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Bag Seven – Embellished Maximalism

The benefits of actually doing some maths become crystal clear on this build.

Bag Six – Parisienne Party Bag

Intriguing shape and lots of custom detailing make this bag a party stunner!

Bag Five – The Original Micki

I built Bag Five -the original Micki – as a gift for my BFF. She wanted a bag that was durable, not too big, and with some specific features.

Bag Four – Bowler Style Weekender

Bag Four was a bit more difficult to make; I hadn’t created anything with this kind of structure previously. The main requirement was to be able to sit the bag on the handle of a rollaboard suitcase.

Bag Three – Finding My Own Shapes

Bag Three turned out to be a real stunner – an intriguing set of textures and patterns. It’s a pity that I don’t have more pics of it, but sometimes that’s just the way it works out.

Bag Two – Not the Same At All, Really

Bag Two offered me the opportunity to design a bag completely from scratch. It also taught me I needed to learn more about how to construct a bag properly.

Bag One – Ground Zero, Really

The original prototype bag – this is it.

Bag Five – Mini Bucket Bag – Zebra Print Chenille

I really can't decide if the correct idea is to pet it or carry it around.

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I am so enamored of Bag Five’s curvaceous shape and easy ability to take on a myriad of different attitudes that I could probably just keep making this bag again and again; in my mind’s eye I can see a line of these suckers tromping along the Champs Elysee – marching in time with some kind of Moulin Rouge soundtrack, flipping their cinch tie ends around in the air like bawdy house dancers in the climactic final number…

So I have a bit of a roll of some dead end zebra print chenille –

It’s done up in a mossy green and taupe-y sort of combination, and I am going to be sad when this fabric is gone.  I love it so much that I thought about hoarding it for an upholstery project, but I don’t actually have an upholstery project to work on at the moment, and since I’ve sworn to clear out, not keep stockpiling, it’s unlikely that I’ll do any upholstery this year.  Bummer.

This is seriously some of the most restrained fiber art I’ve ever done – the pale maize colored vegan leather is a super subtle contrast with the zebra print, and I think that using the recycled jeans for the side pockets also contributes to keeping a lid on the amount of exuberance this bag brings to the day.

The off the wall grommet where the cinch clasp lives is rescued directly from a drapery set – I used the rest of said drapes to craft a padded backrest for the Murphy bed we built in the Lair, mainly because it was quick and easy but in the end it looks really good with the Mondrian effect paint job on the doors so I’m going to consider that project finished.  Chrome hardware rounds out the edgy details, as do the striped silk strap connectors on the sides.

The interior is a wicked cool suzani print in plums and greens and yellows, it’s got a single slip pocket inside, and the two exterior pockets are the perfect size to drop a phone in; the tabs on those pockets are tight enough that your keys won’t fall out even if you flip the bag upside down with them in there — which is great if you have a push button start car!  You can still get your fingers into the side pockets to retrieve the keys if you have to actually put them in a lock.

Finished size is 8″ tall, 6.5″ wide, 5″ deep.

***As always, I’m picking up the cost of shipping this beauty to you – in keeping with my reuse, reduce, recycle mission, it will be packed carefully and delivered to you in a box that brought something to me.

If you’re feeling so inclined, post a pic of your bag on IG and use @kimstuart123  #lovemylusty #lustygallantbag for the tags – I would really appreciate it.  I love to see my ‘babies’ out enjoying the sweet life 😉

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