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Bag Seven – Embellished Maximalism

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

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 Six – Parisienne Party Bag

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


Bag Six: The Parisienne Party Bag was also a gift for a friend’s birthday; this particular friend has an amazing wardrobe, travels frequently, and loves to go out dresses for the occasion when she does.

I also played around with the concept of sewing the lining and the outer pieces together as one unit, and then finishing the interior seams with contrasting bias tape.  This idea has its’ pros and cons, and I think I will use the technique on some pieces going forward, but it’s not going to become my main method of construction for most of the pieces.

Bag Six is a simple stunner, with a flat base and oval silhouette.

Custom collaging on the front slip pocket and the back panel create a striking design when paired with the multicolored fancy weave.  Simple quilted accents, and contrast lining with two interior slip pockets and lobster claw key fob catcher mean you’ll never be searching for your phone, your lipstick, or your keys again.

Bag Six also shows some variation in hardware and embellishment – this is the first time I’ve gone with a slim version of the vegan leather strap, instead of the sturdier multi-layer edition; I also went with a 3/4″ finished width – which is impossible to do with the additional layers if you want to maintain any sense of proportion.  Since this is a party bag and not a daily driver, I wasn’t too concerned with the idea that the bag would be overloaded and the strap would fail.

I’m toying with the idea of putting a very simple, single, small grab handle on the top gusset section of the next iteration; I thought about that for this bag, but then I realized that with the super slim depth it would be hard to do without creating an unbalanced load that could look awkward.

Finished size is 8″ tall, 6.5″ wide, 3″ deep.

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