Just between prepping the Christmas dinners and New Years’ Eve, I found some time to continue on my two ‘first’ orders! One of them is the Oversized Envelope Bag as you could have read in the first part of the making of. It’s here if you’ve missed it. The other one follows soon. Lets tackle them one by one on the blog before I (and you) get confused. Let’s continue where we left off…
We left off on one of the terrifying parts of the whole process… the cutting part. I am not sure why I find it that scary but I always think I will ruin the piece of leather. Actually, I never did, but maybe because I measure it like 10.000 before I actually make the first ‘incision’.
Make it more special
I have chosen to make the bag from one whole piece to make it more special. The larger the parts of the bag, the more expensive it is since you will need enough pretty space to make the bag without scars and bite marks. This only is the case with the more expensive pieces of leather. So check your bag closet 😉 or the ones in shops to see how they are made, compared to what you pay for it.
I’ve also made a fully glued lining for this bag (ticked off one of my new years’ resolution of last year). I have chosen for a smoothed pigskin lining to be a contrast of the ‘bubbly or grainy’ type of leather.
It’s all about the details
Since it is quite an oversized envelope clutch and it will be used to carry a laptop or a tablet for work we, the buyer and I, designed it like it has a handle on it. While actually it is still the same layer of leather but reinforced at the back of the main piece. Next, to protect the inner lining also an extra layer of lining facing the smooth side out covers the back side of the inner lining. Do you still follow me? Let’s check… How many layers of leather can be seen between the outside and the inside of the bag? That’s right… FOUR LAYERS!? Luckily I’ve got a manual skiver to skive the layers down and make it more elegant.
A lot of love
Do you remember the flat X-stitch from the previous post? If not you should definitely check this post out! It just looks like a lot of kisses for all the love it’s made with ;). Actually, I think it is quite a great stitch. I will implement it more often!
Tuck, snap and stamp
Now, to close the bag I’ve chosen for a silver coloured magnetic snap. Just tuck the envelope closure underneath the handle and ‘snap’. It’s an ultra-thin version but extra strong. Did you know you’ve got all different kinds of magnetic snaps you can choose from nowadays… LOVE IT! In addition, to match with the snap I’ve chosen for a new hot foil colour SILVER!
Lastly, I check it over and over again before I ship it to the buyer. I hope she will love it! Now let’s continue to the next one right… Well, let me give you a little hint. One of my new years’ resolutions is inspired by this bag request! If you think you know it or just love to comment on this bag don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.