Ok, so not wildly different... this is still a sewing blog, after all!
I recently made this clutch bag for my friend Debs for her birthday - the pattern is the High Tea clutch bag by Charlie's Aunt (available on Etsy as a PDF download for the bargainous price of £5.24/$8.00). Such a cute little bag!
It's also a great stash-buster! The pattern calls for about 75cm of main fabric and 50cm of lining fabric, so I was able to use some lovely soft green velvet that was given to me by my godmother. I had about a metre, and after discounting the parts that had pretty much permanent creases (that's vintage for ya!), I had just the right amount. The fabric is much more of a mossy green than it appears in these photos. The lining is also from my stash, left over from this skirt.
I loved the process of making this bag, though I have a few quibbles with the instructions. The main step-by-step instructions start on page 4 of the PDF, but before that, on page 2, there are instructions about how to deal with the magnetic snaps and the interfacing. However, these instructions don't make any sense until you've gotten to the point in the main step-by-step instructions where they come into play, therefore I spent a good 15 minutes reading and re-reading the bits on page 2 trying to figure out why they made no sense yet. They'd be much more useful actually inserted into the step-by-step instructions!
I also have a bone to pick about the instructions regarding turning your bag right side out once you've sewn the lining to the main bag. There's clearly a misprint, as the instructions say to leave a gap of 5" (13mm) when sewing the lining pieces together - as Google has kindly informed me, 5" is actually 13cm. I use metric measurements but am also a bit of a sceptic, so left a gap of about 5cm and then almost had a fit trying to pull the entire bag though that teeny gap (which also resulted in the velvet being crushed a little on the front and back of the bag :/ Sad times).
|Check out that bow!|
That being said, these are small quibbles and I otherwise really enjoyed making the bag. I love the finished product, as did Debs, and I can definitely see myself making it again, maybe as a Christmas presents for someone. A little selfless sewing once in a while is good for the soul, no?