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MaxineBrandywine
« on: March 12, 2008 07:19:37 PM »

I'm pretty proud of this. I used one of those standard bag patterns and altered it for size and such. As it turns out I really didn't need a pattern at all.

It features piping I made myself from clothsline rope I found at the dollar store. 75 feet for a buck. It was cotton and very flexible. I'm sure it would totally suck as a clothsline. What do you expect for a buck? lol

The body of the bag is upholstery fabric I got on sale in the remnants bin @ Walmart. The other stripey lining fabric I got there too, also a remnant but I don't think you can see it. I've had the gold crinkle fabric a long time and I use it sparingly. The denim is a recycled pair of jeans that were beyond saving.

I designed the base of the handles and used 'ultra firm' so they would keep their shape and made the piping for them as well with a smaller cord that I had. After applying the handles I sewed on the buttons I had for decoration.

I'm very happy with it and I shipped it off to California today.  Below are the pics and more information...











There are 3 pockets on one side, one lower one with a zipper to hide valuables and one large flat pocket on the other side for magazines if you're traveling or even a laptop, or for file folders if you're working or transporting business papers. It will fit legal sized papers either horizontally or vertically with lots of room to spare.

The leather trim is from a jacket that my now lifes partner wore back in the 60's! How nostalgiac is that! We're piecing it out and using it little by little for various projects.

The Monograms were done with my Christmas present (from my now lifes partner)... a new Pfaff Creative 2124 Embroidery machine. I also did the design on the body of the bag. It is free motion embroidery that mimicks the design already in the fabric print.

One humurous note about the monograms and the designs framing them... I measured carefully and set up the hoop and the machine and got the backing and the fabric all ready.. when I finally got ready to push that start button to begin stitching the K, I somehow decided in my mind that the C should come first. I was mortified... what do I do??? So as I sat there watching my machine beautifully stitching the wrong letter my panic beginning to subside, I decided to let it finish and then place the K at it's left where it belonged. Then the monogram was way off centre so I cut out the square where the monogram was and made a new panel sewing the square into the centre and added the decorative stitching to hide the seams. It came out nice and all was well.

I can't think of any other details
Thanks for looking
Maxine

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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2008 07:32:57 PM »

Wow! really awesome bag - I'd say it's a work of art!
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2008 08:28:18 PM »

Sometimes mistakes are really nice artful design changes and your bag is truly a work of art. I love it.
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2008 09:12:47 PM »

Incredible! What beautiful fabrics and so well made! I could never have thought up all these unique details on my own. Very artsy!!
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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2008 02:59:23 AM »

 Shocked Beautiful bag! Incredible design and colors. I love it. I want one, too!
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2008 09:39:53 PM »

Thanks everyone...

I appreciate all the positive comments very much

toothfairy... perhaps then you will get one   Wink

Maxine
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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2008 09:50:03 PM »

Oh wow, that is a WONDERFUL bag! I love all the details, you really did an a m a z i n g job!
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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2008 11:54:10 AM »

gorgeous
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2008 01:22:52 PM »

i love how you attached the handles!!!  sooo cute!!
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2008 02:28:17 PM »

Is that ever terrific! whoever is receiving this as a birthday gift is a truly blessed person. Congratulations on making a great bag and causing a great deal of consternation in the hat-and-bag-lady. Shocked Wink
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