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New bag – and a deconstruction / Neue Tasche – und ein Auseinandernehmen

Well, I don’t want you to have the first impression of my blog to be the thrown-away ugly things in my household any longer, so this post starts with an ‘after’-pic: My Echino-bag-parade. The weekender on the right and the laptop-case in the middle I made with the original Echino bag patterns I bought at superbuzzy and made them last fall. I don’t know a single word of Japanese, but I could guess the meaning of the strange signs in the patterns, it was a bit like playing Mahjongg, matching curves and combinations in picture and ‘text’. I like both bags from the outside, it was the first time I did piping and I think it turned out well. But I have to say that the open seams inside turn me off a bit, you sew it panel by panel and there is a lining but it’s not hiding the seams. That’s different to the various bag patterns I tried before. So when my bag for work bought long ago (and very cheap at an office-supply) tore inside and wasn’t very clean either, I thought of making a new one myself. I have done Amy Butler’s Messenger Bag twice and Sew Liberated’s Mischievious Gnome Messenger Bag three times and I like them, but in practical everyday use I preferred my store-bought bag. So, Friday night  in a splurge of activity I emptied my bag, took to the seam-ripper and cut off my bag. I took several pics and some notes on how that thing was assembled, because I wanted to re-create my favourite bag, of course with my favourite fabrics and some minor alterations. It was really revealing, in every sense. I saved the zippers and the handle to reuse them and made paper-patterns from the deconstructed panels. Well, and then I started, panel by panel. It’s basically done like the Echino-bags, they just covered the inner seams with corded ribbon. That’s the trick! Now I might even beautify my other bags from the inside, too. For the flap I used laminated fabric I had bought for such a project vaguely on my mind. But it caused times when I was about to bite the machine (and anyone else coming too close!), because no sewing-foot I have on hand was willing and able to feed this fabric through when I wanted to topstitch the flap. I tried scotch tape under the foot, to no avail, but then I faintly remembered someone putting parchment paper between fabric and foot. I did and it worked, though it was more feeling than seeing where the edge of the flap (and my sewing-line) was. All in all I’m very pleased with the outcome of this sewing-adventure, I might even be making more of this kind of bag. Here are some impressions of my endeavours:

Bag Projects / Taschenprojekte

The next days I’m going to try some bag patterns, Amy Butler’s Frenchy Handbag and a bag with round bamboo-handles I don’t have a pattern for, but I’ll make one up, shouldn’t be too diffcult. I just like those round handles and couldn’t resist buying them. 

In nächster Zeit möchte ich neue Taschenschnitte ausprobieren: Amy Butlers Frenchy Bag und eine Tasche mit runden Bambusgriffen. Dafür habe ich kein Schnittmuster, aber ich werde mir eins ausdenken, sollte nicht zu schwierig sein. Ich mag die Griffe einfach und konnte beim Kauf nicht widerstehen. 

Finished / Fertig

The messenger bag for Marlene is finally finished, I also added a keychain and a pencil-case, essential for a teacher-to-be. Now I can go on with Amy Butler patterns and finish the tunic. Sewing day ’cause it’s rainy again. 

Die Messenger-Bag für Marlene ist endlich fertig, ich habe auch noch ein Schlüsselband und eine Federtasche gemacht, wichtig für eine zukünftige Lehrerin. Jetzt kann ich die Tunika fertigstellen, Nähtag weil’s wieder regnet.