A shell-like patterned fabric with a shiny finish needed to be shaped into something compact and pretty. After a bit of thought and a few drawings, this was the result. I managed to break an ideal vintage buckle (doh!) so one of the little funky floral ones had to be understudy. I do love working with dupion silk for the lining and a few faceted beads just topped off the front beautifully.
Some darts, a bit of wadding and a beautiful dupion silk lining added.
Then the handle - quite tricky but well worth the fiddly hand-sewing with transparent thread.
Showing bag front and back. It measures about 12" wide x 8" tall.
I'm told this pale green linen fabric costs about £90 a metre. It doesn't look like it from this remnant - it's well crumpled. The colours and precise representation of the embroidered passion flowers got me hooked tho' and I reckon if I apply sufficient steam I can revitalise it.
Lots of steam and some beading, so far...do come back later to see what happens next.
Hello, I'm Ruth Overton. My nickname as a child was 'Ruthie Toots' which is how the name