While I was waiting for my fabrics that I ordered for my costume to arrive, I made a purse that will go with my costume for the Maryland Renaissance Festival in a couple of weeks. I decided to go ahead buy one of the Margo Anderson sewing patterns that I have been eyeballing for a while. I bought the Working Woman's Wardrobe pattern. This pattern is great because it includes undergarments, clothing, and accessories all in one package. So I only had to buy one pattern for my whole outfit. ANYWAY... onto the purse. There was one purse pattern included with this pattern. It is pretty simple and based on a design that goes back to the Middle ages. It has a hinged lid and can be attached to a belt or a cord tied to a skirt.
I chose to make mine out of some cow leather that I had laying around. My last few attempts to sew with leather ended in tears with broken needles and thread. I decided to give it another try and I finally figured out the trick. Wanna know the secret? A Teflon Presser Foot! In my previous attempts I used leather needles, special thread, tension adjustments, longer stitch lengths. It never worked. It just wouldn't feed through properly. I had read about the Teflon foot but I was to impatient to order or go get one. Well a couple days ago I realized that I had a Teflon foot THE WHOLE TIME. Well... for like two years at least, long before I started sewing leather. Anyway, I got my machine to handle the leather FINALLY. Regular thread, leather needle, long stitch, Teflon foot. Voila!
It was a pretty simple project. It only took a few hours in the end. I am very happy with it. I hope the rest of my costume turns out this well.