August 10, 2010

Alas, my dear readers...

Last winter I picked up an outdated, nice quality curtain panel on a thrift store visit, and stashed it in my project bin.

I had forgotten all about it until a few weeks ago when I was digging for inspiration in preparation for a local summer craft faire.

The thick brocade, and the deep wine and gold hues weren't exactly the light, breezy, summery fabric I had in mind!

"So, what's up with all the frenzy?", you ask.

The texture, the print, and the royal hues of the fabric quickly brought to mind the Michigan Renaissance Festival coming soon to a nearby town, and I was immediately designing the bag in my head before I even had it out of the bin!

{Background Check: I've attempted to drag every one of my friends to the festival each year, have always been a fan of that era, and have probably read about every queen in the history of England since I was a tween.  It probably didn't help either that I have, as of late, also become a die-hard-watch-it-every-night fan of The Tudors since I started subscribing to Netflix this summer}

Ever have a finished product, intended to be sold, that you say you're going to use for yourself should it not sell by X date?  This is that for me.  Luckily I have more fabric to create an exact duplicate should the need arise! 

Alas, my dear subjects... {tee hee}

loosely woven detail on the front
long, across-the-shoulder strap
{you'll need both hands for that turkey leg!}
braided comfort strip on the strap
natural cottony lining with a whimsical pocket

Thanks for joining my adventure!  What era inspires you?  Don't be shy, leave a comment!
Talk soon,
'chelle

PS:   Click here to purchase this bag {I promise I'll let you have it}.  And, since I have fabric left over feel free to let me know if you have something else in mind {for instance a matching accessory, or costume piece}.  Like I always say, "Custom orders are the bee's knees!".