I felt pretty good about our new design by the time I finished our last post because even though there were a few adjustments that still needed to be made, they were mostly minor details…
Things like nudging a notch a bit here and there, or changing the construction details a bit for better clarity. So when I chose the fabrics for this next sample, I knew that it was time to get serious about my fabric choices, because after all, from here on out every sample that gets made has the potential to eventually wind up on the pattern cover, so I need to be mindful of that as I choose the fabrications. 🙂
I’ve actually had this particular “cat fabric” in my stash for a LONG time now. I bought it from an Etsy vendor in the form of four fat quarters. It’s really not the typical colorations that I gravitate to, but that’s good in a way. The only problem was that I needed just the right coordinating fabrics to go with it and nothing to date felt quite right. Nothing that is, until Ellen Mickelson of Shannon Fabrics contacted me about trying out their new product, “Cuddle Suede“, and well… there ya go! I’ll tell you much more about these fabrics at the close of this post, but for now let’s talk design.
Here’s how the back looks. This fabric combination seems as though it was tailor-made for the gold-trimmed zippers and I’m finally satisfied with the proportions of this back packet area. The strap holder completely conceals the seam area on either side of the zipper while providing a perfect guide for the strap holders themselves.
And here’s a closeup of the top edge. As you can see I’m once again using the new center-post buckles which I think provide just the right amount of pizazz. They’re 1″ wide though, so our customers could opt instead to use a D-ring or an O-ring instead, if they chose to.
Here’s a sideview shot. I always install a purse zipper (closed on BOTH ends with 2 zipperheads) for the inner core pocket area because it simplifies the whole process of accessing stored items.
But you know what? It wasn’t until my husband pointed it out that I realized how easily this bag would function as a “concealed carry” bag.
After all, all one would have to do is unzip ONE side of the purse zipper (as pictured at left) to provide easy and convenient access to the inner “core” pocket. Configured in this way, it would be very easy (and pretty much unnoticeable to the casual passerby) to have one hand inside the inner Core area while carrying this bag as a shoulder bag.
Of course you can probably think of several other ways to put the zippered inner Core pocket to good use, can’t you? I for one prefer storing my wallet in this area, but it really is an ideal place to store sensitive, personal info such as passports and credit & debit cards.
And as you see in this photograph, there’s plenty of room in this hidden pocket for most anything you think needs to be protected with the additional security of a zipper.
And I have to admit that I’ve grown fond of always having my iPad with me away from the house and since it fits so easily in one of the side pocket areas, there’s just no need of leaving it at home now.
So where does that leave us now? Well I’m satisfied enough with this design now that I’m going to start writing my instructions in Publisher, which inevitably means roughly 2 weeks of monk-like seclusion (and that’s not far from the truth).
But before I go, I promised to give you some details about the fabrics used in this particular model.
The main exterior print– “Whiskers & Tails” by Linda June Smith for Robert Kaufman
The suede-like contrast– “Cuddle Suede” in Capuccino by Shannon Fabrics
And both the lining and the gold chevron fabric were found in my stash.
And finally just a word about the Cuddle Suede fabric which I LOVED working with.
It honestly looks and feels very much like the real deal with some notable advantages.
a) You can place your pins anywhere without worrying about pinholes.
b) It’s very pliable and much lighter weight
c) You press it on the wrong side but use a pressing cloth on the right side. I also used a slightly cooler iron.
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 you know what? since the design elements are pretty much set at this point, I need to get serious about a name, so I’m all ears if you have any suggestions (just leave any 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 as well.
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