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« on: January 12, 2010 06:45:57 AM »

I promised Mom a purse back in the fall, and I'm finally done!  I made two, and I'm pretty proud of them, actually, as I tried a few new techniques, and my skills are improving.  They're my own designs--I spend a few days drawing out my ideas, thinking through the construction techniques I'm going to use, and measuring purses I like.  Then I draw my pieces out on tracing paper, double check the size, and go from there.

I welcome constructive criticism :-D

The first one is basically a large pouch to hold clothes or shoes when she goes to work out, or just the general stuff that a Mom tends to accumulate.  The front has a pleat or tuck to add a little extra volume, and it has side gussets that also form the bottom.

The strap is removable so that I can make her more bags and she can just swap the straps however she wants.  I really like the effect of the v-shape and the pleat.

The second one has nice wide bamboo handles and a circular cut out so she can carry it over her shoulder if she wants.  It has a central zippered section to keep her wallet and cellphone secure, and pockets front and back for receipts and things.

I also made one for myself, following the same basic idea as Mom's, but with curved sides and bottom and leather handles.  I really like the way it looks, but am not totally happy with the handles when I'm using the purse-they're a bit stiff and in the way when I'm trying to get things out of the zippered section.  Further design iterations are in order!

(cross posted to LJ craftgrrl)
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2010 08:52:26 AM »

OH wow, you did a super job, love them all! 

« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2010 10:17:06 PM »

These are awesome.

Love the bag with the pleat and the one with the leather handles, very nice construction.

Had a couple of questions....
Was wondering how you did the zipper on the bag with the bamboo handles? 
Also, did you use decor-weight fabric? and interfacing of any kind?

Would love to know--i might try to mimic one of the bags, but i'm sure it would never turn out as good as these. Smiley

silver mom
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2010 05:29:24 AM »

Love the first one     Cheesy ,love the second one      Wink  ,love the last one    Grin.
Uhmmm...  Roll Eyes  I can't decide which one I love the most .  Huh

« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2010 05:49:29 AM »

Glad you guys like my purses  Cheesy thanks for the kind words

--Crystal, I use quilting fabrics and back them with a fusible interfacing.  For the pieces I want to be sturdy, I use interfacing meant for shirt cuffs, for lining pieces I use a light weight interfacing.

To put in the zipper, I sandwich one edge of the zipper between the outer fabric and lining and stitch that side, then do the other side, then top stitch.  Very like this tutorial: http://pinoyinoz.blogspot.com/2008/08/tutorial-zippered-wristletpouch-made.html  This gives me the big inner part of the purse, nicely lined, with the ends ready to be finished.  I sandwich this between the lining pieces for the outer purse and stitch that up (much like this tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182493.0), then insert this lining into the outer shell.  Hope that helps!

I add the tabs to hold the bamboo handles into the seam between the lining and the outer shell.  The metal part of the handles have a little screw that can be removed so they can be attached to the bag once all the sewing is done (they're the easiest store bought handles to attach!)
« Last Edit: January 14, 2010 05:57:40 AM by knottie » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2010 11:44:06 PM »

Hey knottie...Smiley

thanks for the info....
i use interfacing meant for shirt cuffs too... that's the only kind available where i live (middle east---not very big on "bag-making" supplies, but great for clothing supplies)....quilting fabric is just a dream for me  Sad---ordering online doesn't make sense because (a) i'm paranoid about credit card theft and (b) shipping to where i am costs a ton..... anyway, will surely try to make something like this when i get a break from my two month old son   Wink--- till then will continue drooling over these bags Grin

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