So… in our last post in this series we showed you our first working sample of our new design and I’ve been carrying it for several weeks now, in order to discover what I like and what I do not like about the way it carries and functions. And I’ve gotta tell ya, so far I’m very pleased with BOTH!
The Bag Front
The credit card feature on the front of the bag is probably my favorite feature. I’ve generally been keeping my loyalty cards out here because there’s never enough room in my wallet for all of them and I can’t stand digging around the bottom of my bag for them!
But you know what? With the double zippers and the invisible magnetic snap closure, I would totally feel secure keeping my major credit cards out here instead. 🙂
The Bag Top
Here’s the zippered closure for the main storage area and it was the object of some MAJOR modifications in this round. As you can see, it’s located much closer in proximity to the top of the bag now, and not only does this look better in my estimation, but it frees up more space on the inside of the bag too.
The Bag Back
I went back to a one piece back which I feel is a much better look. I stitched two divider lines in the back to make this pocket a more manageable size. (I need to check and see if this pocket can accomodate an iPad w/o the stitched dividers.)
I like carrying my phone in this location and the invisible magnetic snap closure renders my phone TOTALLY secure here.
At this angle and with the use of these two fabrics, you can see how the bag is now color-blocked. The zippered side panels and the front and back pocketed areas are all the same height.
I’m think that this should provide for some interesting fabrication opportunities and that should be fun.
The side zippers of course allow entry from either side of the bag to the separate inner core lining. I made some major changes in the installation of this lining so that it will hold up as an option for those that want to use it for “concealed carry”.
I’m much more satisfied with this installation over the last sample. The process we used this time was easier and it has a better finished look on the inside. I still think I need to provide further support for this lining so it can hold up under the potential additional weight of a concealed weapon. I’ll work on that in the next sample.
I realize that the “concealed carry” option will not be of interest to all customers, but for those who would like to use it this way, they will certainly need a lightweight option for holstering their weapon and securing it within the confines of the core lining.
At left is our first attempt at a working holster design for a small handgun.
First of all, in the next sample I plan on “rounding-off” the bias-taped corner at the front. I think that’ll look better and be easier to finish-off with bias tape.
I need to work on how I want to secure the weapon within the Core Lining. This time I did so with Velcro and I liked the way I placed it on the little holster, but I wasn’t pleased with where I placed the Velcro on the lining within the bag. I plan on improving this next time.
And of course this is the part of the post where I normally pass along information about the fabrications I have used in this sample, but that’s quite impossible this time, sorry.
That’s because this time I used fabrics that have been in my stash for a long, LONG time because I knew I had quite a few changes to make on this sample and didn’t want to waste any of my cool, newly released fabrics on an unusable sample. My sewing assistant however was quite taken with them, even if there were outdated! 🙂
So… now it’s YOUR turn! What are YOUR thoughts, and…
I NEED to come up with a name for this bag, got any ideas?