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« on: April 30, 2009 07:33:29 PM »

I made this purse following the directions for the "Pleated Beauty Handbag" from bend-the-rules Sewing by Amy Karol.  I, of course, managed to pick the most complicated project  Shocked  Somehow I bungled my way thru (with no pinning till the very end!) and came out with this:

Close up of quilted applique fruit:

Interior of bag with my junk in it:

Back side of bag:

This bag is HUGE.  I can carry two large hard back novels in it.  Which is perfect for me.

I changed a few things from the directions:  I added two pockets, instead of one.  I also made my straps differently.  They are longer, wider and are a solid color.  I basically made my own heavy bias tape to make the handles.  I plan on making more in the future!  Great practice with pleating, and I think the next one I will attempt the scary thing:  A zipper!

I do recommend this book.  It has nice clear directions and a lot of wonderful how-to's and sewing techniques explained.

Critique and questions welcomed.
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2009 06:09:04 AM »

I don't know about any of your previous purses, but this one turned out great!

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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2009 06:15:06 AM »

I love it! And I love how you appliqued the front with the same fabric you used for the pleating. Cute!
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2009 07:47:36 AM »

Nice,nice bag - great touch with the appliques!
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2009 10:37:13 AM »

It turned out good.  Very roomy, and cute to boot.  Nice job.

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