So… in our last post in this series, we showed you the 1st draft pattern piece for this, our 28th handbag design.
And… if you’re a fan of our Purse Pattern Chronicles series, then you know that now its time to get down to business of sewing to begin making this bag a reality!
So let’s get this party started, shall we?
Here (above) is our original sketch come to life… well, at least the exterior shell of it.
The Bag Front– The prominent feature here of course is the concealed credit card section which you can unzip partially or completely as shown below (there’s room for eight cards)
We’ve included one of our wonderful invisible magnetic snaps at the top of this section. This provides additional security for your cards. (There’s no way any of ’em are falling out folks!)
The Verdict? I’m pretty happy with the way this bag front looks and functions, BUT, I feel the credit card section is a bit TOO wide. Next time I’ll cut the width just a tad.
The Bag Back– This is a deep-pocketed area which will ALSO be secured by an invisible magnetic snap at the top. I like to storing my phone on the outside of the bag so I can hear it better & for ease of access.
The Verdict? The vertical stitching lines you can see were sewn in place because I just didn’t like the idea of a pocket THAT deep AND wide on the outside of this bag, but… now I’m not sure I like this look, so I’ll play around a little with for the next sample.
The Concealed Core Lining– It’s the signature feature for this bag, and the idea here is that this interior storage is totally separate from the general bag interior. As you can see, there’s a zipper on each side, so that the contents can be accessed from either side..
The Verdict? I’m very happy with the design and function for this feature, BUT what really bothers me when I look at this picture can be summed up in one word… IMBALANCE! What? Here’s what I mean. I think the overall look of this bag would be ever so much more pleasing, if the top seam of this side zipper section was the same height as the top edge of the back pocket, AND if the bottom seam of this same section was the same height as the Phone Pocket bottom seam. (It would also make it easier to accomplish some pretty fabulous color-blocking schemes!) Make sense? Don’t worry if it doesn’t. I’ll show you next time!
The Interior– Here’s peek at the inside of the bag and since it’s unlined, now is actually a good time to be checking this out. You can easily see now that the concealed core will be a pass-thru pocket… (once I figure out how to get the lining in place that is).
I’d love to hear