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Just finished a big ol' tote today and I thought I'd use it as a platform to gab about artistic process. This tote is based off of Amy Butler's Cosmo Bag.
|Amy Butler's Cosmo Bag.|
Fun, functional, and cute!
One of my major flaws/traits is that I resist rules with an almost phobic vengeance. I don't like schedules, rules, recipes, and yes, patterns! It is not that I am too lazy or rebellious to follow directions, it's just that I don't feel comfortable with them. I like things to be different every time I experience them. I like to experiment. I like to tweak and tinker and expand and edit my world until it is MY world. I take "theirs" and make it "mine" and that's what I'm all about. :)
So as much as I truly loved and appreciated the Cosmo Bag, I could not recreate one. I knew I would get way too much enjoyment out making it my own. Plus, I had already done it once with my Amy Butler Hybrid Diaper Bag. So, I was on a roll and ready to really put my hand to some designing.
here. I saw that pillow and thought that I could apply that to the side of my next Cosmo Bag. So, I looked up some brocade patterns and found one I liked. I used my computer to blow it up and print out a poster-sized version.
Hindsight is 20/20, and now that my tote is done, I see how I can make my next one even better. You see, I centered the design on the side of the bag, and I think it will look even better if I apply it off-center next time.
Besides adding the brocade motif to the front, I made some other modifications to the pattern. For one, I stitched the side pockets to about half their depth. Such a narrow pocket should never be so deep. What if you drop a quarter down there? You can barely dig your hand all the way down there to grab it, much less find the coin and fish it out. So I made it more practical depth. As for the interior pockets, I don't know how far I've strayed from the pattern in that area. I just made the interior to my own liking and didn't consult the pattern at all. Basically I made a half panel on each side of the lining. On one side I simply put in some some Velcro and made a huge divider-pocket. On the other side, I stitched in 3 pockets of varying sizes and depths.
The handles are vinyl, but look and feel convincingly like a supple leather. Vinyl and leather are not materials that Amy Butler has embraced in her designs. But, big leather totes are so hot right now, I couldn't resist adding a splash of pleather myself.
<<== Here I am taking a terribly unflattering pic that is not doing the tote or myself any justice. But, a girl does what she has to to get the job done. Sometimes, sacrifices in quality must be made for the good of the blog. Or maybe I just needed to stray from the norm and make this MY post...
Happy crafting and art-making to all my readers out there. Please comment and let me your thoughts. I would love to hear from you and promise to respond either in the comments or through email.