I made a bag.
Yes, that is Michelle Pfeiffer in a musical. Only the greatest musical of all time! I seriously could quote this movie in it’s entirety by the time I was nine.
Right now my mother is totally cringing. Blame it on my older sisters, Mom!
So anyway, a few months ago I came up with an idea for a bag. I wanted it to kind of look like a bowling bag. And from the point that I decided on that inspiration, the above referenced song has been stuck in my head. Then I found the perfect fabric.
I mean it totally matches the costuming in the scene!
It also happened to be a massive men’s overcoat.
as modeled by my beautiful friend, Camilla
I love that it looks small from the front but the wide sides and double-zip top allow for a crazy amount of space inside.
I can easily fit my big ol’ camera with plenty of room to spare
The zippered front pocket stashes away all kinds of fun things.
There’s an interior pocket to hold all those small items that can get lost at the bottom of a bag
And a key fob, since my favorite activity is loosing my keys every chance I get
I could probably even try to get a bowling ball in there.
But I didn’t.
I was able to cannibalize most of the coat for use in the bag’s design and construction.
A small sampling:
For the downloadable instructions, click the button
-I’m not a professional, I’m self-taught, and the pattern reflects that. But it’s free, so that’s what you get. It’s the pattern and construction process I used and should get you the same look, assuming that’s what you’re going for. Or it can be used to help draft out your own ideas. Or you could use it to line a bird cage. I’m good with whatever.
-When printing the pattern, make sure to unclick the “auto-center” options, etc.
-If you do decide to get all crazy and make something off of my patterns and ideas, I’d love to know about it. Feel free to shoot me an email or comment. It totally makes my day.
A funky bag with a lot to offer. You should totally make one. Your mother would approve.