It really is cobalt blue! The sun was just really strong and bright!
A hot shaggy puppy to prove it. She was in the middle of a yawn. I need to call the groomer!
Anyway, back to the bag. My daughter hates matchy- matchy. For her, contrast is a good thing. She decided that she needed a cobalt bag for her new dress. We could not find one in the right colour. Then she wanted it to be covered in feathers. I think she saw something on net-a-porte but their prices are not in her student budget.
So while she registered for school I visited all my favourite stores on Queen Street in Toronto. I scored in Sussmans Bridal Supplies who have so much more than bridal supplies. They had cobalt blue feather trim. I bought three yards. Then I went to Leo's Textiles and found peau de soi in the exact same colour. You may remember Leo's from episodes of Project Runway Canada. It is a small store stuffed with fabric.
The size of the purse was dictated by two things, the size of her I-phone and the amount of feathers I had. I had planned to just cover the front. But no, she wanted the entire purse covered.
I settled on an eight inch square that became seven after seam allowances were taken. I cut three eight inch squares of satin and underlined each with thick flannelette. This is a trick I learnt making a ballet costume for my niece. The flannel gives the satin more body and richness.
I marked the centre of the square and sewed on the trim from the centre out thereby accounting for the nap. I did not attach the trim in the seam allowance.
I interfaced one square (not in the seam allowance) and installed half of a magnetic clasp. This piece was then folded in half and sewn to the last square. The other half of the clasp was installed on this piece.
I have to go and clean my sewing room. There are bits of blue feathers everywhere.