So I gathered up courage to attempt a paper pattern for an envelope clutch just to see how to improve on my own take-a-wild-stab version.
I bought this pattern off Etsy and attempted this simplest version of the 4 designs.
*takes a deep breath*
Here goes nothing:
This is what I did different from my usual non-pattern attempts:
1) I added a dart to the base, which I had a feeling was to give the base a foldline so you can flatten it? Although, I'm not sure if my dart was done right.
2) I topstitched ALL the edges to give clutch a sturdier look and feel!
3) The flap was an external piece of fabric that was sewn to the body of the bag. My previous clutches were made from just one piece of fabric, folded into 3 sections (really easy!)
4) I added side panels to give depth to the clutch
As a result...
A free-standing sturdy looking piece of work!
If I were any awesome-r, I could have made the stripes on the fabric align. But this was a trial run, and I'm so in love with the Thai silk fabric that I'm going to have to keep it for myself!
It took me awhile to understand the instructions in the pattern and to familiarise myself with the symbols on the illustrations, but now I've gained a little more confidence to maybe attempt the other 3 designs and definitely hoard MORE patterns!
Any words of advice from seasoned pattern users?
And don't forget the ElephantisLove giveaway ends tonight 11:59PM EST! I will pick a winner via random.org
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