Last week I made the first real item made on my new Bernina machine. It’s a Frenchy handbag, the smaller version of the other one I made not long ago. I was skeptical, but I think this turned out pretty cute, even though it’s waaay preppy for my taste. I used Amy Butler Belle fabric on the bottom and Denyse Schmidt Flea Market Fancy on the top. The body’s a great size – just right to fit the essentials – but I wish I had made the handles longer. This bag lives somewhere in between handbag and shoulder bag. (I prefer the shoulder variety, if you hadn’t noticed.)
I had fun experimenting with some thread made for topstitching (I think…) Mettler’s polyester Cordonnet, which is really heavy thick thread. It it tough to get the tension right, but once you do, the outcome is really nice, and I think it makes the handles look adorable from far away, though it’s hard to see by way of photos. Here’s a close-up.
I think in order to actually get use out of this, I may have to buy a new wardrobe at J. Crew, or convince a yacht owner to take me out to the seas for a weekend. Any takers?Posted by robyn on July 8th, 2008 under crafts, sewing
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