Written by vwalke on November 11, 2010

Sew Mama Sew recently hosted a Bag Swap. I don’t usually participate in swaps because I tend to be a bit of a procrastinator. Life can get pretty crazy at our house and sometimes one extra little thing can make the difference between sanity and well, not so sane. Then, darn it all, they had to lure me in with Amy Butler’s new purse book called Style Stitches. I had to have an excuse to buy that book! I signed up for the shoulder bag and vowed I would NOT procrastinate! My partner requested Amy Butler or Heather Bailey fabric in anything not pink or purple. I have 4 daughters and I get a little tired of pink and purple so I was pretty excited. I settled on Heather Bailey’s Nicey Jane in the moss colorway. Lovely! I debated whether to make the Cosmo bag or the Tear Drop bag and settled on the Tear Drop bag because it seemed like a more practical everyday bag. I was so happy with the way it turned out and proud of myself for getting the bag done with plenty of time to spare. The pieces went together beautifully and the instructions were clear with just the right amount of pictures. This pattern gets a intermediate sewer rating for difficult, but I thought it was pretty simple and think a beginning sewer could pull it off. I loved that pleat in the lining echos the pleat on the exterior of the purse. The shape of the bag is flattering hits right at the hip, at least on me. I highly recommend using the suggested Shape Flex Pellon interfacing. It gives just the right amount of body without adding a lot of bulk to your seems. There was quite a bit of left over fabric which allowed me to make the matching coin/key purse. The only complaint I have about this little purse is that the opening is a bit small. It is appealing to me though. I am constantly searching for keys. I have one friend that laughs hysterically when I ask, “Hmmm, where are my keys?” The search that usually follows can be pretty comical from the outside looking in. Seriously though, why do ready made purses always have black lining? That is definitely another plus to making your own purse! All in all this was a great experience and I plan to make many, many more purses from this book. Christmas is coming after all and did mention I have 4 daughters?

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