Preppy Waves Purse and Zip Wallet

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I really didn't like the purse when I first finished it. I nearly tossed it, but then went back to the cutting board, made it shorter again (I had modified the original pattern to make it wider, longer and taller). Then I changed the top band (a tiny bit wider), and the handles, as having those made of the base fabric wasn't working - they got dirty quickly and didn't pop. So much happier with it after taking it apart and revising. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Take both patterns step-by-step and go slow - rushing through will buy you lots of seam ripping. Also, on the purse, use a heavier interfacing than what they recommend - I think I used Pellon 70 when I revised it. In another version of the same purse I used Bolson's heat-moldable for the top band and the bottom of the purse. I would probably do both - the heavier interfacing and the Bolson's if I made this purse pattern again. Also, note that on Sew4Home's tutorial for the purse, they show pics where it says "measure down from top", but the pic shows measuring up from the bottom (like the pic is upside down). I did that step the wrong way on the first few purses I made from the pattern, and couldn't figure out why my pin tucks didn't line up on the bottom (I was following the pics, but the text descriptions were right). Wallet pattern was excellent, well documented and lots of pictures. I wasn't able to find a zipper in purple in the right size, so I had to settle for a lavender one from a local sewing studio. My only gripe is my iphone doesn't fit in the outside snap pocket even with a small bumper case. I think maybe the pattern was written for iphone 4 and I have 5? I will need to modify it if I make it again to fit phone better. Had I known my phone wouldn't fit, I would have made zip pouch for outside - snap pouch isn't that useful if it doesn't fit phone. Luckily, my phone fits inside and the wallet still zips up.

What you will need

  • Coordinating quilting cotton from Joann's Fabrics. Purse was made about six months ago
  • pattern is from Sew4home.com and is called Preppy Waves Purse. Mine is a bit longer and wider
  • and I added card slots and a zip pouch

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