Classic Accessories: Clutch Purse, 1940s Crochet Pattern


A clutch purse never goes out of style. It can be used for a formal occasion. Or, it can be popped into a larger tote bag when going out for the day and come out later for use. Clutch purses are not meant to hold everything. Just what is needed for an afternoon or evening out: keys, wallet, ID card, compact, comb, lipstick and cellphone are enough.

When I lived in Bay Ridge, a neighbhorhood in Brooklyn, I frequented a craft shop that found a treasure trove of old crochet patterns in the basement of the shop. These pattern booklets were put in a large basket for customers to take . I was very fortunate to find ones that I really liked. Most of the booklets were from the 1970s. I went deeper into the basket and found 3 books. One from the 1960s and two from a period spanning 1940s-1950s.

1940s Crochet Clutch Purse Pattern

Published by EmilyAnn Frances

I was born and raised in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York. I attended Hunter College where I graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English Language Arts. After graduation I worked in various industries such as publishing, fashion, financial services, investment banking, and for government. My passion for fashion was nurtured at the French Fashion Academy where I learned dressmaking, patternmaking, sketching and draping. My enjoyment of dressmaking and family history find a wonderful home here at WordPress. I hope you enjoy both of my blogs.