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« on: January 12, 2005 02:02:30 PM »

Just finished this wee little green handbag (It´s not much longer than a handlength)


I´ve  made it of a scrap of upholstery fabric, lined with black velvet - for that luxury vibe Smiley
The pattern I´ve used I´ve drawn in Illustrator. I made a paper testversion before trying the pattern for real. Shagged up the first version anyway, made some improvements in the pattern and hey presto!

Below´s a preview of the pattern.

Full size pattern to be downloaded here

Technically, this bag is similar to the famous jordy bag. You make outerbag and lining, sew them together good sides facing each other, then you pull the bag inside out trough a hole in the lining. In this case, the hole will be in the lining´s pocket.
The lining is the same shape as the outerbag, except that it´s got an inside pocket attaced to it. If you can´t be bothered with the inside pocket, you can use the outerbag pattern for the lining. You will have a harder time wringling the bag inside out through the hole in the lining.

My example purse is 27 cm wide at the bottom. If you decide to use piping, keep in mind that you´ll need 5 times the bottom width, 135 cm of piping string (purchased or home made)

It´s up to you how you get the pattern onto the fabric. Just make sure you don´t forget the colored position marks (%, # etc), as you will need them later on. 1 gridline is 4 cm, but you can enlarge as you like.

When you´ve done that, start with cutting and marking the fabric pieces.
In this example, the lining is blue, and the outer fabric is orange, the ´wrong´ side of the outerfabric is blue as well.

Start with the outerbag : Pin sidepannels and main panel together, aligning the stars and the triangles. If you use piping, sandwich it in between these panels, the ´bulkier´ part of the piping pointing inwards.

Now sew together panels carefully, using your zipper foot guiding it alongside the outside of the piping. Sew as closely alongside of the piping as possible.

Work piping of the front top of the bag, again the buly bit pointing inwards. sew  the same way with zipperfoot.
Put in the other side panel the same way as the former one and sew.

Work your piping alongside the flap of you bag, going round. You should end at the starting point, so the piping goes around the bag in one piece.
Sew as previously.

Fold the orange strap´ hems inwards and sew.

Now you can proceed with the lining.
put lining bits together good sides facing each other. sew as shown in pic (- - - )

flip over pocket and sew as shown in pic.

Now flip back the pockets and sew the sides shut.
Don´t forget to leave a hole open in the bottom, as you will be pulling the bag through that hole later!

now pin in the side panels and sew them in the same way as you did with the outerbag.

Put outerbag in innerbag, good sides facing each other. Sew (- - - -) alongside the piping on the top and sides of the bag, as well as the top of the front of the bag. Do not sew the sidepanels shut yet.

Pull the bag inside out through the hole in the lining pocket. Push everything into place.

Put rings to the ornage strap bits and fold the strap ends inside the bag, inside the lining. Handstitch the sides shut as well as the pocket bag.

Make a strap and attach the strap to the rings, and you´re done!

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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2005 03:13:04 PM »

Great Bag! I really love the green...that fabric is awesome. Will you be sharing your pattern?

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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2005 05:46:12 PM »

Are those black lines piping? Seems really well done! Whoever does piping has my full admiration!

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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2005 05:53:51 PM »

That is g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s.  I love both fabrics.

« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2005 06:52:19 PM »

That's such a beautiful purse. I love the piping too but I have no clue how to do piping. I also love the green.

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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2005 08:01:46 PM »

I just want to climb in that purse, close the flap and fall asleep.  Velvet and piping and the color green! Ahhhhhh!   Shocked

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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2005 10:00:55 PM »

Excellent job!  I love the piping, it adds a very streamlined touch!  I love the look of piping but haven't quite mastered it yet!  Grin

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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2005 03:45:24 AM »

love it love it love it!!!

it's gorgeous!

« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2005 09:15:06 AM »

Thanks for the compliments, all of you !

The piping (unfamiliar word which sounds somewhat strange to a Dutch person!) turned out not to be as complicated as one might expect.
Maybe it´s because I´ve used ready-to-sew piping material with the string already sewn in. A zipper foot is essential though, because you have to sew closely alongside the string.

If someone seriously wants to give the purse pattern a try, let me know, then I´ll stick it in this thread with some instructions.
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« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2005 10:51:09 AM »

I love this! the green fabric and the piping and the cute shape, oh my!!

If someone seriously wants to give the purse pattern a try, let me know, then I´ll stick it in this thread with some instructions.
I'd absolutely love this! I've got some chinese brocade I'm already picturing in a bag like that...

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