|Pattern:||Ying Yang Bag by Renske Solkesz,
Free download on designsponge: instructions here and pattern drafting scheme here (PDF)
|Material:||Aztec print fabric, synthetic leather and leather straps from my stash|
|Alterations:||Almost completely ignored the measurements and made a bigger version|
I made this bag and took these photos about a year ago. And for some odd reason I didn’t like the pictures and decided to take new ones in better light. And now, 12 months later, I realize that that was just stupid. The photos aren’t perfect, but perfectly fine and there are actually some that I really like. So in an attempt to decrease my number of unblogged things (and because I absolutely love this bag), here it is: Everyone, meet my
new somewhat new favourite bag.
This project combines two of my most beloved things: Beautiful material and a sophisticated sewing pattern. The Ying Yang Bag by Renske Solkesz is an early design*sponge favourite of mine. I’ve made a black and white version before as a gift and still think it’s absolutely awesome. Such a great pattern.
The fabric is an odd cotton twill with some stretch. I really don’t know why someone would need stretch in a fabric like this – who would actually make pants from it? It would completely ruin the pattern and the material is way too stiff for garments anyway. However, since a stretchy fabric is not exactly ideal for bagmaking, I just interfaced the hell out of this baby and lined it in a non-stretchy cotton canvas. The bottom is made from faux leather – perfect for rainy days when you don’t want the bottom of your bag to suffer.
As you can see in the picture above, you have to work with grommets and rivets. It’s not a big deal, though. Seriously, it’s not very difficult. Just make sure you cut the holes for the grommets as small as possible and increase their size as needed (cutting them too big is about the worst thing you can do here).
I also interfaced the places where the grommets and rivets sit with extra stiff interfacing to decrease the risk of holes. So far, the bag held up pretty well. For even better support, I would also place a piece of leather under each rivet on the inside of the bag next time.
I’m really pleased with how this bag turned out. It’s perfect for client appointments – looking both chic and special – and it already got a lot of use. I usually have very mixed feelings when it comes to sewing anything non-garment – like cushion covers or bags – but this project was actually a lot of fun. What about you? Do you enjoy making accessories?