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Course: Bag Making
Program: One-Year Course
Period: Sep. 4, 2017 - Apr. 27, 2018
Today I continued making progress on my backpack. I am almost done! I added the bow today in the front. To do that, I placed a string on one side of the foldes satin, and sewed the opposite side. Then while pulling on the string, I unfolded the piece of satin inside out so that the stitching I did went on the inside, and became hidden. I then placed 2 gold circular pieces on the flap to loop the satin through and put on a beautiful bow! Afterwards, I cut 2 long pieces of gold chain for the shoulder straps. I made them long so that I could fold them into being 2 chains on either side, creating a stronger and bolder look for the bag. I then redid parts for the strap to create a more polished look. I created a larger piece of leather and folded it together so that both sides are showing are the leather. I then sewed this together after having added the satin in the middle, just like I had done with my previous strap piece.
In my bag design class, I showed some designs to my teacher, and worked on creating a mood board for my collection on the computer using Photoshop. I took elements and details from other bags that I admire from companies such as Gucci and Prada. I also added photographs of stylists during Fashion Week from Vogue for style inspiration. In the afternoon, I had independent study for Bag Making and finished the straps for my backpack.
Today I had bag making all day and finished my backpack! I handstitched for the first time to create finer detailing on the satin bow piece and to make it flow better. I then created the paper shapes to start my second bag.
Today in bag making, Julianna let me skive my leather and lining for the first time today, with her help of course! I cut all of the first few pieces for the main parts of my bag today. For my second bag, I am making a shoulder bag that also turns into a clutch.
Today I had independent study all day. In the morning, I worked on drawings for my collection and for bag design class. In the afternoon, I worked on my shoulder bag/clutch. I glued the lining and leather pieces together for the zipper, and then glued and stitched the zipper on those pieces. I did poorly on both zippers; making the mistake of cutting the hole too big on one piece, and doing bad stitching on the other. So, I redid those pieces this afternoon.
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Language: Reporter: Eri Hosokawa
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