Added Oct 9, 2011
This bag was based on the gorgeous pretty pinafore purse pattern by Lisa Lam of www.u-handbag.com.
I changed a couple of things with it, mainly the handles. I always think good quality handles make a bag look so much more professional so i substituted my own pattern for long tote bag straps, other than that everything was done by the book.
The pattern is amazingly simple to follow and so easy to customize. I have only been sewing for 8 months and this went together so beautifully.
This purse is made from a calf length vintage tweed skirt and a thrift store cotton floral blouse. Total fabric cost approx €2! Other than the upcycled fabric i used the following new materials:
vilene s250 interfacing for all the outer body pieces, sew in wadding for all the outer body pieces,
piping cord, large self cover buttons, long zipper 16+ inches.
Because the bag is made up of separate pieces, it is a great design to make from scraps of fabric or small upcycled clothes, it looks great when you make the yoke a different color than the bag body too.
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