I've been needing a new purse for awhile and since I liked the way the wallets turned out I decided I'd make my own. Well I took a trip to the fabric store and bought this dark mustard colored linen. In my mind I could see a cool slouchy bag and I was super pumped about it. I was even going to line it with the white leafy fabric from one of the wallets. Well lets just say that the bag did not turn out even remotely close to what it looked like in my head (and it's pretty ugly, but it was experience I guess). But on the plus side I now have a bag for knitting projects.
So I still needed to make a purse. I went back to the fabric store and looked around at all different fabrics. I wandered for what seemed like forever and I was beginning to feel like it was a lost cause, then I saw it...the perfect fabric. Exactly what I needed to make my bag. All my feelings of despair left me and I was ready to try again!
I decided to try a different style of bag, but my main thing was that I wanted an adjustable strap so it could be a shoulder bag or go across my body. I looked online for awhile and found a style that I liked...pleated body with a yoke across the top, and I went for it. Grabbed a pencil and paper and started making a pattern. Here's what I ended up with...
I wish the color didn't change so much (it's really a darker mustard color).
I raided an old bag for the hardware.
I think it turned out quite nicely, I'm very happy with it! It's a little bigger than some people may like, but I love big bags. Just might do a tutorial with my pattern.