Finally, it is time to reveal the end result of the Ladies bag! I had to keep it a secret since I’ve made this bag for a very special lady and wanted to present it to her on a very special occasion, her 80th birthday. Isn’t it amazing to become that age and still be fit, healthy and a true bag lover? I feel very fortunate to make the bag for her and have put a lot of love in it! I’ve learned a lot while making it as you could have followed in these technique posts (rolled handles & bag stiffening). But where did we leave off with the making of posts? You can find the part I & part II in the links.
Rolled handles into place
Since the last post about the rolled handles, it was finally time to actually put the ladies bag together. I always forget how many different items you have to make and fully finish first before you can see the bag come together. But now it started to get shape!
I measured the length of the handles so that it could be carried just over the shoulder but also still comfortable in the elbow as a handbag. At the bottom of the bag, I didn’t want to use studs as bag feet but choose to use a little extra piece of leather.
I also had to place the lock before I continued with the gussets and lining, to measure all the correct heights and lengths. After this step, it was time to place the gussets in. I chose to line the flap of the bag with the outer leather as well and place a ‘drop-in lining’ in the bag itself.
In the lining, I, of course, had to place my logo! I am truly proud to make this ladies bag and want to literally put my stamp on my design. It is a pigskin lining with the gold foil logo.
To give it a beautiful finished look I turned the top of the lining and finished all the outer leather edges with edge paint. Don’t know how to use edge paint? Check out a previous post here.
The final result
With the ‘drop-in lining’ in place, all the sewing was done!! Now it was time to finish all the edges and find a very big bow (or the DIY leather one). Below some more detailed photo’s of the final result!! I am incredibly happy with the end result and almost sad to see it go… But luckily for me, I know a woman, about the age of 80 with an amazing ‘LADIES BAG’ 😉 haha.
What do you think of the end result? And do you also love such a classic design but with those little bit more bold stitching? I might need to make one for myself as well… But first, some more projects are on the make! Stay tuned for much more Christmas preparation, bag making off’s and much more!