I haven't sewn much the past couple of weeks, but last Saturday, I devoted my day to making a purse pattern and then the purse. I've had this black leather Talbot's purse that has become pretty worn from years of use, but I love the bag and can't seem to part with it. So, I decided to just make a new one.
With all that use, the bag has started showing considerable wear, especially on the bottom corners on the piping as well as a few marks that won't wash off. It's made of leather, so it has been very durable, and I'm sure I'll continue to use it.
I've been wanting to make a pattern of this purse for a couple of months now, and Saturday morning I decided it was time. I had this black and white hounds tooth wool blend fabric that I bought as a remnant months ago, and since my mom loved black and white hounds tooth, I knew I had to use this fabric for this bag. And to top it off, I added this beautiful rhinestone heart pin that my mom gave me on Valentine's day when I turned 12. All that said, it was obvious that my version of this Talbot's bag had to be named Pam's Purse after my mom! I'm sure she would have had me make her one, too.
I didn't have any fabric I really liked for the lining, so after a quick trip to the store, I picked out this medallion fabric with black, white, red, and olive green.
The purse was pretty easy to sew together, but for some reason, the fusible interfacing didn't want to stay stuck onto the fabrics very well this time. For all my bags, I've been using Pellon 809 decor bond for the linings and Pellon 71f fusible fleece for the outer bag. I've never used the sew-in kind of interfacing or fleece, but I'm thinking that that may have worked better on this purse considering the type of fabric I used. If you make purses, please leave me a comment or send me an email telling me what interfacing and fleece you use and why. I would really appreciate it!
The handles were store-bought at Joann's and are made of a synthetic fabric. I haven't been able to find any leather or faux leather handles locally. I like these though, especially since they do have a little decorative braid on the ends.
Pam's Purse also has a magnetic snap closure just like the original; however, because my version is made of all fabric and not leather, I've got some issues with the top edge of the bag due to the weight of the tab for the snap. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to correct this on my current bag or for future bags that I make?
So, there you have it. Pam's Purse. I hope I made my moma proud! I miss her so much!