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How did I build that?

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 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 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 Three was another new creation, straight out of my head.

Just like Bag Two, I put the thoughts into iPad sketches and then sat down with the graph paper and drew a scale model and measured everything.  I was still in the super early learning stages of trying to figure out construction, and I hadn’t yet dived into that abyss called YouTube bag making videos.  Silly me.

There weren’t any requests pending for this bag, I got to decide on the entire construction and style.  My friend that ended up with Bag Three is a hot pink – ok, any pink – and black fanatic, so it only made sense to go with the pink and black color scheme.  Luckily the fabric portion had some white in it so that added a bit more dimension to it, as did the weave pattern in the vegan leather.

Yes, I know, vegan leather was called vinyl when I was a kid, but that vinyl is nothing more than a very distant relative to the variety and options in colors, finishes, and ingredients that we see in today’s materials.

I have nothing against leather – I use scrap leather and I buy a very limited amount of certain types of leather for specific uses.

I feel the same way about feathers and most other animal products, although I do limit the fur that I use on anything I’m making to recycled pieces from old coats and stoles and the like.

My personal opinion is that recycled materials of ANY sort are always a good option, and I do the thrift store route every few days in my area to see what I can find that I can tear down and utilize for new pieces.  I also give our donation items a once over before we take them to the bin; if I can do more with the parts than the entire item would be worth as a whole, then I break it down and voila!

Bag Three was also a lesson for me in quadrangles with varying side measurements.

Bags One and Two had simple rectangles for each part of the bag – from the bottom interfacing to the cinch strap adjustable closure made from the reclaimed jeans on Two.  Not so with Bag Three, The top opening is considerably larger than the base joint, and I have to say that I’m drawn to this style – it’s not quite so minimalist but definitely works with all sorts of fabrics and trims.

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