How many bags does a girl really need? How about two more than I already have??
Pattern: Pleated Beauty Handbag from Bend the Rules Sewing
Fabric: Grey wool + Japanese kimono print
Project notes: Pretty much followed the pattern as written although I had to redo the pleats because I didn’t read carefully enough. I ran out of the grey wool so I used the pleat fabric for the lining as well. I think I like it a lot more because of the contrast it creates.
Pattern: Messenger Bag, my own pattern (although I can take ZERO creative credit for it since I pretty much followed Tania’s genius design)
Exterior Fabric: Green corduroy leftover from my (still unfinished) coat + awesome alligator fabric from Lynn
Interior Fabric: Denyse Schmidt (Katie Jump Rope) + Joel Dewberry (Aviary)
Project notes: There are a number of things I’d change about this bag on a next attempt. (I generally do very little planning when I make patterns up from scratch, working only with the mental picture of what I want the final product to look like.) Still, for a first try, it’s not bad. I love the green corduroy with the gator fabric. I’ve been thinking for a long time about how best to use it. (Lynn, I hope you think I’ve done it justice.) The size is just right; I started with 12″x15″ rectangles. Still, I wanted the bag to have more shape to it so I think some stiff interfacing is a must. I just used some light weight fusible that I had laying around and it’s a little too floppy for my liking. I like the riveted straps and think they would look better on a bag with more structure. All the pockets though, are great.