Type of item: Accessory
Style: Classic, Traditional, Holiday
Charcoal Microsuede Upholster Fabric for exterior , covered buttons, and interior pockets, Silver Satin for lining and key fob.
What was your inspiration?
Starting with a soft charcoal microsuede upholstery fabric, and some silver satin, I drafted 3 circles, using a paper plate for the smallest size, then 2 remaining circles just a bit wider in diameter than the paper plate size. I lined the circles lined with silver satin and stacked them (offset) to form a flap for the purse. I backed the silver satin with a light weight iron-on stabilizer.
I like the tailored look of covered buttons. Making covered buttons from microsuede upholstery fabric tested my patience!
What are you most proud of?
I'm keeping this 3 button purse (a prototype) as it is a little less than perfect.
It's the nature of the fabric as it likes to slip and slide around. The microsued upholstery fabric is difficult to sew, you'll need a 16/100 machine needle to construct, and is tough as nails to pin. There are things I will do differently on the next try. But it is always fun to create something new.
Next time I will use a different fabric to construct this 3 button purse, NOT a tough upholstery fabric like this one. And the satin lining is beautiful, but not durable, and it slips/slides like crazy. Worth the effort--but many lessons learned on this project.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Don't give up. Experimenting is fun. On to the next project . . . right?