So in our last post, we revealed the first working prototype of our new design , and even though we were pretty happy with it, there were quite a few items that needed redesigning & tweaking, most notably in the Flap and Zipper Panel area.
I know from experience that it’s unlikely that this sample is going to solve all of our ‘design issues’, but it’s still very probable that I’ll be carrying this bag at least for a little while to test it out, so even though I’m not using my best fabrics on this one, I’m not using junk either. After all, I have my reputation to consider! LOL
So here’s the front of the bag. The fabric is nothing special, but I did jazz it up just a bit by piecing together the flap area with a little Rockstar Peacework (more on that later).
You can’t see it, but I added a short flat slot pocket INSIDE the Flap pocket, because I don’t always want to dig to the bottom of a deep pocket for things. I also beefed the Flap up with a layer of Soft & Stable. I’m satisfied with both of these changes.
What I’m STILL not particularly satisfied with, is the zipper area for the main compartment. Oh I love the look of these zippers running way up into the Strap area, but it was just wicked to put together. I’ll be redesigning this area to make the installation easier and to reduce some of the bulk in the next round.
Also in this shot, you can get a good look at one of the two Phone Pockets, with my Phone in place. I have a Motorola Droid 2, which is a pretty tall phone, but as you can see, this pocket accommodates it easily .
If you lift up the Flap you’ll see that it conceals a very convenient curved pocket, a great place to store your travel credentials, like your Passport, boarding passes or anything you need quick access to.
But it’s not the curved pocket that makes this feature so special. It’s the sew-in magnetic snaps that make this area such a secure storage zone. What? You can’t see the sew-in snaps? That’s because we’re using a brand new type of snap that’s machine sewn right to the Soft & Stable of the Flap and the Purse. They’re easy to install, and they work like a charm. I really think you’ll love ’em… unless of course you just like the ‘look’ of the clamp-in style snaps.
Turning the bag around to the back side, you can see that these exterior Phone pockets are unlike any others we’ve had to date. The zippers we’ve added to these pockets are easy to operate and really enhance the security. I’ve carried my phone as well as my camera or my Flip video camera at times and nothing has ever come close to falling out of these pockets. I love ’em.
You’ll also find a generously-sized zippered pocket on the back side of this bag. Plenty big enough for large flat items, even a rain slicker.
Here’s closeup of the Phone Pocket with it’s zippered closure. I changed the design of the bottom area of these Pockets just a tad with this sample & increased the seam width just a tad for strength and durability.
And speaking of zippers, there are 5 zippers in this bag and I can actually HEAR the zipper-phobic among you clucking in disapproval, but I promise you that it’s not hard to put them in. I still really love my black and white zippers too, and don’t they look just fabulous with this print. And after all, what color could we possibly have found in all of these sizes: 7″, 9″, and 12″ nylon PLUS 16″ separating, that would have also blended with this color scheme?
And what you see here is a closeup of the bottom of the Front Flap. I’m not particularly liking how the Flap almost reaches to the very bottom of the bag. I thought I’d like this but as it turns out, I’m not crazy about the fact that the bottom of the bag is not visible below the Flap. It makes it look like the Flap goes under the bag. I’ll fix this on the next sample. 🙂
About the fabric…
And now let’s talk a bit about this fabric, which is part of the Legacy Studio line available at JoAnn’s and called ‘Asian Butterly Floral Mix’.
It really wasn’t a good candidate for Rock Star Peacework, and because of that, the center is NOT perfect, (as you can note in the picture below), but I’ve enjoyed carrying this bag, and as a rule, I’ve found that I am generally WAY pickier about my own work than most everyone else is. Do you find that to be true for you as well?
So… let’s summarize where we stand in the process now. At this point, we’re happy enough with our final look, that starting with out next bag, we’ll start using our best fabrics and begin the process of making up our show samples for the Fall Market. In addition, we’ll be addressing the following areas:
- an almost total redesign of the zipper attachment area for the main compartment.
- reduce the height of the Zipper Cap area (between the zipper and the Strap)
- shorten the bottom edge of the Flap which I feel hangs down a bit too far.
And I guess the only thing left to do now, is to ask…
What do YOU think?
Are we headed in the right direction?
Can you already see ways in which you can fabricate a great exterior for this bag?
And what do you think about the idea of the hidden sew-in magnetic snaps?
And CONGRATULATIONS to Connie C and to Barbara G. They were the lucky winners in the Annie Unrein Meet & Greet Giveaway! They are the lucky winners of a free pattern and Soft & Stable!
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