Monday, August 25, 2008

Suggestions Please

Catherine's mom writes :
"I'm looking for inspiration to begin a sewing project- a purse requested by my daughter. Your pattern is wonderful and I think it will be my next project. I'm wondering how I might adapt it to fabric... Thank you for sharing!"
Sewing is my lowest skill and purse making, I don't have a clue.
Maybe the readers will visit the post about Meggiecat's paper purse, study the template and have suggestions regarding translating a paper project to fabric. I saw an interview with Kate Spade once. She builds her bags in paper first as a design tool.


  1. I hope someone comes up with an answer for her as it's a cute little bag. I think I'd try tracing the shapes and adding a bit for seams, and then just go for it in sewing. Try it in muslin so you can work out the bugs in the process before using good fabrics and interfacing.

  2. I've been thinking about this and think that only the center section of the gusset is neccessary.
    In paper the side pieces of the gusset just provide strength when glue tacked to the front and back pieces.

  3. Okay now, I'm confused. You've shared the pattern, all that needs to be done now is to add a seam allowance and sew it up!

    The gusset would be made by strengthening the gusset pieces with separate pieces of pellon with 1/4 inch pieces in between to facilitate folding.

    It would have to be totally lined for strength. It probably is not a great first project due to the fact it needs to be line. However, I never say never - unless I'm talking about Monsanto, so maybe with a mentor along it just may work out.

  4. Chronicler,
    You crack me up. Damn Monsato ruining nature's seeds! You'll never know how difficult it was for me to pass on Monsanto stock on moral grounds.

    I wonder if top stitching on the side we want the gussets to fold toward might help. Maybe also around the base on the outside. The gussets are quite large and may be more than is needed.

  5. I love this bag shape - I am going to have a little play with fabrics and will let you know what happens.

  6. OK, I have finished playing and have posted a how-to guide and pics on my blog Hope you like my interpretation of your purse.

  7. JaneO's guide is great. I highly recommend it. I would want to make the pattern larger and make the bottom part deeper to hold more. The gusset could definitely be made smaller and if you didn't want to have to satin stitch the edges you could totally line it by making two bags; one from the outer fabric and the other from the lining fabric with either the outer fabric or both fabrics stiffened with fusible interfacing. Leave an opening in the bottom of the lining and place the two bags, one inside the other, right sides together and sew the top edges together. Turn the bag right side out through the opening in the lining and whip stitch it closed. I would probably topstitch the top edge of the bag and the edge of the gusset so that it stays folded the way you wanted it to. Then I would add a cute premade handle. INAZUME (a Japanese company which is carried by many quilt shops)makes some really cute ones ( I think you are both extremely talented.


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