If you live around here, and you have an eye for fantastic fabric, then surely you have shopped at Maisonnette. Trust me, if there was a cubby large enough for me and a mini fridge for my bon bons I would live in there if I could. For Christmas I told my mom that if she really loved me (I kid) she could gift me with a lesson with Madeline at Maisonnette. Two hours of private lessons for $25 (!) To my pleasant surprise she took my suggestion to heart (my dear mother does love me!) and gave me $40 for a lesson and supplies. I decided a while back that I wanted to make a purse, but because I have never sewn anything more than straight lines for quilts I thought I would really like someone to help me through it - someone who knows what they are doing.
So now I have my lesson paid for, and my fabric picked out:
When Tula Pink's Parisville line came out last year I saw these fans and fell in love. I am going with the colorway on the right, with the blues and greens.
I still have to pick my purse pattern, which is what has been delaying me from getting this going. I like my purses to be a good size, so I can carry my sketchbook, my water bottle, a snack, my fingerless gloves, and about eighteen other things around with me. I don't care if it's heavy - I want it to fit!
If any of you have a great pattern (preferably that you have used yourself) I'd love to hear about it. I am feeling inclined to go with Amy Butler's Birdie Sling but for some reason it's not exactly what I had in mind. Maybe if the straps tied at the shoulder in a bow to give it more character? I want pleats, I like bows, and I'd like something that no one else has. I have about 15 patterns bookmarked in my delicious, but I still can't decide!
Maybe I will give myself until the end of the week :)