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« on: April 03, 2009 12:46:11 PM »

I've been studying abroad in London this semester and one of the classes I chose to take was an accessories course.  We learned about the different machines that are used when working with leather, made a practice tote with a leather strap and flap and then ultimately designed and produced our own leather handbag.

It's my pride and joy  Grin

There was a lot more involved than I ever imagined.  All the seam allowance must be skived so that it can be sewn without bulk getting in the way.
The plastic chain was originally a necklace I bought, but then realized that I would never wear.  I used a couple links from it to attach the shorter straps so that they can be folded down when I'm using the long strap.

The inside- customized with my initials on the pocket.
The lining is 100% silk that I found at an amazing fabric shop in London.

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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2009 01:12:03 PM »

I have been searching for a leather bag for ages and I would SWOON over this one.  Maybe I'll have to try making my own?

p.s. The chain strap is too cute!
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2009 01:30:51 PM »

That's one amazing bag!
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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2009 01:32:14 PM »

OMG!  Shocked Amazing, I love big bags like this & I've been dying to make one but I have no idea where to start. Awesome!

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2009 04:34:53 PM »

OMG this is fantastic! I have dreamed of making bags out of leather or even vinyl! I am seriously jealous of this and thing you did an awesome job! Did you use an industrial machine? I bet it would go through it like butter if you did! Seriously great job!

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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2009 05:09:56 AM »

Beautiful work! I had to hit the "This Rocks" button for this one!

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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2009 10:39:42 AM »

Yeah, me too! This is so fabulous! And looks really professional! Great work. Cheesy

« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2009 02:34:30 PM »

OMG - love it, love it, love it!!

What a beautiful bag.  I live in London - whereabouts did you take this course - I've been looking everywhere.  Please let me know.

I am still dizzy thinking about your gorgeous bag!
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2009 07:30:37 PM »

Once I got over being jealous that you took an accessories course in London I could comment that I can totally see how your handbag is your pride and joy - great styling and workmanship! I have made a number of leather bags but always have trouble with the handles. I was happy to see a close-up of them and am still in awe of how well you made them. Any chance of some tips on handle-making? Mine always look bulky and messy...
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How did you do the handles this way, can I ask?
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