Thank you thank you! I got the lining print from Joann's surprisingly enough. It was only 2 bucks a yard, so I picked it up. I didn't want something too patterned on the outside, because it would be loud. The bag is fairly large for its shape, but that makes it great for carrying lots of things.
Sometimes I just want to reach in the bag and grab what I need and not fiddle around with pockets and doodads getting in my way. I just want my freaking wallet. I just want to reach in, get my wallet, pay the woman, chuck it back into my purse without reorganizing it, and get the heck out of the store
I've been doing a lot of really stiff bags lately. Most of my designs involve using ultra heavyweight interfacings that don't leave a lot of room for special designs, so I decided to do something a bit more "floppy" and slightly larger than my normal bags. This new design is a Christmas present for my sister. Since she doesn't read Craftster, I can get away with posting it here out of sheer excitement!
The "Dalia" is 14" wide, 10" tall, and about 4" deep when filled up:
It has an interior zippered pocket that measures 8" wide and 7" tall. The bag closes with an optional magnetic snap... I say optional, because once it's filled up, it pretty much hangs itself shut thanks to its floppiness:
I *love* this bag. Usually I want to stick to bags with zippers, but this sits right up under the arm with a 10" shoulder drop, so it's not like anyone is going to be able to reach in there and snatch anything out anyway. The bag is so deep that even if it fell over, it's not like anything is going to fall out either!
I'm jealous she gets the first one I may remove the hardware entirely, because I hate making the straps. I can't ever seem to attach them to hardware evenly. Instead of the hardware I'd just make the straps shoot straight up and then include some extra slip pockets on the inside for more organization. I try to balance creation costs and creation time ^_^;
Well, it is, but at least she knows her name is worth the price now.
Sometimes building up a big fashion industry name can boost the price. Just look at Coach bags. Some of them aren't all that great looking. They slather the things with their logo and they still sell for $200+ per bag! Crazy!
Your reproduction is nice, but I cringe when I see people mocking her pricing scheme.
I wholesale my bags with a brick & mortar store in Virginia that marks up my prices 3x the wholesale price. I'll sell a bag to her for $20, while my retail is $40 and she'll turn around and sell them like hotcakes for $60.
The reason her prices are so high is because of wholesale options. I've realized through wholesaling that my prices are not good and that I am not paying myself a "reasonable salary." I'll certainly be raising my prices next year, though not by much (5-10 bucks probably).
So the moral of the story is to think about why the prices are that way before mocking them. Perhaps she takes wholesale clients or her target audience isn't poor crafters. The thing to remember here isn't that "oh, I could make that!"... it's that we're not Walmart here and there is a whole level of difference when you are talking about handcrafted items.
Yeah it's a really cool bag I was thinking of actually offering them as something to sell on my site. I can't offer it for the sweatshop prices of Old Navy, but for handmade, people really can't argue.