|Lined clutch bag with three inside pockets. The bag front is softly pleated onto a smooth curved back panel. The bag is closed with a deep curved flap concealing a magnetic clasp. Finished bag measures 31cm by 18 cm ( 12 ins by 7 ins). Can be made in a firm weave fabric or soft leather. |
I made this one in black nappa from GH Leathers UK. I have also made this in an African cotton batik print, black on turquoise, and a bright coloured cotton print.
I interfaced the outer fabrics with a fusible, and used a piece of tapestry canvas as additional support behind the back panel.
I drafted this pattern to be a little larger than the red shoulder bag reviewed recently.
Its the simplest bag pattern I've done so far, and pretty easy and quick to make.
I sewed this, as all the other bags I've made so far, on a mechanical Bernina Sport. The leather I used is beautiful to work with and didn't give any problems with the machine. There is no top stitching on the bag, so I didn't need to protect the leather surface at all, and stitching in the pleats was actually easier in the leather than in the cotton, as it stayed nice and steady, not moving or sliding under the foot.
The pocket construction is a very simple one, chosen because it would be very simple to change the arrangement, number or size of the pockets along the back lining, to suit different requirements ie there's three roughly equal, but you could make two larger ones, or a large one and two small ones, or a pen pocket, by changing where you put the vertical stitching in the pocket panel.
It helps to get the machining accurate if you mark the pattern seam allowances and pleats on the wrong side. As its all interfaced, I used a felt tip pen.
I gifted the ones I made with this pattern, and will make one for me when I can get a piece of the blue leather I have my eye on.
Photos of the making up process can be found here