Chemise & Corset Purse

Last week I found myself opening up my order of Ginger Blossom and just loving it at first site.  Then looking for inspiration, I stumbled on some vintage clothing inspiration:  a gathered chemise worn under a corset.  Please understand, I’m not going for anything sexy here  (I hesitated to even use that word on my family-friendly blog.  I can see it now:  Junior reading over Mommy’s shoulder, “Mommy, what does ‘sexy’ mean?”  Ahem.)  I really liked the feminine gathers and the curve of the top. 

c&c closeup

And, I’ve found a way to gather that I really, really like.  Hopefully I’ll show you that technique in my next post.

c&c bag

Update:  This bag inspired a new pattern – the Chemisette Handbag- that can be found here.

43 Responses to “Chemise & Corset Purse”

  1. 1 Vicki W April 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    That is a beautiful bag!

  2. 2 Pauline April 7, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    From your first photo, I thought you actually HAD made a chemise and I loved that idea! The bag is just gorgeous.

  3. 3 jody April 7, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Wow! That bag is decadent.

  4. 4 Joanna April 7, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Wow this bag is gorgeous – did you make it up yourself? This needs to be published! It’s such a unique twist on all the bags out there right now. Wonderful idea! I can even imagine bosoms in that top photo lol!! So now Junior can ask you about sexy and bosoms. Sorry!

  5. 5 Lori April 7, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Gorgeous bag and very cute idea.

  6. 6 Susan April 7, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    So pretty and so funny, you really are quite the cut-up lately, hehe.

  7. 7 Mary April 7, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    The details are just gorgeous!

  8. 8 Candy April 7, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    What a lovely shaped bag! ANd it holds it shape so nicely…I love structured bags! Yum

  9. 9 Sandra :) April 7, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    What a beautiful bag – very modern looking, and very feminine – very sweet!

  10. 10 Jenn April 7, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    I love it, please post directions/tutorial/where to get the pattern!

  11. 11 cindy April 7, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    Very cute, as usual. 🙂 I always love the fabrics.

  12. 13 Beth April 7, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Your bag is wonderful! I love the Ginger Blossom fabric, too. I recently ordered some of the Breeze Lei. It’s so pretty.

  13. 14 rohanknitter April 7, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    it’s beautiful!!

  14. 15 Carla April 7, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    LOVE the colors and the gathers. Can’t wait to see your tutorial for the gathers!

  15. 16 Janellybelly April 8, 2008 at 5:25 am

    Hi Linda
    The bag is just so stunning & feminine, aren’t you a clever girl!
    Janelle xx

  16. 17 Karyn April 8, 2008 at 7:35 am

    What an incredible bag! I love everything about it!

  17. 18 Sarah April 8, 2008 at 8:06 am

    So pretty! I just used some of that top ginger bliss in a purse for my grandma, isn’t it lovely?

  18. 19 Heather April 8, 2008 at 8:16 am

    The bag is gorgeous! What a great idea, very inspiring.

  19. 20 Becky April 8, 2008 at 8:23 am

    I love this! And I will gladly take whatever tutorials you’re willing to give– being someone who enjoys making Ren Faire costumes and such, I love lace-up looks!

  20. 21 katie April 8, 2008 at 9:38 am

    So cute! I love the fabrics and the gathering.

  21. 22 Beth G. April 8, 2008 at 9:48 am


  22. 23 Elizabeth April 8, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    That is a great design! I’d love to make that bag. But even better are those fabrics!

  23. 24 Marla April 8, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    I love that design 🙂

  24. 25 lera April 8, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Ooh. Very pretty, Linda. Love the gathers! A lot!

  25. 26 Pink Paper Peppermints April 9, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Wow, this is beautiful. I can only *dream* of being able to sew like that someday.


  26. 27 Michele April 9, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Oh I LOVE that!

  27. 28 Tracy April 10, 2008 at 4:18 am

    Tres Sexy…oui!! ;o) Wonderful bag! Happy Day ((HUGS))

  28. 29 Mellissa April 11, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Absolutely perfect bag!

  29. 30 Macy April 11, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Oh, what a BREATHTAKING bag! I must order some of that fabric!

  30. 31 Tania April 12, 2008 at 7:01 am

    Love the Fabric and the gathers – very different – beautiful bag – good on you.

  31. 32 Elke April 12, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    What pattern did you use? Or did you draw it by yourself? I´d like to sew that kind of bag too. I love it!!!
    (Sorry for my english… I´m from germany!)

    Greetz Elke

  32. 33 Linda April 13, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Hi 🙂
    Excuse me for bothering. I read your helpful tutorial about the magnetic snap button, and left a question there.. I hadn’t noticed it was rather old! I’ll paste it here.
    Sorry for bothering you :).

    “Hello 🙂
    Thank you for the helpful tutorial. I am an absolute beginner in sewing, and I am deeply grateful for these tips…
    I had, however, a question on the snap buttons topic. I usually sew the lining of the bag separated from the outer fabric and interfacing, which are together, and then attach it just at the top line.
    If I place the snap closure on the lining, won’t it have a weird effect, like the lining bending inwards and the outer layers remaining wide open as before?

    I hope I made what I mean clear enough. I apologize for my rather inadequate english… 🙂

    Thank you so very much for your help.”


  33. 34 Tracey April 14, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Cool! I will definitely have to try this technique. I hate gathering for the same reason…breaking threads. Beautiful even gathers and cute fabrics.

  34. 35 colour du jour April 14, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    adorable purse! I love it. hey, I am a seamstress (and a newbie at quilting). anytime you have a sewing problem or question…leave a note on my blog. I like helping people and sharing my knowledge.


  35. 37 thedomesticdiva April 19, 2008 at 8:29 am

    oh I love it!!!!

    With friendship,

  36. 38 Melissa April 24, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Love, love, love this bag!

  37. 39 Natalie May 4, 2008 at 3:55 am

    This is just gorgeous! And I am very picky about bags! Please sell the pattern or the bag! 🙂

  38. 40 SupercoolMom May 17, 2008 at 12:31 am

    I can’t just lurk. Gotta tell you how cute your things are. Thanks for sharing your tips and your talents! I’m inspired!

    On the laminated cotton, you can also try putting a layer of tissue paper over it for sewing without catching on your normal foot. (I discovered the trick when I was trying unsuccessfully to sew on vinyl.)

  39. 41 Deb May 26, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    I used to gather this way when I would make my dd tee shirt dresses. You are right! It is a very easy and quick way to gather, and I love it too. Thanks for bringing it back to my memory–LOL.
    I am wondering if you are going to make a pattern for this bag? I love it! Please let me know as I would purchase it in a heartbeat.

  1. 1 Gathering « Craft Apple Trackback on April 14, 2008 at 12:39 am
  2. 2 The Chemisette Handbag « Craft Apple Trackback on September 4, 2008 at 5:08 pm

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