Friday, May 11, 2012

Simplicity 1823

School's out for's out forever!!  I submitted my final brief on Sunday and have been free since so naturally that means I've been sewing (and sleeping) like crazy.  I really need to get started on my graduation outfits (a cocktail reception and commencement dress), but I decided to make some handbags instead.  I decided on Simplicity 1823 view E because I thought I could make them quickly.  I made one and then I was hooked and spent a little under 16 hours making two more (and another one started)!  Here they are:

If you stick to the pattern, it will not take 16 hours, but I added details.  For the first one, I added a simple pocket to the front:

However, I didn't think through the pocket and ended up placing the button too far down:


For the the next one, I got the idea to make a pan-African flag design...I already had black fabric and just enough red and green scraps to accomplish this.  For this one, I put the pocket in the inside:

To make an applique in the shape of Africa, I did a quick google image search and traced the shape on tissue paper.  After I applied the applique, I outlined the shape with beads.  I think it came out pretty well, but I think next time, I'll make the applique bigger:
For the last one - and my favorite (I love this fabric!) - I used the pocket from Burda 8344 and placed it on the outside.  Love it!


Overall, this pattern was very easy.  There is one step (step 8 - something about attaching hook and loop tape which I don't have and don't even know what it is) that I still don't understand so I omitted it and it doesn't seem to be all that important.  As such, I do recommend this pattern.  As you can see, you can easily add your own personal touches.

p.s.  The bags are available on Etsy

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