Ashley Purse

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A close friend of mine has been obsessed with the Marimekko Unikko fabric for at least as long as I’ve known her. I can understand why–this gorgeous, bold floral fabric looks modern even though it was designed in 1964. Unfortunately, their fabric and goods are well beyond the budget of a graduate student, leaving my friend to gaze longingly at the Marimekko website.

Not one to see a friend suffer, I pulled out the Envelope Clutch pattern from Noodlehead and got sewing! The exterior and card holder are in the classic Unikko cotton fabric in the pink and orange color way. The lining is a lightweight Italian cotton shirting with woven vertical stripes, which are almost visible in the picture below. I spent a lot of time matching the pattern on the fold, and I’m pleased with the result. In general, the instructions for the purse were great. My only difficulty was in attaching the lining to the outer shell while matching the flap to the front body. I discovered, when I got to this step, that I’d misunderstood how the flap, lining and body were attached. If you’re planning on making this pattern, I’d recommend carefully reading through the whole pattern before cutting your fabric if matching is important to you.

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