Hello again everyone! In a previous post, I mentioned about a book on making vintage bags. I just finished making one of the featured bags in that book. According to the author, this style is from the 1950s, when bow trims were typical.
Bamboo handle and bow trim
Back zipper opening
Finished bag size is 13" (from handle down) x 14" (widest width) x 3" (bottom gusset). The bag is very roomy and super sturdy as I had interfaced the tapestry fabric and the inside in quilted. I really like the fact that the bag opens from the back - I find this quite unique. The buttons were supposed to be wooden to match the handle but I had to make do with plastic ones that looked like wood.
I plan to make more vintage style bags so please watch out for them! Comments much appreciated!
If you get your hands on the plastic later for the bottom, you can always cover it and then just stick it on the bottom with velcro (or nothing, it'll be weighed down with whatever you put in). The bag is just lovely!! I love the colors of the tapestry, and the shape is one of my favorites Great job all around
Oo what's that book called, if you don't mind me asking. I'd love to look for one on Ebay
The book's title is "Making Vintage Bags (20 original sewing patterns for vintage bags and purses)" by Emma Brennan. It's a relatively new book (first published in 2005). I found it in our local library.
The featured bags in the book are fantastic and the instructions are very clear. Good luck finding it!
I also love your bag, I love that fabric, it reminds me of the 1930s I think. It looks like it's beautifully put together. I don't know what kind of sewing machine you have but I've never dared sew anything quite so heavyweight with mine - did you have any problems with that?
I have a small, ordinary Singer sewing machine. I simply changed the needle to one that is appropriate for heavyweight fabrics.
I've been working on an overnight bag the past few days. My son's first impression of the bag was that it looked 'old'. Well, that's exactly the look I was after...old-fashioned...vintage...
Here it is in different views. I edited the photos to give it an antique feel.
Doesn't that kind of remind you of Mary Poppins' carpet bag? I used upholstery tapestry fabric. First time I worked on a heavyweight fabric. It was quite hard sewing all the layers, especially slip stitching the lining to the main bag. But the important thing is that I've done it!
Finished bag size is 10"x18"x6". This bag is similar to logsio's funky travel bag (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=42927.0) but it is just a bit smaller and the shape is different. The process of making it is basically the same. I interfaced both outer fabric and lining so the bag is quite stiff. However, I wish I had template plastic to line the bottom. Well, next time....
Found a wonderful japanese fabric over at Lincraft and immediately envisioned it as a bag. This is what I came up with:
Ric-rac and yoyo detail
Finished size is about 8 1/2"(along the top) by 11 1/2" (widest portion) by 3"(bottom depth). Quite roomy.
This bag is very similar to the previous bags I recently posted here except for a bit of variation in the shape and front detail. I see this kind of bag all over the net and they are quite expensive. It is actually pretty easy to make and will save you a lot if you just make one for yourself.