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Purse 7i

July 2012

In parallel of Purse 6c I started the long planned Next Generation Purse. purse7i-08.jpg


Over the time I always struggled with the same desing-problems of the purses. The ones I did followed the principles of the finds described in Purses in Pieces and the Konstanz-Finds, so I am brave enough to say: My current Purses are how they have been 1000 Years ago. And all of them have these three weaknesses:


These problems have been in my head when I started Purse 6. I made my Lady Purse 3s which she doesn’t use because it is too big for her. So me and the ghost of the red wine had a discussion around this and we created this new design. The basic ideas are:

The purse should have two compartments, both top open. These should be connected with a thin piece of leather to have a kind of middle room; in addition two pouchletts on the rear compartment should give the special something. The suspension loops and the belt should be the usual ones to give it a medieval outfit.


First was again to cut the pieces. I used 2,2mm cowhide to have robust compartments and skived the edges carefully. Attaching the middle piece with the rear part of the front compartment was the first, sewing the front compartment (inside out) the second task. Keep in mind: All the seams will be inside, that requires a bit of preplanning and will become a bit tricky later on.
Guaranteeing the iPhone-size required a bit of pulling and hammering.
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Once that was done, I did the pouchletts. I am slowly getting used to fabric-work…. These have been connected to the front part of the rear compartment. To keep all the seams on the inside, I needed to sew the middle part to the front part of the rear compartment first and complete and turn it later. Very unusual, but I can’t see another way.
Once this piece of work was done, the idea of the purse got a bit clearer.
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Next was the trickiest one: Sew the rear compartment inside out WITH the entire Purse inside! The seam at the bottom wasn’t a big issue, the first side seam was easier than expected. See the picture: This is the rear part of the rear compartment (that will be the flap, too) sewn on the front part of the rear compartment with the entire purse in between. purse7i-05.jpg
The last seam was the complicate one: I coudnt do it as the other side seam, smply because the rest of the purse was in the way. So I turned it and did the last inside seam from the outside. Yes, one can do this and there is no difference at the end. But no one want’s to do this…. purse7i-06.jpg
The flap and suspension loop construction was the usual one as done on all the others, to keep a medieval look from the outside. One thing to be made differently was the belt: This is usually attached to the purse with the main seam. The idea of the middle part is simply to have a flexible area to store car keys and cam on demand, so this might be very full. If this is the case a belt attached to the major seam wouldn’t close it sufficiently because it would be 30mm above the compartments and wouldn’t press the flap on the compartments. Because of this I decided to it differently: The Belt runs through the rear directly above the compartments and presses the flap onto them. See the picture of the finished purse filled with paper: The belt closes the purse much better as if it would have been connected to the major seam. purse7i-07.jpg

Enough talking, here is the Purse:

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That was much thinking, but how does it look like in reality?

To solve the slit- and access-problem the new Purse has open compartments. See the picture, I think that has been achieved. Everything is easy to access, my Lady does confirm this. purse7i-11.jpg
Next the size: See the Purse 7i in comparison with Purse 1 and Purse 6c, see the Purses in_action, too. To me this has been achieved, too. purse7i-12.jpg

Basically a very nice result. But there are still three topics to mention: