Honeymoon handbag

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Do you like my new bag? ‘It’s white!’ I hear you cry.

Holiday handbag in bonded white lace, courtesy of White Tree Fabrics
Holiday handbag in bonded white lace, courtesy of White Tree Fabrics

I would never buy a white bag but making one that I know I can wash is another matter. Anyway I needed a nice roomy packable bag to take me to lunch whilst on honeymoon. And if you can’t be flippant on honeymoon, when can you be?

Isn’t the fabric fabulous? It is a white bonded lace, courtesy of White Tree Fabrics. Basically it is a lace that is already bonded onto a satin back. So instead of you layering two fabrics together as I did for my wedding handbag,

My wedding handbag
My wedding handbag

 

it is done for you. This makes the fabric incredibly stable. As easy as sewing cotton. This fabric would make an incredibly cute 60’s shift dress. I might just have time to fit one in the 8 week count down to our trip.

The pattern for the bag came from this book.

 

Bags - the modern classic by Sue Kim
Bags – the modern classic by Sue Kim

Don’t be surprised if you see a few more makes from this book! I plan on making the front cover clutch bag next.

This one was incredibly simple.

Very simple pattern
Very simple pattern
2 cut of the exterior fabric, 2 of the lining, 2 fusible medium weight interfacing, 2 heavy weight sewn in interfacing
2 cut of the exterior fabric, 2 of the lining, 2 fusible medium weight interfacing, 2 heavy weight sewn in interfacing
Magnetic clasp easily attached through a little square of medium weight interfacing
Magnetic clasp easily attached through a little square of medium weight interfacing
A dear little pocket
A dear little pocket

And the whole lot sewn together, right sides to right sides. The outer fabric turned the right way around and inserted into the lining and joined together along the top curve. Then turned and top stitched.

I can really see this bag in an Orla Kelly fabric which would be perfect for an upcoming friend’s birthday.

Holiday handbag in bonded white lace, courtesy of White Tree Fabrics
Holiday handbag in bonded white lace, courtesy of White Tree Fabrics

Meanwhile, I’ll just have to pack mine away. Somewhere it won’t get dirty!

Love, Lucie x

 

25 comments

  1. I love it, it’s so pretty! I love your dress too – you look like you need to be swanning around Cannes on a posh boat haha. Have a wonderful honeymoon when you go (I’m on the 10 week countdown until mine!) x

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  2. Seems that every bag you make is gorgeous and so is your new white one. I wouldn’t mind a white bag as long I can put it in the washingmachine if necessary.
    And I just read you are going to Thailand, that must be a great journey!

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  3. Thailand, wow! We went to Bali last year for our honeymoon, but I didn’t have such a glamorous bag:) It looks very stylish considering it seems pretty simple to make – might have a go at making my own version having seen yours.

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    1. There is so much you could do with that fabric! I would say it was great for tailored stuff with a bit of body. That’s the beauty of the WTF blog as some of their fabric leaves you quite stumped!

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  4. Hark at you with your ‘it would make a lovely 60s shift dress’. I knew you before you made your own clothes! 😉

    I was going to ask if you’d made the lovely stripey one but I see you’ve said it was from Gap.

    Seriously though, I think you are right about the shift dress. There was one in the Boden catalogue a couple of seasons ago that I really liked and wanted to copy but didn’t fancy faffing about with lining lace so thanks for the tip about the bonded stuff. Where on earth I will ever wear it I have no idea – especially if I made it in white – but then I’m not going on honeymoon again any time soon.

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    1. They do a beige version and also a black. The black would also make a ‘lovely 60s shift dress’.
      Those that know me know I’m quite a fan of Boden. Especially the Boden sales from which I might have just been purchasing the odd stylish sightseeing dress!

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  5. Fabby holiday bag. Surely you won’t have to pack lunch as new hubby will be treating you to 5 star dining at every opportunity 😉😉 – what am I saying, mine doesn’t!! However it will fit a ball of yarn and a crochet hook in! When we were in Malta I nearly fell over one morning when he said ‘Shall I pack your knitting in my backpack in case we stop somewhere?’ That’s 8 years of training!

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    1. Hilarious! I have a long way to go until I mould my man into such a keeper!
      I thought to make it big enough for a little yarn! I just need to work out what project I take on a 12 hour plane journey.

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