Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Echino gathered shoulder bag

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I'm trying out different bag designs to find the perfect one to take with me on an upcoming trip in the fall. First up is the Echino gathered shoulder bag.

I made a test bag to get a sense for the bag's construction and to see how easy it would be to alter the design to add pockets and the like.

The widest measurement is 20" and the opening is 15". The depth is 12.5" and the handle drop is 9". The bag looks and feels smaller in real-life than the picture on the suggests.

Because the interior is gathered too, I couldn't figure out a way to add a slip pocket without ruining the bag's structure. Good thing the lining is bright; makes finding things easier.

the bag turned inside out

The only small alteration to the original pattern was to add a magnetic snap. Even though the pattern instructions are in Japanese, the drawings are so well-done that it's easy to figure out how to make the bag.

I wanted to see how other sewers had made up the bag, but for whatever reason I could not find pictures in Flickr, Etsy, etc. Perhaps this is not a popular pattern?

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