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« on: September 03, 2009 03:42:18 PM »

Hi all! This here is my first purse, in my favorite color Smiley

I single crocheted a "base" basically shaped like a rectangle with two semicircles on each end, and then half double crocheted the main part. I left a gap for a pocket and made decreases on the last 10 or rows, then crochet the handle. It took me a couple weeks to crochet (back and forth on the train, while watching movies, that kind of thing). Then I handsewed (@_@) zippers and lining.

Here's the pocket and a butterfly brooch to spice it up a little. I'm considering adding a flap over the top (like the one on this purse: http://www.dragginink.com/images/Petite%20Purse.gif) made of the same fabric of the lining. Think that's a good idea?

Incidentally, here's the beautiful fabric I used for the lining, found once at Hancock Fabric's and never seen again T_T

And finally, a picture of the purse lying flat. The strap seems short, but when I use it, it stretches until it can fit across my body, plus the top of course folds a bit so it doesn't stay so wide. Lying flat like this, it's about 21" wide and a foot tall.

So? How is it? Should I add a flap or is it fine as is? Thanks for your much-needed input!
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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2009 04:12:12 PM »

I love it! The color is awesome, and the lining fabric looks great with it. I'm too scared to hand sew a lining! lol

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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2009 04:13:12 PM »

That is so pretty!  The inside fabric is quite stunning!
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2009 02:40:59 PM »

That purse is lovely. I like the shape and am very impressed that it turned out so streamlined. The first purses I made w/o a pattern turned out hella wonky. Adding a flap might be a nice addition, but the bag looks great as is.

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« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2009 06:25:14 PM »

I love the color and it just looks well put together in general. I wouldn't know what you could add to it, I think its great as it is.
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2009 11:59:37 PM »

 Grin  excellent purse. i may be partial to  it bec of the use of my fav color purple and the lovely butterflies.  sweet!

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« Reply #6 on: September 18, 2009 01:20:54 AM »

A flap might protect the belongings in the purse better against rain and maybe even snow? I have never made a purse myself, but when I buy one, I prefer a flap, just to be sure... I love the purse as it is right now. I adore the colour and the fabric that you chose is just wow. If you like it, just leave it as it is. You might 'overwork' your design...

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« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2009 06:56:22 AM »

I think it looks good without a flap, but if you are wanting a way to keep it closed, you could add a loop on the back, put the butterfly pin in the middle, and use the loop to go over the pin to keep it closed. 

I love adding pins to crocheted stuff.  My mom goes to estate sales and knows to look out for old brooches and such.  They are perfect for things like this.  And yours is a perfect match to the lining!
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