We just returned late Sunday night from a fabulous long weekend in Santa Barbara, California to celebrate the wedding of my best friend from college. I was one of the bridesmaids at her wedding and wore a navy blue dress -- and can I say yay for maternity bridesmaid dresses!!
To accessorize at the reception, I decided I needed a colorful wrap and purse. I bought that 1/2 yard of Anna Maria Horner Drawing Room fabric to make myself a clutch. I found a lovely chartreuse scarf/wrap at World Market that perfectly coordinates with the greens in the purse fabric.
To make the purse, I simply googled "clutch pattern" and found an array of free options. I picked this one (warning: the link is to a PDF) by Kwik Sew via Sewing.org.
I picked a coordinating fabric from my stash for the lining, and already had interfacing and a magnetic snap -- good to go! I decided to skip the piping, since that wasn't part of my vision for the clutch I wanted. It probably made the project faster. Total, including ironing the fabric, it took me under 2 hours start to finish to make this clutch purse.
This was my first time sewing darts, and it was much more straightforward than I would ever have expected!
I also added some top-stitching around the flap and at the edge of the front of the clutch. I think it adds a nice touch, especially since I don't have the piping for effect. And that was it!
Ahem, where is the photo of you HOLDING the purse? I think everyone should see how beautiful you looked at the wedding. I noticed the chartreuse wrap in a few of the photos and this clutch is just perfect. It goes great with navy!
All right, all right, here are a couple of pics taken by my husband during the ceremony and reception so you can get an idea of the dress and the wrap. Unfortunately, I don't have a single picture of myself holding the purse! It spent the night on the table. Thanks for the compliments!