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Bag # 4of six done!

solosmocker | Posted in Photo Gallery on

Here is bag number four. It is made of ribbon embroidered silk suiting and faux tooled leather. The fabric really does all the talking w/ this bag. Hope you like. Two more to go by Monday!



  1. user-217847 | | #1

    Hi solo,

    I am in love with all your bags, this one is truely beautiful, congratulations. My congratulations also on the safe arrival of the twins.

    Warmest regards,



  2. Josefly | | #2

    Each one is perfection! I wish I lived near you so I could watch you assemble these bags.

  3. rodezzy | | #3

    Wow, spectacular bag.  Love it, love it, love it.  Am I on your list?  I would love this one. (giggle).

  4. MargieT | | #4

    What a beautiful bag! Your workmanship is superb. Congratulations!

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    blondie2sew | | #5

    What can I say that hasn't already been said!! I want you to sew with me!! how fun to dream about that!! I love getting inspired and learn from others while sewing together with a few laughs here and there!!Amazing girl!! You go...I know you will make your goal by Monday! I am cheering you on

  6. scrubble4 | | #6

    Solosmoker:  I love your choice of fabric combinations and embellishments.  Your work is exquisite.  Thanks for posting it is an inspiration to all of us in all our sewing to make each project the best we can do.  Thanks for posting. 

  7. WandaJ | | #7

    This bag is sharp! I noticed in one of the responses that the writer was thanking you for all of your tips. Where is that discussion to be found. Too, I want to know where you found the tooled faux leather that was used. You make me want to try a bag similar to this. I'll have to look up my mailers to see who it is that has purse findings on sale :->.  Wanda

    1. solosmocker | | #8

      I think the info you are looking for is in this thread toward the end: http://forums.taunton.com/tp-gatherings/messages/?start=Start+Reading+%3E%3E Or in the December challenge thread. I got the faux tooled leather at [blush] Walmart. I go to Walmart once maybe twice a year. I never see any fabric or much else that I would give you two cents for. But this day this tooled leather look was folded up in the pile and I nearly hyperventilated. It jumped into my cart and forced me to take it home. I have been back since but it is gone. I still have a good chunk but should have bought the whole bolt. It is really nice and you would swear it was real. solo

      1. WandaJ | | #9

        Unfortunately, I had to laugh at your description of Wal Marts sewing material. I happen not to be a big WalMart Fan. I'm a shopper, but I don't like the bigness of stores like that, and malls. Perhaps it's the intimacy and personalized attention that I like when shopping, as well as not being followed like I'm the thief of the year, which is what I get at the former type stores.

        I too wish you would have bought the whole bolt. Perhaps, you will find it again.

        Now, I will go read the postings that you referred me too.


  8. summer | | #10

    Hello there,

    Your purse is wonderful. Would you share what/who/where I would be able to purchase the pattern. Or is this a solosmocker original.


  9. stitcher | | #11

    I love your bags!
    I joined the discussion late so I don't know if you posted a reference to a pattern. Please let me know if you used one and which one it is. Thank you.

    1. solosmocker | | #12

      Summer and Stitcher, the bag is McCall pattern 4400. I've done a few things that aren't in the pattern. The bag calls for a tie closure in between the handles. I thought that looked rather homeade and did a magnetic clasp instead which I installed on the lining pieces before attaching the lining to the bag. I also added to the bag the pencil pocket and the key leash. I did heavy fusible interfacing on the bags and sometimes fusible fleece as well. I also fuse my lining fabric with Armo Weft, which I REALLY like. Hope this helps you both. You can do this. It is simply straight lines. It can get bulky but you can handle it I am sure. solo

      1. stitcher | | #13

        Thank you--I appreciate the "extras". I will surely get the pattern and make it after the holidays.

      2. WandaJ | | #14

        Good Morning Solo, I too appreciate the 'x-tra' tips that you provided, which make your bag look outstanding.

  10. GailAnn | | #15

    Dear Sister Solo:

    Awesome lining!  Wonderful pockets!

    Congratulations on the twins!

    On another post you had a bag with handles that curled up on the ends.  I loved them!  Do you have a supplier of notions that you particularly recommend?


    1. solosmocker | | #16

      Believe it or not, I get all the hardware at Joanns. They have loads of handles and hardware in their notion area. All the bag stuff is together. It is often on sale, too, or you can use the coupon. I have looked into ordering on line but haven't found it necessary just yet. I would like to get some feet. Joanns doesn't have those. They are pretty pricey too, and then you add in shipping and its just too much. I still think there has got to be a way out there of using an upholstery tack or such. solo

      1. GailAnn | | #17

        JoAnn's, I am surprised.  Need to get over there next week, will take a peek.  Thanks, Gail 

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