I'm going to the chapel....
Actually, I'm not even going to a chapel. I'm going to a beautiful and picturesque pub in the English countryside and I'm going to watch my dear, sweet Sister in Law get married.
It's quite soon and I'm really looking forward to it but I'm also hoping and wishing that the weather will improve because the reception is in a marquee in the grounds and it will just be the most perfect day if the sun will shine. Won't you shine for us, Sun? Pretty please, just a little bit?
I already have a dress that I want to wear and I've found some darling shoes to go with it. I'm planning on borrowing a cute little fascinator type thing to perch upon my head and so all I really need to complete the ensemble is a cute little purse that will pull it all together.
I was lying in bed when I had this fabulous 'make a bag' revelation and although I knew how I wanted it to look and that I had the perfect fabrics for what I wanted to do, I wasn't sure exactly how to proceed with construction. I've not really sewn many, if any, bags before and as I lay there mulling over ideas I decided some extra help would be needed to get the job done.
It turns out that I had pinned this cute little clutch about a million years ago and it was exactly the sort of thing I had in mind. A nice shape, not too big, with a little bit of patchwork to include all my colour co-ordinating fabrics. The perfect inspiration. The only thing was, I had for some reason imagined a bag with a recessed zipper in my nocturnal pondering. I didn't know that was what it was called at the time mind you, but later research tells me this is so. As I had no idea how to go about 'recessing' a zipper, I turned to wiser heads than mine to show me the way. In this case it was Jane from 'Projects from Jane' who shed the light.
The whole thing came together in an afternoon, which I always find a most satisfactory thing and I think it turned out well. Like any first attempt, it's not perfect. I can see that improvements could be make should there ever be a next time, but I really am quite pleased with the thing. It looks how I wanted it to look, more or less. It happily can hold all that I may wish to stow there. (Which does not include 'looking after' the car keys for you, Dear Husband of Mine!)
But most importantly, I think it will work with the dress and it look part of the outfit.