when we last saw our new design, (in the last post in this series), I was pretty happy with the progress so far… happy enough to start breaking out the good fabrics and start whipping up a few potential show samples.
And speaking of good fabric… what do you think about this incredible sewing themed collection featured in this sample? I loved it from the moment I saw it and if you do too, more info is forthcoming a little later in the post.
But back to this particular sample… there were still a couple of tweaks I wanted to make and a few areas that still needed a little finessing, but by and large these changes are minor difficult to photograph and would probably be basically imperceptible to anyone but me.
So let me just give you a little tour of the finished sample! You might remember that I’ve designed this bag to be carried in a variety of ways. You can use it as a shoulder bag (as shown above), or you can lengthen the strap and wear it cross-body, OR…
You can unhook the shoulder strap and simply thread it
thru the slots on the back side of the bag to convert it to…
A Hands-free Hip Bag
Yep… your eyes are NOT deceiving you. This new design can actually be worn as a hip bag (aka fanny pack) even though I virtually took an oath that I would never EVER create a hip bag! I like this design better than most hip bags because in addition to having more than one carry-style option, it has a more tailored, streamlined look.
And speaking of other carrying styles, if what you’re looking for is a bag you can quickly attach to a stroller, bicycle, walker or scooter, all you need do is unsnap the shoulder strap and replace it with two bar bands and VOILA, look no further! And you might recall from our last post that in my opinion our bar bands were a little limp and wimpy, so I beefed them up for this round so that now they’ll hold up under any load and look beautiful too!
And if I had to choose my favorite feature of this bag, it would be this concealed storage area. It’s the perfect place to store sensitive items you want to keep completely safe and secure. I made a couple of minor adjustments to the components in this area for this round… nothing affecting functionality.
So does that mean that all systems are GO for this design now?
And the answer to that question would be… ALMOST, but not quite!
And you know what? You’re looking at what STILL needs to be tweeked, and its those little Strap Tabs. They’re just a little (~3/8″) too tall, but once I make this one last adjustment (in the next sample, so stay tuned!), I predict I’ll finally be able to pronounce it “road-ready”!
Which brings us back to this delightful fabric. ( I included the picture above to show you how cool the lining fabric is! )
When making inquiries about this fabric, look for “She Who Sews” by J. Wecker Frisch for Quilting Treasures, and here’s the specific prints I used:
I would recommend checking with your LQS (local quilt shop), but if you’re like me and don’t have a decent quilt shop for miles in any direction, then you might appreciate knowing that I got my supply at eQuilter.com.
And now for the “Big Reveal”!
After MUCH research and thought, I’m ready to tell you… that I am totally stumped as to what to name this bag. My goal was to have chosen a name by now that would immediately indicate that there’s more to this bag than first meets the eye. We used the term “convertible” 2 cycles ago and ideally I wanted to use a similar term for this pattern and after MUCH research and contemplation, everything I like has already or still is being used!
Here’s the candidates I’m still considering (listed in no particular order):
The Kombo Bag
HipCetera (suggested by Marty Campbell)
HipTricks(also suggested by Marty Campbell)
And finally…(since I’m in the mood for annoucements)… here’s some particulars you’ve all been asking about-—
The size= 8″ wide X 6.5″ tall X 3.5″ from front to back
The target release date= anticipating the disruption of the holidays, probably late winter 2015.
And now… it’s YOUR turn!
I would love to know your impressions of our new design thus far and which name (if any) you prefer, so I’m looking forward to reading your comments! Please leave them in the space provided below. 🙂
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