Thursday, August 18, 2011
Leslie's Messenger Tote
My high school friend (and one of my first clients), Leslie ordered her second custom order bag from me about, oh... 3 months ago. Her first was an Alkaline Trio bag that I have yet to replicate til this day. It took me a while to get this going because i really wanted to pin down the design and style of the messenger. The set dimensions were a good start, but I knew I wanted to incorporate a lot of pockets, but didn't want to over-design it. To add some nice details, I incorporated piping throughout the bag as well as hints of accent fabric at the edges of the pockets. .
Her request was for a messenger type bag that fit all her everyday items. She's a very simple person when it comes to design and didn't want anything to bright or loud. She expressed her interest in owl patterns and was hoping for many pockets and a place to snap in her keys, and that was about it.
So away I went! The owl fabric was my initial source of inspiration and everything else stayed solid and refined. There's a casualness to the bag that I like...I imagine her trotting through town, riding her bike or strolling on the weekends with her bag slung over her shoulder and all the things she needs right by her side. The bag is the perfect size for short and long trips and can carry everything from keys, phone and an e-reader to a large magazine and water bottle.
The body of the bag is approximately 10" wide x 9" tall x 5" deep
The exterior is a fine-waled light grey corduroy with amber brown piping throughout and silver hardware finishes on the strap. There are 3 pockets on either side of the exterior body (one large one under the flap and 2 segmented pockets on the back) for easy access of receipts, tickets, bus passes and other items. These exterior pockets are lined with a lime green and orange polka-dot cotton fabric.
The closure is made of two D-rings and a strap to keep the flap secure and in place when the bag is in motion. The owl fabric applique on the front is a free-hand cloud-like form with orange piping on the edge.
The interior is a quilted cotton in a solid light brown (almost like chocolate milk--more milk, less chocolate)with two large pockets made of the same owl fabric from the exterior. There is also a smaller pocket for tiny items that are easily lost in such a large tote. Another D-ring is attached at the top of the interior to snap keys in place. The entire bag and strap are lined with 100% cotton batting for structure and durability.