Sunday, January 2, 2011

A curvy clutch.

I feel slightly alarmed by the amount of pink that my blog has been including lately. I'm not even fond of pink.

Yesterday, I made this adorable clutch (that I am keeping for myself! :). It's made from the Keyka Lou "Curvy Clutch/Wristlet" pattern found here. I never, ever spend that much money on a pattern. I think the most I had ever paid for one before now was $2. But I bought the pattern last week in a spur-of-the-moment decision that resulted from my frustration with my own clutch patterns. I have a design for an angular one that I like, but I could never get a curved one down perfectly.

I'm super happy with how it turned out, but I will be changing a few things next time. Some parts of it were very fiddly and time-consuming. But after a little bit of altering of some of the steps, I'm hoping that some of these clutches will be popping up in my Etsy shop soon! :)

I love, love this fabric! It's home decor fabric (most likely for a baby nursery) that I got on clearance. I'm hoping to get some more if they reduce it more. It's called "Going to the Zoo," and it has so many adorable little scenes that I wanted to fit onto the clutch. But since I don't have a lot of this fabric, I couldn't waste it by arranging things just how I wanted them. The only bad thing about it is that it gets wrinkly really easily.

I did end up with the birdcage on the front flap, a giraffe on the front side, and the balloon peddler on the back. :)

I also love that it has a removable wristlet option. I love clutches, because of their lovely vintageness, but they're not very convenient for shopping. But with a wrist strap they are! :)

I couldn't decide what lining fabric to use, until I remembered this really soft seersucker-type fabric. It's red and white stripes.

It closes with two magnetic snaps, and there's a small pocket inside.

Last night, I watched "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" again. It's such an incredible movie, but I always feel miserable for most of the time I'm watching it. :) I just love Jimmy Stewart and his character, Jefferson Smith, and I hate it that he is made fun of and humiliated for the majority of the movie! I know that it's just a movie, but you just feel so sorry for his character. Having someone think you naive and laughing at you for it is a terrible feeling, isn't it? Nevertheless, I am always completely satisfied at the end. And Jean Arthur makes things much more bearable!

And today I watched "State Fair." This was actually working towards my new year's goals, by the way. :) This is one of those old movies someone gave me on VHS, but I had never watched it before. It was a good movie, a corny and sweet musical. I loved these two:

The songs weren't anything special...they didn't really stick with me. I did like "It Might as Well Be Spring," though. I'm not sure how I feel about Rodgers and Hammerstein. I know they're supposed to be associated with the best musicals ever. Honestly, I've only seen four of their musicals: this one, which I liked, "The Sound of Music," which I love, "The King and I," which I liked, and "Oklahoma!", which I strongly disliked when I saw it last. None of them really blow me away except "The Sound of Music." I've got "Carousel" on VHS, so I need to watch that one. Then there's "South Pacific," which I don't have and have never seen. Are those all of their musicals? Surely, for them to be so famous and acclaimed, they must have more than six...

Until next time,


  1. Oooo my goodness that clutch is adorable. I love the fabric!!!

  2. I've seen that clutch pattern before. It sure is cute. And you chose adorable fabric! :)

  3. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHMMMMMMMMMIIIIIIIIGGGGOOOOOOOOOODNESSSS!!! :D I love that clutch! Any chance I could convince you to make ME one??? *wink*

  4. CUTE clutch, Kristin! The fabric is too adorable. <3

  5. what an adorable clutch! Could you make me one? =]

  6. That clutch is gorgeous! :) You are wise to keep it.:) I am not too sure what I think of Rodgers and Hammerstein myself. I adore Sound of Music, along with The King And I , but I also strongly disliked Oklahoma!. I also disliked Carousel. Slight sexual undertones I thought were distasteful, along with marital abuse that was not dealt with. I have never seen South Pacific. I will soon.:)


  7. Thanks SO much for answering my Etsy questions, Kristin! That helped a lot! I think I just might open up a shop soon!
    Love Ya,
    P.S.: That clutch is adorable! The fabric is sweet, too! You're so talented!

  8. Hi!
    I love that clucth, it's adorable.
    I've linked this post in my blog.



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