I’ve always been a sucker for a new purse. (and shoes and coats, but who’s counting?)
Back in 2006 – I wanted to try my hand at making a purse. At that time, women were buying handmade fabric bags (myself included) and I thought I could figure out how to make one myself.
So, I borrowed a sewing machine from a family member.
Now mind you, I had not sewn anything since my childhood days. Watching and helping my mom growing up, I knew the basics. I could operate a machine and sew a straight line. (and that was about it!)
Without a pattern, I tried to put a purse together. It was a bit of trial and error. First, the lining was wonky and inside-out. Then, the handle somehow was upside-down or too short.
Finally, after several prototypes, I made a little black bag that was actually wearable.
– She was a simple shape (you can’t get too creative with straight lines).
– She looked preppy and cute with her embroidered flamingos.
– She was not stitched evenly.
– She also lost her shape quickly (that’s what I get for using a flimsy cotton. I later learned the importance of interfacing and that home dec and upholstery weight fabrics were better materials).
– But she was MINE, made by me!
That little black bag started the journey: to a new sewing machine, to loads of sewing notions, and to a love affair with fabric.
My sewing skills did not expand much beyond the straight line. But despite that fact, I created many, many more bags and other simple projects. (though someday, I’d like to take classes)
Recently, I was going through my closet for clothing donations. I pulled out that little black flamingo purse. I paused. I do not use it much anymore. Do I really need to keep it?
You know that feeling you get when you look at a finished project and realize that as crazy as it sounds, you did that? All by yourself? It is a borderline high. A DIY high!
That feeling rushed back to me when I looked at that preppy pink and black number. I thought about all the effort I spent to ‘figure out’ how to craft it. I could not part with it. Not yet. So, I think I’ll hang on to my first purse.