Those of you who know me in person know that I don't care too much about wardrobe, purses, accessories, etc. I generally wear the same pair of jeans every day, I do not wear dresses, I have silver stud earrings that don't come out.... you get the picture! Well things are changing people (at least for this weekend :) I'm going to a wedding in Seattle and:
- I bought a DRESS!
- I bought earrings
- I bought new shoes
- I made a purse!
This is the Pleated Wristlet from Michelle Patterns. I've made this pattern once before, last time the medium version and this time the small. If you visit my blog post from the first time I made it, you'll read a bit of a review of the pattern so I won't re-hash all of that. Two things I did differently this time were that I did not quilt the lining, rather used a layer of flannel to give just a little bit of weight to the lining, and also I did not interface the wrist strap at all.
I used a heavyweight fusible interfacing for all of the exterior pieces, which gives the bag some very nice structure, however I find that because you have to 'turn' the bag right side out when finished assembly, it crumples things up and the bag ends up a bit wrinkly. I don't know if that is the fault of the specific interfacing I used or if it just comes with the territory. Any thoughts? I tried to iron the finished product as best I could and it's okay, just not as smooth as I'd like. The fact that I used a solid colour for the exterior seems to accentuate wrinkles as well.
This is not a Kona solid, but this colour is comparable to Kona Grass. I love it! And guess what? It matches my new dress. hehe
A medium gray zip and a fun gray/cream dotted lining finishes the project off.
The small version of this pattern is very small. It will be big enough to fit just a few necessities for the wedding. Maybe if you're lucky, I'll share a few photos of the ensemble next week sometime. My 10yr old is going to be my date, and he's going to look spiffy!
Linked up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts.