That Snazzy Bag Again!
My first attempt at the Keyka Luu "Lots Of Pockets Tote" was not a total success - although it looks fairly good at a distance, so this is a second attempt with just the right materials to hand!
|"Shell Montage" in beige and lavender colourway by Philip Jacobs|
|"Shell Montage" in beige and coral colourway by Philip Jacobs|
I have chosen a lovely fabric called "Shell Montage" designed by Philip Jacobs for Rowan Westminster Fabrics. I think it is exactly the same, or similar, to a Kaffe Fassett material I saw a little while ago although the colour-ways are not quite so vibrant and distinctive. I bought the fabric in two colourways intending originally to use one for the exterior and the other for the interior but I have changed my mind and used the lavender colour fabric for the exterior and interior with a bright purple tie and dye fabric from Hobby Lobby for the trims and handles instead, which I think complement the exterior better - so I now have enough for two "Shell" bags.
|Now to cut the twenty-one fiddly pieces|
|The purple fabric is for the straps/handles/pocket lining|
I found these buttons, which seem to go rather well with the shells and decided to use them along with a magnetic snap - my buttonholes are rubbish! They are made by Blumenthal Lancing Company and come in lots of interesting colours. They are rather large and yet cost just under a pound each.
I bought some also for the previous bag after deciding the button that I originally used was not suitable as it did not lay flat. These are the choices for the first bag ... not sure yet which I shall use.
|Which would you choose?|
|They all go rather well|
|I chose this one!|
Now to cut the interfacing for the second bag and iron it on ...
|I hate ironing!|
|The first pocket went well|
|As did the second|
|This is what the back of the first piece should look like|
|Now for the inner pockets and handles|
|The bag is now coming together - see the two exterior pockets?|
|All tidied up and with a fastening - do you like the button?|
|Not too sure about the colours but Mr Whizz Kid liked it|
(This is a worry as he really IS colour blind!)
|A very colourful interior with three pockets|
This bag was more successful, although I liked the fabric less, and now I have made the bag twice I think I could easily go into production as the second was very fast indeed!
|It was nice to get back to my sewing machine|