PPC12: A Side-by-Side Test


in our last post in this series we had significantly changed the Phone Pocket Closure to a shape that was WAY easier to make but unfortunately I just didn’t like the way it LOOKED. It was too wide, and seemed to dominate the look of the bag. For me, it was all I seemed to see when I looked at the bag, so I knew I had to go back to the drawing board with that feature! (You can click HERE to see if you agree!)

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Enter Lina, my sister-in-law, (aka our “materials handling specialist”)! I had offered to let her choose a handbag from amongst our sample sale bags for her birthday, but when she caught sight of my “road test” bag for this cycle of Purse Pattern Chronicles, she fell in love with it. So of course I agreed to make her one, and since she REALLY loved the fabric for MY bag, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for a side-by-side comparison! (My test bag is on the left, and new & improved bag design I made for Lina is on the right.)

So…the two big changes which you can observe in the picture above are:
a) the closure design, and
b) the little D-ring tab design.

For the Closure, I chose to trim it with bias tape. It was an easier make (since there was not turning it right side out after stitching) and it adds a little visual interest without being overwhelming… at least that was my thinking.

For the D-ring Tab, I reduced the bulk and opted to make it up in the same print as the bag trim and I’m much more satisfied with this look, although it still strikes me as being a bit “higher” than it needs to be. I’ll address that next time.

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There’s a few other things that need addressing, but they aren’t immediately apparent from the bag exterior, so I’ll go over those in our next post. All in all I’m pleased with these two changes and so is my little protege.) Gosh he makes that bag look pretty great, no? Good thing he loves Lina, he probably wouldn’t be crazy about sharing it with anyone else but her!  🙂

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And now…
it’s YOUR turn!

I’d love to know what you think of our new design at this point in the process? If you have any bright ideas about a name, I’m all ears! And in particular, what’s your opinion of the changes we made to the Closure and D-ring Tabs?

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23 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. Love your designs, all of them! What about naming it the Pippin Bag? It shares the same colors, or close to the same, as your handsome protege. I once had a cat I loved and adored and sadly she crossed the Rainbow Bridge, I had her for 16 lovely years. When she crossed over I knitted a sweater in honor of her as it was the same colors as my beautiful Sparkle kitty and named it in her honor. I still have my Sparkle sweater and its been 23 years since my Sparkle crossed over. 🙂

    • Thank you Velda! Your Sparkle sounds like she was a wonderful companion! And thanks for the name suggestion. We’ll add it to our list of possiblilities! 🙂 Have a great day!

  2. Love this bag, LOVE the changes! What a difference small changes make! I’d like to purchase the kit that includes Pippin, please.

  3. I notice you “rounded” the closure more. With the change in fabric and the rounding it is very pleasing to the eye. Took me a while to see what change you made to the D-ring tabs-they blend in so well. I believe both of these are great changes. Look forward to seeing the inside changes you made. If I didn’t already have my Dustmop, I would agree with DAR: “I’d like to purchase the kit that includes Pippin”! We love our pets!!!!!!!!!

  4. I love this bag, including the 2 recent improvements. Can’t wait to make one for myself! I currently use a similar sized bag while l’m running my errands locally. No need to carry a big purse for a small job. Other name suggestions are “walkabout” bag, “run around” bag, and my personal favorite “essentials only” bag. I’m wondering how many you’ve made so far. Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks for the name suggestions Ruth and for the kind words! I’ve shown you all the samples so far, but there will be more to come! 🙂

  5. I would like to add to the applause for the bag and model. It appears the most important approver agrees with all your changes. I like the D ring changes. Although I loved the previous edition, the rounded closure would be easier to work with and looks better with the seemingly slightly altered side shapes. This one is a winner from the get go.

  6. You are right about the tab change. It really does look better than the other one (which I had actually liked)! Pippin is a great helper! He’s handsome too! I’m sure he’d make any design look better! You may need to photograph the new bag with him to use as a marketing tool!

  7. Hmmm….sorry to be going up the down staircase, but , when seeing them side-by-side, I prefer the first closure. the rounded one looks too long to me. I know I would like that it’s easier to make, but I like the look of the first better. I do like the change to the same fabric as the body of the bag. Could you provide instructions for both closures in the pattern?

    • Thanks for commenting Jan. And its OK with me that not everyone agrees. The old closure however was just to hard to make The construction was difficult and will be a problem out in the general public. As for the length… they are exactly the same length. The thinner one just gives the illusion of extra length and I’m afraid it needs to be that long in order to provide proper security for the heavy phone in the pocket. We of course would like to make everyone happy with every aspect of our design, but in the case, we need to stick with this particular design item. Each individual customer of course can change it up and make it wider if they so choose. 🙂 Hope this helps to explain. 🙂

  8. I love the rounded shape of the new closure and the slight curve of the pocket….that design feature looks so nice together. Looks like you have another winner!!
    And thanks, too, for sharing the design process with your readers…..so much fun to follow along.

    • I always enjoy the feedback I get along the way. It makes me feel less isolated since i work by myself 99% of the time. (My assistant is not very talkative.) 😉

  9. Dear Kat, I’m LOVING this bag. Can’t wait for the pattern. Keep up the great work.
    Barbara L.

  10. I like the first closure, I think it would be a nice spot for a monogram.

  11. Is this pattern for sale yet or if I read this right, it is in the process?
    Kay H

  12. can’t wait to get the pattern. Just getting started on making purses myself. Wanted a wallet style, that could hold a checkbook if I needed. Looks like this may be the one.
    I appreciate the time and effort you put into designing your line. 🙂

    • Thanks Colette
      And you are right. There is a slot pocket on one side of the zippered interior pocket for paper money and another for a checkbook if you like. 🙂

      • After some thought, I thought maybe the Kozy Klutch might be a good name for it. 🙂