DIY Clutch: Locked and Printed

Here's one of two projects that I've been working on. Remember this retro yardage? I finally got around to creating something with it ... I had to be certain given the grain of how it was printed and since there was only a small amount.

This material calls an obvious attention to the (60s styled) silhouettes of people printed in the center. I love each person's expression on the print as it fades slightly into the background. My favourite part of the print would be the top portion, which is in a larger scale than the bottom or vice versa depending on how one positions the print to cut.
DIY 60s Printed Clutch - Metal Closures

Initially, I was leaning toward upcycling a fun T-shirt, using this print as an embellishment, or even make a graphic styled mini skirt, however those concepts were overshadowed by the urge to produce a clutch! I felt strongly about the amount of uses that I would get out of this fabric being a clutch bag instead of an adornment on a Tee.

Fortunately, I did manage to salvage a small remnant after all was sewn, and complete. Perhaps there's more to create from this power to the people material, (as I've fittingly nicknamed this yardage).
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Details:
I've acquired a few new trimmings from wholesale markets recently and had the desire to use a turn-lock closure on this particular bag.

The look: retro, but with a modern aesthetic, hence the metal luster and lining selection. The lining is silk shantung with interlining used for padding. As an extra finish I added studs to the front and back bottom of the clutch. And since the process took a bit longer than I had anticipated I decided to just provide you with behind the scenes snapshots!  
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After an ironing session the clutch was ready to fill with a good book, a favourite lip colour, and accessories! Of course, an outfit donning this special creation will come very soon ...

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Many of you asked several times in the past if I sell any of my designs. I used to make and sell handbags as well as apparel to boutiques, however at the moment I do not. Perhaps, I will rethink it in the future when I feel I have more time to spare!



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59 comments

  1. I love your DIY posts! that clutch is a work of genius and I'd be proud to rock that! x

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  2. The Dainty Dolls House21 August, 2012

    Oooh..love that!! It's gorgeous...get you ;) I agree with the other comment, I would snap that up in a second if I saw it...love it!! Have a great week dollface xx

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  3. Oh wow sweetie!!! That clutch bag is stunning, love it's print and the colours are beautiful! You are so talented, I always look forward to seeing your new DIY's :)

    Take care, Daniella xox

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  4. Swoon! This is one of the most beautiful DIYs EVER - I absolutely love that print!  :)

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  5. sartorialsidelines21 August, 2012

    Wow, it really came out brilliantly!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  6. Rockthestreets21 August, 2012

    You're very creative! :)

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  7. I love how you don't let anything go to waste.... and this clutch is so cute!

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  8. francesca romana capizzi21 August, 2012

    OMG!!! Gorgeous one! Great DYI!
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  9.  :) I'm so excited to wear it! Thanks Erika. xx

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  10.  Muah! Thanks dear Vix! xx

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  11. Amazing DIY, darling ~ love it!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  12. GlamKitten8821 August, 2012

    This is adorable!  I have no idea how you did this.  You have major DIY skills, girl.

    http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88 

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  13. This is so cool! I love the way your clutch turned out!

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  14. Wow! Awesome clutch! You should definitely sell them if you get a chance.
    ~Jessica
    http://jeansandateacup.blogspot.com/

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  15. I love this DIY, and you are 1 very resourceful lady ;)

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  16. You are so clever and dexterous with your hands!  (Sewing has never been my strong suit ;D )  I love the print you used here as well as the locking closure.  Modern retro, as you described it. -- J xx

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  17. Piparmoreira22 August, 2012

    Great!!!!!!

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    xoxo

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  18. girl, that is awesome! i love the fabric print and design. you should at least open an Etsy shop. you could put them on there when you feel like it. they would sell! don't take orders if you don't have the time. but ready made would definitely sell.
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  19. this is so creative!
    Xo Megan

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  20. WOW... very nice!!
    xo
    @MOSAMUSE:twitter 

    www.MOSAMUSE.com

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  21. such a cool graphic clutch - i love the clasp you added.

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  22. What a super cool DIY project. Love how it turned out.
    Daphne.

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  23.  Thank you Daniella! I was happy with the turnout. Enjoy your Wednesday!x

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  24. Thank you so much! Yes, it took me some time to love sewing ... even in design class, but I am so happy that I stuck with it.  :)

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  25. Jenniferb0222 August, 2012

    Wow this is really pretty. And you make it seem so EASY! But I would probably sew my hands shut if I attempted anything cool like this, let's be real. Lol.

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  26. PS. I accidentally signed my last comment as my e-mail "jenniferb02" lol. Just wanted you to know it was me! xoxo

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  27. Hi dear, wow, the end results are amazing, it looks designer store bought, really creative idea with excellent execution!

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  28. Got it! lol I knew it was you! Thanks doll! xo

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  29. Thank you Daphne! Glad that you like it too!

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  30. Oh to Be a Muse22 August, 2012

    Killing it with the sewing machine. I love the unique fabric too...it works so well on this clutch.

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  31. What an awesome DIY, love it!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee 

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  32. Freya - Fashionable People22 August, 2012

    Amazing DIY here from start to finish - love it!

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  33. mary jo at Trustyourstyle22 August, 2012

    Love your DIY instructions! I am the world's laziest diyer and have so many projects languishing in my garage that I don't dare start another one, but love living vicariously, lol. Hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday!
    xo Mary Jo

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  34. I always love your DIY posts, you're so clever and thrifty, I love it!

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  35. This is beautiful

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  36. Seekingstyleblog23 August, 2012

    It turned out great!
    xo Jenniferhttp://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  37.  Aww, Thanks so much for the sweet comment Sam. I can't wait to wear it with my outfits soon.

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  38. thanks for sharing! love all your DIYs! 

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  39. nice! thanks for the tips :) 

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  40. You're super talented, lady! This is gorgeous and how amazing that it's all your own work xo

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  41. Yoir DIY turned out awesome! What a fun clutch!

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  42. You are so talented. What a gorgeous clutch.

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  43. You had me until I saw the measuring caption, haha. I think this is why I gravitate more towards cooking as my DIY, a dash of this, pinch of that, et voila! 

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  44. This is awesome! I love how it turned out!

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  45.  Thanks so much for your comment Arash! :)

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  46. Thank you Mary Jo. I often think long and hard how to put it all together ... which isn't always the easiest, but I am happy that you notice. Loving your latest collection hues! And Dries Van Noten is one of my all time favourite designers!

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  47. Thanks for the sweet compiments Kim. Yes, I may bring an Etsy shop back up. Things are just a bit too hectic to create so many I suppose at once. Enjoy your Friday dear. xx

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  48. Thanks Rachel! I will be wearing it very soon!

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  49. The clutch turned out lovely! It has such a classic feel to it!

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  50. I totally love the fabric you chose and the shape of the clutch is gorgeous. I miss our convos too friend!!! Wanna do a facetime date soon? I'm assuming you've joined facetime and gotten off skype ;)

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  52. haha! Yes, this one is a bit advanced. Cooking is a great way to interpret DIY's as well! :)

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  53. Sounds good. Yes, life seems to be busy for everyone at the moment. I believe I downloaded Facetime on my other phone, not the one with me.  I will have to check. Miss ya too! Enjoy your week and thanks for the comment J!

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