Kimono silk messenger bag

Kimono silk messenger bag

Originally uploaded by Pip ‘n’ Milly Creations

This is my latest custom order for a local lady. She bought this beautiful piece of heavily embroidered silk when she was in Japan and has held on to it for a long time, never sure what to do with it. Once she had decided on the messenger bag style, we worked together to figure out what pockets and features she would need. She has a toddler, so pockets for snacks and space for toddler essentials were key components. The piece of material she provided was fairly small – only about 13″ wide x 40″ long, so there was no room for error and it required quite a lot of thought to figure out how to place the fabric to achieve the greatest impact. In total, five different fabrics were used, as well as fusible interfacing and fleece interlining to give structure and support to the bag.
This messenger bag features an adjustable strap using 2 different patterns and magnetic snaps for the rear magazine pocket and for the front flap. There was no extra fabric for pattern matching, but I was able to piece 2 fabrics together for the rear of the bag so that it appears to be continuous. Under the flap there is a zippered pocket and divided pockets. For the interior, there are a couple more pockets, a water bottle holder and a key clip. I am very pleased with how it all turned out and hope the new owner will love her completely unique, handmade bag. It is very sleek, roomy without being bulky, totally practical and eye-catching. Can you tell that I like it?!

Kimono silk messenger bag

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~ by Pip 'n' Milly Creations on March 16, 2010.

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