A Stash Couture summer handbag – with embellishment for fun!
The Stash provided the fabric, the embellishments and even the snaps!
The pattern was a modified Indygo Junction Streetcar Bag. The flap just called out for embellishment – and the bag was the perfect size for carrying all the items required for summer travel!
The modifications included enlarging the opening with a gusset, adding multiple internal pockets, and revising the straps.
The purse body and pocket are apricot and dark coral dupioni.
The base of the flap is a yellow linen overlain with a yellow metallic sheer.
The Stash contains several Mother-of-Pearl buckles (I cannot remember from where). I placed a small one on the outer pocket and a larger one on one of the straps.
The embellishments add that Stash Couture touch – and are just soooo much fun to create!!! The Goddess cabochon is polymer clay. The larger flowers, leaves, and roses were constructed as detailed in the tutorials. Silk ribbon details provided color and fill.
With the modifications, the interior of the purse is easily accessible and HUGE! I will be able to carry everything I need for summer travel – including my Kindle and a knitting project!
The pen/cell phone/notebook interior pocket adds a bit of whimsy. The Opal Owl fabric was “rescued” from the original Kindle Cover.
As with most purses, the construction of this purse followed the same basic steps as the Make-Up Bag.
Light-colored straps raised concerns of appearing “dirty” after use. So, they were made removable and washable (and easily replaceable, if need be) by using D-rings and swivel clips.
Feet were added in a effort to reduce wear on the dupioni, but I think a wiser plan would have been to use a less delicate fabric for the base.