I should know better by now than to start a new project after a week of sleepless nights with a small boy who's cutting his molars, but I really wanted to play around with this velvet damask I bought from U-handbag a little while ago that's been sitting idle in my stash. I drew up a pattern for a clutch with a pleated front which I thought suited the velvet fabric as it's a bit more dressy than my usual cotton prints.
So just as I'm feeling really pleased with how it's turned out, and how the front pleated panel and the non-pleated interior actually match up, I realise that I've totally forgotten to insert the magnetic snap closure. There was no way I was going to rip the whole thing up after basting through 2 layers (and I never normally baste anything!), sewing, then topstitching! So after about 30 minutes trying to track down sew-in magnetic fasteners on the internet, then realising they wouldn't quite work either, I remembered this chocolate brown ribbon I had sitting in a box upstairs. Ta da! A pretty floppy bow closure, which I think fits in really well with the slightly puffy pleated front of the bag.
I've now got 2 more of these cut out in a pretty lilac embroidered fabric, but I need to shop for some ribbon to match before I can sew them! Isn't there always just one more thing that's needed before you can complete a project? I dare say it's a good thing though - after the knock on effect of the magnetic snap/ribbon saga, I didn't get to bed till gone midnight last night. Probably best I stay away from the machine this evening!