Purse Pattern Chronicles 3- A Good Start
It's always one of my favorite of days...
It's the day that I make the initial pattern pieces that will bring life to my sketch, my creation. I love it.
I always start my fabrications with the main feature... the definitive one... the one that will differentiate it from all my other designs, and any others on the market... and in the case of this pattern, that of course would be the unique tri-colored side pockets, (and by unique, I am not alluding to the fact that I chose 3 totally ugly prints). The first time out, my goal is to make sure the pattern pieces fit together properly, and that the proportion is what I want, so I don't waste good fabric in the process.
The Side Pouches
In my last post in this series, I showed you that my original thinking was that all three colors (in equal portions) would be 'worked' up and into the strap attachment area as shown on the right. This is a wrap-around style pocket, accessible from the front of the bag or the back, so it's great for keys, movie tickets, or anything else you need to grab quick. And even though this looks like a double pocket, it isn't. The lower of the two pockets is just there for show. (It's really too shallow to be useful anyway.)
The Front Pouch
And I liked the exterior Pouch feature from the DittyRoo so much, that I decided to repeat it for this bag as well. I don't know about you, but I got so used to putting my phone there when I was carrying MY DittyRoo, that I just can't hardly imagine being without it!
The Braided Strap
Here's my first prototype of the braided handle. Now I know these colors are gross, but I was pretty happy with the finished look. (If I had used great colors it would look awesome!) What I was NOT happy about, was the bulkiness at either end. With the tricolor Strap Holder already being a tad on the bulky side, I'm afraid this cool strap just isn't going to work. I would have to use a hydrolic stapler in the Strap Holder area to make a go of this feature. Too bad. I'll shelve it for now, and maybe try it again later on for this design or perhaps a future one. I don't want to spend any more time on it for now.
So here it is all put together. Per usual, there's things I like and things I don't about this 1st attempt. (And just so you know, I never bother taking the time to line a 1st try.)
Let's Sum it up- Keep it?... or Chuck it?
So... what are we keeping or chucking in the next prototype? In general I like the look of the pocketed area, but the proportion and the angle is a bit 'off'. I do not like the fact that the bag has a low wide look. That is not what I was going for. I'll adjust this by proportioning the center section 'taller', and the pocketed area 'thinner' and as already mentioned, the braided handles are out... at least for now.
But... I'm satisfied enough with how the templates went together, and I'm sure enough that I can resolve these other issues, so the next bag will be made from 'real fabric' and will include a strap, a lining, and it will have the fusible fleece foundation that it needs in order to drape properly. I'm also going to play around with some kind of flap or pieced item to better define the edge of the front pouch area. Maybe its just the fabric of this ugly sample, but the pouch feature seems invisible here. Might be a good idea, or it might not....
So stick with us, because this ride has only just begun. And here's the deal...We value your feedback. Do you agree with our assessment? We've got a couple of features to show you in the next sample that you haven't yet seen, but why don't you play designer for a second and tell us what feature YOU would add, if this was your creation?