These are the latest versions, made to demonstrate different interfacing effects and a new bunch of zipper applications. This one was made with a piece that I made to demonstrate simple embellishment methods at a teacher's conference last December.
Oh, I do like a little zip on the side. The pocket is for easy-access to phone, train tickets etc, and for a bit of contrast that ties the colour of the embroidery into the overall bag design.
Inside the zippered top of the bag, I've added a zippered divider pocket and an exposed zipper in the facing seam (as in the bags in my book, for anyone who has made those).
There have been a lot of crossover discoveries with zips and interfacings this week. I've been playing with a few little ideas that have been a-swimming about in my little brain for a while. My little brain is a-POPPING with lots of new techniques to teach in my Interfacings and Zipper Workshops*.
This is the Large Tote in Joel Dewberry deco-weight fabric. See that seam and dangling zipper pull? Yep - another pocket. I also added a non-zippered pocket on the other side of this bag - thinking of a place to pop a book or water bottle.
And did I mention that I've discovered Great New Things with Ye Olde Zipper Gusset technique? Revolution, I tell you, Revolution.
This bag also has a zippered divider pocket (slightly different technique than the other one) and an exposed zipper in the middle of the lining (not visible in this pic).Day Bag (again, using Embellishments workshop leftovers).
huge battle ahead. I'm reeling, but I'm keeping my focus firmly on where I'm going. Sewing, designing and planning classes is keeping me upright and moving forward (....and I plan to move forward with a roll of 6mm Vliesofix tape in my hand. I'm LOVING this stuff!).
Ok, back to sewing....
* The zipper workshop is currently fully booked and has a waiting list. There interfacings class is headed that way, too. Don't dispair - I'll be looking at my calendar at the next available opportunity and will contact anyone on the waiting list before I advertise the next class.