Thursday, January 28, 2016

My New Design (Fourth)

The last time I wrote a post I told you I was working in a design and will show it to you soon. So here it is.


I sometimes come up with ideas of different combination of features and I just draw them in my notebook and make a list of features I want on it.


The original idea evolved. It was to be a square shape crossbody bag with zipper closure. I wanted it to have a flap pocket and a zipper pocket on top. Then I thought of having the zipper covered like welt pockets.The flap pocket will close either with a twist closure or thumb catch closure (see the smudge in my drawing). I wasn't sure if I wanted a gusset or just to square the corners at the bottom.  But right with that decision was the one about how to install the top zipper. Those two ideas go hand in hand.


While I was playing with these ideas the Margo bag by iThinkSew came out. You can see it here. So I took a short cut and used the main panel shape for my bag. The Margo has a seam right in the center front and I omitted it in order to have the two front pockets I wanted. I also used the gusset piece but I added width for a bigger bag.

There's also another difference. For my first version I used the same main zipper construction, using a zipper panel. But then it required the type of construction that needs some bias tape to cover the inside seams. So I knew I wanted to change that on my second version. Here's the first version.

 And here the installation of the top zipper panel. It came out terrible since there was a matching problem. I did not wanted to have those issues if I wanted to sew several of this bag. To date I haven't sewn the bias tape inside. Urgh! LOL.


So for my second bag I made a sunken zipper panel added to the top of the lining and used the exterior fabric for the top of the lining as facing. I should've made the same thing for the gusset. Oops!


I do like the second version bag. Plus I want to use solid color fabrics only for this design of bags. This one is a beautiful teal twill that was very difficult to picture and show it's true color. Believe me, the true color is impressive.

The truth is it turned out bigger than I originally wanted so I might make another version. I would do it a bit more square too and maybe without gusset.

Another thing I realized is I might have to name the design since this is the fourth I make. (See first one here and Second one here) For now I thought I would just call it the two pockets crossbody. But then the last one I designed, the third (see here) also has two pockets and is crossbody; but rounded and relaxed hobo like. That one I call the two pockets hobo. So maybe this one should be the structured zippered crossbody. Who knows!! Names.....names....? It was even hard to name my daughters so I'll not name them at all. After all I'm the only one using the designs. LOL

Here they are all together:


I'm sharing this post in Sew Can Do Craftastic Monday's Link Party here.


More of my bag sewing adventures soon.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Four Brandt's Blvd Wallets

Wow, This is my first post of the year. I really haven't sew as much as I would like. I've been working on a new bag design I'll be using for my bags. But I can't show you yet. I finished the first test model and I still have to change the way I did something. So stay tuned for a later reveal.

I did manage to make these Brandt's Blvd Wallets. I have others cut already but I'm waiting for some thumb catch closures I bought to finish them. This pattern is from Chris W Designs and you can get it here.

This one is made with a blue print fabric with some French script that I got at JoAnn's. I already had this fabric in a yellowy beige and liked it so I gave it a try in blue.


 This second wallet is made with a black print called Text Me by Wyndham Fabrics. I have to say I love this print.

The third I made with a damask print in black and beige that I've had for a while. This one is by Whistler Studios' Keys Collection.


For this last one I used a very nice black print that has some arrows in white and metallic gold. I used it previously for a bag and wallet and both sold in my shop. So this fabric is a winner! I believe I got it at Hobby Lobby.

This wallet has great features and size. The big cellphone pocket seams to be the most loved feature. I love making it!


All of the wallets are available at my shop: www.NormasBagBoutique.etsy.com.

I still have to make the January Bag of The Bag of the Month Club. Plus I received Sara Lawson's new book Windy City Bags as a gift and I really want to try some of the bags. The designs are really cool. If you don't have your copy I highly recommend it. Do you have it? Have you made any of the bags?

So many bag patterns and fabric and so little time!!!!

Happy Sewing to all!!