I got another custom order from a friend's sister for a replica of an Old Navy bag you can no longer buy called a Bohemian Hobo Bag. It's massive! I only had a couple of Ebay postings with pictures to reference, so I think I did well in duplicating the effect. She also didn't like the fabrics that they had options for, so this was a totally custom job.
The bag is 19.5" wide, roughly 6" deep, and the straps are 35" long, so it wraps around your body. The straps are 3.5" wide. There's a decorative button at the front, which has a loop from the opposite side that folds over to hold it shut. The bag is fully reversible too!
At first I thought the bag was OMFG way too huge, but it really does feel nice and comfortable when wrapped around. It's awesome for a gym bag or a weekender bag.
The only trouble I had was with the 1/4" binding. It was so small that I had trouble wrapping it around lol
I really wish there were a way to sew the zipper on to the lining with the machine. I can't stand sewing by hand and have been trying to figure out how to do it by machine for a month now.
It seems like you could easily do it, but I'm at a loss as to how. I know those people in sweatshops must know how... maybe we should kidnap one and bring him/her here to post
I mean you can't really attach bias binding to it easily with a machine either, because it wouldn't cover all of the spots and crap out the closer you got to the end of the zipper part where it gets tucked under the "tabs."
the woman who buys it had better hope i never bump into her, cause i will swipe that puppy off her arm in a heartbeat Wink excellent work!
No need. These bags will be made on order. She ordered a full bolt of these fabrics (and a couple of other similar ones) and sent 10 to me and a few more to another friend of mine in Richmond who is making matching belts to go with the bags. She'll take orders and at the end of the week, she'll tell me what is needed. 2-3 weeks later I'll have the bags made and ready to ship.
It seems like a nice introductory wholesale deal for me. It isn't massive amounts of bags that will cause me to hate my life, and it's just enough that I feel like I'm funding my hobby LOL
The only thing that sucks is that I cannot use my tags. My current set of tags includes my URL, which link to my MSRP prices. She'll be pricing slightly higher to make sure she gets a good profit to cover her expenses, so neither of us want people to be angry when they come see prices on my website and compare them to hers. I'll be picking up new tags soon without the URL and hopefully more like my new logo with the sakura.
I have my first wholesale client and I work with her on a more "custom" basis, so what she does is takes orders for bags and at the end of the week she makes an order for them. I only have three pictures, but it's more to get a feel for what the bags look like before she gets them in case she wanted any last minute changes made.