Sunday, March 6, 2011

Purse.

Purse testing

Hey look I made a purse!

It was a test of Nikki's fab new pattern.

I think it was probably the first real structured thing I have ever sewn. It was such fun!

The pattern was easy peasy to follow and so exciting as it came together really quickly and looks so professional. The only problem I had was identifying all the different wadding, interfacing and villeins and then working out which side was the adhesive side of each, but that's just me and my inexperience.

The red floral fabric I used came from a church garage sale last year. I was the only customer there at the time and the ladies were fussing over me telling me that no one sews anymore and how excited they were to see the fabrics I bought walking down the street one day. It didn't take them long to recognise me as the girl who bought Tom and Lois's place. And then there was a whole discussion of what we are doing and what ever happened to them. I like small towns.

Testing purse.

I've had a few practices to see how many of my necessities I can jam into my new purse and as you can see, I can fit a tape measure, my phone, some moisturiser/sun screen and my knitting. Its a big change from all the crap I usually carry around. I kinda like it.

My Farmer Boy thinks it looks like one of those old fashioned ice packs they had in the movies.

Carrying it makes me feel a bit fancy. Like I need to go to a garden party or something.

Funny that the only party I attended this weekend was a nine year old boy's. The activities were wooden spoon carving, Tarzan rope swinging, cross bow shooting, bush food foraging and bonfire lighting with flint. My girls had a ball. It was very different to the fairy, pop-star, make-up, cup cake type parties we have here but they got right into it. I left my new purse at home though.

I highly recommend Nikki's new purse pattern. If I can make it, you certainly can.

I do hope you've had a lovely weekend.
And I hope the week to come is fabulous.

See ya. XX

37 comments:

  1. I LOVE it Kate, I absolutely love it! Gorgeous fabric & a pretty little thing to carry all the important bits & bobs...x

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  2. What a lovely purse Kate.
    Sounds like a fun weekend.
    Enjoy your purse.
    I love small towns. I wonder how many years it will take for your house to be Kates place?
    Chrisartist

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  3. Hi Kate,
    Very impressive looking purse you've got there. Oh, yeah and I get it with the interfacing and that- I have them unlabelled in my cupboard. I spose I will have to keep practising with them to become more familiar. I live in 'the water bailiff's old house' and we didn't move in after 'the water bailiff' so I wonder how long ago he did live here- we've been here for 7 years!

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  4. That. Is. Super. Cute. SUPER CUTE.

    Well done m'dame! I am not one to carry my purse around in my hand; a terrible "OMG I left my purse on top of the loo at the train station & now I'm stranded in Newcastle with no money or ID or anything...!" experience cured me of that...

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  5. The red purse looks great Kate!

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  6. OMG! I am in desperate need of a purse this size... not to mention one this cute....
    thanx for the pattern review and of course well done on the purse and this lovely post :)

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  7. It is lovely. Such a vintage feel to it. And a beaut size too.

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  8. Cute! And love the church stall story. I love small towns too!

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  9. It's all together gorgeous Kate.
    The party sounds like heaps of fun, I hope you got to do some Tarzan swinging.
    xo

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  10. Its beautiful Kate. I love the fabric you have chosen.

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  11. Oh My gosh I love this little purse! Super cute and the fabric looks great!
    Ellie.....x

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  12. what a cute one!!! I love her patterns she is amazing=)

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  13. I have a purse that size and love it!! Mine also has a tape measure in it- never leave home without one - I put all my essentials in it so when it is my big bag I can find it easily! I did see that on Nikkis blog and wondered could I?
    I went to a six year old party - beiber fever!! A lot of pushing and shoving with 20 kids. Busy overwhelmed. Me too. Considered downing vodka shots in kitchen with the host but we decided it wouldn't look good if people got to close and smelt our breath! It was huge!

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  14. Gorgeous purse! Love it. Love the fabric.

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  15. It's gorgeous!
    The good news is that when I pack the actual purse kits for sale, each of the interfacings is labelled to make it easy peasy to identify.

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  16. It's beautiful! I love the story of the fabric too xx

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  17. Lovely, Kate! I adore your garden party fabric choice, too!!

    Cam's on the money when it comes to the finished kits - the interfacings will be labelled (I was in too much of a hurry to get it in the post to you!).

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  18. It's absolutely very cutsy. It's inspired me to do one. I have never sewn anything in my life apart from sewing on a button and heming up trousers so it should be fun.
    I have lots of stipey red and white fabric that has been given to me so think i will use that and a bit of applique.

    Leah x

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  19. That purse looks fantastic, Kate. I have a yearning to downsize my cartibles too. Great job :) Kx

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  20. Fabulous job Kate! That repurposed fabric is great.

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  21. am. well. impressed.
    It's gorgeous! Well done! i've seen loads of pretty purse patterns but have always been put off by the clasp, looks so fiddly and complicated to me! I especially love the little beads on yours. x

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  22. Oooh thats a cute purse!!!
    I love the lovely bright material too.
    Em xxx

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  23. Its so cute!! it definately does call for a garden party :) I like the sounds of that awesome birthday party too!

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  24. Goodness that is so cute Kate, great job...

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  25. You're just about the cleverest thing ever. It's so cute AND it's a 'test'. That's a test!?!?! It's perfection. x

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  26. And I bet with Nikki's instructions it was just like she was right beside you, holding your hand, step-by-step?

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  27. that is a lovely fancy big girl purse kate. you did a fine job. i love the fabric a lot

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  28. Lovely - wonder what the Noro is being turned into - off to check out the pattern:)

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  29. Lovely purse. Where do you get the metal clasp from and how does it attach?

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  30. what a delicious little purse.
    well done!
    xx

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  31. This is adorable!! It sure makes a girl feel stylish!
    I wanted to make my ow purse for so long, will check out Nikki's pattern now.

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  32. Wow...
    I've got that same fabric!
    From an old dress that was my mums many years ago.
    So floral. So pretty. And so red.

    Love the purse - Hope you get to go to a garden party real soon!

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  33. I love a good purse - can't have enough of them. Different colours, shapes and sizes. Good for you!

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  34. Hello, Kate. Love your bag fabric,so bright and cheerful. Love your story of the church sale ladies too.I'm amazed you carry all those things everyday, much have a strong shoulder. :)
    I clicked on your link to the bag pattern but it took me to the link of what you carry in your bag. Is it possible to correct this. I would like to visit your blog again and find your great bag pattern. Thanks in advance. Jo-Anne

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  35. I love your purse Kate, you've done a beautiful job. These are my favourite kind of purse with the clasp at the top.

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  36. LOVE the fabric, and great job on the purse.

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  37. I am a big fan of this purse. It's quite lovely. I love how it has the bigger than it looks you will never know what you find in it quality which reminds me of a tiny version of a mary poppins carpet bag.

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