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« on: September 28, 2011 07:22:39 AM »

I have this bag which's design I really love its simple and clean - but the colour is a little to flashy for every day and its also too small to fit everything i usually carry around ^^

so since someone gave me this beautiful, lush, diviiiine leather swatches (am i overdoing it with the praise - i love it!)  I think it would be perfect and i already found a nice lining as well. The bag is quite simple in its design, and i feel confident about making a simmilar one, adjusting the pattern to make it bigger and a little rounder maybe ...

but i really dont know how i would start sewing it O_O

fist the lining, then the zipper, then the base, then handles?
or first the handles, then the bottom and then the zipper?
im really not sure, and i know that leather is not very forgiving with mistakes, so I would be soo greatful for advice, suggestions and ideas!!!

« Last Edit: September 28, 2011 07:27:50 AM by jungrrl - Reason: fixed picture(s) » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2011 07:52:34 AM »

It is a lovely bag, it's sweet.

Look twice, buy once. Nooooo
Look twice, decide I can make one instead.
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2011 03:56:17 PM »

If you are hesitant to cut into the leather, maybe make a test bag out of a less important fabric first to make sure that everything works the way you think it should. 

I don't know off the top of my head the 'best' way to sew the pieces up.  Without actually playing with the fabric pieces, my instinct would be to cut all the pieces, sew any desired pockets to the lining (or exterior).  Sew the front/back to the zipper (with the lining, like you're making a lined zippered pouch, but with that extra triangle build in if you want it).  Then straps to the front/back.  Then sew the exterior base.  Then finish sewing the lining, leave a hole and turn right side out (make sure the zipper is open when you start sewing everything together). 

It's been a long day, so I hope that makes a little sense.  Let me know if you want clarification (if no one comes along with a better explanation). 

« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2011 03:34:39 AM »

thank you flutter-by, this really makes sense ^^
ive cut the pieces already but still didnt sew them since i have to figure out the handles first~~ but already so excited, hope this works out - thank you for your help!!   Smiley
« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2011 07:15:01 PM »

I love this color!!!
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