Recently a friend of my husband requested some help making a pattern from a bag she had borrowed. It was made from a well loved red rayon faille, with a cute little drawstring. The shape was particularly intriguing...a sort of clutch wristlet with little fins to create its unique shape. The bag at first glance was sweet, but up visually deconstructing the shape and construction, it became brilliant. The proportions, the transformation between uncinched and cinched, and the odd little fins.
I decided to test the pattern (and make one for myself!) using an odd primaries print on cotton sateen that I picked up at a thrift store years ago. The lining is a heavy yellow twill to give the bag a bit more structure. The drawstring is silk crepe de chine.