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« on: January 12, 2009 07:36:15 AM »

Hi all!

Last summer I bought an awesome pleated purse from Etsy and every time I use it I think "yeeesh, I should at least try to make a pleated purse" .... I finally gave it a shot last week and I'm happy with how my first two purses turned out! 

I would recommend using some kind of thick cotton or corduroy that you can iron easily.  I attempted to use some poly blend suiting material with interfacing and it didn't really work.  I also found that it was easiest to do the pleating detail first and then draw out the outline of the purse afterwards to keep the pleats centred. 

My next goal is to try and make a purse with gathers at the top and bottom...

Thanks for looking!!  Let me know what you think (and any pleated purse advice/tips you might have)!!
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2009 07:37:37 AM »

This bag is very cute. I haven't gotten the nerve to try a pleated bag yet, but I might just try that on the next bag that I make.

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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2009 08:22:50 AM »

They are stunning! I love pleated purses but have always been to scared to try them myself!

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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2009 09:27:08 AM »

I love them!! I've not done pleating either. Did you find it easy??


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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2009 03:12:35 PM »

I'm jealous.  I made my own pattern for a pleated purse, but it didn't out near as nice.  Well to be exact it didn't turn out at all. Cry

« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2009 04:25:15 PM »

Thanks everyone!  The pleating was easier than you'd think, but I did a couple of test runs on an old pieces of fabric first to figure out the size of the pleats and the spacing... I also re-sewed the body of the purse a few times to get the shape I wanted.

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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2009 02:27:45 PM »

love the shape and the colour - well done!
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