Sometimes a bag is not just a bag, wrote Daphne Merkin more than 10 years ago:
Bags also serve as the portable manifestation of a woman’s sense of self, a detailed and remarkably revealing map of her interior….
Meet my interior:
Make that my *former* interior. I sewed a purse insert using Lazy Girl Designs’ Suzi pattern, with vibrant fabrics chosen on a day when my latent Dries Van Noten longings overpowered my minimalist aspirations.
The directions were super-clear with innovative construction techniques. I made the medium version; the larger version is 2.5″ longer but otherwise the same. At some point I might adapt the pattern to make a larger-larger version that would better fit my bag.
I carry a second-hand Longchamp Pliage that I bought on eBay. The color goes with everything, the design is classic, and the brand says that I’m subtly continental. I can clean it with a damp sponge. It’s pretty much the only bag I use, so for me this insert will function as a navigational aid rather than a purse-rotation-y thingy.
I’m hoping that the stiff interfacing (I used Decor Bond) will prevent it from flopping over and spilling stuff into the cavernous interior. Fingers crossed.