Galveston’s Mardi Gras celebration is the third largest in the country averaging more than 300,000 people each year. Lavish parades are held in the historic downtown and beachfront. What does this have to do with my bags? Since the boutique that sells the bags is right in the heart of all the merry-making and parading downtown, I try to add a little purple, green and gold to the bags I offer.
Three of the four bags completed this month have had just that color scheme. The most Mardi Gras of them all I call “French Quarter.”
This is a laminated Jenny style bag with velvety black straps, sparkling feather trim, and a black rose with tassels dangling.
Next is Beaded Bliss created in the original Anny Bag fashion. Of course it sports multiple pockets and a beautiful purple floral Kaffe Fassett lining. Don’t know if you can tell by the picture but the print on the laminate consists of a variety of strands of colorful beads. Mardi Gras–hello! I purchased a large lilac polka dot flower to which I added a big purple jewel in the middle and backed it with layers of lavender netting. It was fun doing the Anny Bag pattern again which had been on the back burner since warmer weather late last summer because I like to use it with laminates and softer cotton fabrics that drape well.
Purpleicious was aptly named by my granddaughter, Gracie, who was visiting as I finished this bag. (She told me her sister said she was “really good at naming” and she was!) This elegant little clutch (pattern by Abbey Lane) has a feathery purchased purple flower centered on the Tencel pleats. I believe this was the first bag that I lined with the same fabric as the exterior. This time it just seemed perfect–not plain since I spiffed it up with three Kaffe Fassett floral pockets. Another neat item, new to me, that was very appropriate for this interior was a purple magnetic snap. I was surprised and happy to find these snaps in many colors at Joanne Fabrics. You’ll notice that the interior also has a hand-sewn black floral embroidered trim which I found at Trims on Wheels at the Quilt Show this year. I’d like to give a shout out to these folks. They have every trim you could imagine, including jewels, buckles, etc. Three visits to their booth at the show served me well in the embellishing department! Great booth for my sister, as well, since she’ll be sewing some crazy quilts this year, right Nannette?
The latest addition to the inventory of bags at Tina’s is called Midnight Rose! It is fashioned from a fabulously chic textured floral on black. What fun it was to embellish this shoulder bag from a Cindy Taylor Oates pattern. Scarlet beading adorns the exterior pocket, a golden and black fringe trim outlines the entire body, and a hand-made zebra fabric button adds to the fun! The handle consists of two pieces tied together (hence adjustable) and they’re made of sumptuous black velvet on one side and a very soft, thick golden textured fabric on the other. I actually have a bag very similar to this and kept getting requests for it. I have used it for over a year now and it has certainly served me well–from New York, to Indiana, to L.A.– that bag has been through many airport security checks, wild open jeep rides, pedicabs, carriage rides, crowded subways, you name it, and that baby has held up so well. My favorite comment was from a Very Stylish gentleman rushing through the fashion district in SOHO who looked back and called, “Your Bag Rocks!” Ahhh, the supreme compliment!! I finally broke down and made one for Tina’s after I was paying for an item at their checkout counter and a customer really wanted my bag. I took her over to show her some of my other bags there and she said, “No, I want one black with flowers, just like yours.” And so it is. Midnight Rose.
Until next time, Happy Sewing!