Thursday, April 16, 2009

Evening Bags

So you've seen the potato chip poppies... now you can see the bag.

It's the Evening Bag... dressed up in gold satin with an overlay of cream coloured (embroidered, "potato-chipped" and beaded) organza.



You can also see the handles - which I think turned out remarkably well for cheap polyester satin (in a basic 4-fold strap contruction). I fused light interfacing to the fabric before I cut the strap. The folds were pressed into the fabric (like this) using a bias tape maker and a rajah cloth and then I slid in a strip of poly boning before topstitching each strap. They came out SUPER SMOOTH and shiny!

I also finished this today - it's in fabric by Amy Butler. It was cut out ages ago and has been one of those dribs-and-drabs construction projects. A seam here, a seam there.... months pass... eventually a bag emerges.


I added a structured base to this one - and purse feet. I also did a bit of scorching and shrinking of satin ribbon on the final press... but I'm going to keep that a secret.

13 comments:

beccasauras said...

Beautiful, very inspiring. Have been making clothes lately, may need to make a bag this weekend. Great fabrics!

Ylana said...

Absolutely stunning! I love the bridal bag, potato chips and all :)

PaisleyJade said...

Wow - they are both amazing!!

Sharifah said...

hi nikki .. what a lovely colour u got... i like the bag too.... it will look great wearing it

Handmade said...

Potato Chip bag is fit for a queen! Amy's bag is also super cute - sew inspirational! ....

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Gorgeous bags!! I can just see a Mother of the Bride with the Potato Chip bag.

Jenny said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

craftygirlwithruffle said...

Love them both Nikki. The structured base in the second bag gives it a whole new look.

Katherine said...

How do you do it? Every single bag you design makes me catch me breath. I love the latest from your talented hands. Beautiful and delightful - that's what they are. Love'm. ;o)

handmaiden said...

I love yr potatoe chip poppies and yr embellishments

laura said...

I glad to see the finished potato chip bag,it's very pretty. I do love the structured base on your second bag, I use that method in almost every purse I make (thanks to you!)

peacockchic said...

so pretty!

Sandra @ Pepperberry and Co. said...

Wow- no wonder you're known as the queen of bags! These are just stunning. And a bit of scorched satin ribbon is what I call a 'special touch'!! :-)