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Archive for August, 2008

So, I think I’ve got the proportions right on the messenger:

Front - much nicer proprtion to the flap

front pockets - nice size

Back - Love the new way I'm attaching the flap, handle needs to be 1" shorter, but I love that it's there...so nice to grab it and place it on the car seat when I get in/out of the car!

Cell pocket - works with my phone as well as bigger iPhone types.

Add the Mega Messenger:

Look - Cell pocket on one end, water bottle pocket on the other end!

Back - Love the new way I'm attaching the flap, handle needs to be 2-3" shorter, but I love that it's there...so nice to grab it and place it on the car seat when I get in/out of the car!

Water bottle pocket - make it 1/2-1" bigger

I’ve gotta make them one more time before they’re perfect. I was going for a softer texture, so I used Stacy’s woven interfacing, rather than the stiffer craft fuse I usually use. I don’t like how the sides don’t have enough structure, so I’m going to try to use craft fuse for the box that is the base of the bag, and the woven interfacing for the pockets etc.

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I’m hoping to have 4 new bag styles by my next show, which is in October. The Grab n’Go, and then 3 sizes of messengers: mini, regular & mega. It’s amazing how even when I think, worry & fuss over the proportions and construction of a bag, it ALWAYS goes through several iterations before I’m happy with it…Anyway, here’s the 1st iteration of the messenger:

Flap too long

Flap too long

I like the new strap - dyed webbing, rather than canvas

I like the new strap - dyed webbing, rather than canvas

Needs new type of closure

Cell phone pocket a bit too tight, make the bag 1" deeper

I like this too

Needs new type of closure & I need to make myself a wallet!!!!

I like the back pocket!

I like the back pocket!

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Scoutie Girl

A big thanks to Jan DiCintio, who made me today’s featured indie designer over on her blog Scoutie Girl! As designer Daisy Janie, she makes handmade handbags & totes as well as designs her own fabrics! Definately check her stuff out – I love her color sense!

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Mini bags

How cute are these? A couple of tweaks and then I’ll make a few for the shop and my booth.

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Those darn pictures!

If you ask me, the worst part about sharing my art online is taking the pictures! I wanted to list some scarves in my shop, and I’ve spent the better part of a day processing pictures of just 14 of my scarves…I’ve got, oh many more…and I want to dye even more. WHy does this take so long? Luckily, I discovered a tutorial today that taught me how to use the magic wand on Adobe Photoshop. WHY did I never know this before? (Thank you Linsay Landis!!! Choirs of angels singing!)

Here’s a bit of what got posted at the shop today:

9 of my hand dyed silk scarves

YUM!

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and in the shop! Phew!

8 little totes, all in a row

4 new small totes

4 new medium totes

4 new medium totes

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In order to make this process (hah!) faster, I’m gang sewing 8 totes all at once in my own personal sweatshop. I timed this process once and learned that it takes between 4 & 5 hours to complete a tote, when I’m doing several at once! But when the construction is being done in dribs and drabs between everything else a Mom does when she’s got 2 kids home for summer vacation, that 40 hours of bag construction time seems like FOREVER!

One of the upsides, I came across a new way to add structure to the bottom of my bags just in time to do it to these 8. Usually I made a bag base by fusing 2 layers of peltex between 2 layers of canvas, zigzigging the whole sandwhich and inserting into the bottom of the bag after it’s completed. Now, I do it this way (Nicholle Mallalieu’s bag base tutorial) using 2 layers of fusible Peltex instead of her suggested Fast2Fuse so the bag bottom structure is built into the bag, and no more zigzigging!

Now I’m almost done!

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