I love paper crafting... but sometimes I get the itch to pull out my sewing machine and create something with fabric. I've been dying to make a new fall purse and this one has been in the planning phase for quite awhile.
Last spring, I bought this mustard-colored (1950-60 era) dress from a cool little vintage resale shop in St. Louis. It was a hideous styled garment, so I got a pretty good deal on it.... and I knew that I wanted to use it to create a purse for the fall.
Fast forward ~6 months and it's finally finished. It was the first day of fall & I was itching to get crafty. I just started taking The Good Life class by Amy Tangerine for Big Picture Classes. This week's lesson is on reverse appliqué, and I wanted to try my new skills on my bag.
Can I just say... I love her. :)
Please forgive my uneven stitching... but I'm learning. :) To create my pocket, I layered a piece of yellow fabric over my print and stitched around the pattern that I wanted to reveal. (The outline was easy to see from the back side.) Then... I just snipped away the fabric that was inside my stitching lines to reveal the print from below.
The inside of my bag was just too pretty not to share. :) I love the zippered pocket and the heavy-duty snap closure. The button on the front of my bag is for decoration only & really has no purpose other than looking pretty.
Oh! And I had to show you her back side. (Hmmm... that just sounds wrong.) Since I made my purse from a dress, I wanted to preserve just a bit of that history, so I included part of the back zipper. I think it's very cute back there. :)
I decided at the last minute that I needed a photo of the coordinating key chain I made. This pic was taken with my phone, so the color's a little off... but you get the idea.
So... thanks for taking a peek at my new projects! I think I love fabric as much as I love patterned paper... and this sewing project was just what I needed to get my mojo back. Hopefully I'll have some fun new paper crafted projects for you soon!