :-D  I love purses and my hubby has yelled at me for having too many.  This was my way around buying a new one.  He LOVES is since it's geeky and I made it.  Good thing he doesn't know how much I really spent making it lol.

**I also added a picture recently of the new wallet I just made today  Cool
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« Reply #20 on: March 11, 2012 04:14:29 PM »

I am uber jealous of that thing.  Looks gorgeous!
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« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2012 05:32:04 PM »

Friggin AMAZING job,

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« Reply #22 on: March 20, 2012 02:02:24 AM »

Hi BenaeQuee
Thanks for share your first ever envelope style clutches purse.Its very pretty wavy patterned satin and cell phone pocket.
Its really look beautiful and design of the fabric are amazing. I like the ways you are using fabric part,because fabric matters a lot in it...
Congratulation to you ....
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« Reply #23 on: April 12, 2012 01:51:07 PM »

Thanks again everyone for the comments.  I'm in the midst of designing a more Louis Vuitton colored version as a commission for a friend.  I'll post pics when it gets completed (probably not for another 4-6 weeks).
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« Reply #24 on: April 17, 2012 11:54:55 AM »

How awesome! The design and execution of the bag is awesome, It's a gorgeous bag, and the fabric is just the right amount of quirk.
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« Reply #25 on: April 20, 2012 09:41:55 AM »

WOW - wonderful!
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« Reply #26 on: April 25, 2012 03:23:51 PM »

Love it! What great colors!
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« Reply #27 on: May 03, 2012 11:29:39 PM »

mind blown! Im super jealous. I dont feel i can make anything this good!
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« Reply #28 on: May 24, 2012 09:10:10 PM »

Wow!  Super cute set!  I love the fabric.  Great job!
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« Reply #29 on: June 11, 2012 11:01:57 AM »

Super Sweet!!!  First purse?! Amazing job!!!  Grin
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« Reply #30 on: June 11, 2012 04:20:21 PM »

Holy sheep! I freaking love your fabric!!

I'm really impressed by the design of the bag too- especially for your first one.
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