I won this pattern from Justine at Sew Country Chick! Justine's blog is one of the first blogs I started following when I created my own blog. She inspires me with all of her creations.
I chose a blue vinyl to make this purse, which was NOT one of the fabric recommendations--why do I do that? More and more I tell myself, after I make something, follow the fabric recommendations...they are there for a reason! LOL I actually saw some blue vinyl purses in my neighborhood mall that looked lovely. Anyway, it really was a struggle to sew vinyl on my machine, and I have a powerful machine. The problem is, the vinyl doesn't want to slide under the presser foot. I have a special foot for sewing with laminates, but it wouldn't move with the thickness, requiring me to use my walking foot. I even tried putting masking tape underneath my foot, but then it wouldn't walk like it should. BIG sigh. I worked through it though.
To decorate my purse, I decided to use a quilting stencil I had, using chalk to trace the lines before stitching.
I love the matching blue chevron fabric for the lining. I have always wanted a blue purse, but never would buy one for myself. This gave me the perfect opportunity to make one. I used a snap closure; I had no idea how easy snaps were to install.
I really like the pattern and the directions were very easy to follow. I am very happy with the results even though my fabric choice was somewhat challenging! I'm thinking for winter I want to make one in a fabric to match my wool coat that is on my to-do-list.
Fabrics purchased from Fabric.com.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley