Friday, December 4, 2009

Hello! I am still alive!

Ahhhhh I've been neglecting this blog terribly lately. I have an excuse, really! I've been busy.

I underestimated how much time it would take to prepare for regular markets. And when I say regular, I've only done three of them and two of them were a month apart. Next weekend is the last one for the year. It has been fun! But yep, like I said, I underestimated how much time it would take to prepare. I've developed some new products for the markets which has been fun. Some of them will make their way into my etsy shop eventually. Not all of them though. The time it takes to photograph and list and the listing fees involved, mean that some really aren't viable products to sell online.

And otherwise I have been busy completing the most complex bag I've ever made! I'm not sure that the photos really illustrate the detail and planning that went into this. My customer had a very specific list of needs and I think and hope that I've covered all of them with this one. It is a variation on the nappy bag concept - two smaller bags that join together to create one large bag. It took 2 months to plan it and a month to sew it together (there were a few stops and starts due to the laptop it was based around dying and needing to be changed to an entirely different one).

Custom uni/laptop bag

I learned new skills and pretty much had to pull out every trick in the book to get this one done! There are magnetic snaps, zippers, d-rings, purse feet, rivets, bias binding, PVC overlays, pockets with gussets, 3D pockets with dividers, a shoulder pad on the strap and a grand total of 18 press studs. Oh wait, 19 press studs if you count the one on the laptop sleeve too!

Custom uni/laptop bag

Oh and did I mention that the print is from Liberty of London? Talk about nerve wracking!