The new bag I made myself for my London trip. I’ve been meaning to make this for ages. The rainbow silk is a weavers sample – hence the many colours – which I was given as a gift by chatelaine silks. I used the whole piece, as it was too pretty to waste any, which led to a slightly wider bag than I really wanted, but it worked well as I could get all my stuff into it for a day out and it was quite lightwieght(my everyday handbag is the same carpet bag I’ve used for nearly a decade now, I love it, but it wieghs about two pounds before you put anything in it, so isn’t really ideal for wandering round museums all day).
I put a zip in this one, rather than my usual clasp, and lined it with a black floral chintz. The strap and top are denim.
My top tip for small silk items that see heavy use – spray them with fabsil, a silicone tent waterproofer. I do this with all my silk boots since it repels stains as well as water