Hi, I have not been avoiding you, I swear. And no, the SSS is still not finished. A catastrophic event happened to it (user error of course) from which I am not certain it is recoverable. I can’t even bear to look at it right now. So let’s not talk about it for now, shall we?
Good, now that confession time is over, I have a new project to share with you.
I am going to attempt to replicate a bag or as we Midwesterners like to call them, a purse. I bought this bag from a little boutique in Chicago about 10 years ago. It is much-loved and much used. It’s the perfect size. I can wear it over my shoulder and I loved the fabric and piping. It is perfect in every way to me.
There is a lot of wear and tear on this bag. So obviously I need to replace it, but I love it. So I really want to replicate it in toto. If I could find the original fabric used, I would. But I haven’t found anything similar in my cursory searches.
Here are some other views of the bag to give you a feel for its construction.
I have studied it a bit, but have not taken it apart. I am loath to do so. I did take some measurements though and toiled it to see if my measurements worked. And they did!
But here is my conundrum — I can’t figure out the order of construction. I know I have to make the pleats, piping, and straps first and that the first seam to sew is the one that connects the top part of the purse to the bottom of the purse and incorporating the straps and piping, but I have no idea what the rest of the order of construction is. I have only made lined tote bags with no closures before. Do I need to interface it? Or interline it? When do I attach the zipper? Do I do that before sewing the side seams? And how do I attach the lining? to the zipper? I can see the lining is only joined at the top. See below…
I know this is a fairly simple bag, but thinking in 3D is not one of my strengths at all. I also know that Myrna has made many, many bags before. Perhaps she might have some insight as to how this bag construction order should go. Myrna, please heed my cry of help! ;)
I have already bought my fabrics, but need to make my own piping (my first time doing that!). Here are the fabrics I plan to use…
I am excited to start this project. I need a palate cleanser/break from the SSS. My funk has lasted way too long.
If any of you have made bags before and have some order of construction tips to share, I would mightily appreciate it. I don’t really want to purchase a book on bag making for a one-off project.
Thanks! And happy funk-less sewing to you all!