Added Feb 21, 2012
I enjoyed learning the history of Mary Brooks Pickens and The Women’s Institute in Amy’s book, Vintage Notions. I love being part of the continuing history of women who sew.
For this contest I chose to make a purse from the Metropolitan pattern from Indygo Junction. It’s a fun pattern roomy enough for just about everything one could wish to carry.
In the spirit of making do and re-using as women of years gone by have always done, I used the fabric of a favorite blouse for the body of my purse and paired this with a new fabric I had on hand. It was a perfect match! I decorated the front of the purse with a placket and buttons reminiscent of the blouse it had come from.
Then I had the idea that this pattern could lend itself to a purse with an outer, changeable covering to change its look. So for the next purse instead of gathering the bottom of the purse, I left it flat and angled it in at the top to fit the band around the top. Then I made a second bottom, gathering that one, binding the top edges and adding loops for hanging. I added buttons to the top band of the purse and, hanging the outer bottom over the flat bottom, I had a new purse. The outer covering can be turned inside out and thus, another purse!
I started with a third bottom for the changeable purse, but I liked the fabric so much, I made it into a purse of its own. This one has a bow fronting the top band for a slightly different look.
All in all, this is a pattern with much to recommend it.
I used cottons for the outer fabrics with some cotton blends for the linings. I used a fusible web to bond the lining fabrics together. This added great body to the bag.
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