So… in our last post we revealed our original sketches for this new design, and if you’re a fan of this series, you know that what comes next is a very barebones, skeleton-type sample… a shell of a bag.
I just don’t waste time with pockets and other features at this stage. I don’t even add fleece or lining or any other foundation type component, because right now, I just want to know if the basic shell ‘works’, and by that I mean:
Do the pattern pieces for the basic silhouette line work?…
(do the pattern pieces fit together as they should, is the size what we were after?)
and is the basic silhouette pleasing and consistent with our vision?
(does the bag look the way I had hoped, do I like it enough to continue the process?)
and does the basic silhouette differ enough from our other patterns?
(I have no interest in producing the same pattern over and over again with just slight variations)
So here’s our first sample, which is just a shell. No lining… no fleece… no pockets. Basically just fabric sides with a base. I did take the time to install an old zipper into the bag opening, because this is a completely different zipper attachment feature than we have used before. This bag is smaller than the last few we’ve done and installing the zipper in this way allows the bag to open wider and I want to make sure that at least the small PortaPockets Purse Insert can squeeze thru the opening and fit easily inside.
Overall I was pleased with this first effort, and actually, this sample probably went together easier than any of our “shell” samples thus far. So stay tuned for our next post in this series when we’ll start fleshing out the fun features for this new bag. I’ve got some unique design elements planned and for the first time, I plan on utilizing a brand new type of foundation fabric (instead of fusible fleece), AND invisible sew-in magnetic snaps for the flap (and by sew-in, I mean by machine, NOT by hand).
So, the big question is…
what do YOU think?
and what features would YOU like to see us incorporate into this new bag?
And CONGRATULATIONS to MaryAnn (Matate) of Oklahoma! She guessed Jeter’s weight ‘on the nose’, or should we say ‘on the gut’? 23.5 pounds!! She wins a pattern of her choice! And stay tuned for our blog post on Monday when we’ll have our biggest giveaway EVER!
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