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Handbag Workshop: Design and Sew the Perfect Bag Paperback – October 14, 2014
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Anna Mazur is the Pattern Review columnist for THREADS and has been writing articles for the magazine since 2001. She has also written for Sew News, ASG Notions, and recently created content for 1,000 Clever Sewing Shortcuts and Tips for Pattern Review.com. She has designed for the Fairfield and Bernina Fashion Show and been a guest on the TV show “Sew Much More”. Her work has appeared in Quilting Arts Magazine, Bell Armoire, and Crafter’s choice book club,
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Other books to buy to learn HOW to sew a bag:
The Bag Making Bible: The Complete Guide to Sewing and Customizing Your Own Unique Bags
The Better Bag Maker: An Illustrated Handbook of Handbag Design Techniques, Tips, and Tricks
A Knitter's Dozen (A Knitter's Dozen series)
But let's read the title "Handbag Workshop: Design and Sew the Perfect Bag"...
and not "Let me give you a bunch of patterns for you to copy"
It's true if you want to use the patterns, and it should be mentioned that they are all there, you will have to get them super sized at a copy store.
But it's not really meant for that, it's meant to give you a BUNCH of ideas to make bags, not just copy every bag you see, leave that for the Chinese copy-cat companies that are already out there.
I've already made one bag... made it out of material I bought really cheap, made "My" changes to it, now I'm making it out of suede...
This book does contain a lot of different designs, and a lot of ideas to make your bag unique...
I was happily surprised to get the pattern examples for the bag, but you will need to create your own life size patterns.
This is a very well done book and it is great addition to the Taunton book line up.
I like the layout, the illustrations and the well considered material and the variety of bag and purse designs. The projects are fashionable, classic, and trendy. Although many of theses bags are constructed from leather and suede the same, excellent, techniques can be used as well with cloth. The techniques offer great hints and ways to make construction more easy.
Included is a decent list of resources (one of the things that I always look for), a well done index (another of the things I look at), and plenty of help to assist in successful completion of your elegant handbags.
The only potential "iffy" comment that I can make is that some additional photographs might have been helpful. I tend to need a lot of visuals with anything I tackle and the construction of these bags is no exception. In general, the information provided is more than well illustrated, and certainly sufficient for you to construct the bags, but I would have liked a few more images of the completed bags- especially in the 'open' position .
One of my favorite little projects is the "1940's Hobo Wristlet" . I would have appreciated an image of the bag opened so that I could relate the inside of the purse. It's a unique shape, unique construction and I love it!, but a few extra pictures would have made it even better!
For anyone with even a passing interest in purse and handbag construction I think that this book will make an excellent addition to your bookshelf, although my copy may be open on my desk more than on the shelf for quite awhile!