This post is not about the jacket, but the bag I made to go with it. I love purses. I love to make purses. I like a bag to coordinate with my coat, jacket or clothes I am wearing. Long ago, I used to sew every purse or tote I carried. When I worked, I got away from that, but I am back to it and this is the first of what is to come.
This fabric is a heavy upholstery fabric that I didn't think would be too easy to add zippers to. I didn't want a front pocket to take away from the fabric design. I did put a couple of pockets in the lining. There are a couple of tabs inside with a ring so I can clip my keys inside. I also keep my wallet on a chain attached to a ring inside so it is never loose in my bag. I left it once on a counter in Walgreens free for the person behind me in line to take it, remove the $$ then call me to tell me they found it, but that is a whole other story to tell. I didn't use a pattern for this purse. I just measured fabric and cut.
I usually have things in my purse that I don't even LOOK at. When I worked, I needed to carry a lot of things just in case I needed them. I always leaned toward using one of those organizer bags with a pocket for everything. Now I am constantly going though the pockets looking for whatever I am looking for. So now, I'm over that. I have decided that what I want is just a plain purse design. I'm pretty sure I'm going to either make or buy one of those purse organizers that can be easily moved from one purse to another. I have a pattern, and have added one to my Amazon Wish List because really, it's pretty cheap so I may get it to see if I like the idea. If I am going to sew, I don't want sew something that I can buy for $6 on Amazon.
Grateful: Today I am grateful for electricity. Winter cold is moving in and our home is heated with electric heat.
Do you carry a purse? If so, what design to you prefer. If you sew yours, feel free to mention a pattern you like.