PPC7: Slow Dancing

(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… you might recall that at the end of our last post in this serieswe were pretty
pleased with many aspects of our new design.
This color-blocked exterior makes it very easy to see that our styles lines are just about perfect now.
As you can see, there are now three very definitive exterior areas, the base, the middle pocketed areas,
and the rim. We have SO many terrific fabrications in store for this bag,
beginning with THIS presentation, but more on that later!
This external card area is pretty much a keeper. I’ve been carrying the pin-striped sample bag for a few
weeks now and I totally love this feature, especially the fact that the area is secured by an invisible sew-in
magnetic snap at the top! I’ve even forgot to re-zip this area a time or two, and it didn’t matter,because the
magnetic snap keep everything safe and in place!
The zippered closure is another area that we can check off as done! And just so you know, I borrowed
my neighbor’s iPad last week to see if it could be carried within the main storage area and it CAN, and
with room to spare!
And speaking of interiors, here’s your first look at the main storage area, which as you might recall, is
totally separate from the concealed lining area. Sorry to say this isn’t a great picture. This dark lining
makes it a little difficult to get a detailed picture!
Here’s the Bag back. I chose to stitch the dividing lines into this back pocket because then the resulting pocket is a much better size for phone storage. And guess what else? Those two tiny little slot pockets on either side are just PERFECT for easy access to a couple of pens! I love that!
Which brings us to the concealed Core Lining. I changed the installation procedure
COMPLETELY this time, and not only was the construction MUCH easier,
but the final look was a heck of a lot easier on the eyes as well! So… with the basic bag design
pretty much solidified, it was time for the “hard stuff”, and by that I mean that it was time
to start planning out how a weapon could be secured safely within the Core Lining of this bag.
In our last post, we showed you our very 1st holster prototype, and while its OK for a 1st try, we knew we
could do a whole lot better! In this effort,  besides making some aesthetically pleasing design changes, we also
included several modifications with a view toward securing the weapon within the holster and the holster within
the Core Lining. In this picture you can see the Velcro strap we added to keep the weapon encased within the holster.  

The VERDICT?  While its true, this weapon is totally secure within the holster, it’s also nearly IMPOSSIBLE to get it this weapon unholstered without using BOTH hands and making a WHOLE LOT of racket in the process! (Needless to say, we’ll keep working on this!)

On the other hand though, the Velcro which we added to the backside of the holster to attach it to the Core Lining
interior worked VERY effectively. Heck, the whole time we were struggling to unholster our weapon, the holster
itself never once came loose from the Core Lining.
So…it’s back to the drawing board for this little holster in the next round. Our list of changes includes;
1st and foremost- we need to come up with an easier-to-remove system that secures the weapon within the holster.
2nd- Modify the holster design so that the trigger area is protected WITH the holster itself (for added safety). 

So…before we close this installment of the Purse Pattern Chronicles, I’m ready to unveil the name we’ve chosen!  {drumroll please}
We’ve decided to call this new design,
The Guardian,
so chosen because the various features we’ve built into it are all with a view of keeping your belongings (credit cards, passports, currency, mace, or personal weaponry) safe, concealed and protected.
 

And now, let’s talk a bit about this yummy fabric which incidentally was a blast to work with. It’s from the “Innocent Crush” collection by Anna Marie Horner for Free Spirit and it’s called “Slow Dance #AH28
(I chose the “vintage” colorway, but it’s also available with a golden or a heather background)

And now… it’s YOUR turn! 

Got any questions or comments for me?

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and stay tuned for our next post in this series when our new design continues to develop!

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41 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. Loving it. I don’t carry my weapon because it just not convenient to just through it inside my bag willy nilly. Thanks for working on this.

  2. Very excited about the holster. Will be anxiously awaiting final

  3. Barbara in Muncie

    So glad you chose different fabrics. I hadn’t realized there was a base area in the other fabric combinations. I really like the looks of this bag. If you didn’t need the concealed carry area for a weapon, are there other ways to use that section?

    • I know that the black on our last sample just doesnt photograph well, but since we were using stuff from our stash I just went with it. Now that we have the design pretty much established, we can get on with much more interesting and fun-to-work-with fabrics! YAY!

    • I’m certain that my Kindle and/or Kindle Fire will fit in the pocket and I’m planning on lining it with vinyl so that I can carry a snack or a sandwich in there for a day out. I have to see exactly how much room is in there to be sure, but I think my little camera might fit in there as well.

