Thursday, June 11, 2015

Large Purse Skirt Pattern- FREE for Suite Skirt Purse

FINALLY, my promise is fulfilled.  The original purse skirt pattern is a big hit here, & several have asked for the larger pattern. 

This does fit the Suite Purse. It is my own design, because I wanted to find an easier way to make this purse cover.  I didn't like the idea of inserting the end pieces, so I've created a faux insert which I think you will find easier.

I've spent about 40 hours drafting, refining & sewing prototypes of this pattern with the objective to create a nice finish while providing easy steps.  At first I applied the facing and then sewed the darts.  I found it a bit easier to do darts first, and it did create a nicer finish on the ends of the skirt as you will see at the end of this post. 

Have fun making your personal covers.  EnJOY! ***********

Let's get started!
First cut the 6 pieces you will need.

    Notes about the pattern: Notice the top line, the side line & dart lines  do not go all the way to the edge of the sheet of paper.The 3/4 and 5/8 inch notes, are to remind to extend the lines to the edge of the paper.    

     The pattern gives measurements to length and widen pattern to make it full size. This means to extend the purse pattern 11½ in height and to 8 5/8 inches wide.Then you lay the single pattern piece on the fold. 
Also you will need to cut the facing & interfacing strips.
Be sure to mark dart points and clip center and dart bottoms.
 Use your favorite method to mark darts.
I press along center dart line, then I mark with mechanical pencil. 
 Sew darts and iron interfacing onto facings.

  There is a 1/4 inch seam allowance,
unless otherwise noted.
Match unfolded centers of facing and purse cover.
Then turn over.

 You will stitch from this side, as the top of the curve will be your guide.
Facing seams are 1/4 inch seams.

  Notice how the stitching line only goes straight across in this step,
not around the curve.
Turn seam up & press on both sides.

 Press facing down.
However, after you've pressed down on the wrong side,
flip back over so facing right side is to right side of cover as you see below.

Wrap seam over & pin.
Next, stitch the curves with 1/4 inch seam.
Be careful how you pin the curves for stitching.
Flip facing up.
There are 3 crucial points that must match.
 1. The first crucial point that you must make sure matches is the facing seam on each side.  Sew from top to bottom on each side to make sure the facing seams stay matched. Sew both side seams before sewing across the bottom. Side seams are 1/2 inch seams

2.  The second crucial point is the dart seams. This helps to look like you have sewn an insert in the end.  The seams are not turned opposite to "stack." 

 All darts are turned outward.
Stitch 1/2 inch seam across bottom.
Next, each corner will be boxed.
Lay flat with dart seams creating a line straight across.
 3. The third & last crucial point to match is the intersection of the dart seams you carefully matched earlier to the center of the seam on the reverse side.

 Stitch across just above dart stitching line.

Results of matching seams and sewing above the dart stitch lines.
Finally, turn facing right side out & down. Press.
First top stitch facing across top edge about 1/4 inch, 
then top stitch bottom edge along inside about 1/8 inch.

Mark hook placements.  
I tried to post a guide, but the dimensions kept getting distorted. 

 Apply hooks, pins or thread loops. 
Here's my tutorial for thread loops.

Original Purse Skirt Tutorial & Free Pattern 

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  1. Very good tutorial on making a Purse Skirt. Your time and energy sure did pay off with a beautiful purse.
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  2. I have to admit I didn't know what a skirt purse was till I read your tutorial, Joy. What a fabulous idea. Love the bright, bold fabric you've used. I've featured your fab project this week.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday, and great to "meet" you, love having new contributors!

  4. very pretty purse - love the fabric! So glad you were able to figure out an easy way around the inserts and shared with us!

  5. OMG thank you SOOOO much!! With this bag discontinued now I can make skirts for years to come for it. Thank you soo much once again.

  6. Hii thanks SO much for this free pattern, it is the only one I have been able to find. It looks to be a good one.
    I just wanted to ask exactly what you mean by "Notice you will need to length and widen pattern". Does that mean the pattern will not be big enough when I first print it out?
    Please clarify for me.

    Thanks again for your time and all your hardwork :)

    1. The "Notice" is pointing out the directions given on the pattern to add 3/4 inch to the left and 1/2 inch to the bottom. I couldn't fit the entire pattern on the paper. Thank-you for your question. This makes me realize I need to revise to make the direction more clear.


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