ONE PER MONTH: A PERSONAL BAG-MAKING CHALLENGE
This project came from a desire to learn more about pattern-making and construction of bags. It is a risk-free space for me to experiment and create. And at the end of the year, I will have twelve new bags!
This month’s bag was more of a sewing challenge than a design challenge. I’ve been seeing these coil rope bags around, and was curious to figure out how they were made. I loved the simplicity - and therefore the challenge - involved.
Cuben Fiber, Cordura® , metallic ripstop waist bag with Cobra quick-release buckle, designed to protect my camera and essentials during a trip to Namibia. Cuben Fiber layered on top of durable Cordura® fabric was paired with coated zippers to protect my electronics from dust and sand, and the metallic ripstop reflects light and heat while remaining strong and lightweight. The expandable front pocket is lined with brushed fabric and lightly padded to protect a small camera. Internal mesh pockets help keep things organized, and a microfiber-lined phone pocket on the bag panel keeps my phone safe and protected. The perfect bag for a two week road trip through some of the most stunning (and abrasive!) landscapes I've visited.
Disclaimer: I am a huge fan of Cote&Ciel bags, especially because of their unique silhouettes and construction. For this month's project, I wanted to challenge myself and expand my knowledge of pattern-making, so I used this bag as an inspiration reference and attempted to emulate my favorite elements.
4-way bag, mixed materials. A study in using leftover material to create a handbag with maximum versatility. 4 different 'face' sides, and the ability to switch things up on the go. Transforms instantly from a more discreet 'black' version to a shiny 'silver' version.
Cuben Fiber fold-over bag with magnetic zipper for the ultimate lightweight and durable spin on an everyday essential.
Reflective Tote: an experiment in traditional techniques (embroidery) and technical elements (reflectivity). The result is simple canvas tote with not-so-simple details.