Friday, 22 March 2013

Pastel bags in recycled damask

Yesterday I published two photos of two new bags I made, writing a little note about the new "country inspired" background I'm exprimenting with.
I photographed them near to an old cement wall: it is in the back of our little house (ehm, ruin!) in the country.
Some photos on some trunks under the big mulberry tree, too.
Love these new backgrounds and the clean light! :)
And what about the bags?
They are made of recycled damask, received by my friend-upholsterer, Vincenzo. He gave me some sheets from old pattern books, in perfect conditions, as usual. They are very small, so I decided to sew little bags... pastel colors, classic patterns... perfect for spring events, like weddings, etc.
The first one  (an envelope clutch) is pink:
The pattern is by (Alanis clutch), but I've altered it a bit, adding vintage plastic buttons and ribbon.
It's a simple pattern, but the first time I tested it (last June) I made a disaster: this clutch needs interfacing, of course, and I choosed rigid fusibile interfacing, because my idea was to make a rigid clutch.
Big error!
It was almost impossible to turn inside-out, after finishing it, and I ripped some seams.
Lesson learned: for this bag I used my faithful plastic net and all went right!
So, if you want to make this clutch, remember to choose the proper interfacing!
The second bag is green, in a lovely tone between sage green and jade:
For this bag I worked again on Josy clutch pattern by Ithinksew, one of my favourite patterns of this brand (probably you'll remember I used it a lot in the past).
I love the back of the bag: it has a pattern of roses:
Both the bags have a lining in a natural cotton+linen fabric in cream: it makes a nice contrast with the shiny and soft damask and gives a touch of "rustic".


  1. you have captured great contrast in your photos, the roughness of the wall & the tree stump against the elegant fabric & colour of the bags. really shows how pretty they are.


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