So, there's a tut posted here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=54769.0
with the super cute, fun-ly named Sha Sha Dream Bag.
I fell in love with the bag, now I just need to tweak them a little and make them my own
Anywho, here's what I started with (sort of, didn't take pics until late into the process):http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/4c5fd692/89dc/__sr_/ad5a.jpg?phAS8nDBMld30QoZ
The pinned strips will be loops to hold the rings of the handles. I would have made my own, my darling husband gave me a GREAT idea to make sturdy ones myself, but this is time sensitive, as my co-worker's b-day is tomorrow.http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/4c5fd692/89dc/__sr_/3037.jpg?phoh8nDBw6usKu0k
Close up of soon-to-be-loops http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/4c5fd692/89dc/__sr_/a9b3.jpg?phoh8nDBeAgkyaYx
Pre-fab bamboo handles from Joann's...I like them, but really, that took most of the cost right there, $3.00 with my coupon!http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/4c5fd692/89dc/__sr_/5c22.jpg?phoh8nDBvKujCDst
My awkwardly sitting up lining is made of 100% cotton, so it's not sturdy on it's own http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/4c5fd692/89dc/__sr_/39f3.jpg?phoh8nDBHOrdKLv4
The gorgeous brocade this purse features
Fortunately, I at least thought ahead enough to use heavy interfacing with this...it stands on its own! http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/4c5fd692/89dc/__sr_/b0e1.jpg?phoh8nDB0BPwfKMC
The loverly bottom of the bag, with brads for feet. it actually gives the bag a nice finished look, I really like this touch. In the future, I will probably use actual feet, provided I can find them.http://us.f1.yahoofs.com/users/4c5fd692/89dc/__sr_/d32a.jpg?phoh8nDBpscFdiUw
TADA! The finished product, held aloft by my dear mother in law. The lining is a yummy butter yellow, which I would never have thought to put with burgandy, but the embroidery has tons of yellow tones, and it really highlights the colors nicely.
As you eagle eyed folks might have noticed, I have a nice, awkward looking line of stitching around the top. This is the one step in the tutorial I would change, as it leaves the stitching exposed, and a lip at the top of the purse. My co-worker will be fine with it, and probably won't notice, but all future bags will be sewn together inside out, and turned to prevent this from happening again. Normally I would rip this out and do so right now, but A) it's 11pm and I get up way to freakin' early and B) it's brocade, and really, ripping anything out of brocade is not only a pain in the pitoot, but a really bad, time-consuming, cursing-like-a-sailor-inducing phenomenon that's best to others than myself.
Please, let me know what you think!