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« on: October 29, 2007 05:27:16 PM »

I was commissioned by one of my Aunt's friends half way around the world to reproduce a bag for her. The original was a Vera Bradley. An ancient version of the Villager http://www.verabradley.com/Site/Store/ProductDetail.aspx?dept=7&sku=10326%3a38 done in a crazy chicken/farm theme. Alice just wanted plain black.

First I made a prototype to make sure I got all the bits down just right. The only fabric I found that I could spare and was about the same weight was a tapestry remnant and a baby pink cotton for the lining.





As you can see. it holds TONS of stuff in all of its side pockets and one velcro outside pocket. My neighbor calls it my Marry Poppins carpet bag. There always seems to be something in there for her kid.  Wink

Then I moved on to the real thing. I used pre-quilted two sided black fabric. This saved me from doing the quilting and I didn't have to line it. I used a gorgeous royal blue for the accents. I found out later this was Alice's favorite shade. *psychic* The final also has a zipper and only one long strap, as requested.





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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2007 06:05:55 PM »

Nice job! I really like all the pockets inside.
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2007 09:45:25 PM »

I love the second version!  All those pockets!! And a single strap!  Usually on my totes with two straps one always slips off the shoulder and is a nuisance.  Great job and I'm sure she will love it.
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2007 03:04:34 AM »

Great job.  I really like the tapestry on the first one.  I like it much better than the original - of course, I don't get the whole Vera Bradley obsession.
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2007 04:36:45 AM »

Nice job!  I think I like the first one the best.
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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2007 05:14:30 AM »

Very nice job!  I love that shade of blue!
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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2007 12:06:57 PM »

Great job both are nice tote bags! I like how you did the pockets on the inside  Smiley My wallet tends to catch on the pockets so by putting the bigger ones on the sides seems less likely they'll do that! I like the pre-quilted fabric saves some steps!
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« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2007 12:22:07 PM »

Wow! you did a really great job taking the original and reverse engineering the pattern to make an even better bag. Well done!
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ooooohhh! I wanna make that!
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« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2007 06:22:55 PM »

Wow! you did a really great job taking the original and reverse engineering the pattern to make an even better bag. Well done!

The hardest part was that I couldn't actualy take apart the original. I had to stare at it for about a week to decide in which order to sew the peices.
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« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2007 08:51:03 PM »

That turned out better than the original! I am making a quilted bag right now...your lines are perfect - something I'm struggling with a bit!
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