I truly feel like a bit of a designer. And let's make it clear I've never desired to be a designer. But perhaps our very creativity and individual preferences mean we are in some small part designer. A creator of our own
What was it about creating this clutch that made me feel like a designer?
Number 1: I did not reference any existing bag or pattern in creating this piece (almost a first for me).
|Laid out: figuring out how to attach leather inner to scuba outer|
|Pegs: Super hi-tech stabilisers/fasteners|
|Step by step: label to pocket, pocket to clutch backing|
|Attaching outer to fully prepared inner|
And at 45cm x 150cm I really wasn't sure what to do with it. In an IG poll Nic suggested using it for the front panel of a pencil skirt and a matching clutch. The word clutch was all the inspiration I needed. I also had a hankering to undertake my first machine-stitched leather project after a few hand-stitched ones. And tada!
I had a small piece of very lightweight navy leather I knew would look great peeping out through the laser cuts. But the blue was simply too lightweight to hold the shape. Fully line the bag with a stiffer, thicker vegetable tanned leather?
Neither of my machines would take the heat of four layers of leather, throwing their hands up and shouting "Seriously?????".
But they would stitch through a layer of mid weight leather, two of lightweight and two of scuba. Final design decided.
|I let the fabric overhang the leather flap, with the selvedge creating a fuzzy little edging|
|Scuba, lightweight navy leather and vegetable-tanned leather to lend structure|