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Brocade Senna Tote

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt Fixation

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationAs promised yesterday, we have a full review of the Senna Tote.  Because when you make a Senna Tote, it deserves a blog post all of it’s own!

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationEver since I saw the Senna Tote, I’ve been gathering supplies to make one.  Or three.  And finally I scooped up the pattern over the weekend on a 50% off sale!

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationQuite a while ago, I was at JoAnn’s and found this brocade in the remnant section and the perfect matching pleather (or vegan leather if you prefer) in a bronze tone and grabbed them up.

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationWhen I first saw this brocade, I saw the side with the silver background, and loved it.  Then when it was spread out on the cutting table, I saw the side with the gold background and loved it even better.  I had such a hard time deciding which side to use as the main fabric on the bag, so finally used both!

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationI’m not usually a metallic kind of person, or a brocade kind of person, but these fabrics just called my name!

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationThen I went home and found the gold pocket fabric in my stash. There was just a scrap of it, big enough for the front and inside pockets!  It’s silky and golden and luscious!

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationThis brocade fabric makes the loveliest Senna tote ever in person, but proved quite difficult to photograph!  The gold and silver brocade wanted to pick up the light and reflect it back, making the bag almost glow!  And then when I edited the photos to give them a 1920s look for yesterday’s post, the details of the Senna Tote disappeared into a glowing mass!

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationBefore I made the Senna Tote, I read many, many reviews from other seamstresses who’d made it.  I found the Senna Tote to be a delightful challenge.  There was never a point where the instructions were unclear, and the end result is so very professional.  I just took it one step at a time, and never had to unpick any step.

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationThe Senna Tote is very roomy and I am so excited to begin using it!

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationOne thing I’d like to try is making the Senna Tote in a smaller size.  I’ve seen this done once, and I think it could be done by printing out the pattern pieces at a smaller percentage.  Then if seam allowances were corrected for the sides, I think it would assemble just lovely!  I’ll have to let you know.

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationWhen I originally picked out the fabrics for this Senna Tote, I planned to give the completed tote as a gift.  But now that it’s made, I simply cannot part with it!  I’ll just have to make another one for the intended recipient.

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationI’ve seen Senna Totes for sale on Etsy for as much as $100, and I do understand why they have that price tag.  It took me 1.5 hours to cut this out, and 3.5 hours to sew.  That’s a lot of labor, and the material cost is significant too.  Each piece of the bag is interfaced, and most pieces have a canvas lining.   That is what gives this bag such a professional finished look, and it wouldn’t be a good idea to skip any of these layers.

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt FixationIn the other reviews I’d read, some seamstresses had trouble sewing through all the layers.  About 1/2 way through the process, when the layers started getting thick, I put on my walking foot, and my machine had no trouble at all.

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt Fixation

Allegra and Mr. Skirt Fixation think I should start making and selling brocade Senna Totes…and I’m sorely tempted to do it, just to spread the beauty around!  What do you think?

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt Fixation

Senna Tote sewn by Skirt Fixation

Since I made this Senna tote for summer, using winter materials (brocade and vegan leather!) I’m linking it up to the Top Stitcher’s Pioneer Prompt: In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb
Here’s the description:
Pioneer Prompt: “In Like A Lion, Out Like A Lamb”

Like most women who sew for themselves, you may have spent the winter months dreaming of sundresses, light jackets, and crafting Spring/Summer attire to compliment your warm-weather shoe collection. UNLIKE the average sewist, your visions aren’t limited by what can be made in quilter’s cotton or jersey knit. Oh no. You take the seasonal saying “In like a lion, out like a lamb” too seriously for that. Instead, you will be incorporating fur, wool, or leather (or their vegan cousins) into your women’s-wear contest submission!

8 thoughts on “Brocade Senna Tote

  1. Oooh, those fabrics are lovely! Thank you for sharing the clearer photos. =) It turned out really pretty!

  2. I mean look at this amazingness! Have you guys EVER seen a more beautiful, opulent, marvelous, and fully fantastic tote!! I don’t think mom even appreciates it fully, and she made it!!!!!!!!

  3. Wow! So, now I’m curious as to whom the real recipient was(?), but since I was gifted with a Jocole skirt (that I’ve worn over & over already), I’m thinking nada-me. ha Good job, LOVE the professional & usefulness of the design.

  4. I love your choice in fabrics and I love the look of this bag!
    I have already ripped another of my purses, and I was looking to make one that lasts!
    This looks like it would fit the bill.
    Awesome job!

  5. I can see why you can’t part with this one. It looks $200+ bag expensive. I’m all for you selling them; let me know if you do because I’d be interested.

  6. Wow, this bag is gorgeous! I love the fabric choice!

  7. […] already entered our Senna Tote in the sew along for the Pioneer prompt, but we just HAD to participate in this one too! Here’s […]

  8. I realize this post is a couple of years old … I have made a few Senna totes and have done two sew alongs for it .. I love the pattern .. I did make one at a reduced size .. if I recall it came out about 15x5x4 .. the gal I made it for doesn’t carry a purse but she travels a lot and this bag was just right for her to use as a carry on or going to the market .. she didn’t feel like she was carrying a purse or a big cumbersome bag .. the only thing I did find was the zipper curve is altered from the original and I wasn’t real enamoured with that … if I was going to reduce another one I would slash the pattern in the middle and take out a couple of inches that way you leave the curve intact .. great review and your bag is awesome

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