I’m not a purse girl. I don’t match my purse to my shoes. I don’t change out my purse based on my outfit. I have owned one purse for the last three years and carried it daily. So now it looks like this:
Complete with wear stains that don’t wash out (I tried. Threw the whole thing in the machine. No dice)
And cracking (though still functional) leather.
And holes. That’s probably the most embarrassing part.
And I carry this stuff (plus my phone) around on a regular basis. And it all needs a place, so I love that my purse has tons of pockets and places to keep me organized.
And despite any thoughts to the contrary if you’ve seen my Camera Bag pattern, though I can make a great purse, I sew them for function, but I don’t really enjoy it. (Which is why if you ask for me to make you a camera bag, I say no. Other items I’ll take custom orders, but that one is no fun for me). I’ll whip up a tote if I need it, but as a teacher, people give you free totes all.the.time. So I haven’t needed to. Maybe if I don’t go back to teaching, in a few years I’ll need one or two. Or if I suddenly wake up and care that all my totes are in gorgeous free colors instead of looking like cute blogger projects.
When I heard that A Lemon Squeezy Home was doing purse week, I figured I should tackle the whole purse issue. So that I don’t have to think about it for another 3 years.
And what did I do? I replicated the purse I’ve been carrying around for the past 3 years. Yay! Everything still has it’s place (I’m anal about organization) and I know where that place is, but I don’t have the wear and tear anymore. Win-win for me!
I took a lot of pictures and saved the pattern pieces, so there’s a chance of a pattern from this, but just like purses aren’t my thing to sew, they’re not my favorite to pattern either. Silly, huh? They’re so easy since there’s no grading and one size fits all.
Anyways, if you’d be interested in a pattern (probably for sale, not free) let me know in the comments. Update: the pattern is available HERE.
I’ve got a lot of cutting for KCWC done, and I can’t wait to get started tomorrow!