|Proof that main pieces of my tie purse pattern can "work"...|
So here you have it in the picture above... the only sewing I did here was to attach the gusset to the two front and back panels. Then I pinned a couple of 1/2" pleats on both sides, folded down the top seam by that same amount, and added a faux flap. The result is a good approximation of what the final product will look like.
The second step was to take some muslin pieces — in the same shapes that would come off my actual tie — and sew them together.
Before I show you that, though, let's take a step back. I had suggested that these blog posts would ultimately become a quasi tutorial, so let me share a few photos of what I did to get to this point.
I decided that — to make the most efficient use of the tie material — I needed to make actual paper pattern pieces. I could then place and move them around on top of the tie to be certain that everything would "fit". So I slipped some scrap paper underneath my fabric and traced around the main and "missing" areas. (I placed a ruler on top to remind you to account for the seam allowances needed to sew the pieces together.)
|Creating a paper pattern piece for the missing "edges"...|
You can see here how I placed these pattern pieces onto the tie. In my case, I managed just to "make do" by moving the gusset piece up and placing the other large edge piece at the bottom, tapered end of the tie. (By the way, if you're wondering about my scrap paper, this is what I do with shareholder AGM notices of poorly performing stocks...)
|Lay out your pattern pieces to ensure they can fit onto your tie!|
|Muslin pieces required to make the first (top most) body panel...|
|Here you see the two side pieces pinned to the second body panel...|
|Sewn together, trimmed and pressed...|
|Prototype number two...|
In my next update on this project, I'll cover off how to finish the purse in terms of the lining, pockets, closures, etc.
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