Thursday, September 10, 2009

Pretty, Pleated Purse

Well, I finally finished it!! Yay, for me!! I was so happy to receive this pattern from 10th Muse Studios! When I saw the bag on her site, I thought...that is so AWESOME! So I commented, and was lucky enough to be one of the "winners" to get the pattern for free!! As soon as I got it, I started on it RIGHT AWAY. I decided what fabric to use, who I was making it for, and read the pattern. Then I cut all the pieces and read the pattern again. Pleats....hmmmm.....it has been a while since the one and ONLY time I've done pleats, but I CAN DO IT!! So I did, as best I could. And they came out pretty good! Then I got busy and the unfinished purse sat and sat and sat! Waiting...... Then I saw that Beatrix finished her Pretty, Pleated Purse! And it sure is PRETTY! She did such an awesome job, that I was inspired to start on mine again! She modified the pattern a little, so I kept those in mind. But then I got busy and the purse sat and sat and sat! Then I saw that Dixie Mango, who is a regular contributor on the SMS Forum, finished hers. It too is a Pretty, Pleated Purse! She also did a couple of modifications, so I was yet again inspired to finish mine! Well, yesterday I put all of my other pending projects to the side....determined to finish this purse!

Here is how it came out:



It is okay....but not so PRETTY!! I promise my pleats looked much better before I started sewing it into the shape of the bag. The bottom of the bag calls for mitering the corners as you are sewing around.....I AM NOT GOOD AT THIS!!! I had to pull out the seam ripper quite a few times and finally gave in to mediocrity...really it didn't take that much, it has been one of those weeks!! Maybe if I would have remembered that Carrie changed the way she did the bottom of the purse, I would have gone with that idea and ended up with nicer pleats!!
But I REALLY like how the inside turned out! I love all of the pockets going around the bag! I didn't make them too big, so I only added a velcro closure to the biggest pocket. And it was my first time using a magnetic snap! So easy...I somehow expected it to be more involved! My husband saw it and said, "oooohh, fancy!" He's so funny! :)

So, there you have it...my version of the Pretty, Pleated Purse! Hopefully the next time I make it, it will actually be pretty! Until later...

9 comments:

Whimsical Creations said...

I think you did a much better job than I would. ;)

Tam said...

Awesome L!!!

Capital Mom said...

Looks good to me! And I love the yellow inside.

Beatrix from Kindershop said...

Don't be so hard on yourself! It was really not that easy of a pattern. And I think yours looks great. Though, it would be prettier in Maze and Blue, but that's another story ;-)
Aren't those magnetic snaps awesome?! I love them.
xoxo

Jennifer said...

I love the yellow inside! =) I also received this pattern and I've been wanting to make it but haven't braved it yet so you are much better than I am!

Allie said...

Well good for you - I don't think I would've attempted it even! I love magnetic snaps. Good job!

Tenth Muse Studios said...

I'm glad you gave it a whirl. I love your version!

AND, I am so grateful for all of the constructive feedback about my pattern. Thank you.

Amy said...

Sorry that it gave you trouble! I like the inside a lot too. Your husband's comment is funny. It sounds like something my husband (or kids!) would say!

Rafael's Mum said...

I like the inside and I like the outside too! You probably think it is not so pretty as it is an overall small pattern on the fabric. The bag and pattern are lovely! You might be happier with a bigger pattern on the bag. Also... I notice there is a colour difference between the photos. The main photo the colour looks almost dusky pink, but on the photo of the inside, I can see on the handles that it is more blue-ish... Now I wouldn't personally go for dusky pink, but that blue purple is gorgeous! And love love love the inside with all the pockets! So give yourself a pat on the back and say WELL DONE!!! (coming from someone who has wanted to make a bag for ages... not done it yet... bought and lost a pattern for it and has the fabric in the drawer waiting !!!)