  4. Not a fan of carrying a weapon.

  5. For the creative woman, this is a wonderful option from those other CC bags out there. Thank you for developing this pattern—-as I would rather be able to protect myself and my family than be a victim.

  6. I do love the features of this bag although I do not need the holster the bag is great. I am sure I will find things I need to store in the hidden lining. Looking forward to this pattern. Thanks

  7. You have lost me here. Does carrying a gun in a pretty holster make it less deadly?

  8. I agree wit Sheila, I CHOOSE not to be a victim. Great bag ladies!

  9. There are plenty of OTHER uses for this secret pocket if you choose not to use it for concealed carry. I for one do not carry a weapon, but I have SO enjoyed being able to hide my camera, and my passport in there and I’m sure that it would be a GREAT place to hide LOTS of other things as well! No?

  10. Margaret B
    Put the holster at an angle; you won’t need Velcro to hold the gun in place.

    • Thanks for commenting Margaret, but I disagree with that. Even though I still think I’ll need to come up with something other than the Velcro, I DO think that in order to stabilize the weapon securely within the holster, it needs to be strapped in some way, but stay tuned and see how we resolve this! 🙂

  11. I wouldn’t bother with designing a holster – most woman who use CC have a holster that fits their particular weapon. I’d just velcro it in place. You might also consider a velcro option to carry pepper spray instead of a gun.

    • I think Pepper spray would be a great thing to carry in this area, and I also think the holster we have designed would easily accomodate that. Great suggestion though, because I think I’ll check on that to make sure! 🙂

  12. I do not carry nor do I own a gun. I would not have one around my family but I do not disagree or condemn those who have been properly trained and choose to do so. I have loved following the process and think I would like to make this bag because of its great features. I go into homes of strangers and would like to have an area to place secret items just to avoid the temptation it could cause if someone sees something of value in my purse. I use 2 cell phones. 1 issued by my employer and my personal one. I could place the personal phone (which rarely rings) in the hidden pocket. Love the name “the guardian” great job.

    • By the way this fabric choice makes the bag look very “V”

    • Very “V”???? That a new one on me! 🙂
      Thanks for your comments and I’m glad you like the name and I agree, the concealed area can be used for SO many other things than a weapon if one desires! 🙂

    • I agree with this post. I don’t see much use for a holster inside the concealed pocket (added weight). Just a strap of velcro to hold it in place like on a leather holster seems like it would suffice.
      Also, to the woman who says she won’t buy any more of your patterns because you are designing a purse to conceal a small weapon which is our second amendment right to carry (!), she’ll be sneaking around to keep up with this website plus purchase more patterns.
      It’s not the gun that kills; it’s the crazy knothead holding the gun that pulls the trigger and kills!

  13. I love the bag! I LOVE how the concealed pocket can be used for so many valuable items. I laughed and showed my husband this blog! You don’t mess with these women! Thanks for being so creative-You and the women who follow you inspire me each month. You all are what makes this country great!

  14. Great Bag! I’ve been following your progress with the bag with great interest. I would suggest not worring too much about the holster. Most who cc will use the holster made specifically for their gun. I know I will.

    Keep up the great work!

  15. I have fallen in love with this bag! Can’t wait!

  16. I have been reading your emails and your bag constructions for quite some time now and have enjoyed them very much.

    In light of the recent happenings in Pennsylvania I am very surprised that you would even consider posting that you are constructing something to hold or conceal a gun in one of your bags.

    I find this very upsetting and I am not sure that after reading this second posting on holster construction showing a ‘toy’? gun in place that I would ever consider making one of your bags let alone purchasing another of your patterns.

    Diane D

    • HI Diane
      Thanks for writing and I appreciate your position. I really do.
      I myself do not carry and probably never will. But then I’m not a woman who works a job requiring a long walk in the dark thru a parking lot or to a subway or bus-stop. I live way out in the country where I get in and out of my car in a locked garage and I’m not a store owner closing up shop with the days earnings in my bag.
      There are many legitimate reasons why a person might carry a weapon and as long as they do so carefully and safely I do not have a problem with it. We designed this bag to give these women (who are a significant portion of our customer base) a safer option for doing so.

