What you’ve all been waiting for – a finished La Rue Messenger!
And for the purse view:
This was my first ‘successful’ attempt at using pleather. It is not a particularly forgiving fabric to work with – early on in my sewing adventures, I had attempted to sew some very pretty blue pleather for a jacket and it turned out miserably. This time, I was more prepared – I used a small gauge needle, a teflon foot, and lots of patience. The only part that I believe turned out ‘meh’ was my strap. Since I couldn’t really press my pleather (not that it stayed anyway when ironed), my center seam is very wonky. In an attempt to keep your eyes away from that line, I sewed two rows of contrasting stitching on each side of the strap.
The bag itself sewed up wonderfully. I found the most difficult part to be the strap (because of my fabric choice) and adding the binding to the handles. The handles aren’t hard, just take your time sewing the curves and trim the seam allowances before attaching it to your lining. I should also note that I used 1/2″ seam allowance for the handles – this just gave me a bit more binding material to work with. Originally, I had decided I wasn’t going to add a tassel, but after seeing the completed bag, I thought that it needed one. I had a bit of trouble figuring out how in the world I was going to sew through all that thickness, etc, so I used some ‘fabric’ type glue and held it down with clothes pins. I’m not sure how well this will hold in the long run given my fabric choice, but it looks great now! I also ‘winged’ the directions to this one….I think because I was in a rush to finish I had no idea what I was reading.
Would I make this again? You bet – but my fabric choice would definitely be different. I would choose a fabric that didn’t need underlining since this just created another layer to try to wrestle with and not pleather (even though I love the way it looks) and I would shop Hobby Lobby for the notions, not only were they less expensive, they had more variety in the sizes I needed.
So how is everyone else’s bag coming along?