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Topic: TUTORIAL: Black croissant bag  (Read 260788 times)
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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2005 11:52:20 AM »

that's really professional looking. I would never guess u made it. great job!

« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2005 12:23:35 PM »

Thank you all for your comments!  The bag is indeed made of a very soft and stretchable fabric with very short fibres on the surface (hence the sheen) I bought in last winter.  I used it yesterday (hot humid summer here) and it is very "warm" to carry around Tongue  Guess I'll save it for winter.

I'll need to try identifying my mistakes in the process (I am sure there are many), so hope you won't mind that I post a tutorial later.  *Bows*

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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2005 01:21:29 AM »

So this is my attempt to explain the process with diagrams:

Draft a pattern of the bag.  Mark 2 notches on bottom (as if making darts)
I made a dummy to simulate how are the pleats like when the bag is full:
Make 2 copies of the pattern & glue the edges except the zipper side.
Put in daily necessities to test its roomy-ness.
Stuff dummy with junk.
The case
With dummy underneath case fabric, make knife pleats & pin.
To hold them in shape, make several stitches behind each pleat on wrong side of fabric.
Trace pattern as if it was a flat surface & cut w/ at least 1 inch seams allowance.

Make another half of the case.
The lining
Trace pattern & cut 2 pcs of lining w/ 1/2 inch seams allowance.
Cut a rectangle of lining fabric.
Fold in half & sew the short sides close.
Turn inside out & use binding tape on on the long side.
Sew the pockets onto right side of lining.
Cut 2 pcs of interfacing w/o seams allowance & remove the notches.
(or else the bag will have a stiff, flat envelope appearance)

My case fabric is soft so I added batting outside of the interfacing to prevent the stiffness showing.

Fuse interfacing to wrong side of lining.
The zipper
Line up case & lining w/ wrong sides facing in.
Sew zipper between case & lining. (It helps to undo the zipper, & tack in small stitches before sewing).

Repeat on the other half.
Join the lining pcs on the outer edge.

Tuck in seams allowance at the top of handles.
Cut 2 straps of case fabric, fold in half & insert rings.
Flatten the lining at the handles & attach the straps on the right side.
Turn the whole thing inside out.

Fold lining at handles along the straps & sew the inner rim of handles close.
The case need to be sewn close by hand.

Pull taut when sewing the handles.  Make the rest of the case slightly bigger than the lining.
Weave a ribbon through a piece of chain.  Attach to the rings & you're done!

Any question or suggestion more than welcomed!

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« Reply #13 on: July 08, 2005 01:48:47 PM »

wow hey thats great.
i think its insane work that you hand sewed it too! (claps forever)
i was just seeing a bunch of this kind of shaped bags around town.
-looks hot! yours is great coz the wrinkles on the outside make it look really sweet. the other bags ive seen are just kinda like bananas. like your strap too! i was thinking of using a pearl necklace for a strap on the bag im working on now.
i want to try this tutorial (its a great one by the way. i love all the pictures.!!
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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2005 09:16:54 AM »

Looks like a great tutorial.  Can you tell us the sizes though?  What length is the handle and what are the dimensions of the bag pieces?  Smiley


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« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2006 05:28:01 PM »

This is the first time I've seen this post and think that is one of the best bags on here. Very classic and elegant design. Well done!


« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2006 06:12:30 PM »

 Grin  Beautiful bag!  gorgeous fabric!

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« Reply #17 on: June 01, 2006 06:08:32 PM »

 Shocked ii LUV iiT!! THANKS FOR THE TUT!! ii MUST MAKE ONE!! Grin

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« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2007 09:36:19 AM »

WoW the bag is beautiful, perhaps I make one too Smiley

thanks for the guidance Smiley


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« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2007 07:28:00 AM »

This bag is awesome!! I amazed that it is all hand sewn, you are really good!!!!!!!!!! Smiley

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