We made a lot of changes to the last sample we worked up and we detailed those changes for you in our last post, but you know what? Even though we were pretty pleased with how that last sample looked AND functioned… there were still some areas of concern and our intent was to address these issues in this round.
And here’s a few of the changes we instituted!
1) Probably the most important change we made in this round was to replace the Soft & Stable we were using in the Base area with fleece.
You might recall in our last post that we experienced great difficulty attaching the base to the bag. Of course this might have been made all the more difficult because of the faux leather on that sample.
I still like the way the bag functions better with Soft & Stable in the Base area. It’s not that the fleece performs poorly… I just like the way the Soft & Stable behaves BETTER. So I may try it again on a sample where I’ll be using cotton exterior fabric for the Base and then draw my final conclusion. 🙂
2) The sew-in magnetic snaps were lowered just a smidgeon so that the upper plastic edge of the snap will no longer be placed in the range of the topstitching.
3) I also lowered the ring-holders just a little. I had made an adjustment to correct for the drooping Bagtop issue in the prior sample, but I didn’t like the way that adjustment caused a portion of the hardware to be above the ruffle. I like this look much better.
And speaking of this look… as you can see I tried out another new piece of hardware for this bag. It’s called a centerpost buckle and we substituted it for the gate rings we had previously used. You know, as much as I liked the look and functionality of them, they were just so darned expensive that I really couldn’t see my typical customer being willing to shell out $12-$14 for a set of 4 gate rings. These buckles are cheaper, but they still have a distinctive look and a customer could always opt to place buckles on the bag front and just use simple D-rings on the bag back to save a few buck if they chose to.
So here’s the interior of the bag and as you can see my iPad fits easily inside it. (This is an regular-sized iPad Air with a padded cover.) I’m pretty happy with the bag interior now. My goal at this point is to find the easiest possible way to accomplish this look.
There is still one big change I want to make to the Bag Front for the next model and it would be this- I want to split the current Bag Front exterior pattern piece into 3 separate pieces. This will accomplish three things for me…
first-The smaller pattern pieces will eventually fit on a template sheet SO much easier than that one oddly shaped piece did.
second- Having a separate pattern piece which defines just the area between the 2 front straps will make it WAY easier to piece together an interesting focal area on the bag front as a fun alternative,
and third- the resulting seam up each side of the Bag front will be convenient to use as a guide when placing the strap holders in place.
So… let’s talk fabric…
which I fell in love with from the moment I saw it! (If there’s anything I love as much as stripes, it’s DOTS!) I’ve had it for quite a while and even though I honestly can’t remember where I found it, here’s the info on the side edge of the fabric and if you google it, you may still find some available somewhere. 🙂
It’s actually home-decorating fabric from the Waverly Modern Essentials collection and this particular design is called “Tilt and Twirl Lacquer“.
And now…. it’s YOUR turn!
I’d love to know what you think of our new design at this point in the process? And in particular, do you like the like the look of the center-post buckles I used as a strap ring? And you know what else? It’s time to get serious about a name for this design, so if you have any inspirations, I’m all ears! Just leave your ideas in the space provided below! 🙂
And remember, we love reading your comments and answering your questions too, so please feel free to leave your comments about these and any other aspects of this new design in the space provided below.
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