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Course: Bag Making
Program: One-Year Course
Period: Sep. 4, 2017 - Apr. 27, 2018
In Bag Making class today, I worked on the interior pockets for my shoulder bag/clutch. On one side, I stitched on a zippered pocket. On the other side, I stitched on an open pocket with a magnet closure, with the intention of using it for a cellphone. The magnetic pocket is more detail oriented, and I used a different technique to have the pocket stick out a bit on the sides, rather than be flat. To do this, I had to fold the pocket on either side, stitch it down, and then unfold it and stitch either side down to the lining. This creates a phone pocket that is more 3D looking, rather than it being flat.
Today in Bag Design, I showed my designs to my teacher for the “Bows for Bees” collection I am working on. Veronica gave me tips to improve so that I can come back next week with better drawings! Later in the afternoon, I did work in Bag Making and completed the pocket with the magnet.
Today in Bag Making, I did more work on my shoulder bag/clutch. I completed the zippers and feet. The bag is versatile in that you can hold it in two different ways, from the top and from the bottom. Essentially, there are two tops and two bottoms. One of Julianna’s old students came in and modelled my first bag! Today was also the first day of the color theory section in my art class.
Today was the first day in hand stitching! We all started our first small leather good, with one zippered pocket and two buttoned pockets. We had to practice cutting with the knife on leather, as the leather is much thicker when used for hand stitching than with the sewing machine.
Bright and early this morning, I left for Milan to attend Lineapelle, an International Leather Fair, with my friend from school, Shivani! Without having gotten tickets prior, Shivani and I showed up there requesting tickets to get in. Fortunately, Shivani has her own business and official website, so we got in with showing our legitimacy in the Fashion industry! The fair was astonishingly huge and wonderful! We spent hours looking at the numerous brands and speaking with the people there selling leather, synthetics, and hardware for bags and shoes. It was an unforgettable experience that opened my eyes to the limitless possibilities for finding unique and avant-garde materials.
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