Starting out with some projects from Tokyo

This is my first attempt to create a purse with hard handles. This fabric is a cotton from Okadaya Shinjuku which we found on a whim after the Nippori stores were all closed on January 2nd, 2019. Earlier that day, we spent a little over 4 hours waiting to see the Emperor and by the time we got to Nippori, all the stores had closed early. All we could do was eat some wonderful Ramen and head home 🙂 We made it back to Tomato Fabrics two days later and I bought a bright colorful cotton to make the lining (and some other fabrics that will be described in future posts). This purse was a gift for a dear friend. I experimented a little boldly with the shape and trying to create the box pleat. I wanted this to be fancier than a standard tote, but in hindsight, I’m not 100% sure if I got the proportions perfect. The gift receiver actually attached her own long gold chain strap to either side and now it looks great!

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