Nautical & Tweed Handbag. Gathered Cotton Purse or Tote Bag.

Added Oct 18, 2011

by Maggie Molloy

Tipperary, Ireland

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Description

This is another bag based on the gorgeous pretty pinafore purse pattern by Lisa Lam of www.u-handbag.com. I love how classic this purse pattern looks. Its the highest quality pattern ive ever made, it just oozes that shop bought look thats so hard to achieve from homemade bags.

I customized it from the standard pattern as follows: I used two contrasting fabrics on the bag instead of one all over color. It now has a tweed top half and a gathered nautical bottom half. I have a lot of very light cotton at home and never get to use it in handbags because its always too flimsy. Which is such a pity because light cotton is cheap and comes in the best patterns! The other drawback is if i add heavy interfacing to light cotton it just makes the whole bag look papery (not a good look)

So i thought if i tried gathering or pleating the fabric it would give that much needed volume to the light fabric while making the bag look all sumptuous and girly. And i think it worked great!

I also changed out the middle piping for leather scalloping trim and changed the handles for a leatherette version i make myself.

Looking back this worked out really well for me. It was a great way to use some of my lighter fabrics in bags and i now have hundreds of really light cottons i can make bag bottoms with

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Material Notes

The nautical stripe fabric i used on this bag was a really light cotton fabric that i bought new. The top half was made using cream tweed from a vintage womans skirt and the straps and scalloping trim were white leatherette. I also used wadding, vilene s250 interfacing, self cover buttons and a really long zipper. The lining of the bag is a nautical cotton.

Difficulty

Intermediate

Categories

Season
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
For
Women
Garment Type
Accessories
Style
Beach, Casual, Classic, Preppy, Romantic, Vintage
Material
Corduroy, Cotton, Blends, Denim, Eyelet, Flannel, Leather/Fur, Linen, Velvet, Wool

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