Tie-ing the knot.

A good friend of mine, Louise, recently got married to her lovely, now husband, Phil at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire.

In the run up to the wedding, amongst all the other plans and preparations Louise asked if I would make the wedding party men’s ties (including a little one for her 4-year old nephew) and pocket squares, and a little bridesmaid bag for her niece…all in a rich aubergine colour to tie in with her colour scheme.

After sourcing the fabric, doing a tie trial-run (with the craziest floral print 60-style fabric – one for Pete’s birthday!), I got started with the eight men’s ties and pockets squares.

(Above photos by Howard Barnett Photography. Flowers by Horti-Couture.)

With the small bit of fabric I had left over, I made Louise a little clutch bag too.

Oh, and a garter…

(Above photo by Howard Barnett Photography.)

Congratulations Louise and Phil…

(Above photo by Howard Barnett Photography.)

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Joanna’s Bag

I was asked by my customer, Joanna, if I would make her a bag for a wedding she was attending at the end of February.

Joanna had been looking for a ‘quirky clutch bag’, but had been unable to find anything she liked so asked if I would make her one after seeing the little purses I’d posted on my blog a little while back.

Joanna had already found some fabric that she liked on M is for Make so sent me the link to a very cute white fabric with a grey bike-print (called ‘Bikes in Grey’ by Erin McMorris), and said she’d like something bright for the lining; I found a nice green/yellow fabric, called ‘Hopscotch in lime’ in the same range.

The only other requirements for the bag was that it needed to be big enough to fit a phone and a few other little bits and bobs including some snacks for her two little girls.

After ordering and receiving the fabric and purse frame I set to work on drawing up the pattern; normally a relatively simple, quick job as I’ve done this a number of times before…which would have been the case had I not decided to challenge myself, and once I set my mind on something and start it, I have to see it through…

I’d bought a clutch bag for myself last year from Accessorize, which is lovely and a perfect size for those essential items to take to weddings (this bag I actually got for my own wedding!), and it has some really cute pleats on the front. Anywho, the style of this is how I wanted Joanna’s bag to be…

My Accessorize bag.

Hours later (a whole day to be precise!), several pieces of discarded greaseproof paper-patters, and five bag attempts (using scrap fabric) later (!!), the sixth pattern was the one and it was time to cut into the actual fabric.

The numerous scrap bag attempts...

The final result was worth all the effort! I love how this bag turned out and glad I didn’t let the pattern beat me.