I have a habit of getting excited about something, diving in head first, investing a lot of time and money into making it work and then, as quickly as I started, I lose interest.
Rewind to sometime last year. I order 25 purse frames through AliExpress on a whim. I have no clue how to use a purse frame, half the time I don’t carry a purse myself, so why I got excited about it is beyond me. I probably saw some awesomely cute project on Pinterest. Who knows.
Anyhow, the purse frames arrive and they are much smaller than I had imagined. I was thinking purse, while this nickel plated thing-a-jig was saying coin purse. I’m lost and not interested.
Flash forward to about a month ago. Cleaning out my sewing room closet and lo and behold, purse frames, loads of them! Well, 25 of them. They are 3″ wide, a good size for a coin purse, a spectacles case and just big enough to squeeze through my cellphone.
After a little searching on Etsy, I found what looked to be a decent PDF pattern for the frame size I had and so I purchased my very first downloadable and printable pattern through GiftsandBobs for $5.39US. (Here is the pattern I purchased).
I had no idea what to expect with a PDF fabric and even more daunting was buying the pattern through Etsy, but in the end, the pattern was relatively good and reading and printing it out was a heck of a lot more convenient then getting my boots and scarf on and heading to the fabric store on a cold mid-december day.
At first, the pattern seemed to be very clear and easy to follow, however, once I cut my pattern pieces out, I was little lost. Outer fabric and lining is not marked and there were a few other odd issues I had with it. However, overall, it worked out alright and I was able to use it as a basis to create my own pattern with a shape and finish that I find much more appealing.
The hardest (actually longest, most tedious) part of making these is sewing the purse to the frame. Each one takes me about 30 minutes and hand fatigue sets in really quickly.
I’m thinking glue-in next time. Thoughts on glue-in vs sew-in frames?
Read my pattern review here.