More steps in the handbag project.

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I would like to start this post today by apologizing for not making a post yesterday as I said that I would.  I must admit that I have some painful medical problems and my activities are restricted at times.  That said, in this picture I am showing how seams must be set with an iron.  Doing this will give a much crisper item.  It does not matter if it is a garment or an accessory.  In this photo you can see that the two pieces were sewn with right sides together.

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As you can see in this photo the pattern for the handbag does not quite fit the handbag frame.  That means that I must get out my marking chalk and do some trimming.006

I hope that you can see in this photo that the hinge part does not meet the spot in which stitching stopped.  Let’s see how well I can fit the pieces to the frame.

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I think that it went well.  I had to mark, cut, re-mark and re-cut a few times but it looks as though it will fit.

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This is the difference between the pattern and what will fit the frame.  The lining fabric is behind the outer fabric.  Excuse me while I do a bit more trimming.

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This is the lining fabric after the trimming and after I have sewn the ‘gussets’ into the corners.  I have used the lining fabric because it is easier to see just what has been done and not be distracted by the pattern.  I will be doing the same to the fabric that is going to be on the outside of the handbag.  What do you think.  I am liking how this is starting to look.  As I have stated before I have never made a handbag using a purse frame.  I still have that to do.  In my next post I will be showing the steps that I must take to finish the handbag.  I hope that you will come back and see how I do.  I am looking forward to seeing how this will turn out.

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