Today I am going to show you how I make a purse pattern and then sew it up. Designing handbags is a fun and easy entry into the exciting world of PATTERNMAKING! It’s so much easier than fitting the curves of the human body which can be a little( OK a lot) frustrating sometimes…..
However, if you aren’t ready to make patterns that’s OK too. I have lots of blog friends who design and sell PDF patterns and I’m sure they wouldn’t appreciate it if we all stopped buying patterns! But it isn’t really very hard.
Just an aside that I’m terrible at math so if you say you can’t make patterns because you stink at math….well, I won’t buy it.
The sewing is the hard part. At least for me, it is.
However, if you like this bag, don’t have the fabric and want one just like it I do have another for sale in my Etsy shop!
I made this large shoulder bag for my friends birthday last weekend. In usual fashion I woke up the day of the party having no idea what I would make for my dear friend who was celebrating a BIG birthday. Yes, her 39th again! As usual I had left everything to the last minute ! I remembered some fabric Joann Fabrics had sent me as a prize for winning the Waverize it sewing contest with this slipcover and I realized it was perfect for her. At least in my opinion it was. But we would have to ask her and she seemed to like it! My friend is an earthy but sophisticated lady from Malibu , but who grew up in South Africa, and this fabric from Waverly reminded me of all of those things.
I made a felted wool flower made from an old sweater. It cleverly disguises a sewing mistake! Embellishments can come in so handy…The inside is also lined with another coordinating fabric from Waverly. I added a magnetic clasp to the inside yoke. I knew I wanted a hobo shape when I started drafting the pattern. It looked a little plain so I added a yoke, then halfway through designing, I decided to add a gusset, or an insert between the front and back. To do that I would need to make the yoke wider to accommodate the insert’s width . Then I decided to add pleats too, so I slashed the pattern and spread it to add some depth to it. I traced the front pattern piece to do that and slashed it open, patching it with paper. and kept the original un pleated piece to use for my inner lining piece. The yoke would have four identical pieces, Two for the inner yoke, two the outer yoke. The inner yoke would have a magnetic clasp. That would have to be attached before I sewed the lining to the main piece.This was the shape I decide I wanted the purse to be. The main design that would be cut up and added to. But this is the main shape.I measured how much larger the slashed piece was than the original piece. That difference would be the total width of my pleats. I divided that up between four evenly sized pleats.Here are my pattern pieces. The strap doesn’t need a piece but I wanted it to be the same width as my gusset or inset. I’m not sure if gusset is the right word for this, but it sounds very official, doesn’t it?
And her a few shots of the sewing together part…
I backed all of the outer pieces with canvas to give it sturdiness. Canvas is nicer than iron on interfacing which can start to peel off and give ugly bubbles to fabric.I sewed the pleats and then sewed the front piece to the insert.
Well, I never got a shot of my friend because it got dark at the party and well, I was having so much fun I forgot about picture taking. And the photo taken of us together was taken by some guy who had no clue how to use my camera so it was out of focus!