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My Semi Wasp Bag

Posted by 2ton Inspired on January 2, 2008

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On a shopping spree I bought a dress jacket that in theory looked amazing. On me, well it made me look pregnant. I bought it anyway because I loved the fabric. After one wearing I thought it might look better (and be worn more often!) if it were a cropped jacket. It went in the closet for consideration since I’m not too experienced with tailoring. When I was out to dinner with a few friends one who had seen me in the jacket asked if I was expecting. (Eeek!) That same weekend it was converted, experience or not. And for the record I was wrong, it hasn’t been worn more often, but I blame that on the cold weather.

I wondered what I would do with the remaining fabric. I thought maybe a skirt but I knew it wouldn’t be worn often enough so it went in the storage bin until I saw the Wasp Bag from Machen/Machen. It hit me that this was the pattern it was waiting for.

As the second bag I’ve made it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I wasn’t sure if the fabric would be sturdy enough but I think it turned out quite nice. I really wanted to make the teardrop handles but I didn’t have enough fabric to make two so I ended up using an old belt that was too thin for the teardrop. I also cheated a little on the inside pocket and used part of one from the jacket. It was nicely curved and had a trim on it already. Whohoo for shortcuts.

I threw in a decorative button on one side of the bag to give it a little character. (There’s a closeup of it on Flickr.) I found the button at a fabric store closing a few months ago. At the time I wasn’t sure what I would use it for but I was really drawn to it. It was on sale so it went into the cart.

The main thing I would change if I make this again is the pleats in the lining. I would probably cut the lining to fit the outside and leave off the pleats. It was a bit tedious to redo the lining pleats to fit in the outside. I had enough problems redoing the outside pleats to fit the top portions! I also might add a zipper to the pocket to secure the items in the pocket.


One Response to “My Semi Wasp Bag”

  1. A said

    Looks great – I love the fabric and well done for recycling. The original I made only had the teardrop shape on the handle because I recycled a belt that wasn’t long enough for the handles otherwise!

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