Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Introducing - Bergen Bag!

I'm super excited to show you all my newest design, the Bergen Bag!!

The Bergen Bag is named after the beautiful city Bergen in Norway, which I visited a few times in my childhood. This bag with its 10" height and 13" width (25x33cm) is the perfect everyday handbag, and is such a cool use for the metal frame closures! ⁣

This bag can be made with the Emmaline ended frames, the closed ended standard 7 1/2" (19cm) frames like for the Paris Purse OR with a zipper closure! I'll show all versions of this bag over the next few weeks while the pattern is developed and tested.

It can be made with handle connectors like this version, or without, it has a high bottom version (this has the high bottom) and a low bottom version so you should be able to customize this bag to fit your preferences

This bag was made with Tula Pink's beautiful All Star fabric, and lined with her beauitful De La Luna line.

It has my favourite lining zipper pocket, which allows you to make a zipper pocket without cutting any opening or turning over, risking a bulky and ugly edge around the zipper. Instead it's discreetly nestled in the seam.

It also has a number of slip pockets for our cellphone and other things you want easily accessable.

I hope you'll like it as much as I do!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Pressing Cotton Bags - Giving your bag a professional finish!

The secret to really professional looking cotton bags boils down to two things in my humble opinion - interfacing and pressing. Both subjects I cover in my latest YouTube video.

I quite often get the question about how my bags can look so crisp in photos despite then being made from cotton with fusible interfacing. For this look - the importance of taking 20 minutes pressing your bag after finishing it can not be stressed enough! I try to share this during my classes, but it's not always we have the time to talk about this to the extent I'd like. So I made a little tutorial showing how I do this. 

I recommend going to youtube to watch this video. 
It'll give you better quality then the embedded version. 

In this video I also show how I use my beloved Clover Mini Iron II, it's such a great tool!

Here is also a sneak peek of my BRAND NEW BAG design! The bag is not completely finished in this video, but it's a good hint. ;)