PPC30: A Couple of Prototypes

So… whether its transitioning from a picture I can “see” in my mind,
or from a sketch I can “draw” on a dinner napkin,
the difference between the features I want to include,
and what’s actually practical can be considerable!
And this time through is no different!
(and please note that until I finalize the silhouette and exterior of this design
there will be NO interior features added

And here’s a great example of this…
as I was sketching this bag, my thinking was that this elevated 2nd entry (circled in yellow above),
would be secured by a magnet and be a great spot to store a phone or a passport. (click HERE to see my sketch). But as it turns out, I don’t like the look of this tall, elongated entry to this back pocket.
I’ll have to do away with this feature in the next sample.

So here’s my 2nd effort, and as you can see I did in fact eliminate the tall entry area to the back pocket.
There’s still a back pocket here with a secure zippered entry (as you can see in the picture at above right),
but I like this silhouette much better. The whole silhouette seems more balanced now.
What’s difficult to see is the D-ring attachment area located at either side of the Flap zipper.
This placement makes it possible to carry this bag as a shoulder bag, a sling bag or even as a hip bag.

These two pictures illustrate quite clearly what I’m still not happy with about this design!
In the photo (above left) please notice that the flap is close to flat against the Bag Back plus the flap zipper looks like its pointing DOWN. (You might get a better idea of what I’m referring to in the picture above right.)
I would prefer for the pouch to be both fuller & roomier and for the flap to be almost horizontal against the Bag Back.
This will require a pretty major redesign to these pattern pieces but you know what?
I can’t wait to get to get started!

And now, it’s YOUR turn!

If you have comments you’d like to share or questions you’d like to ask about this design in general or this sample in specific, please feel free to leave either or both in the space provided below.

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  1. Barbara Ballard on September 14, 2023 at 6:29 am

    I like the basic design of this. I am curious what you do next.

    • Kat on September 14, 2023 at 10:46 am

      I can’t wait to show you! Soon!

  2. Chris Brown on September 14, 2023 at 7:05 am

    I love this design. I prefer a flatter bag so this woks for me!

    • Kat on September 14, 2023 at 10:46 am

      I can’t wait to show you much more! πŸ™‚

  3. Don on September 14, 2023 at 7:27 am

    Your first smiley face. Lol. Just teasing

    • Kat on September 14, 2023 at 10:47 am

      I like a smiley face… wherever I see them

  4. Brenda Woods on September 14, 2023 at 2:43 pm

    I think this is going to be a great size. Anxious to see how it will end up.

    • Kat on September 14, 2023 at 8:47 pm

      Thanks Brenda! I’ve got a ways to go yet! πŸ™‚

  5. Alma Lou Annab on September 14, 2023 at 10:37 pm

    Interesting concept. Sort of a bucket with a lid! I like it. Maybe if the bucket were deeper on the front, the lid would be flatter?
    I know the details aren’t done, but how about a tab with a snap hook inside for keys that might hide at the bottom? But keep it simple!

    • Kat on September 15, 2023 at 5:32 am

      I agree Alma Lou! My intention here is for a minimalistic bag that can be carried as a sling-style bag under clothing. I’m so glad its of interest to you! πŸ™‚

  6. Mea Cadwell on September 15, 2023 at 3:46 am

    I like the look of the second version a lot. It’s big enough but small enough.

    Whenever I look for a bag pattern I have to keep in mind what I have to carry: those extra large cataract sunglasses that go over regular prescriptions glasses as well as my medications. I can’t tell if this would fit all of that on top of the regular ‘purse’ items.

    • Kat on September 15, 2023 at 5:36 am

      Thanks for commenting Mea. I’m not sure this small bag will accommodate ALL of your regular purse items, but my intention is for it to accommodate many of them. But this bag is still in development. Changes may still take place so please stay tuned? πŸ™‚