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.
And, I’ve found a way to gather that I really, really like. Hopefully I’ll show you that technique in my next post.
Update: This bag inspired a new pattern – the Chemisette Handbag- that can be found here.
43 thoughts on “Chemise & Corset Purse”
That is a beautiful bag!
From your first photo, I thought you actually HAD made a chemise and I loved that idea! The bag is just gorgeous.
Wow! That bag is decadent.
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!
Gorgeous bag and very cute idea.
So pretty and so funny, you really are quite the cut-up lately, hehe.
The details are just gorgeous!
What a lovely shaped bag! ANd it holds it shape so nicely…I love structured bags! Yum
What a beautiful bag – very modern looking, and very feminine – very sweet!
I love it, please post directions/tutorial/where to get the pattern!
Very cute, as usual. 🙂 I always love the fabrics.
Very nice, Linda!
Your bag is wonderful! I love the Ginger Blossom fabric, too. I recently ordered some of the Breeze Lei. It’s so pretty.
LOVE the colors and the gathers. Can’t wait to see your tutorial for the gathers!
The bag is just so stunning & feminine, aren’t you a clever girl!
What an incredible bag! I love everything about it!
So pretty! I just used some of that top ginger bliss in a purse for my grandma, isn’t it lovely?
The bag is gorgeous! What a great idea, very inspiring.
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!
So cute! I love the fabrics and the gathering.
CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!!!
That is a great design! I’d love to make that bag. But even better are those fabrics!
I love that design 🙂
Ooh. Very pretty, Linda. Love the gathers! A lot!
Wow, this is beautiful. I can only *dream* of being able to sew like that someday.
Oh I LOVE that!
Tres Sexy…oui!! ;o) Wonderful bag! Happy Day ((HUGS))
Absolutely perfect bag!
Oh, what a BREATHTAKING bag! I must order some of that fabric!
Love the Fabric and the gathers – very different – beautiful bag – good on you.
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!)
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 :).
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.”
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Cool! I will definitely have to try this technique. I hate gathering for the same reason…breaking threads. Beautiful even gathers and cute fabrics.
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.
Such a lovely bag!
oh I love it!!!!
Love, love, love this bag!
This is just gorgeous! And I am very picky about bags! Please sell the pattern or the bag! 🙂
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.)
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.
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