I make bags simply to entertain myself. I enjoy making them, turning out something that is to my taste. I have taken on a few commissions but I am very careful, because I don't want to get stuck making something I don't enjoy.
Back in February, I saw a bag pattern that I liked, by Ujamaa Bagettes, a group of ladies in Calgary who like to design bags, and sell their patterns, in support of the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
The bag is called Pony Express, and I didn't realize at the time that it was reminiscent of a vintage designer bag. Of course, since I make my own bags, why would I know anything about designer bags?
So, my May bag project (that also ended up being my June bag project) is Pony Express. This is my version.
Black denim, combined with a bright rainbow fabric, it gets noticed. It turns out that the bright fabric is really hard to photograph in natural light.
The fabric gets washed out, on a sunny day, outside.
The designer bag lacks pockets to hold your things, but pockets are required, in my bags. So it has a outer back pocket.
It has an inner zip pocket.
I forgot to unzip the pocket to show the bright rainbow striped lining.
Found one in my WIP photos.
It has a slip pocket, inside, with a pocket for my phone, and one for my library card, or a similar sized card.
The lining is a bit more subdued, because I need to be able to find stuff.
It has lots of nice heavy hardware, because I love that look. Hardware is by Emmaline Bags.
Second try is here. I might post a tutorial when I get the whole thing figured out.
In other news, Maggie the foster cat found her forever family this week. i keep checking my feet, because she was hard to spot in the evenings when the light isn't as good. I'm sure they will find us a new kittie soon.
If you missed the musical reference, it is from a Rick Nelson song, "Garden Party".