Getting it Together

 

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:

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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.

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FYI, that is not an actual microphone. It’s a flash drive. Also inside: pen, hand cream, pressed powder, glasses, comb, phone, lipstick and lipbalm, nail file.

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.

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Insert surrounded by big-ass wallet, notes, and sunglasses.

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.

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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.

 

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