This is my first attempt making a purse using a purse frame. It looks like an old lady bag, doesn’t it? Yeah, it really does. I’ve learned a lot so far, but one huge lesson is this: if you want to learn something new from a Japanese craft book, it would be really helpful if you a) read Japanese, or b) knew someone who could help translate the Japanese instructions. I have neither. I started out trying to make this bag but after a frustrating hour or so, gave up and made one using a different pattern. Well, turns out this pattern was for a purse frame that is 3 cm larger than the one I had. I’m going to give this another try, but I need some time to process what I could do better. And, just so you know, I’m exercising considerable restraint to point out all the things that are wrong with this bag.
For this bag, I was able to fake my way through it without actually being able to read the directions, however, I’m still exercising the same restraint as on the one above. It was a good lesson in using trim on the front and handles. I like how that looks.