I had some scraps of black wool left over from making a cape using Vogue 8959, and decided to make a purse out of it using vintage 1980s McCall 7695. McCall 7695 has several vest patterns, and the purse is a little bonus extra. It was simple to sew, so after I attached the black flannel lining by machine, I did the rest by hand. The edges are bound in twill tape, the cord is sewn into the top of the purse so it stays firmly in place, and the little tassels are re-purposed from an old shirt of mine that wore out. It reminds me a little of the YSL Russian-style purses from the 1970s. It is just large enough for a wallet and a handkerchief, for when I need to go on a quick errand and don't want to be weighed down.
This the larger 'Replica Bag' rucksack from the Green Pepper pattern F735. It is essentially a big brown lunch bag of a backpack with deep pockets on the sides (one open and the other with a flap). I made this bag out of brown cotton duck and three web belts I found at the local thrift store. The two shoulder straps are thicker web belts with adjustable D rings. The thickness of the fabric, along with attaching the web straps, required a fair amount of hand stitching with a thimble and a sturdy reverse stitch. I decided to finish the seams with a rust colored binding for the top and inside seam edges. The size of the bag is a big advantage. I can easily fit my emergency bike tools in the side pockets while leaving the larger compartment free for my folders, lunch bag, laptop, book, cell phone and glasses. I am very satisfied with the result.
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew.