I’ve become super excited about bags as accessories.
I know I’m really late getting on this train. I was put off by the way bags used as status symbols. That stuff is crazy! I can’t think of any justification for spending a lot on a bag. Conspicuous consumption makes me sick. This put me off spending any money on them, at all.
But they don’t have to be designer, expensive or even store bought. They are a great way to add a punch of pattern or colour to an outfit. And best of all, those fantastic, patterned, quilting fabrics that aren’t great for dressmaking, are perfect for bags!
I finally upped my tote bag game and now I’m looking to elevate my handbags.
I’ve been living in a fantasy of my life, where I never have much to carry. Okay, that works when I’m on my morning walks, but not the rest of the time. I usually need a tote and a handbag.
So, my new strategy for bags, is to find or make some good quality, large totes, (mostly in solid colours with great textures) and then make myself some patterned handbags to wear with them. There are so many good patterns out there. I don’t need to re-invent the wheel with this one.
Noodlehead has another free pattern called the Carkai Gatherer Crossbody. This one looks so great and she says it’s a quick make. I might need a variety of these in different fabrics.
The zipper pull makes them more rugged than ones with a plain set-in zipper and these ones are shaped to stay open. Larger versions would be great for my knitting.
Bag sewing seems like it would be a great relief at the moment, as I’m having a lot of fitting dissatisfaction with my garments.