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Topic: My patchwork jean shoulderbag.. err I mean handbag... no it's a shoulderbag...  (Read 10904 times)
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« on: November 09, 2005 11:13:14 AM »

I used an old pair of jeans & a pair of overalls to make my bag.



After sketching my design & tearing the clothes apart, I cut out blocks of jean, inverting the fabric for some pieces to double my colour choices for the patchwork look.

 

The front of the bag is designed to imitate the front pockets on a pair of jeans.  There is a functional 'change' pocket and a 'front flap' pocket for essentials like lip balm and keys.  The flap is held to the bag with a button and attached to the back panel of the bag along the top.  It isn't necessary to unbutton the flap to access the main compartment unless you were putting a larger item in the bag like a book.  The logo & Flatline is my label that I use on all the clothing I make.



I cut out a back pocket, stitched my logo across it and sewing it to the back panel of the bag.
Once I constructed the bag, I pressed it to age the seams.



Salvaging the two alligator clips from the overalls, I sewed them both into the shoulder strap so that the shoulder strap could quickly be transformed into a hand strap and then back again.  Not only is the bag versatile in matching with the colours in your wardrobe (jean goes with anything, right?) but the style of the bag can change too!

 

Although I forgot to take a picture of the inside before I gave it to my sister... It is fully lined including a zipper pocket for those 'unmentionables'.  I sewed a heavy plasticized card into the bottom to help the bag keep its shape.  The finished bag measures about 12" wide by 8" high with a base 3" deep.  The strap is convertible from to 25" to 40"
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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2005 08:33:50 PM »

That is so cute!
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2005 08:42:05 PM »

VERY professional job! Great idea!
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2005 11:18:05 PM »

I like your bag. It looks very professional and cute.
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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2005 06:00:56 PM »

wow.. that looks really complicated, but so AMAZING at the same time!
it looks really professional, good job
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« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2005 09:34:33 AM »

that looks really great...your sis is a lucky girl!
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« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2005 03:15:12 PM »

Wow, that's great!
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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2005 12:24:42 PM »

That's beautiful!  I love the patchwork design, and the strap is ingenious!  What, uh...what would you charge for one of those?
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2005 10:19:34 AM »

Thanks!  I'm flattered you all like it.

As far as a selling price... to tell you the truth I haven't really thought about that.  So far I've just been making things for family & friends under my label.  Anyone have any suggestions??  How much should a seamstress charge for time?  Or should it be a set fee per project??



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« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2005 05:03:52 PM »

I think $30 would be a good price.
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