Our daughter, Kristy, just graduated from RN school and we are thrilled. As part of her graduation present I made her a Trifecta purse. Her choice of pattern and fabrics. The fabric is an Amy Butler fabric and the lining is just a plain cotton fabric. The Trifecta purse is somewhat overwhelming when you start out. The myriad of pattern pieces can be confusing at times – peltex, lining, interfacing, fusible fleece. And sometimes I just had a hard time comprehending what the pattern wanted me to do – but I am sure that’s me and my age not anything to do with the pattern. Kristy chose to have an inner credit card pocket with a small zippered purse inside. That was interesting to make. Now that I have done it once, and have stopped hyperventilating :), I think the next time the whole process will be much easier. It is a wonderful purse – roomy, yet not too bulky and the two pockets in addition to the zippered pocket in the center which contains another zippered pocket makes it a very practical purse. Kristy loves it. I also made her a little “necessity” bag to match and a bag for her ipod and the cell phone. Since I left off the front optional pocket, I could have made the front the same as the back and it would have cut down on a few extra pieces to deal with.
I encourage anybody to overcome their fear of this bag. If I can do it, you can. It is intimidating when you see all the cut out pieces….. but it’s worth it. Also, DO read the instructions carefully. I waited for the instructions to tell me to do something with the fleece only to find out 3/4 done with the purse that it was supposed to have been fused to my fabrics. (It had been stated at the very beginning of the pattern and somehow I missed that.) Now I needed to “squeeze” it into the bag after all was said and done. Not the easiest task and at that point I was ready to throw the bag in the trash. Fortunately, I did not. So, here are some photos to encourage you.