Thursday, December 27, 2007

Handcrafted Christmas: The "French" Bag

I was having the hardest time figuring out what to give to my sister for Christmas, when she placed the answer in my hands -- literally. My sister is both a student and teacher of the French language. About a year ago my mom found a thrifted navy blue dress covered in yellow French words, but Tiffany could never decide what to do with it. Eventually she decided to get rid of it, and offered it to me.

This is what happened to the dress:

Now that she has received it, I can post pictures of it!

I used the same pattern that I used for my Blue Linen Bag, but I made the larger size. Since the dress fabric was a very flimsy rayon, I used medium-weight non-fusible interfacing for the interlining, and added lightweight fusible interfacing to my lining. The lining, trim, and handles are the backside of the polyester shantung at JoAnn's -- it was a one yard scrap in my stash just waiting for a project like this!

This is definitely a "floppy" bag, despite my interfacing attempts -- but my sister loves it! Happily, I was able to keep her out of the sewing room for a whole day so that I could finish the bag. And she had just been commenting on how she wanted a bag like mine...

Perfect, Oui?


  1. It really is nice! I thought your bag you posted pictures of earlier was very nice too, I should like to try and make one myself someday. :)


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