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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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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Style Mod, Traditional, Cute, Classic
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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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Love your Chinese red lining, you did a beautiful job on the lining, too.

01/31/2014 Flag

Thanks Bobbi42! I bought 2 different Asian theme lings at 2 different times. Both were in my "stash". Since I was making this purse while on a spending diet, I turned to my stash to see what I could use with my thrift store finds. I thought the silky red lining looked really nice with the black and white. However, I didn't want pandas all over the lining. I did want to see some pandas, so I got the idea to use them on the inside zippered pocket to get an occasional "peak" at them, strictly for my enjoyment :-)

02/01/2014 Flag

Yes I am lucky! My coworkers give me ideas galore! So many that I can't keep up! Thanks for the idea, Creativewan! I might be trying this! Love the lining too and the hardware!

01/31/2014 Flag

Thank YOU Spammy! I know people are looking at me shop while thinking "This lady is shopping for a whole new wardrobe...", lol. They don't know nine times out of ten I am shopping for material! I can't wait to see what you create with the various treats you come across Spammy. Happy Treasure Hunting!

02/07/2014 Flag

You did a wonderful job. I love that your fabric was found at a thrift store. It's one of my favorite places to get unique items for my bags. I love shopping the belts, because I think they make wonderful bag handles. I think I might have to take a closer look at the other bags for the hardware to reuse. Great job also on moving out of your comfort zone and just going for it.

03/13/2014 Flag

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