      There are LOTS of other ways to enjoy carrying this bag that do not involve weaponry. I myself have carried this bag for over 8 weeks now (sans weapon) and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Having said that, I understand your point of view and you are absolutely entitled to it and if you feel this is the stand you must make to emphasize it we will certainly understand.

      Thanks again for writing and have a great week

  17. great place to keep/hide your prescriptions, especially, those using popular meds that seem to come up missing in the standard purse because they can be sold on the street. example: vicodin and percription pot. I know because my pain pills come up missing to where I can not carry more than I will use in a day.
    I have question regarding the outside card area. I would rather have the slots for the cards on the flap side going the other direction…more secure and less able to fall out.
    thankyou for a great design for use pill packing mamas

  18. Sue H in upstate NY

    I will make and use this purse and the thing I will be concealing is an adult diaper. I have to use them and it is embarrassing to open my purse at a check out register to pay for something and have the spare diaper pop up. This purse will take care of that problem.

  19. I totally can not wait for this pattern!!! LOVE IT! I’m super excited … love all of it.. I went to a gun show this past weekend and saw some leather purses with concealed pockets and the purses were so stiff.. I loved the designs but I love the look of a hand made better! Love the name!!

  20. I’m so eager for the Guardian Purse pattern to be available. I love watching you make changes as the design comes together. I’ve made several of your purses and real enjoy sewing them. What are the measurements of the Guardian?

  21. Why not incorporate a pocket for the gun in the lining? It would be secure and easier to get out without a holster or velcro.

    • Good question Donna!

      A pocket of course is a possibility. But we hose not to go that route for the following security reasons.
      1) A pocket isn’t necessarily going to be accessible from both sides because it wont have top access (unless the bag is a WHOLE lot taller than it is now.
      2) if your bag tips over or you drop it, out comes the weapon and that would REALLY concern me.
      3) The holster we have designed is padded all around for protection. If you drop your bag or it slams into something it’s not going to be harmed or become dislodged.

      We just think its WAY safer.

  22. Have you thought of using a magnetic clasp? Instead of a velcro strap, have a fabric strap with a magnetic closure. This give you the silent opening and closing of the strap. Love your bags.

  23. I am appalled that you are designing a purse with a concealed weapon
    holder.with all the violence in this country at this time,especially
    the shootings of all the school children,I just cannot believe you are
    doing this.I am unsubscribing and will not ever again buy your
    products and I am donating all of your patterns that I own to a local
    thrift store.Adele H

    • Thanks for writing and I appreciate your position. I really do.
      I’m going to use some of the same language I used earlier in a response to a similar comment.
      “I myself do not carry and probably never will. But then I’m not a woman who works a 2nd shift job requiring a long walk in the dark thru a parking lot or to a subway or bus-stop. I live way out in the country where I get in and out of my car in a locked garage and I’m not a store owner closing up shop with the days earnings in my bag.
      There are many legitimate reasons why a person might carry a weapon and as long as they do so carefully and safely I do not have a problem with it. We designed this bag to give these women (who are a significant portion of our customer base) a safer option for doing so.”

      I am sorry you find it this offensive and surprised you feel compelled to take this kind of action, but I certainly can respect your decision to do so.

      There are LOTS of other ways to enjoy carrying this bag that do not involve weaponry. I myself have carried this bag for over 8 weeks now (sans weapon) and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Having said that, I understand your point of view and you are absolutely entitled to it and if you feel this is the stand you must make to emphasize it we will certainly understand.

      Thanks again for writing and have a great week

  24. A gun! Really! People actually design purses to carry guns. Disgraceful. Absolutely illegal.
    Shame on you

  25. I think the purse is great and I will buy this pattern so I will have it should I ever need to carry my gun. I think those who are opposing the designing of this purse should realize that the world is changing and we will all need to carry guns in the near future. I would have said a couple years ago that I never would carry a gun but I am anxiously waiting for my permit to arrive in the mail. I may never carry it but I will be able to if I ever need to. If someone with a gun had been at those schools they may could have saved all those young children… wake up!

    Now there is one consideration about this purse that I haven’t seen mentioned on here. That concealed pocket can hide a lot of things and it would be handy to hide shop-lifted items just as well as your pills and diapers. I haven’t seen anyone rejecting it for this reason. I certainly will not be using it for that reason but I bet there are many others who has thought of that but failed to mention it. Why doesn’t anyone rejected it for being an criminal item? Crazy huh?