With two upcoming weddings to attend, I finally found time for a little bit of sewing for me! Last weekend I completed Anna's latest pattern release - the Envelope Clutch. I've been dying to have a crack at this clutch, and of course, I was not disappointed. This is another fantastic pattern from Anna, and I really enjoyed the process of putting it together.
I chose to use a black and white geometric print for the exterior and some grey for interior. I'm hoping this will mean I'll get a fair bit of wear out of it.
Due to my fabric choice, I chose to omit the topstitching on the clutch flap, as I preferred the smooth finish instead of the contrast of thread against black and white exterior. I also selected the option of inserting an interior pocket and card holder and adding some piping to the front flap. This was my first go at piping but because I was so desperate to get sewing and complete the clutch, I tried to get away with using my zipper foot instead of a piping foot which I didn't have - not a great idea. It turned out OK in the end but was annoying and fiddly to complete neatly. Note to self: follow Anna's instructions and purchase a piping foot for next time.
I've made myself a promise to use as many stash fabrics as I can this year, so instead of purchasing canvas as is called for in the pattern, I thought I'd have a go at using some unused thrifted denim that I had been hoarding for ages. It worked great, and I gives the clutch a nice heavy feel in the hand. I also added in some fusible wadding to the exterior pieces as I was worried the bag would not be stiff enough using the denim instead of canvas. The result was great, and I love that my clutch is a teeny bit soft and plump in the hand.
Now that I've got my accessories sorted it's off to the closet to work out the rest of the outfit! Ideas and suggestions welcome. I'm thinking colour block green top and black pencil skirt + opaques with heels?
All in all this is definitely a pattern worth the purchase - well written, clear instructions that are easy to follow. You can find it here along with all of Anna's other great bag patterns.