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« on: February 07, 2006 10:23:29 AM »

This is a variation on the standard jordy bag, I made up a paper pattern in an approximate shape that I wanted, but had to do some tweaking when all the pieces were actually cut out. I really like the way it turned out though. The outside is made from a heavy, fairly stiff cotton that I screenprinted the flying birds onto (they are done using negative space - ie I used a houndstooth patterned screen over the whole fabric and used some stencil cut outs underneath that). The lining is a beige linen. I used fairly heavy interfacing on both layers, so it's quite stiff and has a good shape.

http://www.imageabyss.com/images/birthdaycake/handbag2.jpg

http://www.imageabyss.com/images/birthdaycake/handbag1.jpg

http://www.imageabyss.com/images/birthdaycake/bag3_1.jpg

For the handle I did a standard jordy handle, and then sewed ribbon on top with a zigzag stitch. Sewing round the top was a real pain because of all the layers plus the handle but I managed it in the end.

http://www.imageabyss.com/images/birthdaycake/baghandle.jpg

It's a present for my friend's birthday, I hope she likes it. It sort of reminds me of the kind of bag you'd take to a wedding, it seems quite posh (probably because linen reminds me of posh summer frocks).

http://www.imageabyss.com/images/birthdaycake/wearingbag.jpg

I can't decide whether to sew some little buttons onto the flap (it's got velcro underneath). I was planning on two small cream buttons, but I like the way it looks now, what does anyone think?
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2006 10:24:49 AM »

i think the birds are wonderful! well done! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2006 10:40:42 AM »

Great bag!
I love the shape and the birds.
I think it would look nice with those buttons, but also without them. It doesn't need anything more.
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2006 11:04:06 AM »

That's really cute. I love the ribbon idea.
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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2006 11:12:40 AM »

beautiful bag!!   Grin
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ITZA
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2006 11:36:26 AM »

Why mess with perfection?

It is absolutely perfect - in every way.  I love it.
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2006 01:45:16 PM »

Very nice! I love the birds  Cool
I wouldn't add the buttons, because they would be fake buttons, wouldn't they? They would have no real function and just be there for decoration - I don't think the bag needs them!
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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2006 02:27:21 PM »

hey thanks everyone! i think you are right about the buttons, sometimes I like the look of decorative buttons but here I think it's unnecessary. I think the line would look even cleaner without the flap but also a bag that closes at the top is more practical and more secure. I'm so proud of this bag, it's only my second one, it's such a great way to use up screenprinted fabric that I don't want to just have sitting around!
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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2006 03:06:16 PM »

that's so beautiful.  great job!  I love the idea of adding the ribbon onto the handle.

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