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

Added Oct 18, 2011

by Maggie Molloy

Tipperary, Ireland






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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By Maggie Molloy at Etsy

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.




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



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