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Creativewan's Pretty Perfect Purse

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Design Your Own Handbag taught by Brett Bara

Design and sew your very own high-fashion handbag in this class taught by author, designer and television host Brett Bara.

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Style Classic, Cute, Mod, Traditional
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What materials did you use? 2 pairs of pants - black Levi's for the contrast and for the main fabric, a pair of white, grey, and black Gloria Vanderbilt jeans from the thrift store that I paid .50 cents for (yay!), Asian themed lining fabric, recycled hardware from thrift store purses, regular & purse zippers, various charms and a recycled tassel.

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What are you most proud of? I am most proud of actually completing this project!!! I tend to be a perfectionist and will not even start working on something if I think it'll not look decent when I'm done. I'm also proud of myself for being able to "let go" and just enjoy the process of creating without trying to be perfect in the process and not even starting for fear of messing up. The bag turned out WAY better than I imagined! So happy I finally DID IT, especially since I signed up for this class when it was new, lol. Brett Bara is a great instructor!

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Measure Twice, Cut Once!!! Very important especially if you are working with a limited about of fabric. Also, because I wanted my outside flap wider than the pocket, I had to "cut the corners" so to speak so I could sew down the flap on the inside of the pocket. You may have to "improvise" on some things. I had to figure out how to install the double-slider purse zipper without cutting the ends and leaving a tab. It was most challenging but most satisfying doing as Tim Gunn (Project Runway) says, "Make It Work"

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Thank you for your supportive comments Leaski! The kids and I are going to the thrift (treasure) store today for more "supplies", yes! I have a new view of belts in regards to handbag making thanks to you (other than taking them apart for the hardware). I will be posting a 2nd similar bag soon! I made a 2nd similar bag because wanted to get the techniques I used on this 1sgt bag down in good before moving on to a more adventurous project, one that has been a "dream bag" in my head for a few years now! Yes, it feels good to challenge that comfort zone (and overcome it)!

03/15/2014 Flag

Your bag is beautiful! You did an awesome job. Knowing that you bought from the thrift store to make it just makes it more awesome!

06/17/2014 Flag

Thank you LisaC1026! Just about ANY thrift store is a thrill for me to shop in for creative play! If you ever run into me with a cart full of clothes at a thrift store, you can be sure 99% of it will be used of material! Thanks again :-)

06/21/2014 Flag

salvation army always has 50 % off on Fridays and this would help you get things cheaper. Alsogood will has senior citizen days on Tuesday and Wednesdays that would help you with your money also.

07/08/2014 Flag

Thank you so much for the tips Reecebuttercup! Love the name too :-)

07/14/2014 Flag