This might come as a bit of a shock to those of you who love my Pride and Prejudice range of jewellery and accessories, but I am not a huge fan of Jane Austen's famous novel. I've discussed this many times with Mr Cheeky Monkeys (who happens to quite like the book and the BBC adaptation) and I think the main reason for my apathy towards this much-loved story is that I find many of its characters to be highly irritating and silly.
However, I realise that these are just fictional characters in a book, and I can understand why so many around the world love Jane Austen's story and especially love Mr Darcy. Which is why I first started making my literary-inspired line of jewellery and why, when I saw this fabric for sale, I decided I just HAD TO make a P&P purse for my sister-in-law's 30th birthday. (And hopefully she has not recently started reading my blog without my knowledge!)
I found this delightful fabric at Spoonflower, and had to resist the temptation to purchase lots of amazing fabric designed by amazing artists. The fabric features a cartoon depiction of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet as well as Mr Darcy's infamous first proposal to Elizabeth. The wristlet lining and carry loop were made from Riley Blake chevron fabric, which I felt nicely complemented the P&P fabric (and who can resist chevron?) I am really quite pleased with my stroke of genius, and sincerely hope my sister-in-law loves her present when we give it to her in a few weeks' time! So tell me, are you a Mr Darcy fan? Or are you a bit of a cynic like me???