A Handbag for Tara

My sweet and faithful college-friend of 13 years, Tara, is celebrating a birthday today. We are privileged to be back in the same city together, and to walk through new seasons of life in close proximity once again. I sewed a handbag for her in an array of her favorite colors. Pairing multi-patterned fabrics is tricky, and requires a discerning eye--one I'm training, but not quite adept at. This lady's got it down. This is the first bag I've sewn with wooden handles, and I like the way it turned out. I have yet to sew myself a bag, but when I get the chance, I may have to go with these handles. I also included a small makeup clutch inside for accessories and personal items. I conjured up my own design for the handbag, but the clutch was made from a pattern found in Bend-the-Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew

It humors and flatters me that my friends enjoy receiving my humbly made handmade gifts...

Happy Birthday, Tara!