PPC20: The 1st Prototype


in our first post in this, our 20th cycle of Purse Pattern Chronicles we revealed the inspiration behind what will eventually be our new pattern for Fall 2019. And if you’ve been with us for any of our other 19 cycles of Purse Pattern Chronicles then you know that what generally comes next is the 1st prototype.

So here’s the deal… in the early days, the 1st prototype generally consisted of muslin, and perhaps a bit of foundation material. But after 40 some odd designs in the books, I like to think I’ve got enough experience at this point to avoid some of the early “false starts’ that were so common back in the day which means that nowawdays the 1st prototype

So… let’s get down to business and talk about this, the 1st prototype for our new design which as of yet is unnamed.

So here’s your first look at the sample. It actually went together really well and the strap arrangement shown here is set up for it to function as either a cross-body “sling type” bag either on one’s chest or back. You might remember from my last post that it was my intention to install the metal hardware in a permanent way, knowing full well that depending on the way the bag was to be worn, a ring or two could be visibly “hanging free”.

In this case, it’s the bottom O-ring that’s unattached and hanging freely. When this bag was first conceived, my thinking was that all of this visible hardware would lend a “Steam Punk” feel to this bag. But “Steam Punk” is honestly not the word I think of when I look at this picture!  🙂

Particularly when this bag is converted to a shoulder bag. As much as I didn’t like the free O-ring in the shoulder bag configuration, I totally HATE the way it looks here!

SO… here’s what i did!

I remembered I had some “Gate Rings” in my stash that I considered using for the Cosmo Convertible a couple of years ago! As you can see, they look just like a normal O-ring, but they actually open and close like a snap hook! So first, I removed the O-ring from either side of this bag and then reduced the size of the tabs holding them in place. The result?

A MUCH cleaner look in my estimation!

Overall I’m SO much happier with this look in ALL THREE views. And here’s the best part… I really think that even though these gate rings are a bit pricey, they can actually substitute for almost all of the other attachment hardware I had been using… both O-rings, both D-rings and BOTH snap hooks, which means it’s actually cheaper overall!

So here’s a couple of parting shots for you. Here you can see the new side attachments for the gate rings. I think these could actually be smaller and less noticeable yet still effective.

And finally here’s a peek at the “secret niche” area which has become almost  a trademark feature of our bag designs because it’s a part of so many of our patterns, right? So… that should do it for this tour of our first prototype! And do stay tuned for the next post in this series when we’ll be pleased to show  you the “Gorilla Sample” for this new design


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 there’s features you like, or items you wish we had included, now would be a great time to let us know! And remember, there’s space provided below to leave anything you’d like to say!


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33 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. Absolutely brilliant idea!!! Will you be able tosupply these in your notions kits?

    • Absolutely! After searching high and low, we finally secured a maufacturing source for these gate rings and will be able to supply them on our website and to stores! 🙂

  2. Could you possibly do the side tabs the same as the top tabs? They would be less obvious when not in use. Otherwise I like the looks of this bag.

    • Oh yes. Did you read the post Joy? One of my comments about the side attachments was that they could and should be made smaller. 🙂

  3. Love the less bulky look and the gate rings. I only see one zipper on top, how is the other section held secure?

  4. I love this idea, but would like to see the ring a little smaller

    • So would I, but at this point in the process this is just a prototype and we need to get the final item made for us. We’ll decide on a size further down the road.

  5. Love the gate ring idea..so you can move it to whichever tab you want..brillant..I’m assuming you will add a tab or some type closer for the secret niche compatment

    • there already are tabs over the secret niche compartment. In thies sample there’s already d-rings attached though and I didnt go thru the process of removing those just for a prototype sample. We’ll have open tabs on the next sample thru which we can push the gate rings. Remember, this is still a work in progress. 🙂

  6. Barbara Ballard

    I often take 1-day bus tours, so a small crossbody is great. My sunglasses are large, because they fit over my regular glasses. I can see leaving 1 ring in place to hang the sunglasses from when we go indoors into a destination. Looking forward to seeing more.

  7. Virginia Barbaro

    Love it, can’t wait! The size is great. I like smaller bags, because, at least in my family, the bigger the bag the more I’m asked to carry.

  8. Really like all the ideas for this bag – especially since it is not too bulky for those of us with hips that are! I think this is going to be my perfect Walk About bag! Also agree with the comment about larger sunglasses – both fitting in, and hanging from one of the rings.

  9. Neat! I’d never heard of gate rings. Those are interesting. Do they lock closed? Easy to take off/on?

    • They are easy as pie. Some call them push gate rings because you just push them open with your finger and they do NOT open unless you do. 🙂

  10. How big is this bag?

    • well its early for us to commit to a size, remember this is just a prototype and we MAYy makes some changes in this regard but right now I’d say its roughly 9″ wide and 6-7inches tall.

  11. I’m impressed with the looks of this new keeper. My youngest daughter just received her Masters Degree to be a school counselor. She needs to be mobile on her campus so I saw a purse and a pocket for files or papers. Just sling this on her back and she’s off hands free! I would like to see a big enough bag for school use, but do like the smaller suggestions too. I’d love to help however I can! Definitely following this one!

    • Hmmm…. the phrase “files and papers” makes me think you think the bag is bigger than it really is. It’s definitely not big enough for file folders if that what you were referring to.

      • Thank you for telling me that. But we still like it! I commented on Facebook too. I’m ready to make it as soon as you’ve got it ready! Thank you.

  12. CharliAnn Olney

    I can see leaving at least one “O” ring on my bag which to clip on my keys. Hate having to dig for them, especially at night. But so far I think i really like the size, shape and styling of the bag!

  13. I would probably not use the O rings on the side so I would just leave them off and just use the small D rings and snap hooks. I do like the adjustable strap.

  14. Love it. Love how I can switch from shoulder bag to cross over bag.
    Would you post a picture of the inside please. Does it have CC slots and cash & zipper coin pocket?

    • It’s way too early in the process for us to be working on interior features (although we may not add a whole lot of interior stuff to this bag). This is after all just the 1st prototype. W

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  16. LOVE this prototype! I, too, prefer to carry smaller organizer bags. I hate the added weight of having to carry bulky wallets. I love the comment about the sunglasses as I, too, wear those over my regular glasses. Only addition I can think of that would make this perfect is a secure outer pocket for a cell phone.

  17. Love the prototype as it is now with the gate rings. I would add a outer zip pocket on one side. On the inner main zip compartment I would have it RFID protected credit card slots and some way to have bills separate from the main amount of space. With these added to your prototype you have my dream bag.

  18. Really do like this. Can’t wait for it to be finished.

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