Good cut velvet is both beautiful and durable. Unfortunately, despite my willingness to dig through the depths of ebay, I rarely can find a good piece. When I do find a piece it is usually a coat or a maxi skirts. No wonder the women of the 50's had such tiny waists, they were carrying around 10 lb. skirts! Check out the butterfly "print" on the back! Lined in old linen.
The dot bag is by far the one I make the most of. They are 10" wide, 7" tall and 5" wide. Straps are 33 inches.