So I recently bought myself a Miche Bag. For those who haven't heard of Miche before, they are a purse company that sells four different kinds of bags, and then a whole bunch of 'Shells' or covers for them. The shells attach to the base bags with magnets and allow you to change the look of your bag without moving all your junk over to a new purse. Quite handy if you ask me. I have a friend who has all four base bags and at least a dozen shells for each. When I first saw them I was intrigued, and after a while I knew I needed one of my own... but which one? There are a whole bunch of cute shells for the Petite and Classic base bags, but I find they don't open up enough for my taste, and the Prima is much to big for what I need it for. In the end I chose the Demi and it's so roomy, I love it!
So I got my bag, and stocked it full of all my daily junk, but I still hadn't picked out my first shell. It's harder than you might think. Plus, if there's one thing I'm extra picky about, it's purses(and if there's two things, it's purses and shoes). I kept looking online on Etsy and Ebay and such, and saw a lot of people making their own covers for their Petite or Classic Miches and the ability to customize just made their bags that much more awesome. I knew I'd have to at least try to make a shell for my Demi.
I have to admit I was a little nervous to draft this pattern because it needed to fit properly to be functional. Although I've been making bags and purses for most of my life, making things to fit, or a specific size, has never been a strong point for me(this is why I tend to make things to carry, not things to wear). So to minimize my losses(the main reason my fabric stash is out of hand is because I'm afraid to waste beautiful material on a not-so-great project), I grabbed a skirt from the thrift store for $3.99 to use to test my pattern.
I still have to sew on the flaps for the magnets, and line it I guess... So far I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It's being held on with pins in that picture so I could see how it looks and take a picture, but you can see it fits almost perfectly. I need grommets, magnets, and corresponding fabric to line it with, so I'll try to get to the craft store sometime this week. I'll post again when I finish it. I'm also considering making matching straps because I'm not sure what I think about the beachy/tropical shell with black leather straps... Let me know what you think!