Tuesday, January 17, 2006

The Jenna Purse - pattern & explanations

Hi friends!

Here's the pattern I drafted for Jenna's purse, with the cutting instructions:

Click to get the pattern. I am not 100% sure it'll come out in real size on your monitors. Please make a test printout and make sure you're happy with the size before cutting your fabric!

Also, don't forget to add seam allowances

Instructions to attach a stitched piece to the front:

You'll have to do so after you've cut out your fabric and before you start assembling the bag.
This is simply appliqué with a satin stitch.
- Cut your stitched piece to the desired size (no seam allowances needed).
- Since I had a hardanger piece, I first lined it with white cotton, so that the cutwork would come out. I then pinned it onto one of the two outer pieces, sewed it into place with a straight stitch.
- I then used machine embroidery thread to do the satin stitch (which is a wide and very short zigzag stitch: you set the stitch width to a large number (that number changes according to your machine; on my Brother, I think it was 5) and set the lentgh of the stitch to the smallest possible (0.1 mm in my case). Depending on the fabric, it is not always easy to achieve a neat result with such a short stitch. In that case, make the stitch a bit longer, and go over the edges twice.

Instructions for making the bag:

I chose to interface the outer pieces, to give the purse more body.
- Once your outer layer and lining are cut (in my case, from the same fabric), you basically make up two similar "bags", joining their sides and bottoms, and boxing bottoms' corners for each "bag". (I learned how to box corners here, when I first made a bag. They call it "mitered bottom corners". Scroll down the end of the page to see a diagram and explanations)
- Turn one of the bags inside out and insert it into the other, so that their right sides are together. Be careful to line up the side seams (pin the layers together at the seams).
- Then make a strap (or take cording, or ribbon, or whatever takes your fancy!).
Position it between both layers, upside down: the end must line up with the bag's raw edges, and the rest of the handle must be inside the bag.
I chose to position the straps on the side seams.
- Then sew the two layers together, catching the strap into the seam. Leave an opening.
- Turn the bag inside out, sew the opening closed. Press.

Et voilà !