PPC4 – A Rocky Inspiration
(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.)
Purse Pattern Chronicles- 4th edition
A Rocky Inspiration
Those of you who have followed our Blog for some time know what our Purse pattern Chronicle series is all about, and truth is, this series has probably been our most successful and guess what? It’s that time again folks! We’ve been working feverishly on a new design and we’re far enough along now, that it’s time to start the gradual unveiling.
My usual practice, as I develop a new design, is to think about what my customer might want this season. What might she be wearing? Where might she be going? But I changed it up this time, and for a reason that’s just a little bit selfish. That’s because we’re going on a wonderful trip in August with two of our dearest friends and I was feeling inspired to make myself “the perfect travel bag” to take along with me.
|Our vacation will include a wonderful train ride thru the Canadian Rockies
and overnight stay at Lake Lure’s Fairmont Hotel,
A helicopter ride over a glacier,
and maybe even a zip line ride in Vancouver! YIKES!
And here’s the deal…I’ve made plenty of travel bags in my time. I’ve even got a few in my pattern line, but my needs have changed considerably over the past few years. I’ve always carried a camera on trips, but now I’ve got to have room for my little Flip video camera, AND my cellphone. And with the luggage constraints that are in place at the airport now, I try to carry a larger purse on the plane than I used to. And since we don’t have kids traveling with us anymore, our trend seems to lean toward more touring-style vacations, where we might spend a great portion of the day away from our hotel base. So with all this in mind…
Here’s my list of must-have’s– (in no particular order, except #1 really is #1)
Big enough for at least my small PortaPockets to fit inside. (I may be on vacation, but I STILL want to be organized.)
But not too big, I don’t want it so big that it’s cumbersome or heavy to carry when full (besides, if its big, then it’s too easy for the hubster to store his stuff in there as well, & I don’t want to do that)
An adjustable strap. (when I travel, I like to carry my bag cross-body, but I’d like the option of carrying it as a shoulder bag)
- A secure spot for my passport
- An exterior phone pocket (hopefully zippered)
- An exterior pocket for my camera if possible (for quick access)
- A main compartment with a zippered closure for security
- Room on the inside for a fold-up rain poncho and maybe a roll-up reusable tote for impromptu shopping.
- Room for sunglasses
An emergency snack
So what do YOU think? Have I left anything out? And stay tuned because in our next post, we’ll be showing you the original sketches for the bag!
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