Saturday, July 19, 2008


What do you call a plane flight and 4000 miles of driving? One great big trip out West! We're leaving this Tuesday and won't be back until August 11th. I'll schedule a few posts during that time, so my blog won't be completely neglected!

But as the date of our trip approached, I realized that I had to do something about my summer handbag situation. My bag from last year was...well-loved, and it was high time to come up with something else.

Conveniently, my sister was getting rid of a long-unused skirt that was in good condition, but slightly outdated. I pulled out McCall's 4400, a Laura Ashley pattern that I've been longing to use, and made up View C. But, of course, I had to make some changes!

I shortened and narrowed the strap, first of all -- I couldn't believe how long it was! Now my fingertips just reach the bottom of the bag. I was thinking of having the bag tie at the top, but instead I added a decorative (but fake) knot to the shoulder, instead.

The lining was very unaccomodating in terms of storage, so I added two denim pockets for pencils and such, and improvised a zippered pouch on the other side:

I also added two hooks, one on each side, to clip on my camera case or other odds and ends:

I used the last bits of my Tracy Porter fabric -- once a failed vintage wrap dress, but now a blouse, ironing board cover, and bag lining!

When I was finished, I wasn't quite satisfied with the result -- it was fine, but rather bland on the outside. Some fabric flowers and a few dangles (found on clearance at Wal-Mart a few weeks ago) were the perfect touch:

I think I'm going to like this one. Plus, it's absolutely huge! I don't think I even need a suitcase! *wink*


  1. What a pretty bag! It's so nice to have a handy one for traveling.

  2. Thank you for your comment! Have fun on your trip, but I will be missing "fresh posts"...

  3. What a pretty bag! I don't need one that big, and am never happy with what I make. Finding the right purse is such an arduous task! I need something just big enought to carry my checkbook, money, chapstick and cellphone.

    Once again, a very pretty purse.
    Have a very bright, very cheerful day!
    Miss Eyebright

  4. It's darling! You are so ingenious.:)


  5. It looks lovely, and very practical! I like the idea of putting hooks in the bag so your camera can't go 'wandering' quite as easily.

  6. What a pretty bag, Shannon.

    It's great that you have been able to use the Tracy Porter fabric for so many projects!! :)

  7. It's a lovely bag, but I have to say I am a little jealous, especially as I am rather in need of a new bag. I have one which I like, but it is rather worn now.


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