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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Does this work....?

I find that designing a new pattern for a bag is a bit like a cryptic puzzle - how to get everything neatly sewn in, in the right order and still leave the correct opening available so that you can turn everything out through the lining.  I still have so many "oh, that's why you never do that!" moments and examples of sewing myself into a dead end or un-turn-out-able bags, but when it works out you feel you've cracked the Rubik's cube.

I had one of those feelings when I cracked making this little evening bag fully lined in one go.



 Various tutorials detailed the making of a boxy bag like this but either they had no lining or the lining had to added in after by hand.  Anyway, I was on a high.  Then my daughter said "oh, I like the soap bag".

So my question is does this work as an evening bag since it's in silk and metallic threads?  Or does it still look like it should be hiding a shower cap inside?  I need your help....

With these thoughts, I tried another simpler design without the wraparound zip and boxy shape.  Comments gladly accepted.




Both bags are about the same size - 8inches length by about 4-5inches high, 1.5inch wide at the bottom and have a wrist strap or a shoulder strap attachable with swivel hooks.

6 comments:

Maggie said...

Hi Helen, I see where your daughter is coming from!! BUT I'm sure in real life the blue one doesn't look like a wash bag. I definitely like the red/maroon bag best, I think it's the shape that makes all the difference. Hope this helps a little!

ferinn said...

I'm with Maggie on this I prefer the shape of the maroon bag.

Anne B said...

Yes, the pink one will sit more neatly against the body, I think. Lovely anyway.

Fibrenell said...

Many thanks for your comments, ladies - much appreciated. Helen

ANNETTE HUSBAND said...

Hi Helen
I love all your fibre works...so bright ly rich with colours.Your purses are devine.Thanks too for stopping by my blog and yeh I wish I could send some of the water here down to you in Sydney too :o).

Simon said...

Thanks for the kind comment, Helen. There is no stress! Looking forward to having some time to myself. All the bags are lovely but I like the burgundy bag best. Hope you are well, Paula x