A few days ago, I was presented with an old laptop bag and asked if I could re-produce something similar to this. Hhmm....well...kinda tricky, don't you think?? In the current state that it's in?!
Anyways, the thing is, my bags have been successful in their constructions recently and it turned me into something i've never been before - COCKY! So naturally, I said yes. Of course I can do it. How hard can it be. I can even picture the finished product in my head - two pieces of material sewn on each side, triangulate the bottom, add a flap, a carry strap and voila! All done. Well well well Fely.....weren't you proven wrong. In all my confidence, I have overlooked the fact that:
1) The bag is not for a woman, so the construction has to be more 'masculine' - I don't even know how to explain this.
2) I cannot make this bag and make the finished product looks like it costs a fiver from a charity shop because this is for our family's Osteo, which I guess, with a profession like that, will need something that looks more professional. (Oh Lordy, please understand what I'm trying to say here).
3) This is a laptop bag, which means it needs to be sturdy and robust. Nothing worse than a laptop bag that falls apart when you carry it. With your laptop inside. Heavens forbid!!
And so, I went on a design journey, which took me down the path of pattern making, pattern adjusting, making a mock design, perfecting the pattern based on the mock design, doing it again, un-doing it again, sewing another perfected pattern, un-picking the stitchings on the edited pattern .... and this went on for at least 3 bars of Dairy Milk (not the fun bar size either).
So finally, here is the laptop bag. I kept to the original finished size of approximately 14.5 inches wide x 11.5 inches tall and 2.5 inches deep. The bag is made with a combination of dark brown and tan leatherette with beige leather piping. I wanted to stick to the original features as much as I can so I kept the two front slip pockets and a flap that secures with two twist turn locks. The carry handle and the long detachable strap are made with dark brown strap with tan leather as trim. I chose antique brass as the metal hardware to co-ordinate with the theme and colours of the finished article. Inside, the bag is lined with waterproof material with two internal pockets for storing things like chargers, USB drive and possibly additional memory cards. The bag can comfortably fit a 13 inch (or smaller) laptop or Macbook.
Admittedly, I did come out on this side of victory, thank heavens, but I shall never be overly confident with my response and ability ever again. And it will take a while for me to attempt another one of these because I am still recovering from the last one. But these just came in this morning!! Hhhmmm, maybe i'll just sample a couple of combinations...
Have a lovely day ahead everyone. And stay dry from this continuous rain. Unless you're in Glastonbury.