Monday, November 11, 2013

New York Style

A couple of months ago, son-in-law traveled on business to New York City. From his hotel, he had a great view of the Empire State Building, was within a stone's throw of Time Square, and through circumstances unexplained, made his way to the Garment District. Specifically, he stopped in at Elegant Fabrics, and I was the fortunate recipient of some awesome fabric (the brown dot in the photo).
Because the fabric was home decor weight, I thought a bag of some sort was in order. And I just so happened to have several yards of brown home dec Heath in Chocolate. Perfect for the lining.

So I went hunting and decided on the "For Pleat's Sake" Tote from U-Handbag. So handy, in addition to the free pattern, I was able to order the handles there too. No contrasting colors were available, so I went with the Dark Chocolate (notice a theme here?). To add just a bit of interest, I chose to do all the top-stitching on the bag with a fun Aurifil 40wt, #2150 (Golden Poppy). For the leather handles, I used tapestry thread, and again, there weren't many color choices at my store. Good thing I like brown.
Speaking of, those pleats are kind of a major focus of this bag, both inside and out. I made one little change - where the pattern had all the pleats on each panel going in one direction, I made 3 on each side face the center. And really, they were pretty darn easy as long as I marked and pinned well. My only confusion was the basic pleat measurement - note that each should be 3/4" deep.

I should mention that with the fabrics I used, I omitted the suggested interfacing, but did use fleece (Pellon's TP971F Fusible Thermolam Plus) on the lining. This gave the bag plenty of structure for my tastes, and with its boxed bottom, it stands nicely.







I'm really pleased with how the bag turned out. I'm quite fond of those dots, and the bag itself was a pleasure to make. Just for the record, I spent about 3 hours sewing the bag, and another hour adding the handles. So not bad for a fun new look.

This project was on my Finish-A-Long Q4 list! Linking up with Purse Palooza and Finish It Up Friday.

22 comments:

  1. That is awesome! I love the handles - great job!

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  2. Leather handles- I am impressed! I love seeing brown used this way! It reminds me of Julia Robert's dress in "Pretty Woman" where she goes to the races! Very classy!

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  3. I want to tackle a bag and I love this one. I am also impressed with your leather handles. More fantastic projects please. Oh, I loved your mom's pillows too.

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  4. Tres chic! It is so awesome when you get unexpected fabric gifts and can actually use them for something fabulous!

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  5. Love it! I'm working on a chicken handbag as we speak! (the chickens...they speak to me) :)
    www.sewcraftychick.blogspot.com

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  6. Good choices all around for a great looking bag. I like the poppy colored top stitching.

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  7. Gorgeous bag! You did an awesome job!

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  8. Great! What a nice job you did, especially on those handles! They look profressionally done.

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  9. Well, now I want chocolate. Nice job!

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  10. Fabulous bag! I've made this one a couple of times, and it is still a favourite. The pleats are a really nice feature, and I also added zipper pockets inside. The brown fabric is really amazing. I'm not sure why so many people don't like it!

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  11. What a great son, he brings home cool fabric. I love the bag, I bet it is fun to use too.

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  12. Fantastic bag and awesome brother!! I really like the brown dots fabrics too :)

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  13. This looks fabulous Debbie - and you are making me feel like I need some chocolate too!

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  14. This is wonderful! I love the print with this bag and you put it together fantastically!

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  15. so elegant and NYC-ish! well done! Just love those pleats :)

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  16. Is that a designer purse? I bet you will get asked lol Why yes! Yes of course it is!!:)

    The pleats are my favorite part!

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  17. it looks fabulous! Love the handles... they really add that certain chic factor!

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  18. I hope you ate copious amounts of chocolate while you worked too :oD

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  19. That's a lovely version of the for pleats sake bag. So much chocolate... Makes me hungry! Well done, it looks great

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