A couple of days ago I had the idea to take apart my purse and use it to make a new purse. I really thought it would be a good idea if for nothing else but to recycle some of the parts and to make a pattern. I liked the purse for the most part, just not all the pockets. Well, it worked. I learned a few things just from taking the old purse apart and decided that the size and shape were the things I liked most about it. So, I started there, took measurements and made a presentable pattern. Then I started looking for a fabric of the same weight and hand as the fabric on the original.
I found a beautiful fall-colored home dec fabric, added some canvas for stability, and picked out a pretty linen for the lining. Because the home dec fabric was just the size I needed for the outside, I decided to use a beautiful silk dupioni as a trim. I'm hoping to finish it tomorrow and snap a few photos while the gumbo simmers on the stove. If all goes well, I'll be able to use it on Saturday when we go to the wedding in Beaumont.