I follow The Blond Salad blog and when I saw this clear Hermes bag I wanted one right away. I have always had a thing for clear things like accessories. I found other Hermes bags going on eBay for around $255, not an option for me so I made my own.
Here's my inspiration Hermes bag.
Bought clear vinyl from the fabric store, I got the heaviest one so it would have enough body for the purse. It's $2.49/yard.
Gold paint pen.
Turnkey purse closure and purse feet for attaching the handle.
Make pattern pieces from tissue paper (I just looked at the photo of my inspiration and judged the size and pattern pieces I needed)
Cut out all pattern pieces.
The inspiration bag had white stitching and white lettering but I changed it to gold stitching and gold lettering.
1. stitched the "belt" strip to the flap front of the purse.
2. stitched the front and the back/front flap pieces to the bottom piece.
3. stitched the sides to the above
4. stitched the handle (which is two layers for added structure)
The most difficult part of the sewing was around the curvy areas, just go slow and it should be fine.
That's it for the sewing.
I used a paint pen in gold from the office supply store.
Next I decided on painting a fleur-de-lis on the front of the bag with the phrase "un voyage au pays des merveilles" (a trip to wonderland).
Installed purse hardware. Make a hole to fit hardware through, instructions are on the hardware package.
Added the handle. Just make small holes and push hardware through and bend back the prongs through both the handle and the purse as per the instructions on the hardware package.
Total cost approximately $18.25 (vinyl $2.49, hardware 2 @ $3.99 each, thread $1.79, paint pen $5.99)
Finished faux Hermes purse! I like the results and I've had a lot of fun with it.