Summertime means new bag time, of course. Of course, there was lots of inspiration to be found on Pinterest:
I knew I wanted to make some sort of regular sized purse that would unzip into a huge (huge-r?) bag for shopping trips. I made some doodles:
And made a paper mock-up of that one part:
And assembled materials. The zippers are new, the atrocious skirt and (shudder) harem pants are from the second-hand store. I felt I was doing a super good deed, putting both of them out of their misery:
And finally last Saturday I got around to sewing. I had thought about making this post a tutorial, but I made up a lot as I went along. So instead, you get a series of pictures. If you know something about bag-making, probably you can figure it out from the pictures (or I can help). If you don’t know about bag-making, I don’t recommend this as a starting project! I consider myself a pretty advanced sewer in general, and this project took me most of the day.
So, less blathering, more pictures. Starting with my high-tech measuring system (magazine) and corner curve maker (tape):
The finished bag again:
The finished bag, expanded, and stuffed with two giant couch cushions:
The interior has two zippered pockets on either side and an open pocket in the middle:
The expanded bag is a little more “gather-y” than I wanted (I miscounted the amount of fabric I needed) but I don’t have to look at it very often. Overall, I’m pleasantly shocked by how well this project turned out.