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« on: January 21, 2005 10:35:43 PM »

I'm a first time poster, long time lurker... so hi to everyone!  Wink

This is a bag that I made that I am finally courageous enough to post here. I've been making handbags for some time, but only recently began making my own patterns. For this bag here, I made both the sewing pattern and the embroidery pattern.

For the sewing pattern, I sketched out a simple rectangular design for the flap and body of the bag on leftover Christmas wrapping paper. For the embroidery, I drew an outline of the bird and clouds on the fabric itself using one of those handy-dandy fabric pens that disappears as time passes.

The fabric is a medium-weight brown canvas with some stretch to it. The lining a is simple blue cotton. The front has a hand stitched embroidered bird and the back has a pocket (for cellphone or keys--something you would need easy access to). The pocket has a very simple embroidered edge. The flap up top has 2 embroidered clouds. The strap is about 2.5 yards long and adjustable (rectangular D rings), so almost all body types can use it as a messenger-style bag (over one shoulder and across your chest and back).

I am posting some pics of the bag below. I would greatly appreciate any feedback you can offer. As I progress with the unique, one-of-a-kind bag making, I will likely begin selling these online and in local shops, so feedback about potential pricing would also be very helpful to me.

http://www.whateverisay.com/bags/birdbag01.jpg

http://www.whateverisay.com/bags/birdbag02.jpg

http://www.whateverisay.com/bags/birdbag03.jpg

Thanks in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2005 02:06:38 AM »

Nice job on the embroidery!  I love the bag!  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2005 07:24:19 AM »

That is very cute. I love the embroidery, and the stitching on the pocket is a great touch. It looks so professional, but it also has the cute handmade look. It's not my colors, but I think someone would definitely buy it. Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2005 08:13:37 AM »

Really like the embroidery for pricing....25 dollars? im not sure...
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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2005 08:33:50 AM »

The embroidery is really cute - but I'm wondering why you have the buckle/D-rings (can't quite tell which it is) on so the extra strap points up? If it's a design choice, fine, but it would lay flatter towards the body, and be more likely to stay put, if you did it this way - make two straps, one 50% longer than the other (so 1/3 of the strap length of one piece, and 2/3 is the other piece). Sew D-rings/buckle on the end of the long strap, and attach the other end to one side of the bag. Then attach the short piece of the other side of the bag. Thread the short strap through the D-rings. This way the extra bit will point down. 1/3:2/3 might not be the right ratio for the look you want, it's just as an example.

It looks like a great spring time bag, especially with the sky blue lining - I like the proportions of the flap to the rest of the bag.
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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2005 08:38:38 AM »

Chocolate brown and robin's egg blue!  One of my favorite color combinations!
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2005 05:30:02 PM »

Thank you all for the feedback; it was very helpful. Grin

BlueKiwiCat: Thank you. Am I blushing? Heh.

fluffysam: That's exactly what I was going for, so to have you say it without being prompted (ok, I admit I sometimes drop hints to my cats) is awesome.

BlueEyedMary: Thanks for the pricing tip. It's definitely in the ballpark with my own guess-timates.

kate conspiracy: You know, I actually thought about that, but when I washed the fabric, it came out looking weathered. It definitely is not a "nice" fabric, but rather more worn. I thought that the really floppy strap sort of added to this look. I'm the first to admit that it's not as sturdy as I would like. Rectifying it with a bit of velcro might be the way I fix the issue with this one. Thanks for the advice.

Sewer Rat: Ditto that one.


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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2005 05:41:27 PM »

 ;DGreat job! I love it, but the bird has no feet!
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2005 06:02:41 PM »

;DGreat job! I love it, but the bird has no feet!

So nice of you to notice! That's kind of my little inside joke. There's footprints, but no feet.
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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2005 10:00:48 PM »

that birdy is so purdy - birds rock
i have a pet birdy Wink
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