So… in our last post in this series we showed you the first exterior shell (sans lining) for our new design, and while we were relatively satisfied with the result, there was a long laundry list of items we wanted to change or tweek in this, our next sample.
The Bag Front
So at first glance, you may notice that we added decorative Tabs (with buttons) to the Bag Front. They seem to work since this exterior fabric is rather
boring plain. Time will tell if we keep this detail or not.
Additionally, we made the double-zippered credit card area a bit narrower than the 1st sample and I’m happier with these proportions. Additionally, this area snaps shut with one of our invisible magnets. I like the extra security this provides for my cards.
So did you notice that I used two different fabrics in this area? That’s because I wanted to try using laminated fabric for the credit card holder INSTEAD of interfacing, but didn’t have enough for the side areas. (Remember: Fabric choice is a low priority at this stage of the process.)
The Verdict? Laminated fabric is a terrific substitute for using interfacing! And I’m not sure I like the Tabs. This exterior fabric is
boring plain, so in this case the Tabs added a bit of visual interest, but with more interesting fabric, I’m not sure they will be necessary.
The Closure Area
And since security is the buzzword for this design, a zippered closure was an obvious choice. I decided to see how the closure would look if it was placed lower within the bag itself.
Nay! I’m not crazy about this positioning. It eats up potential storage area and the zipper is hard to handle when it’s placed this deep within the bag.
The Bag BackIn our last post we told you we’d be playing around with the features on the backside, and we weren’t kidding! Here’s what we did;
1) added an invisible magnetic snap here as well to secure the pocket contents.
2) added two side flanges which overlap onto the pocket. You might remember from our last post, that I thought I would like this sliver of lining peeking out, but guess what?… I don’t. So in our next sample I’m going back to the one-piece back pocket.
3) changed the design of the bag sides so that the top and bottom zipper seam is now the same height as the front and back pocket. (My thinking is that this would open up some interesting color blocking opportunities which I will pursue in upcoming samples with fabrics that are a LOT more fun!)
The Bag Interior
You might remember that our last sample was just an exterior shell, (no lining), and because of the concealed carry option for this bag, there are actually TWO separate and distinct interior storage areas.
At left, you can see the main interior storage area, which I am finding to be VERY ample in size for all the normal stuff I routinely carry each day.
The Concealed Storage Area
And here’s our first stab and your first peek at the special interior concealed area. As you can see, this zippered pocket is accessible from either side of the bag, which is important, since some women carry their bag on their right shoulder and some on their left.
I’m very happy with the access to this area as well as the overall capacity, however, I’m not at all happy about the way I installed it. So…there will be some serious modifications to the construction process in this area for the next sample.
So in conclusion…
Along with the changes documented above there’s a host of notch placements and minor template adjustments to make for the next sample, but lucky for me I have a trusty sidekick who sticks with me for each and every step of the process!
We’d love to hear some feedback from you!
Do you like what you’ve seen so far?
Have we overlooked something?
Now it’s YOUR turn to play designer!
Please feel free to leave your comments and suggestions in the space provided below and stay tuned for our next post in this series when our new design continues to develop!