A couple of weeks ago (for I am suffering from something of a blogging backlog) I made this bag, hot on the heels of my other mustard adventures. A wonderful-looking Melly & Me Sherbet bag pattern has been in my cupboard since March, but as any regular reader will know, irrespective of simplicity and clearness of instructions (which I have no doubt that Melly's would have been both), I am not inclined to follow patterns, so using the photograph on the front for inspiration, I set about making my own version.
What I really loved about the Melly & Me bag is the use of the three fabrics across the front and the unstructured, relaxed feel of the bag. However, I prefer my bags to have a single handle, rather than two, so I incorporated one similar to that of the bags that I usually make. I then added some little ribbon ties to fasten it. The other reason that justifies not using a pattern (rather than just my cowardly fear of them) is that at 5ft 1, I like my sizing to be a little smaller than most bags so that it's in proportion with my frame.
Inside is this lovely sea-coloured blue polka dot fabric that I have quite fallen in love with...so often I find the opening of the bag to reveal the lining inside to be far more pleasing than looking at the exterior (but I must not spend life with my head in a bag, for I believe that the delight comes from restricted exposure!).
It took me an awfully long time of fiddling with concertinaed pieces of paper to work out how much bigger your original piece of fabric must be in order to incorporate the desired number of pleats, but once I'd finally cracked it, I realised that they are the most satisfying things to create...so crisp.