early in the planning process, i fell in love with this wedding from martha stewart weddings magazine. loved everything about it. especially loved this:
the bride had clutches made for each of her bridesmaids from fabric that matched each girl's personality. FABULOUS! had to do it. except i had to do it myself. obviously. nevermind that i hadn't touched a sewing machine since i made a felt pillow for my american girl doll circa 1992. game on. so i borrowed my mother-in-law's machine, set up shop in the guest room and started trolling the interweb for patterns. and came up empty. i had a specific vision, as usual, and couldn't find a pattern in any store or any website. i did find a pattern for a big shoulder-strap purse that i liked. so, with my extensive years of seamstressy knowledge (not) i set about modifying it. from a giant shoulder-strap purse. into a clutch. by myself. so i could make 10 of them. oh and i didn't actually start until may. i told you you'd roll your eyes at me.
but it worked! after 2 prototypes, i settled on my design. then i cut out a bazillion pattern pieces of fabric and lining, like so:
and ironed interfacing onto the linings:
and accidentally burned the bejezus out of my hand when i picked up the hot iron sideways and spilled scalding steam water....
and pleated the outside fabric and sewed it all together:
and made pockets with little tags that i had made on etsy from my silhouette:
and cut and cut and ironed and ironed and sewed and sewed until my little fingers about fell off
not perfect, but i think they turned out pretty decent :)