Announcing my new purse pattern! Since I seem to be following a dance theme with the Scrap Dance Mystery quilts, the title for this purse continues in that light. The Charleston Bag works as a shoulder bag or a handbag with swinging beads that evoke the image of a flapper dancer in the 1920s. I have to give DH some credit here too, for helping find the name of the dance I had in my mind. We won’t talk about the youtube videos he found, LOL!!
This purse can be made with beaded upholstery trim or long fringe, that will swing and move just like those dancers dancing the Charleston. The large yoke piece could also have other kinds of embellishments, such as embroidery or lace if you choose. There is so much room for your creativity! The body of the purse can be a single fabric, or a patchwork, and works great with jelly roll strips.
The purse is completely finished on the inside, and is all sewn by machine. It has a pocket inside for little things.
It works well with small or large prints, and patchwork too! If you love the gold fabric below, I have some for sale in my Etsy shop. It is Timeless Treasures Ocre Butterfly. This purse would look great with one of my sewing prints too.
The trim is found in the upholstery section of your fabric store. Or you could use lace or fringe instead, it is your bag so use what you like.
I am so very grateful to my pattern testers, and want to show you their results. Mary gave me very detailed notes, and her feedback was invaluable to revising the instructions. She made these two purses, adding a button closure on both. I added a velcro closure option to the pattern based on her feedback.
Penny made the pattern multiple times to be sure that it went together the same way each time. She made an adjustment for placement of her beading that was shorter, and tried it with different trims, too.
I love the red and gold with black color combination on this one! The pattern seems to work well with large scale prints too.
This one has embroidery instead of bead trim, another great option.
Both these ladies were very helpful, and I thank them again for their notes and feedback.
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