I've bookmarked this purse tutorial for a while now and even bought the hardware for it. I had an idea of what fabric I wanted to use too but I heard it's tricky to use as the edges are prone to fraying.
I love Chinese Brocade fabric. Maybe it's the oriental in me? I'd like to think it's silk, but I think I just have the polyester type. As it's so smooth, slinky and shiny, I thought a similar lining fabric would be appropriate. So I opted for polyester lining material. Another slippery contender which frays at a mere stroke.
Cutting the material wasn't too difficult as the pieces aren't large. I took my time as this was going to be a Special Going Out Bag. :0) I decided I would try prevent too much fraying by using some fusible interfacing on the wrong side of both the brocade and lining. Idea being 'cos it's stuck to something the edges won't fray? Worked on the lining and the brocade still frayed a little - might just be the loose strands though. The pattern uses heavy sew-in interfacing as well which makes the bag lovely and slightly padded. It means it can be an absolute @*$% to sew 'cos it gets thick in places!
Still. It's finished and ready for it's first night out next week. Am impressed that I'm not working on it minutes before I plan to use it. I'm rather chuffed with my bag.