Get your crafty mitts out again today for our Jenny Packham Spring 2013 RTW-inspired clear bag! It's a bit more complex than the current cut-fold-&-stud DIYs making the rounds, but the end result is something you can be proud of. Yup, all the better for showing off your Bal wallet.
DIY Jenny Packham PVC Frame Bag
Clear PVC - mine is 0.5mm thick.
Purse frame - mine was salvaged from my poor vintage Bally who died, but you can find these in all good craft stores.
Scissors, ruler, pegs, sewing machine.
Good glue - I chose to use Locite Epoxy because it can stick to metal & plastics.
I used Caila Made's guide to come up with a pattern to fit my bag frame. She shows you how to make a pattern for any sized frame! Cut your pattern out of PVC - to avoid having to make a seam on the base, I flipped the pattern and made the bottom part join together so I'd only have one piece to work with.
Fold your pattern in half so it matches up. Sew both the short side edges together only.
My dodgy sewing machine could handle it so I'm sure yours will too.
To make your bag have a flat base, you'll have to box the corners by folding them flat like in the pictures. Caila Made's ones are here for more reference. Sew along the edge and trim the tip off.
Now turn your bag the right way out so the seams are inside. Here comes the fiddly bit - fitting the edges into the metal frame to check if it fits.
Using your glue of choice, carefully and slowly pipe adhesive into the groove in the frame. Push the corresponding PVC pattern into the groove with the glue, and use pegs to hold it in place whilst the glue sets. Work slowly and do it in small sections! Once you've done one side, leave it to dry for a while before coming back to do the other side - the worst thing is if the PVC flicks out of the groove, getting glue all over the place.
Once you're finished with gluing, leave your bag to dry. Once semi-dry, I also used pliers to clamp the frame narrower, just to make sure the PVC was secure. Just be careful not to damage your metal frame.