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February 20th, 2008 at 12:44 am

Giraffe Purse

in: Sewing
Garment Photo
Pattern Piece
Pattern Piece
Pattern Photo

Pattern Company: Making Vintage Bags

Pattern Number: not applicable
Pattern Name: Evelyn

Pattern Description:
A 1930s clutch purse with a strap added.

Pattern Sizing:
This is a small bag. If you enlarge the pattern by 165% as recommended your finished bag will be about 10.5 inches x 6 inches (27 cm x 15 cm). The strap is just long enough to fit comfortably over my shoulder.

FlapFront and back of purse
Pattern pieces cut out.

I decided to enlarge the pattern by 200%. This version isn’t finished yet, but I think I will find it more useful.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Pretty much. I used a printed fabric, and the author added embellishments.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were okay. The author assumes that you have read the instructions for the previous pattern, which is the same as this bag without a strap. So I was puzzled by what she was talking about a couple of times until it occurred to me to look at the previous pattern.

The author recommends “craft interfacing” what ever that is. I used timtex.

Purse interior

This is a really easy pattern. There are only the 2 pattern pieces, and if you make it as recommended, it’s a piece o’ cake to make.

The pattern only includes the flap and sides with the snap location and the strap length indicated. I added the interior pockets and covered my cord with bias tape.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the shape of the bag and flap.

Fabric Used:
Rayon leftovers.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Instead of a cord handle, I covered cotton cording with bias tape. I made the bias tape from self fabric.

In additionn to lining the interior, I added 2 pockets. One goes up the middle with a zipper, and the other is a patch pocket on one side.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I’m making another one, albeit larger, at this moment, and I do recommend it.

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