Up 'til about two weeks ago, Dylan and I used to ride the train into the city together (he's since changed jobs). There's this guy on the train that carries a Fred Perry bowling-ish style bag (if it's not this one
, it's very much like it). Dylan often sees things in magazines or films and then wants to incorporate them into his life, so I wasn't surprised that he requested a bowling or doctor's bag from me a few days later:)
We had seen this Ruby Star Spring print at the workroom
ages ago, but we actually bought the yard at a huge discount from Paper Thread
. I spent a lot of time staring at handbags when I was out and about (something I normally have pretty much no interest in) and looking for patterns online. Eventually, I just grabbed an image of the print online and drew a curved, trapezoidal shape on the computer at the real-life size that I wanted.
After that, because I wasn't working off a pattern, I made mistakes every step of the way! A lot of it had to do with my never having sewn with leather before. (It was Dylan's idea to use leather in the bag, and I think it's a really great stylistic choice.) But once I bought a teflon foot, things were okay. Sewing the faux-leather piping was also a pain, even though there's nothing complicated about it. In fact, I really laughed when I read Sara's review
of the Amy Butler Weekender bag, which I imagine is constructed very similarly to this bag; she's absolutely right in recommending that you take your time in sewing the bag and take lots of breaks in between the steps to save yourself a lot of frustration. I probably spent a month sewing this bag! And Dylan doesn't even have anything to carry around in it!