I had to go back. I know, a person shouldn’t torture himself (or in my case, herself) with things from the past. But I just had to revisit the Seven-Step Program (Seven Steps to the Imperfect Purse) and see if I’ve learned from it. Seems I have . . . . . n’t. Well, maybe a little.
I made a purse over the weekend from an old kimono robe. How did I do with these seven steps, you may wonder. Just a quick recap . . .
- Measuring . . . No problem! It was pre-measured. Those nice, rectangular sleeves were the perfect size for a purse! They cried out for new life – I gave it to the left sleeve.
- Grommets . . . No worries here. I didn’t use grommets!
- Raveling . . . Again, safe! The lining and the satin sleeve are quite prone to raveling, but they were already sewn together, so no worries.
- Handles . . . don’t try to get them the same length . . . Dodged that bullet – used just one handle!
- . . . attaching the front design . . . hand-stitch it to the front panel . . . The front did need some sort of design, so I cut one flower from the front bodice and appliqued it on. Hand-stitching was a must here, because I didn’t want the stitching to show through to the lining.
- Attaching the lining to the outer . . . Yup. Didn’t have to do this one. Already attached! Boy, did I luck out!!
- . . . wipe your mouth on that piece of iron-on interfacing . . . Hah! This one didn’t get me either. No food allowed anywhere near that white material. Of course, I did have one slight mishap with a pin, but I bled on the other sleeve instead of this one. Whew!
So, whatcha think??