Sunday, January 31

New Bag Line - Part One


The casual observer will probably not realize that it takes 28 individual steps to complete this bag, from cutting the fabric to punching holes into the leather handles and riveting them to the bag front and back. One also needs almighty strength to actually get a hole punched and then a (w)hole lot of patience trying to get the punched bit out of the hole punch pipe thingy!
I admit, I'm not a fast seamstress. I proceed slowly but precisely. So if you've been wondering why I've been neglecting my blog, well, I've been working on these (I call them 'Fashion bags') and they will form the main category on my new website. I have finished 4 bags so far. Anyone who sews will know that wrestling  six layers of decorator weight fabric and industrial strength interlining underneath the presser foot is not an easy task.

Despite the cuts and bruises on my fingers and the hair loss I'm very pleased with the way they turned out!
I'm not so pleased with my photographic skills, though. The bags look a bit 'flat' in the pictures, while actually they are quite substantial and 'boxy', as you can see in the picture below:

I've tried different angles, but the shape seems to distort. Oh well. I'll keep practising. These bags are a lot of fun! Each bag has a different colour and/or print, contrasting lining, genuine leather handstitched handles, a two-way zipper, metal feet on the bottom, a mobile phone pocket and two multi-functional pockets as well as a snap hook for attaching your keys (you'll never have to grope around looking for them). The bag itself is really sturdy, stands up on its own - you could carry a pair of free weights in it, no problem ;-)

Anyway, I hope you're enjoying your day off wherever you are and stay tuned for part two!

31 comments:

  1. Your Fashion Bags look beautiful! Congratulations Duni! :)

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  2. The bags are bee-yootiful! :) Too bad it takes so much to make them, but I'll bet they bring you a lot of satisfaction and sense of accomplishment when you're done. Well done, Duni! :)

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  3. These are pretty neat bags :) i guess your fingers getting all sore and hair getting stuck in the sewing machine.. it was all worth it. The end results are superb!
    Do take a break.. let your fingers rest and heal :) take care Duni!

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  4. Love your bags
    my compliments Duni :-)
    You are SUPER creative !!!!!
    My birthday is about 7 weeks
    I will tell Kareltje ..... LOL
    He always asking Mommy what would you like for your birthay HEHE

    (We receive tonight AGAIN many snow
    :(
    In your country its the same I saw it on Tv !!!!!
    I need spring just like you Duni.
    I think we are feeling much better than
    We need only SUN SUN SUN :-)

    ((HUGS)) from us

    Kareltje =^.^=
    Anya :-)

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  5. Oh wow Duni! Those are such cool bags. They do look like a lot of work to make.

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  6. Those bags are fabulous! I especially like the black one!

    I wanted to let you know that Erika's (NicoDesigns) daughter was in the ER last night from an allergic reaction to medication she began on Friday. She's home but has to be watched closely for a week so Erika might not be around. Please keep them in your thoughts!

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  7. I LOVE them Duni!!! So you're putting your dabbling in leather into practice now:) I know they're very labor intensive- hopefully the price tag reflects that!

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  8. Wow - you make bags like that? By Hand? That amazing

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  9. Oh my Duni, they're AMAZING hun! I am going to have to shoe my bag-lovin' daughter these, she's going to LOVE them!

    I barely know how to sew, and can only imagine how much time and love that has gone into these....hope you find a good home (or shoulder) for them! : )

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  10. They look fabulous and I dare say that they won't be in your shop very long. Nice job!

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  11. Hi Duni! Just wanted to let you know that I can see the PW ads on your site!. The two things at the bottom left aren't viewable though - the Friendship Society and Indiepublic but that could be cause of my computer.

    Have a great day and hugs to Sammy!

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  12. Your new bags ar lovely! Tres chic!!

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  13. Very cool new bags. I especially like that first one.

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  14. Great bags. I really like the second one with that incredible fabric. You are right about the first photo not showing the width of the bag.

    Thanks for the concern about my daughter. It has been a very scary few days.

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    I LOVE IT!!!

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  16. My oh my Duni! What eye candies. These bags are FABULOUS! I'm in love with all of them. You put in a lot of hard work, plus some hair (hehehe, i remember you mentioned your hair got caught in the sewing machine!). I know your products are definitely going places. Wishing you success and so much more. =)

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  17. That is a pretty bag, Duni. I love that.
    I still don't know how much is 1 Euro equivalent to US dollar. I admit I did not put effort in finding it out, too. I'm sorry. Can you please help me out here? Thanks a lot. :)

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  18. What a cute bag! I love the bottom one. That must have taken some time to finish.

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  19. i'm an addict to purses and i can say your works are magnificent. loving the black one eh..

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  20. I am VERY impressed! They are great looking bags, and the black one is divine! {:-D

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  21. the truth? I LOVE THEM! i love the black the most...you are just unstoppable, duns! ;)

    ur wonderful smile will cheer me up today;)

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  22. The bags turned out great and I think your photos are fine.

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  23. Duni! I really like the second bag! Do you have a print of the London Underground? =D I'll buy it!!!

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  24. Wow Duni, I love your new bags so much. You are very talented. You can create shabby bags and also fashion bags as well. Great great works!

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  25. Hi Duni,
    Ooooh, I love the black one. It looks very classy/sophisticated. It would go nicely with either formal or informal attire, at least, in my opinion.

    The other bag looks very hip--a fun bag.

    As always, you made some wonderful creations. Can't wait to see your new website.

    Tasha

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  26. Duni, this is just fabulous!!! I never imagined such bags could be made by hand and I appreciate that it is a challenging yet fruitful process. Keep up the great work!

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