The recipient of the gold colored purse I made this spring really liked it and wanted another in a dark color for fall/winter. I used a wool blend charcoal gray pinstripe that looks like a man's suit fabric. I stabilized it with iron on interfacing to control the stretch on the weft.
It closes with a magnetic snap and has long straps that are attached all down the sides and sealed in the bottom seam. The base is 6.5 x 10 and the sides are 11 inches high.
I found a beautiful toile fabric for the lining, too. Every part of it is lined - purse, flap, and straps.
I don't build in any pockets as she has a drop-in purse organizer that has all the pockets she requires.
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