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