Friday, January 13, 2012

My new zig zag purse

I'm so excited to show off my new purse today. Here she is.

She's all I wished for, and more. I've been making purses, totes, bags, and pouches for a while now but lately I've been on a lookout for a bag pattern that was not too big, not too small, had a zipper closure, and had just one, not two handles. Long story short, after looking at gazillion bag patterns, I did not find the one that spoke to me.

Then one day while shopping for something completely unrelated, I found a bag I really liked. Well, not the fabric, really, but it had the right shape and size, had a zipper, one handle. So I decided to BUY!!! the bag (the fact that it was on sale really helped), and replicate it. I'm more than happy with the result. Here they are, side by side.

I used Half Moon Modern Big Zig Zag by Moda for the exterior and Spots Sunshine from the same collection for the interior of the bag. I also used yellow piping around the pocket and bottom to give it a  nice definition and that extra special touch.


I did the zipper closure on top, as well as put a zipper pocket on the inside.


This was definitely not an easy purse to sew. The piping and zippers were a little challenging to install properly, and the fact that I was making the pattern up as I went made it quite "interesting", but completely satisfying. The seam ripper was very, very busy during the whole process, quite a few (4, to be precise) needles were broken, and my fingers got poked with pins a few times. But, it was all well worth it because I really, really love it.

I'm linking this up to AmandaJean's Finish It Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts and to Amy's Sew and Tell.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! Svetlana

28 comments:

  1. It looks awesome!!! I am so in love with chevron and grey! :)

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  2. Veeery nice Svetlana. I love the piping though it scares me! My one attempt at it was a disaster. You did a beautiful job.

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  3. wow, that is brilliant:well done!

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  4. That is AWESOME! Now If I see someone around town with that purse, I will know it's you. ;)

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  5. I LOVE this bag! SO beautiful! I love the colors and the chevron print and the cute polka dots on the inside. Great job!

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  6. I love this bag! the yellow piping is perfect!

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  7. What a great bag! You did a terrific job.

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  8. Great job. The bit of yellow/green just makes it pop and love that you lined up the fabric zig-zag between the top and bottom (pocket) of the purse.

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  9. oh my - this is so cool! Extra neat that you created it yourself!

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  10. That is an absolutely gorgeous bag. You are right to be proud. If you ever get bored of it, I will happily take it off your hands for you ;)

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  11. She is beautiful Svetlana and such a professional finish! You should turn it into a pattern and sell it!

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  12. You are so awesome! The yellow piping certainly gives it oomph!

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  13. what a great bag! the splash of yellow totally makes it.

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  14. This is an awesome bag! And the fabric couldn't be any more perfect!

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  15. Great shaped bag. Love the piping...

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  16. What a great bag! It looks very professional!

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  17. Beautiful job! I definitely like yours better. ;o)

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  18. That chevron fabric is awesome, great choice and great work!

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  19. Completely awesome, Svetlana!

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  20. Love it! Actually, I love everything in this blog. I think I just pinned half of it to Pinterest in one sitting. :)

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  21. Wow! This is so impressive! Just had to stop in and say BRAVO!

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  22. Stunning bag! The addition of the yellow piping is the perfect touch.

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  23. I love it! The zig-zag, the shape, the lining ... it all works together great!

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  24. Oh that looks absolutely fab! Love how you lined the zig zags up (I have entirely flukily managed to line up a print before, but I imagine you actually planned this lol)

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  25. I think you did a great job! The bag looks awesome! I like the classic zig zag print and color. I agree that the yellow piping did add that extra special touch to the bag. I look forward to more of your projects!

    Leonia Shearer

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