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Handbag Designer 101: Everything You Need to Know About Designing, Making, and Marketing Handbags Hardcover – September 5, 2011
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Handbag Designer 101 is the bible for those aspiring to make their own bags. Included in the book are instructions and patterns for creating fifteen essential styles—clutch, hobo, tote, and more—made simple with easy-to-follow how-to illustrations and advice from famous bag designers and today’s hottest indie designers. Also included is the inside scoop on turning your handbag hobby into a successful business. From designing to making to marketing, Handbag Designer 101 teaches you everything you need to know.
Author Emily Blumenthal is the founder of the Independent Handbag Designer Awards, a fashion event in New York City presented by InStyle magazine and sponsored by Swarovski, Timberland, Singer, BurdaStyle, and more. She spearheads the website handbagdesigner101.com and designed the Yasmena bag, a favorite on the red carpet that has appeared on Sex and the City and has been sold at discerning department stores including Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman, and Bloomingdales.
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Top Customer Reviews
However, the other aspects of this book were disappointing.
I DID spend a lot of money at Kinko's enlarging the patterns per the books instructions--1st off, I actually spent MORE money at Kinko's than I did on this book! I was annoyed that Full Size patterns weren't included--it is expensive to have them enlarged to the proper size and even worse to try to do it at home on a regular printer!--even if you did try to do it on a regular printer, there are no grid-marks or guidle ines to line up the multitude of pages you would need to print to enlarge them--and now that I know they have to be 400%--most home printers don't enlarge that high!
But nonetheless, I dropped the 5 patterns I wanted enlarged off at Kinkos and left--came back to $3.29 copies EACH and knew immediately that they were WRONG! I was *Steaming!!* mad--But worse-- I feel bad for anyone who would not realize this and then go through the process of trying to use these 200% copies to actually construct something! I am a little perplexed about why full-size patterns were not included ??? You can get them now in Magazines so it surely does not make sense why this book would not have them included.
The written instructions in the book are also not good--I don't think the author actually wrote the project construction instructions so I can't fault her for that- but I wish she would have had several people USE these written instructions and edited before putting them in this book.Read more ›
My first impression was that this was a good basic book for a beginning bag maker and that it provided good information about types of bags and the construction. However, when I thought I would stitch up a few of the bags to see if I could learn any new methods I ran into several problems. The patterns in the book are useless due to the reduced size. Full sized patterns should have been included like the other books I have purchased as resources for construction methods. Yes, the mistake in finding out that the enlargement should have been 400% instead of 200% came too late for me and could have been quite costly if I'd had enlargements made at $2.99 each. After cutting a muslin for several styles, I discovered that not only was the size of the bag very small, but that the pieces do not fit together properly. I have designed and made patterns for enough bags that this was apparent before I did any sewing. The directions are very sketchy, not in good order and certainly not for anyone who hasn't constructed many bags.
I bought the book more for the marketing advice than to make bags, but since the patterns and instructions are such a large part of the book, shouldn't they be correct? My advice is to forget the hardcover and include paper patterns.
Basically, there's no "101" about it. If you think you're going to follow the pattern in the book and make a bag that looks exactly like the picture, that's just not the case. This book is not written for followers of patterns (because if you actually read it and try to follow it, it's insanely wrong.) I'm not really sure who the target audience is, because I assume if you already have some pattern making experience, this book would either be confusing or you wouldn't need to read it, except to look at the pictures for basic inspiration. The written and graphic instructions were done by a complete idiot. The instructions are incongruous with the pattern pieces, and the diagrams are confusing and not at all descriptive of what they are supposed to identify. Also, sizes for things like zippers are not specified.
This book could definitely use a good technical editor to work with the author to make more realistic understandable instructions, and maybe a photography session to illustrate more of the steps in the making process.
I would give it one star based on the way it's written, but the images are nice, and have definitely help me think out my own patterns. Also, it looks good on the coffee table!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book gives many knowledge to understand about structure of handbags ! Also good for beginners!Published 21 days ago by sharon
I was originally discouraged about what I had heard about the book - That it didn't offer anything to use for projects and that it had no real usable patterns (they must be... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Made by Joanne
This book is almost useless. I contacted the writer because I was trying to make a bag. Well none of the pattern sizes are right. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alice
Contains a lot of great ideas, well written, clear instructions.Published 7 months ago by Tracy Farris