One of the coolest things about this elegant handmade handbag is that almost every part of it was vintage.It was only a logical to make vintage-looking bag with a modern flair.
I made this bag over a year ago for my sister in law. I got the fabric and buttons from a lot of vintage fabric and notions (from a estate, I suppose). I am not a big fan of polka dots, especially not black and white ones. The stripe fabric has little dots with a golden sheen too, so I thought they complemented each other pretty well, enough to make me love polka dots, at least this time.
The vintage diamond-shaped oval button is the perfect choice for this bag.
Because Benne is mom to two girls I thought I’d make a bag that could be used at different hours. The square bag has some snap buttons that, when open, change the shape of the bag from the more informal one in the second picture, to the slightly more formal one in the first. The straps can also be stowed away to turn the bag into a clutch.
As with almost all my bags, I lined this one with fusible fleece as interfacing. It was also sprayed with Scotchgard to make it stain-resistant.
I also made a small wallet for nights out essentials (some credit cards, documents and notes). I embroidered Benne’s initial on the front.