Wednesday, 12 March 2014

SEWN: JUST A LITTLE LEATHERWORK

 
Oh how tempting it is to claim this as my own, quite fabulous work. Wanna know the truth?? My ridiculous husband made it! My ridiculously clever husband, P!

This my friends is a very retro tool saddle bag to go with the fabulous Brooks saddle I gifted to P for Valentine's Day 2013.


Can we be perfectly clear here?

I really think this is quite an amazing feat. P has never attempted leatherwork or sewing before. He conceived of the idea, created the design from scratch (including drafting the pattern), sourced the leather and hardware, dyed and finished the leather himself, and then sewed it completely by hand. The man's talents are limitless.

He knew exactly what he needed to get in there and carefully made a paper version to pre-test it all. Above are the leather pieces cut and awaiting staining.

I suggested he extend the side pieces so that they flipped inside to keep rain/road dirt out. I can claim that little nugget at least.

He used a special little tool to create the holes for hand sewing, then painstakingly stitched for a few hours over 2 evenings. It's really tough on the hands!

He even reinforced the seam ends!

And thought carefully about the stitch pattern on the reverse of the buckle loops.

He decided to keep the back simple and clean and cut slits to thread the fastening straps through.

I'm thinking with a few mods this could make the basis for a really cool handbag.

So folks that's about it. Thanks for letting P highjack the blog for a bit, but I think you'll agree that this project needed to be flaunted shared.

He has quite a bit of leather left and is in the process of designing an attache/laptop/iPad bag thingy. I seriously have to up my game.
P, I totally know why I married you. Handsome, funny, smart and creative to name a few. They're pretty awesome traits to claim.

17 comments:

  1. I would buy that in a flash!!! I LOVE it so much. He is a keeper:)

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  2. This is awesome- I would totes by a handbag sized version! Epic work, good sir! :D

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  3. This is fabulous!! I had a really similar handbag many moons ago & suddenly am hoping my hubby has similar latent talents!! ;)

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  4. Wow, I LOVE it!!!

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  5. I want to try this! He did such a great job! I imagine it would be hard on my hands, so maybe my husband can try it. I followed the link to your bike (a Raleigh sport?) It would look incredible with a matching saddle bag.

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  6. Yep, putting in a handbag order!

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  7. I know! Who woulda thought he had it in him? I guess I forget he is a designer by day and so why not branch out?

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  8. Well Tassadit, it may have been your shoes that convinced him to give it a go. They are simply amazing!

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  9. Ahhh our hubbies would get along just fine! I've seen M's work on Sunny, it's time to put him to work with leather :)

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  10. It was super hard on the hands, I even had to dig out a metal thimble from the depths of my sewing box, never before having seen the light of day. There may have been some swearing... We aren't sure what my Grandfather's bike is - it had the remains of a Malvern Star sticker (like a shadow outline), but we checked with the gurus and they think not. All we know is it's probably from the 40's/50's. I'd love saddle bags!

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  11. That is seriously, jaw-droppingly amazing!

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  12. Super cute! I just took a class on working with leather and hadn't thought to 'thread' the fastening straps - that seems much sturdier than attached handles or straps. Just signed up for your blog and looking forward to receiving emails :)

    Elizabeth

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  13. Is it just me, or is that the perfect size for a set of dpns, or circulars, plus maybe a small knitting-project-in-progress. Like socks or a hat...? I love knitting project bags... I absolutely love THIS as a knitting project bag! :-) Talented man!

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  14. Awwww thanks on behalf of P! I'll pass it along.

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  15. Now you're thinking! Never entered my mind, but you are so right. Ok, now to get him started on mine.

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  16. That is just all kinds of awesome! He's a keeper!

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  17. A man who makes leather bag - Never let him go!! One of my favorite bags is my yellow Cambridge Satchel and this certainly is reminiscent of that style, in a smaller scale. Love this so much!

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