Ooh, I love it when wordpress turns on the snow feature, don’t you? It sums up everything pretty about winter and the Christmas season, and makes this little space feel a touch magical.
So, a little bit incongruous, is my latest finish: a summery, shabby chic purse!
Don’t you love the fabric? It’s a heavy canvas by Lecien. They have the BEST designers!
Even though the fabric is canvas, I used a heavy Pellon stabilizer–which after I ironed it in, I realized it was a mistake. The fabric had enough structure without it.
This fabric flower really slowed me down. I had the purse finished, but then fussed over the flower and what it should look like. Since the fabric has very strong threads, it will unravel quickly. I either had to figure out a flower with finished edges (way too much bother, and difficult to sew), or a flower that would look better over time as its edges came undone.
You can see I used 3 fabric layers, and as each one frays it should look better and better.
The fabric is printed as a border print, with both the plaid and the roses on the same piece of material. I took advantage of this when cutting out the purse strap; all I need to do was cut one piece and fold it over. And how pretty did it turn out, I must say?
The inside is simple dots, no pocket. You can pretend you don’t see that uncut thread, right?
Here’s the reverse side, showing off the pretty roses. I LOVE this fabric!
Is this my only finished purse in 2016? I think it is. My sewing has slowed waaaay down. Maybe in 2017 I’ll be able to remedy that.
I can always hope, anyway. Now all I need is Spring to give this pretty purse a good whirl around town.