25 March 2007

InStitches Project for March

Finally! I started (and finished) my clutch handbag for the March InStitches project. And just a quick bit of bragging: the materials cost me less than $5.


Amy's pattern called for this clutch to be a monstrous 17 1/2 inches wide. A bit too large to be accurately (or ergonomically) described as a clutch, no? After battling some moderate anxiety, I trimmed down the pattern to make this polka dot sensation that measures in at slightly over 12 inches wide. Much more appropriate I think. Continuing the "make it your own" theme, I added a single handle to make it more of an oversized wristlet that's also long enough to throw over your shoulder on a walk.

Somewhere in the pattern alteration/measuring/cutting stages I made the inside divider too big for the bag, so it kinda scrunches up and looks a little wonky inside. Next time I will probably leave out the divider altogether, because you really can't fit enough inside this tiny bag to necessitate a divider or any other form of organization. I would also keep the tab closure at its original size, for both style and practical purposes. Check out other projects from 'round the country here.


I just happened to have those DARLING pink polka dot mirror iron-on appliques left over from some craft project of old. The coordination with the inside lining gets me every time.  Speaking of coordination... is this too much??


I affectionately call this bag "The Susan" because something about the navy and white polka/hot pink combination reminds me of my mom.

3 comments:

  1. Make ME something already! Dang!

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  2. OMG.....this is way too fabulous....I mean totally fabulous!

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  3. i'll make you something right quick. promise. maybe. we'll shop fabric together.

    ah fabulous indeed, that's why it's called The Susan!

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