Can I just start off by saying, I love custom orders? There is a satisfaction that comes from dreaming something up and making it a reality. Helping bring something into being that someone else dreamed up carries with it some pressure, but also an innate sense that THEY WILL LOVE IT.
It was their idea after all, right? ;)
So yes, I was very excited to jump on a project for an old friend of mine who had been puzzling over finding just the right purse for some time. The problem? She has a long wallet that just doesn't fit into the size of purse she wants to carry around.
I totally get this. Some people love toting a large bag around town, some don't.
Personally, I adore the look of large purses and bags (they're next on my custom order list!) . . . but as a rule I tend to be on the minimal side. Now that I think about it, I wonder why? Possibly because I lug Kee-ku's nearly 30 pound self around here and there all day long (especially when he's stinky and is not particularly cooperative on the way upstairs to get his diaper changed - - oh the back arching and kicking).
Anyway, so she wanted something large enough to accomodate her favorite wallet, but small enough that it was manageable as she went about her way. She was also looking for a small change purse that could be used to hold some stuff within her purse (you know . . . the stuff that always ends up at the bottom of the bag that you can never seem to find when you want it . . . like chapstick?)
After a good amount of back and forth so I could be sure that she was getting exactly what she was hoping for, I worked up these:
The bag itself comes from a pattern by Fourteen May:
The sweet little change purse is a Keyka Lou pattern:
it's been a really long time . . . it was nerve racking to add a buttonhole at the end there when everything else was completely done and looking lovely.
Ack . . . what if I messed up?! If you're wondering, yes. I said a prayer before I sewed the buttonhole. Yes, I most certainly did.
The only thing left to do is get it into her hands. I truly hope she loves using it as much as I enjoyed making it. :)
-bag pattern: June Bag by Fourteen May
-bag outer: Joel Dewberry's Aviary 2 Plum Damask
-bag lining: Joel Dewberry's Aviary 2 Woodgrain in Dill
-change purse pattern: Pleated Pouch by Kekya Lou
-change purse outer: Joel Dewberry's Aviary 2 Woodgrain in Dill
-change purse lining: JoAnn Fabrics Cream and Blue Damask