Sewing with my healing leg. I still am not aloud to place any weight on the leg but got the OK to use the sewing machine.
I did remember to bring my camera into the sewing room so I could document the last steps in finishing this project. (only took me 4 months to complete!!)
The lining over the outside of the bag.
An opening left in the lining bottom to turn the bag right side out. Needed to be almost the entire length of the bottom since this bag has so much structure.
Pulled the bag right side out through the opening in the lining.
edgestiched the opening closed. I thought about doing this by hand as I would have with a garment. But with so many layers (6) to go through this option was the best and seeing that it is the inside bottom of the purse it is not likely to be noticed by anyone!
Holes for the handle insertion were left unstitched. I pressed them under by a half inch then inserted the handles.
Close up of handles pinned in place.
Prior to stitching the handles in place and edgestitching along the entire top of the purse I use pliers to squish down any bulky areas. This really helps to make the sewing machine run smoother over these areas.
The final product!!
And of course I needed to make a tissue holder to match. Tissues are a staple in my purses... allergies!
So in a final review of this Amy Butler pattern and fabrics... I LOVE it. There is also a larger tote version that I plan on making for my daughter. It was fun to make this in Amy Butler's signature fabrics. The patterns and colors are bright and happy and of very good quality. I could also see myself making this purse in more traditional fabrics.
There are a lot of pieces, and the cutting and prep work is long and tedious. However, well worth the work! The final product is beautiful. I just need to decide on whether or not to spray it with scotch guard. Any thoughts on the scotch guarding?