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Sample 9- The “Shana” Bag Silhouette

This is the first silhouette sample for one of the bags in the collection. Yes, it is named after Shana, because it was one she particularly liked (and, it’s an easy way for me to keep track of so many sketches and ideas).

This bag has the new roll and clip style of closure that I have been developing for this collection. Instead of the top part rolling and buckling to close, it instead rolls and clips down to rings on the gussets of the bag.

Here are the master patterns for the front/back and the bottom/gussets.

master patterns

master patterns

This one was fairly simple. I cut it out and sewed it up!

swivel clips on top of each side seam.

swivel clips on top of each side seam.

This above was one area that I had to resolve. Initially, I had planned on there being separate tabs that the swivel clips attached t. However, after I cut it out and tried sewing it, there was simply too much bulk with that many layers of leather. I eliminated the tabs and instead looped them through the top edging, placing them right on the side seams.

the improved, less bulky top

the improved, less bulky top

swivel clip attached to ring on gusset of bag

swivel clip attached to ring on gusset of bag

The finished silhouette is close to what I’m looking for, but a little too flat and floppy. I think with some curvature to the gusset seams and a less extreme narrowing by the ring part of the gusset, it will get the slightly plumper, rounder shape I am looking for.

finished silhouette- working to make it more curved on top next time

finished silhouette- working to make it more curved on top next time

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