Sunday, April 27, 2008
After that, another lightbulb went off and I added a piece of ultrasuede with my initials. Voila! The bag is mine.
Monday, April 21, 2008
I put in an invisible zipper. I plan to make this a dress, rather than a tunic.
the lighting is really dark, sorry!
Monday, April 14, 2008
Here is the lining of the bag:
Here is a close up of my hand slipstitched lining. I tried at first to do this ever so nicely, but I quicky got hot, tired and sore. All I had to say was, "ow ow ow." I pricked myself and drew blood several times. My fingertips were aching for a break.
This view shows off the grey ultrasuede I used for the handles and piping. I really liked working with it. It was pricey ($20 a yard! whoa), but I've had a thing for grey lately and I splurged.
Overall thoughts? I think this bag is tres chic and looks really cool. It also feels like a great accomplishment - making a nearly one of a kind travel bag that looks almost store bought.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
-I couldn't find a non separating zipper for this, but found the perfect shade of grey on a separating zipper. I just tacked the one side, and all seems well.
-If one is to use metal snap closures on the pockets, these need to go on the pocket side before the lining is done. You will need to reinforce where the snap connects with some interfacing. Otherwise, it'll pull or rip with use.
-I might consider a divider in the middle or maybe a 1/3 divider next time. This could be lined in laminated fabric for a pair of shoes, or for dirty clothes.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Here you can see the french seam (or is that hong kong seam?)and my hem.
I made this is wool gabardine. I used cream bias tape for the waistband detail and cotton green stripe for the waistband facing.
Like a lot of other people who have made this bag, I substituted peltex for timtex to make the sides of the bag stiff.
I chose this fabric for the exterior:
I made the piping, bag bottom and handles from charcoal grey ultrasuede. The lining will be a light blue cotton sateen.