July 2008: Bag #1
This was the first bag prototype I sewed. The things I was thinking about were:
- Something generally bag-shaped, with a strap and buckles...
- Sized to hold two six-packs, side-by-side
- Recycling a shoulder strap from an old camera bag
- Trying out two types of side-pull fasteners, the "normal" type (Fastek?) and the "Trovato style" (slimmer, more curved on the edges)
- A zip-in set of internal pockets, so that new pocket designs could be zipped in later.
- Pockets that were sewn in certain patterns to match the specific set of stuff I usually carry around: keys, a specific camera, a specific cell phone, a bunch of separate pens and pencils, etc.
- Safety pin repository...
Well, I sewed it, and wore it around for several weeks to try it out.
- I think the general shape and look were decent, and I liked the soft blue fabric
- The zip-in set of pockets actually worked quite well
- The bag carried well and was comfortable
- The Trovato-style side-pull fasteners are pretty nice
What didn't really work:
- The fabric was really lightweight, and without a lining, the whole bag didn't have much structure and wouldn't stand up
- Because there was no lining, and the edges were only folded over once and sewed, there was lots of unraveling on the inside seams
- I went through several iterations of where to attach the shoulder strap and fasteners, so there are lots of extra seams and stitching on various parts of the bag.
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