My aunt shares my love of all things shiny, so we decided to go with an embossed silver leather skin I've had in my stash for a while:
|Oooooh! Shiny silver crocodile!|
Instead of using the pattern I've used for all my other leather clutches, I drew up my own pattern this time. I wasn't sure what kinds of things my aunt carries with her when she goes out, so I wanted the bag to be a little bigger than the ones I've made before, and I also wanted it to look a little more angular. When I first finished the bag on Thursday afternoon, I wasn't sure I liked it. But the more I looked at it the more it grew on me. I'm now at the point where I think I need to make another for myself!
|This photo actually makes the silver look a little understated, if you can believe it!|
Here you can see the size difference between this pattern and my old pattern:
It's actually only about an inch deeper, but it makes a big difference. You can fit a lot of stuff in there. With my phone, a pen, a lipstick and a hanky, the bag was still relatively flat. Plenty of room for a couple of candy bars or something!
I took a couple pictures of me carrying it, so you could get an idea of the size.
When sewing up this bag, I used a lot of the tips and tools from Don Morin's Craftsy class, Making Leather Bags. It really did make things go more smoothly, so if you're interested in sewing with leather, do check out the class!
My mom and her four siblings were all born in Rome, so for the "day" bag I used up the last of my Italy Map fabric - I believe these landmarks are in Rome, but I could be wrong! My mom and my aunt have both been to Rome (and one of my uncles still lives there), so they will know! Inside is Va Bene stripe with a pocket in Vespas.
This pattern is the Perfect Zip Bags from Elizabeth Hartman, but I also incorporated some tricks from Don Morin's article in the current issue of Threads.
And even though my mom wasn't sure if this kind of bag would be useful for her, I made her one anyway, because she's my mom and I love her and I like to make stuff for her. I used some of (what I consider to be) the most beautiful fabrics in my stash, from the Dear Stella Piper line. You've seen this fabric before:
And inside are airplanes:
|I think these are such pretty fabrics for fall.|
I've been experimenting with different interfacings for this type of bag. For these two bags, I used the stiff woven interfacing for collars. The bags feel crisp and supple at the same time. I recently made a couple of very small zippered pouches using "Craft Fuse" and I think I prefer the stiffer feel myself. For the silver clutch, I used "Shape Flex" for the lining and left the leather un-interfaced, although it is quite thin.
I'm hoping to try out this zipped wristlet pattern using some leather in the near future. But as usual, too many ideas, and too little time!