(This post is part of a continuing series focusing on the development of a new handbag pattern from its initial conception to it’s release.)
So in our last post, we told you that for our next sample in this series, we would be working on fixing a few design issues from the last effort. In my estimation, the basic silhouette still needed some work, I wanted to try a curved flap embellishment to highlight the front pouch area, and I wanted to address the bulk issue in the strap area. So let’s see how well this sample addressed those concerns.
First off, let’s talk about the materials we used in this bag. You might be surprised to find out that I purchased most of this fabric from our local JoAnn’s. The main fabric, (with the large love bird) is actually a block panel design by Susan Winget, manufactured exclusively for JoAnn’s. (I love using block-type prints for bags in case you haven’t noticed.) The complimentary fabric is called ‘Bird Floral, again by Susan Winget. (It’s not really new, but my local JoAnn’s still has it stock.) The red contrast is just a routine, run of the mill, red fabric, but the striped fabric is actually from the ‘Rio Grande’ Collection, designed by my friend, Terrie Mangat. I love how it looks against this folksy print. Another ‘Mondocized’ combination, don’t cha think?
I picked up mine here, but it’s pretty easy to find if you Google it. But let’s get on with the design critique!
Strap Attachment Area
Back of Bag
Here’s a closeup of the the back area with the zippered exterior storage pocket. I’m very pleased with how this area of the design looks and functions, so I can stop tinkering here as well. 🙂
Here’s your first glimpse of the zippered closure area. This went together pretty well for a first try. I’m happy with the length of the panel. Even if this bag is turned over, very little if anything would fall out.
The Pouch Flap
Now- let’s talk that problematic Pouch flap. If you remember from my last post, I really didn’t like the squarish flap at all, and I thought maybe that designing a curve into the flap might work, and if you try hard, you can see it pictured at right.
So…Let’s Sum it Up-
What do we Keep…
and What do we Chuck?
So obviously, we still have a few issues to resolve. This flap issue is still on the table. Even with these drastically different fabrics, it totally disappeared. But I’m STILL not willing at this point to give up on this train of thought, and of course I still need to resolve the bulk issue in the strap attachment area. While these two items are significant, we’re definitely getting closer to our vision.
So are you thinking the same things I’m thinking? It’s time for YOU to play designer now- what would be YOUR next move?