WITH the Rural Correspondent Bag safely launched, I have turned my attentions to the second spring/summer release, the Boxford Clutch Bags. This pattern is called a clutch bag, but can be made with or without a purchased or simple handle. There are two versions, both very different to each other. One has pleats at the base and a simple rounded flap, while the other has a shaped flap and front pocket. Both have a very utilitarian and distinctly 1940s boxy but rounded shape.
I have made view 1, pictured here, using a stunning piece of silk jacquard from Vanners silks in Sudbury. I have not added a handle because this one is for evening or special occasion use. As you can see, it works really well as a clutch and as it has a gusset base, it is very roomy. I have steered away from the flat or darted clutch bag format for this one, so it is certainly more ‘wartime’
than the sleek 20s or 30s styles I have produced in the past.
I have completed the samples for this bag and it will be available as a PDF in the Charlie’s Aunt Etsy store by the end of May. I hope you like it.