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Smocked Purse

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Romantic, Classic, Retro / Vintage, Formal / Bridal, Traditional
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What materials did you use? Hemp/Silk satin fabric, embroidery floss, pearl beads, sewing thread, iron-on interfacing, press stud, zip

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What are you most proud of? That I didn't throw the whole thing out while fighting the ^%*$ zip! Who would have guessed that 2 layers of fabric, one heavily gathered, plus interfering beads, would make sewing on a zip almost impossible? Ok, so I'm a bit dim.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Don't try to mix smocking and zips - place the zip in flat fabric, or use some other fastener. And plan where you put pearls - keep them away from seams! I broke at least 4 badly-placed pearls while sewing the bag together. The appearance of the fabric was dramatically improved by interfacing, I really should have added it BEFORE I started sewing it all together, Basically, I suggest planning a bit. This worked out in spite of my casual insanity, but it could have been a lot better.

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Beautiful! I did a lot of smocking about 20 years ago when my girls were small, but haven't done any in years. This has inspired me! (I have an 18 month old granddaughter). Thanks for your wonderful design!!!!!

01/17/2012 Flag