It's shameless commerce Tuesday, and rather than bore you with a "rerun" featuring items from my Etsy shop you've already seen, I decided to give you a preview of not-yet-listed coming attractions: Silk Zipper Clutches. These clutches would be perfect little evening bags for a New Year's Eve gala, a winter formal, or a wedding. If you're not the partying type, these lovely silk bags could easily double as a classy makeup pouch. Priced at just $20.00, with free domestic shipping, you can be chic on the cheap or a diva on a dime.
I was able to purchase several silk remnants in purple, deep red, two shades of blue, and bronze. I've found coordinating natural fiber fabrics to use for linings, and I've purchased coordinating zippers. I will be making clutches using the Zip Clutch downloadable pattern by Keyka Lou Patterns. Keyka Lou was one of Etsy's Top 100 sellers, and Michelle's downloadable patterns are fun, functional, and user friendly. http://www.etsy.com/shop/keykalou. She also allows you to make items for sale using her patterns as long as you state in your listing that the item was made using a Keyka Lou Pattern.
The zippers are from another of my favorite Etsy sellers, Zipit: http://www.etsy.com/shop/zipit. The shop has over 900 listings for high quality zippers in many, many, many colors and lengths, very reasonably priced. She also includes a cute zipper pull with purchase. I'm a happy repeat customer!
My "prototype" purple silk zipper clutch bag (7.5" x 4.5" x 2") is at Tastes & Talents consignment shop (and I neglected to take a photo before sending it off—my bad), But I plan to list some silk clutches on Etsy within the week (on or before Christmas Eve) so they can ship to arrive before New Year's Eve. I think I'll go with the slightly larger version (9" x 4.75" x 2") for my Etsy listings.
LeAnn aka pasqueflower