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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / *HUGE* Bohemian-Style Hobo Bag on: August 25, 2006 06:47:41 AM
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 Smiley
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some purses for a boutique on: August 16, 2006 09:57:20 AM
Your bags are awesome!  I love that bright-in-your-face fabric!
Did you use interfacing? Fusible or non-fusible? Interlining? 

Great job!

Thanks Smiley

Yes I do use interfacing and it's sew-on. I refuse to use iron-on interfacing, because it bubbles so easily... plus it's more expensive.
23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some purses for a boutique on: August 09, 2006 09:53:31 AM
Here's a picture of the coordinating set with the wristlet and checkbook cover that she'll also be offering:



I think that looks pretty snazzy Smiley
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cosmetic Bag **NOW WITH TUTORIAL!!** with another TUTE TO COME!! on: August 08, 2006 10:35:15 AM
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 Tongue

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."

Ugh Sad so hard.
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some purses for a boutique on: August 07, 2006 05:22:57 PM
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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 Smiley

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.
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some purses for a boutique on: August 07, 2006 12:10:45 PM
I'm not sure actually! She bought all of the outer fabrics and sent them to me. There isn't any information on the edge of the fabric either.

It's a little bright for my tastes, but everything in her shop is like that.
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: bag for a friend back home - it's huge and super cute! on: August 07, 2006 08:52:08 AM
Wow that *is* huge, but it looks cool Smiley
28  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: me versus the zipper: a clutch story on: August 07, 2006 06:49:19 AM
Zippers are a PITA. I feel your pain.
29  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Some purses for a boutique on: August 07, 2006 06:46:44 AM
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.

These are very loud, but "boutiquey" fabrics:





30  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Polka Dots and Bows- for store (4 pictures) on: August 03, 2006 06:59:20 PM
So cute!
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