Winter Purse

No denying it, fall is almost here! As I am still agonizing about making a winter coat (and currently I have fabric for at least 3 different coats and probably 7 patterns which I really like), I made a winter purse. So I can “warm up” to this whole winter sewing gradually, you know… I’ve wanted to make a purse for a while now, and finally I bit the bullet and purchased the purse making class on Craftsy. I have to admit, I did not think it would turn out so well, have a look!

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Front. This twist-clasp is from Fabricland.

I got the grey plaid wool fabric that I used for the exterior from Debbie at the summer Toronto Bloggers meeting and swap, and the pink faux-suede (aka 100% polyester) was from my own stash. I did not settle on the choice of the fabric until I got most of the hardware, which pretty much dictated the rest of the design process of this purse. I visited Leather & Sewing Supply Depot, where I bought this awesome do-hicky:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADid you know that Leather & Sewing S.D. has moved, dear Torontonians? They are now located at 204 Spadina, not far from where they were located before. They did have tons of all sort of purse hardware, but most of it was quite basic. I did manage to buy what I thought I wanted, but what totally blew my mind was the zippers. That store has THE BEST and coolest selection of zippers. But I digress… Here’s more pictures:

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Fancy purse-feet and hard bottom!
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Back view. Oh I tried so hard to match the pattern, which I mostly succeeded in doing, although it resulted in the pocket being off-centre. But you wouldn’t have noticed it, had I not pointed it out, right?
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Bird’s eye view
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All the guts and glory: zippered pocket, and a divided pocket on the other side, and a magnetic clasp closure

And you know what’s totally ironic? I splurged on the dress form, and instead of padding her up and sewing up a storm of awesomely fitted clothes, I’ve been sewing stuff that does not require a dress form at all… Alright form-lady, make yourself useful, model my purse for the nice readers!

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Her shoulders are way too slopey, the purse would not stay on. Not likely I’ll wear it like this…

I really enjoyed the whole process. This is the very first purse I’ve made in my entire life, and I think I’m hooked.  Designing, assembling, and sewing a purse is a fairly complex process, requiring a level of concentration that I hardly am capable of.  But I pulled it off. Now please excuse me, I’m heading to Craftsy to buy me the Leather Purse class.  Or maybe I should clean this up?

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Nah!

We don’t need your education!

…actually we DO need that education, we’re just too eager to get started on the project to sit through all the lessons. I’m referring to “Design & Sew an A-Line Skirt” on Craftsy. I watched 4 episodes (out of 11) and then my fingers got so itchy that I just had to make that skirt NOW! I mean, how could I sit through all that, when the fabric that I purchased at the annual Yardage Sale at Textile Museum is burning a hole on my cutting floor?  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you ever feel like you transform  into one of those seek-and-destroy acquire robots, whose eyes lock on the target, and then pursue the target until it’s in the robot’s hands? You know that feeling? That was me when I glimpsed this cloth. I loved everything about it: the cozy but cool and light texture, the colours, the print, the informative selvage, and then the whole “one of a kind” aspect. It’s a screen print, so it’s possible that each fraction of the fabric looks slightly different than the other, right? Originally, I wanted to make a top out of this fabric, but I have been worshipping at the altar of Stacy and Clinton (of TLC’s What Not To Wear), and I’m sure they would recommend going crazy fabric on the lower part of my body, and something more subdued on top (deemphasize bigger chest, and balance it with more visible bottom yadda, yadda, yadda). So that’s how I made the call to use this print for the skirt.

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In the process of making it, I was impressed with myself how good I got with inserting zippers. Even though the instructor called for an invisible zipper, I put a standard zipper in, and you wouldn’t even know that there’s a zipper there. Also, I matched the horizontal big navy line pretty well. Not so much with the rest of the print… Instead of doing regular hem, I used bias tape. I adore this skirt, but after wearing it for few hours I realized (yet again) that the recommended 1 inch ease in the waist is not a good idea for me. I just don’t need it for functionality, it only makes the skirt slide down and turn on my body…

I would love to watch the rest of that class some day. And maybe even insert pockets into another A-line skirt… Because there will be more A-line skirts! I do have more batshit crazy fabrics in my stash, and I’m not afraid to use them! I’m going home now, see you later!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPS. If you’re ever considering watching this course, the instructor has you draft the skirt in 2 pieces (front and back). I decided to add a bit more volume at the bottom, so I used the slash-and-spread technique, and I thought it would be a better idea to do it in 4 pieces… BTW, they cover this in another lesson, but I couldn’t have been bothered… So really, I have no idea how they do it.