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Topic: Need ideas for 1st purse ever!!  (Read 572 times)
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« on: October 02, 2005 10:56:32 PM »

I've gotten brave....not only am I going to shorten this dress to cocktail length (with my oh-so-novice sewing skills), but I'm going to try to make a matching purse (1st 1 ever!) from the left-over material.  I just don't know what style of purse would work well with this dress.  I bought the dress for a wedding, so whatever style purse I make, I'd like it to be not too tiny but not cumbersome to carry around all night either. 

I'm pretty new here, but have looked at so many of the purses posted & am floored at the talent & creativity ya'll have!  It definitely gives me TONS to aspire to!  So I'm hoping some of you could offer some ideas on the style/shape/size purse I should do that isn't majorly difficult to make, and maybe point me towards a tutorial or 2.

Here's the dress:

Thanks for any suggestions/inspirations!! Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2005 10:59:38 PM »

Maybe a clutch with a wrist strap or a clutch like bag with a longer strap?
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2005 02:27:46 AM »

Iam thinking ....don't change the dress !!!

its very nice and would lovely with a white clutch..


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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2005 06:50:46 AM »

I'd love it if I didn't have to change the dress, but long ones just make me look like I have no legs.  Plus, I never have an opportunity to wear a floor length dress & will get more wear from it if it's shorter. 

I saw the Purple Paisley Dorothy Bag (Amy Butler pattern) that someone here has posted (sorry I don't remember their name) and thought maybe I could do that with the leftover fabric from the dress...It seems simple enough & has a wrist strap on the back of it...and I really liked how they used a simple rhinestone brooch to attach to the front to dress it up.  What do ya'll think?  Is that a difficult bag for a beginner?

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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2005 07:07:35 AM »

When you cut off the bottom section of your dress, let the pattern dictate your bag.  It may demand to be a square, rectangle, or even round bag.  You can adapt the Amy Butler or another pattern to the shape you need. 

Or, here's a really easy bag

free pattern could be adapted to any shape


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