A few years ago ,I made Tamara a boucle coat and then decided to use the leftover fabric for a tote bag which I trimmed with a basket weave black vinyl. DD was thrilled with this accessory to her coat and said that she had people stop her on the street to ask where she had gotten her coat and bag.
Naturally,when I agreed to make her a new coat, she asked if I could make her a matching bag. Well,after about 10 hours of work,here it is.
It measures about 18' wide (including the sides) and 16" high.
I had just small scraps of the fabric left but did happen to have a meter of red vinyl so I decided to put the two together and after a lot of thought,sketching ,and planning,it finally came together.I may have gotten carried away with the number of pockets on this one!
I covered the boucle fabric with fusible vinyl to make it stronger and and used it on all the trim on the outside of the purse.
The side pocket on the above picture is for an umbrella. The front one is pleated at the sides to make it more accessible and has a magnetic closure.
This little pocket will work well for loonies and toonies (the Canadian $1.00 and $2.00 coins) or for keys.
I added a zipper closure ( I sewed the separating zipper to two strips of vinyl fused boucle,then sewed the strips to the facings of the purse.)
The straps are made of black faux leather from my stash.
The lining is a polyester silky that I was lucky enough to find on the bargain tables at Fabricville.I stabilized it with a heavy drapery interfacing.On one side are a cellphone pocket and another pocket which were both pleated on the sides to make them roomier.On the other side I sewed in a zippered pocket .
Here are the coat and bag together.I have to admit, I was sad to part with this bag but I know Tamara will really appreciate it.
So let me know what you think and if you're interested, I've posted Part 2 of my tips on making a coat (this time the inside) look professional on Diana's Sewing Lessons.
For more pics ,look here.
Happy Sewing and have a restful weekend everybody!