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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I Know! I Know! It’s brown!

But it’s such a practical colour….oh and I have metres of the stuff!!

P1040879 P1040880P1040878 Is it just me, or do others suffer from the “Handbag Falling of the Shoulder when Shopping Syndrome”

I am totally sick of it happening just when I have my hands full or are zeroing in on a must have, bargain priced do-dad, gizmo or artefact.  It’s really beginning to cramp my style and a woman with cramped style is not the kind of woman I want to be!

My solution was to make yet another bag for my collection.  Keeping in mind my upcoming trip to Hawaii and the need to have a “non style cramping bag” when travelling OS, I thought of using a basic Messenger style bag with a few additional, personalized components.

Firstly it must go across my body, and not so tight I have to be a contortionist to put it on or take it off. Oh and certainly no bulge curve enhancement required. Secondly I need to access all areas in a minimum amount of time with a touch of graceful flourish, oh and it must have an outside pocket at the back of the bag next to my body so I can feel if my mobile phone is ringing/vibrating!

The inner pockets are simply mandatory, how many and what size is always a contentious issue, to be guessed at using previous handbags as a guide.  Large enough to hold all I need yet not so big I fill it with all but the kitchen sink!

This little beauty is based on the Large Tote & Satchel by Nicole Mallalieu Design with a 1flower difficulty rating!

I auditioned a few fabrics from my stash and came up with the most serviceable and practical colour I could find…….BROWN! With the amount of this particular fabric I have, I should be able to make a set of matching suitcases, overnight bag, carryon bag, toiletries bag, and have some left over for a few little pouches, purses and do-dad holders!

The lining fabric is the leftovers of an IKEA purchase, perfect for bag linings, gives that touch of interest as I peek inside!

I am totally thrilled with the finished bag, and now need to road test it to check that all my needs are catered for and especially to check if it needs a style cramping rating!

If it has anything above a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10 it will be back to the drawing board!

Thanks for visiting

Julie xxx


Jeanette said...

Love the bag Julie & yes i have the same problem with bags falling of my shoulder.

Al said...

I love your post, as usual! Great bag, brain is obviously functioning well to work through all the factors to take into account.

Al said...

I love your post as usual! Classy (and very useful) bag, obviously a great deal of brainpower went into it to consider all requirements

Luv 2 Sew Things said...

I absolutely LOVE your new bag. Perfect colour, perfect shape and perfect design. I'm sure on your rating scale that this one is a winner! Once again I am in awe of your talents. Looking forward to hearing of all the bargains it assists you in bringing home from your holiday.

marianne said...

I love it, I have used bags across my body for some years now as it is way easier when using a stick or walker than shoulder or carry bages. I must make some as they are very hard to find with a longer strap.

Linda said...

You certainly are the bag queen! I'd say we send you off to Hawaii for a test run of it. Are you all right with that? Darling bag, and it will be fun to see the other accessories you come up with.

Nikki said...

Love ya work! :) Great to see a few design modifications, too.