9.03.2012

Made: Project Sewing 101- Pleated Clutch.


So after quite a hiatus from the official instruction book I vowed to work through (1-2-3-Sew) for my self proclaimed , I've returned to it's pages! Granted, the hiatus was still quite busy with sewing projects, just little detours to dwell on certain skills in order to gain mastery, i.e. tissue covers , , card wallets , and .

I've just started working through chapter 7, handbags.  This means that I've completed 6/11 chapters, and 17 of 33 projects, but with my extras, 23 total to date.  That makes me one pretty proud seamstress.  Yes...I think I can actually call myself that now.


This first project in the handbags chapter was pretty easy actually. It looked pretty intimidating, but the fact that I found it easy means that my detour projects really helped solidify some vital skills for me.

The new technique that I learned here are those pintuck pleats, and installing a magnetic fastener. I have to say, after I did the pleats (first picture) I impressed myself.  Ignore the pencil marks- I still have to toss this project in the washer.  I also learned not to use expensive fabric the first go around for any project since I tend to make so many mistakes!





Looking in the chapters ahead, I feel confident that I can wrap this project up pretty quickly. Behind the scenes and on the sidelines of this project, I'm finally ready to start working on my new line and how these new skills will apply to it!  Pretty exciting times!

17 comments:

FabricFascination said...

Very attractive clutch. I really like that you used a plain fabric to bring out the pleats.

Audry said...

It looks like you chose fabric that would be more difficult to pleat. Well, those pleats look pretty darn good. Great job!

BeadedTail said...

You are certainly a seamstress! Those pleats turned out great!

Lin said...

Very nice! You have progressed so FAR!! And look at all the great things you have mastered!

said...

I'm glad you got back to it because the clutch looks great! Now you need to make more, one in every color!

Rose said...

Great job, Nancy! This design is so versatile.

LimeRiot said...

Such a classy project, Nancy. I really love the natural fabric you used. This seems so advanced!! You're a master now!

Kaili Williams said...

Fantastic work! So inspiring as always :)

pasqueflower said...

Great job!! The clutch is very classy and your pin tucks look great. Don't you love magnetic snaps?

Duni said...

Fantastic! The pleats give the front of the clutch a nice texture. As I mentioned before I prefer magnetic snaps to any other closure ;-)

Erika said...

I like the pleats. Like Duni mentioned above they add great texture. And magnetic snaps are my favorite to use.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Nice work Nancy! You really are a great seamstress. I love those pleats!!!!!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

This is great! It looks tricky, but with all the practice you've been doing it's great to hear it was easy for you!

Victoria T said...

This looks great. I love the pleats. Awesome job. Using cheap fabric to practice is a great tip, my mom always tells me to do this. :-)

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

Very nice! Getting that magnetic fastener lined up right would be a challenge for me!!

Additionsstyle said...

You are a great seamstress! I love the clutch with the pleats, very nice. I look forward to the rest of your projects.
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

Judy Nolan said...

That's one smart-looking bag, Nancy! I'm glad you have gained so much confidence. Repetition helps, doesn't it?

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