I'm not really a purse lady - I'm kind of a bag lady - there's a big difference! I've watched the purse-sewing craze from the sidelines over the past few years. I have quilting friends that LOVE the latest designs, spending hours sewing exquisite works of art disguised as purses. I've even bought a few purse patterns myself. But, they tend to be patterns for Bucket Bags or Messenger Bags or even this one - called "The Poacher's Bag" by Charlie's Aunt - Vintage Inspired Sewing Patterns. You can kind of tell that these are really bags disguised as purses :) Don't get me wrong, they have lots of style, but function comes first! And, no frilly stuff!
And, if you can recycle/reuse, that's even better. One of my favorite books The Perfect Handmade Bag inspired this one :
I splurged at the Pueblo Quilt & Stitch Expo & bought a panel print from the "Sewing Seeds" line by J. Wecker Frisch. She's a wonderful illustrator & has several fabric lines through Quilting Treasures.
I need to get up to Na-La's Quilt Shoppe to see if they carry any of her other lines of fabric.
Found some bright fabrics with orange & green Spools of Thread called Cut & Sew by Robert Kaufman. Combined with some Moda Solids I've been collecting & bright flower fabrics from First Stitches.
My favorite fabrics, though, ended up on the BOTTOM of the bag - big oops! I forgot I was boxing in the bottom for maximum carrying capacity (quilting stuff, of course) & ended up with just a little of the bright flowers showing!
Oh well, guess I need to make another :) And, maybe a matching Keychain Clutch from Michelle Patterns. Tiny and Functional - yaaa!! Faith.