I made it! By the skin of my teeth, the deadline was met, and this special wedding bag was delivered on schedule.
I wanted to base this bag around the concept of "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue"
The "old" is the stitch pattern. Although this pattern is the Counterpane Accessories pouch from Handknit Holidays", the stitch pattern is based on a vintage one.
The "new" was the silk yarn - so luscious and soft. "Something borrowed" was my contribution in the creation. I was asked to make this, which I felt was like a borrowing of my craft, if that makes sense?
And of course, "something blue" was the sweet blue braid carefully stitched into the lining. If I had more time (and frankly, more embroidery skill!) I would have loved to feather-stitch this detail into the lining. I really think it would have added to the vintage feel and the hand crafted nature of the piece.
After searching Ravelry for ideas on the lining, I ended up making a zippered pouch to insert and attach to the knitted outer shell. I used interfacing to stiffen thick calico, then lined it inside and out with ivory satin. This made the bag much less floppy, and made for a much neater sewn edge next to the zip. A rather long tassel finished it off.
I'm so thrilled with the finished piece, and even though it meant leaving for Ballarat at 8.30am this morning (2 hour drive from my place), it was worth it!