And so began a process of discerning what would work. She sent me the coat, with the collar removed. As usual, I stared at it for quite a while, hanging on the door of my studio. But I also began the process of deciding what totes she would like me to create. One would be for her daughter and she wanted a messenger style bag. The other, for her.
I used two commercial patterns which I will review this week in a separate post.
I had never worked with suede before. The coat was in great condition. It is always difficult to know where to make the first cut. I wanted to create as large of an area as possible to work with. I stayed away from most of the edges as they had a little wear and/or discoloration. I also preserved the lining so I could use it if possible. The seam in the flap of this bag was a seam that was in the coat. So I tried to center any details that I cut off of the coat.
Sometimes, due to seams in my pieces, sewing was a little challenging. So it is important to think about that as you cut. But overall, working with the suede was lovely!
The back of the hipster bag is plain. But I found this section of the coat in which the pocket opening was vertical. I rotated the piece so that the pocket could be used for a cell phone. I love the thought that my customer’s mother’s hands would have been in this pocket.
This project started with such a beautiful memory. I can just picture a young girl falling asleep on her mother’s coat in church. I am honored to create these new items from that special coat. Check back this week for more details on the specific patterns I used.