The Purse

Whilst I was going through my craft stuff the other week, I came across a sew in purse frame that had been free with a magazine. I knew that I had some Oakshott lying around and thought it would make a lovely little purse to use with my dress. 

I looked around for some ideas and happened across this which had the kind of shape I was looking for, without having to create my own template. Score!!! As my purse frame was smaller at about 4″ I printed it out to 55% scale. 

I’ve always loved how Oakshott looks different depending on how the light hits it and thought I would add pleats for a bit of detail and interest to the purse. So I added 1.5″ to each half (on the centre fold) so that I could add three pleats to each half of the purse. I ironed the pleats into place and then sewed each exterior piece to sew in interfacing before making the purse up as per the instructions in the tutorial.

Small pleated purse by fabricandflowersuk

It only took a couple of hours to pull together (the pleats were a bit of a pita!), although I did cheat slightly by gluing it into the frame, rather than sewing (ever the rebel!). I’m really chuffed with how it came out and I think the pleats add an art-deco look to it. It’s not the biggest of purses but enough for the essentials!

And the inside…just big enough for essentials by fabricandflowersuk

Back soon with the knitted shawl!


Todays sky ● a real mix today, but lots of blue skies in the afternoon


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  1. November 22, 2013 / 3:00 am

    Looks even more fab close up than in your previous post. Crazy about the oakshots and pleats and great choice for the lining 😀

  2. November 22, 2013 / 10:57 am

    Looks fab and I like the pleat detailing. I'd often thought Oakshotts would make a great framed purse because they have the luxury look of a silk but are more robust feeling.

  3. November 22, 2013 / 11:50 am

    I love the shimmer of the Oakshott and that lining is perfect!!

  4. November 22, 2013 / 1:25 pm

    You are just the coolest person I know! I love that purse and think it's the perfect match for your elegant dress. Wish you would sew clothes for me. 🙂 Well done-Again!

  5. November 22, 2013 / 10:41 pm

    Very pretty.
    Did you get glue-oozage out of the sewing holes?

  6. November 22, 2013 / 11:14 pm

    Gorgeous! I love those pleats.

  7. November 28, 2013 / 11:49 pm

    Really love this purse! Oakshott makes it really special

  8. December 10, 2013 / 4:33 pm

    This is stunning.

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