Saturday, June 23, 2007

Bag it!



I've been on a bag making frenzy lately. You name it, tote bags, purses, messenger bags, etc. I decided that I am tired of sewing custom drapes and such for clients. These clients are stifling my creative ability! They pick out ugly fabric and then have me sew what they want for them. The nerve! That's great for the money and all (after all I did earn myself a new Yamaha piano during the winter) but I want to be a bit more creative. I need a hobby that can fuel my love of fabric. I've been playing around with the idea of making what I want and then selling it. I have the control of my timeline, the fabrics, my creative desires, etc.


As of late, I have become obsessed with retro and vintage inspired fabrics. As you can see by all these purses I've made this week, I'm not afraid of color. (By the way, I designed all these bags myself, drafting my own patterns.) I have browsed these fabrics online and the websites of the designers who have the glorious job of designing the fabrics. I envy women like Amy Butler, Heather Bailey, and Denyse Schmidt. Wow, now that would be my dream job--to design fabrics and patterns. These fabrics just scream to me, "Make me into something gorgeous!" What better than a purse or bag. Oh sure, I can make blouses, skirts, curtains, aprons, and pillows--but bag making is new to me. And if there is something I love, it's to learn something new, preferably with food or fabric. The latter seems to be the healthier choice given my love of butter and cream. So onward I press.

6 comments:

Ilene said...

SO incredibly cute! I want one. Where do I sign up? I need a new diaper bag- do you do diaper bags? What are your prices. Really, I want a bag. If you wouldn't mind, I would post pictures of your bags on my blog too for advertising purposes. Which, by the way. Do you think you think this skirt is worth the price? I love it but can't bring myself to pay $70 for it.
http://www.libertyworth.com/LibbyDibbySkirts.htm

I envy you creative people! I think my sewing machine exists so I can give Mom projects to do when she visits my house!

mom2qtboys said...

Hello Cynthia!
So I haven't looked at your blog in forever and I clicked on the link in Ilene's and found you have all these new entries-so I guess you are still blogging. I'll have to send you an invite to view my horribly boring blog. Those bags are seriously cute and dangit you had us last year for Christmas-oh well I guess John wouldn't have appreciated getting a bag like that anyway.

Kacy said...

I may have to commission a new "church" bag. Something big and tough enough to haul scriptures and lesson manuals? And also cute? Could I help you choose my fabric?

Shonda said...

WOW! Put those on etsy.com and I'll buy one!

cyn the win said...

I'm working on selling on ebay or etsy. Which is better?

Shonda said...

hmmm. I think etsy is better for crafters. People go there who are interested in, and know the value of crafts...so they're willing to pay you for your time. Also, you can just set a price. I know you can do that on Ebay too, but mostly people set it up as an actuion. People on eaby are looking for good deals and like the auction. Of course the auction can be good if folks drive the price up. TRY BOTH!!! -just my thoughts.
Shonda

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