Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Show and Tell: Purses

I love it when I can make something that is not only stylish, but functional as well.  Here are a few of the purses/bags that I've made and used:

This was my first try at using round handles.  I loved this purse but lost it in an Asahi Beer accident onboard an overseas flight coming home from Japan....long story~

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I was able to save the handles so I made a replacement.  It's only slightly different, with a rounded bottom instead of the square corners of the original.


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I loved this fabric because it came already embroidered!

 When something I  make calls for a lining I like to do something special and create a surprise with something contrasting.  I think it personalizes the project more.

Here's yet another in the same style but a mini version:


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And for something new, here's a large bag I made.  I had some friends who were expecting babies when I made this and was going to make another version as a stylish diaper bag but they both went for napsacks instead.  I still think I'd rather carry my diapers in this though~


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The great thing with making your own purse is that you can put as many pockets and organizers in the lining as you want!



I almost forgot about this one because I don't use it very often.  I made it using a hotpatterns pattern.  It's supposed to look like the bag that Anne Hathway has in The Devil Wears Prada but somehow mine ended up about half the size:

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The other thing I love about making purses and bags is that they don't require very much fabric.  All of these bags were made from the scraps of other projects....not that I ever wear the purse with the matching top!  That would be a bit too much.  It's just a great way to save $$$ if you have left overs.  See if you can find the original projects for the grey wool and patent leather here .

Thanks for letting me share all of my purse projects with you.  In the course of pulling all of them out of the closet and going through them I found an extra $2.35 that I didn't know I had!  Off to the fabric store I guess~


2 comments:

{ erin } said...

I love "The Devil Wears Prada" and as soon as I saw your bag I thought of the one she carried to James Holt's party. yep. You did good!! :)

AnaMB said...

i like your work! these purses are great!

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