A handbag?! Yes Lady Bracknell, I have made myself a handbag.
This is a replacement for a handbag I made for myself a few years ago which I very stupidly left on a train - and not even in the wee hours of the morning after a night of merriment, I left it on the train on the way into work one day. Sigh.
The original design came about because I saw these excellent purse frames with big bobble closures available at U-Handbag. Luckily Lisa posted a very handy tutorial about how to use them and following her pointers I drafted the pattern adding a wide gusset piece so that it would be roomier. The original handbag was in a grey fabric with a very feint pinstripe and featured some excellent badges from The House of Ismay. Here we are in happier times hanging out in Milan...
...paired with my me-made two tone pointy flats. That scowl on my face might be due to an underlying sense of foreboding that I would one day abandon this bag on a train.
Anyway, that was a year or so ago and I finally got around to making a replacement.
I used that same pattern and some crazy-old-lady's-couch-fabric that I had in my stash left over from a skirt I made ages ago. The lining is my go-to lining/muslin/etc fabric - a polycotton which had been the tablecloths at our wedding and which I am still incorporating into various makes.
I used a lovely deep purple metallic leather for the handle loops (also from the stash), backed everything with heavy weight iron-on interfacing, and used some other hardwear recently purchased from JT Batchelors. All in all there were 31 pieces to put together!
The wide gusset piece makes for a roomier bag.
And the bag is pretty roomy - in the way that the TARDIS is pretty roomy.
(Please ignore the bits of glue in the corners. It's been a while since I've fiddled around with a purse frame and I'm a bit out of practice.)
This time around I added a lined patch pocket for my phone.
A long overdue, vaguely carpet-style handbag.
Completed: May 25th.
(and for any Green Wing fans out there, this.)