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Purpose the Purple Purse: Design Decisions

June 19, 2012
In: Sewing

I’ve been absolutely-head-over-heels in love with this purse from GUNAS for a while ago. I set out to make a purse inspired by this design over a year ago, but – as always, just never got around to it. There are always more pressing issues. Anyway, the link is broken, so I guess they’re not selling it anymore, which makes me feel even better about making my own. Not that I was actually considering buying this purse for $275… Way out of my budget.

When I design a bag of any type, I spend a lot of time thinking about what I actually need. What kind of handles, which internal end external pockets I need and any extra touches of convenience that will make the bag just right.

I’ve been using a hand bag for a while now, and while I like the style, it often happens that I really need a shoulder strap. For instance, if I have a child with me or I’ve done some serious shopping and my hands are all tied up. Also, and while this may seem silly, it is very true, I’ve switched jobs and my new job doesn’t have an employee card. Which means that when I go to lunch and I don’t have pockets (usually…) I don’t have a place to put my lunch money card. To solve that, I’m planning to make a small matching insert with room for my cell phone and a few flat essentials.

Another serious issue is that I must have a place for documents and other pieces of paper hanging around my purse and a water bottle holder. Since documents and water bottles tend to clash (and I don’t want the water bottle on the outside, because that would give the bag a sporty look, and I’m not going there), I decided the document holder must be waterproof. I have my requirements, and now all I have to do is design it…

Purple Purse Design

I am actually so bad at sketching, that creating the design on the computer is actually easier. Nowadays there’s probably some fancy name or acronym for not being able to draw, but I survived up until now, I’m sure I can manage a few more years.

Anyway, the purple is the fabric I’m planning to use (the pattern is actually much smaller, but for the picture it was easier to use the zoomed in version). The bright green part is my planned piping, only – I can’t decide on the fabric I want to use… I’m planning on using the same fabric for the piping and the lining. It just so happens that I have 4(!) different fabrics (interestingly enough, and absolutely not on purpose – all from Michael Miller…) which match nicely.

Help me pick one!

Purple Purse Fabric Options

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