Friday, August 12, 2011

Did someone mention a PARTY...?

Before the quilt show, I had a little stash-busting blitz to refresh my display of purses. I think they look like they're having a purse-party.

Amongst it all, I rediscovered the quick-fix joy of making the Party Purse (pattern HERE). This purse was originally inspired by the memory of (many years ago) when I was bridesmaid for my best friend.

On the morning of the wedding, I realised that I had no purse to carry the essentials for the day. Having made the my own dress (and the flowergirl's) , I was able to whip up a matching wristlet with a few leftover scraps before getting dressed for the wedding. It wasn't this design, but the idea stuck....
A girl need a super-fast go-to pattern when she's caught without a matching purse.

This purse needs to be small enough to be elegant but large enough for all the essentials ...and it needs to be a wristlet, to free hands up for glasses of champagne, canape's and conversational gesticulations.
It needed to be infinitely variable, to suit a wide range of fabric types, occasions and personal styles. And it needed to be EASY AND QUICK TO MAKE. .
That's what the Party Purse pattern is all about.
So chock-full of instant-gratification was I, in my little Party-Purse-making frenzy, I found myself whipping these up and not wanting to stop. But stop, I did (other fish to fry). I took photos and then forgot all about blogging them.... so here they are, at last.

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11 comments:

Lynne said...

They are very sweet purses and they do look like they are having a party!

Tania said...

Oddly besotted with phrase 'conversational gesticulation' (rolls off the tongue, non?) and utterly in love with that very last Party Purse confection...

punkychewster said...

fun!!! i need to get down to making more bags so i can have a bag par-tay too!

Fiona said...

Love the party of purses - very colourful and cute!

A Peppermint Penguin said...

The top picture is my kind of party - a quiet one ;D

I love the bottom picture too. So simple and so complex. You iz clever clogs.

I have signed up for the news thingo - amazed I didn't get it before!?

Cheers,
AJ

anna said...

The last purse reminds me of the cover of the book "Pattern Magic" with its sculptural look. Very classy.

Світлана said...

fantastic cosmetics!=)

Fer said...

You've gone off! In the best possible way. ♥

Annie said...

love 'em

meli B said...

Love the grey linen one and the red woolly. Great idea because finding a place to dump your handbag can be a pain at some parties.

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