I made my sister one of these designs for Christmas last year, and have been hording this Amy Butler fabric for myself until this past weekend when I finally ponied up the guts to cut into it.
I really wanted a brown corduroy, but I can't find it ANYWHERE right now, so I combed through the home decor section of Hancock's and found this leather-like material. It feels like leather... looks like leather... but it's actually a homedec-weight microsuede.
Here are the pictures:
Me like ^_^ !!!
It's about 14" wide and 8" tall. It expands to be roughly 4" deep and has an interior zippered pocket. I kind of just wanted something I could chuck my stuff into. I'm not even concerned about security since it sits under my arm and flops shut when sitting on a table.
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 ^_^;
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 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.
A few months ago I had one order for a top-loading laptop bag made with denim and huge brass buckles to close the flap with. It was a beast to make ^_^
Last week, I had a return customer from craftster contact me and inquire about a new laptop bag as a gift for a family member's upcoming birthday. I worked with her to get the correct sizes, the color of the canvas she wanted to use as the outer fabric, and strap length (we went with adjustable).
I ordered mediumweight canvas and poly-cotton twill from Fabric.com first off. The twill is what I use on the inside, the canvas is the outside. I then went to www.cdwplus.com and ordered the nylon webbing for the strap (2" wide) and the metal slides (2" wide, 1/4" slots). It's interlined with peltex and fleece. I put plastic canvas at the bottom to help reinforce it from bending under the weight of the laptop.
The trickiest part of the bag was getting the laptop to remain secure and not jostle around in the bag. Making a sleeve was out of the question, because it would have cost her a lot more than she had budgeted. What I came up with was a removable flap that velcros down at the bottom of the bag and then velcro straps extend from the top of the bag to fold over and pull the flap in to snuggly hold the laptop bag.
There's two interior pockets, very big pockets to hold CDs, wallet, keys, mouse, other periphereals etc. The power cord can go at the bottom of the bag really, because there's tons of extra space between the laptop and the pockets.
The flap snaps shut with two magnetic snaps, and contrary to popular belief, these do NOT harm electronics. You would need a huge, industrial sized magnet to do that
I only charged her $75, because she's a return customer and I wanted to thank her for liking my work so much that she wanted to come back to me for such a big custom order! But do you think that $100 would be outlandish to charge for future orders?
I was home sick yesterday and bit the bullet and went ahead and made myself a purse for a change with my new design that I hadn't yet announced. This is the Lucy! She's 10" wide, 6" tall, and 3.5" deep. It's supposed to be a petite shoulder flap bag. I looove the flaps honestly, because they allow for so much embellishment and still allowing them to be sturdy, unique, and secure. The security thing always grates my nerves, because I don't like my open style bags as much as my customers do ^_^;
She was going to have a zipper on top, but I'll do that some other time with a more hobo-esque design in the winter I think.
Anyhoo, Picture time! I'll probably retake these when I get some better lighting or a better bag made. It was overcast yesterday
So I bought a new bolt of Peltex recently from Joann's and it came in last Friday. I brough it home and tore into it last night. The problem is, it feels like Peltex... looks like Peltex, but it *can't possibly* be Peltex. It's floppy! It also feels a little softer to the touch. It doesn't have a "crinkly" sound when I push it in.
To make things worse, I had cut into it and didn't realize how "off" it really was until I built the purse. So now I have this borderline floppy purse and a full bolt (10 yards) of Peltex that is completely WRONG.
Do you think Joann's will take it back if I bring the new purse in and the old purse with a cut of the old Peltex to show them that something is faulty with the bolt... or am I screwed because I cut into it?
With mother's day creeping up on us, my Mother-in-law and I were trying to think of things to get my husband's grandmother (MIL's mom). Since I made her a bag during her visit, we thought we could get her a bag made too.
She had this crazy idea to make a matching makeup bag, only not just in black fabric, but to look EXACTLY like the original minus the straps. It's hilarious:
OI VEY! So, this past weekend I had to marathon sew to get some stock piled up , because this week the Mother-in-law arrives for her Spring vacation. Naturally, I don't want to rush upstairs at night and hide in my sewing room, that would be terribly rude of me
I figured I'd post pictures of the things I did this weekend:
I am so pleased with the outcome of this bag! I finally got the time this weekend to work on my new design's pattern and prototype. It turned out so well
This is the Jellicle, my first handbag design with a zipper closure. I even topped off the zipper pull with a black ribbon to match! The bag is 12" wide at the top, 10" wide at the bottom, and 4" deep. It's 6" tall with straps that give a 10" drop. It's a great little shoulder bag, but very roomy without giving off that "omfg I'm carrying a French baguette" look.
On a side note, I did make another Nintendo DS bag for a friend of mine. With every single one I make, I change the pattern around lol but it works out in the end... here's her bag:
They're both in the Etsy shop, but the DS bag is unfortunately a custom order for my friend.