Monday, 24 August 2015

Cut21 -- Part 4 -- The Jeans

The second part of the outfit is the jeans. I knew I wanted to make some for my FMP, and to begin with, the designs were fairly mainstream, though better-fitting. As it goes with designing, the more I sketch, the sooner I come to a good idea. I came to these (note: these are my sketchbook pages, not my scruffy-book pages):
1718Some features I chose to include in the jeans were: a slightly lower front waist so it doesn't dig into you; a gusset between the legs to avoid the "slicer seam" problem; and purposes, a contoured waist-facing instead of a traditional straight-cut waistband, giving a better fit and less bulk, as well as cleaner lines for the aesthetic. I wanted slim-fit legs, turn-ups, and, eventually, a back yoke shaped like a traditional shirt hem, just because.
Now, had I been able to make them in my size, I would have had more freedom to finesse the fit. As it was, I was required to make them in a tall size 12 (probably a shop size 10), and had no one the right size and height to test them on. I tried the toile on myself and had to pin a considerable amount out a the waist and turn the hems up a lot more. (Images here to save data).
These are the jeans I finished with.
Cut21 Jeans - Front
Notice the high back and low front, for comfort and security while riding.
Cut21 Jeans - backGranted, they would look better on a person. :)
Here are some detail shots:
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The pockets feature the soft selvedge of this non-selvedge 11oz denim.
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Inside the back pocket
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Crutch gusset to make cycling more comfortable.
The gusset was quite tricky to sew. I had to clip into the corners to be able to get past the crutch point. I would have used a curved gusset like Kathleen Fasenella, but I couldn't get the curved edges to be the same length as where they had to go on the jeans, so I used a diamond gusset instead. She does on her jeans anyway so it must be acceptable.
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Hand-topstitching using waxed embroidery floss.
Even though I used hand-topstitching, there is a lot of machine top-stitching on these jeans too. It's virtually invisible as I used the right colour Gutermann Sew-all thread (I can't remember the number for sure, but I think it was 512). I tested a couple of thread colours and put the sample and notes in my pattern file. That must get some points. :)
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No waistband -- just a waist facing with its lower edge bound. There is a hook and bar at the top too, instead of a button and buttonhole.
If/when I make another pair, I will sort out this zip issue. I will have to stop lower down (would be easier to get the right length to begin with now I've time) because this comes close to showing when the jeans are fastened.
The other issue here was that the facings are not level inside. I don't know why, because the toile seemed okay, and the pattern, I think, was correct (must check). I want to find out what caused this because it annoys me to have that fairly noticeable (when you are getting dressed) fault. >:|
And, yes. That wobbly navy stitching on the binding on the zip guard does bother me.
Anyway...
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All the garments in my collection feature hand-embroidered labels. Including labels is sure to get me a few marks! :)
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The yoke line, which you can only see by the Sashiko-inspired stitching, is meant to resemble a shirt hem. The lines of the pockets echo this. I used extra long belt-loops for looks. They are backed with yellow bias because I refuse to use an overlocker on Cut21 stuff.
The back pockets were cut on the cross (not the bias, the cross, in case you use the wrong term) to take advantage of the selvedge, so when they are worn there is a shading differences, annoyingly. You can see in the photo that the grain doesn't match.
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So much binding!
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Side seams are bound to suggest the look of selvedge jeans. I tried opening the seams and binding separately, but it looked too sporty so I chose this option.
One thing I learned when doing all this binding is that it is much easier to sew on in one go if you press it in half first, perhaps with a little bit extra showing on the underside, just to make sure it gets caught in the stitching. If you have a really good binder attachment then maybe you won't need to do this, but I don't have one.
So these are the Cut21 Jeans. I would give them about an 8 out of 10, taking design into consideration, and the neatness inside. Plus the fabric is really nice! :)
Next week, you will see the shirt in more detail.
Sabrina
P.S. Sorry for posting late this week, I was doing a trial but I'm evidently too slow to work in an alterations shop.
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Monday, 17 August 2015

Cut21 -- Part 3 -- The Jacket

Okay, now I'll get onto the jacket. It's an open jacket so it has not fastening. It's meant to be simple in style, which is why there is no closing. That's a feature I might change if I ever made it again.
A sketchbook page featuring the jacket
A sketchbook page featuring the jacket
Just because it's a simple style and has no closing, it doesn't mean to say that it was easy as pie to make. It's unlined (a lining would have made it easier in some ways) but as I refused to use a zigzag stitch or overlocker on this project, all of the seams had to be felled or bound, but the main two challenges were the pockets and facings. Cut21 Jacket Pocket ToileAs you can see, this was very fiddly to bind. This was an issue that had to be amended. I did this by introducing a full-length Princess seam at the front and sewing the front edge of the pocket into that. I also changed the shape of the other side of the pocket so that it had a much less acute angle to bind, a curve. Inside the jacketIn this photo you can see the side seam, the side of the pocket, and the back peplum seam. The hardest part was going over the bulky cross seams. You have to use some finger skills here, and a humper-jumper helps. The hem was originally going to be a simple double-turn hem, but that didn't work with the steep curve at the back. So I decided to use a bias facing.
There was the conundrum of what to do about the part where the hem goes into the facing seam -- how to sew it neatly by machine? The solution was to leave the facing topstitching undone at the bottom at first, tuck the bias into it, then TS it down, being careful to match up the TS lines as discreetly as possible.
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So this is the final jacket (I must sort out a nice backdrop for photography):
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The back swoops down to cover you while you're riding a bike.
And a couple of detail shots:Cut21 Jacket Stitching DetailCut21 Jacket Pocket Detail
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The armscyes are bound. The stitching at the top of this one is not perfect and now it's really bothering me. I won't be letting that happen again.
Binding, facing, felled seams and front TS -- all in one shot :)
Binding, facing, felled seams and front TS -- all in one shot :)
I hope you like it! It was actually the easiest part of the collection to make and took about two days, if memory serves. After I had made a few, I expect one day would suffice, especially as I wouldn't be taking photos during the process.
Sabrina

Monday, 10 August 2015

Cut21 -- Part 2 -- Concept and Consumer

I know I said I'd do the jacket post first, but then I remembered that I have a some work to show you first.

Consumer

Those among you who are fashion students or professionals will know that we have to have a consumer pinpointed. If no one wants to wear our product then there's no point in making it. We make a consumer board and profile.
Consumer Board
Consumer Board

Consumer Profile

If I have done it right, you should be able to get a good idea of who my consumer is and what she likes by looking at the board above. Now, I am aware that I ought not to have labeled it "consumer board"; I did it because I wanted it to be quite clear that it is not a mood board, and that is hard to tell with your own work because you see it differently.
Name: Lily James (I just realised that they are Harry Potter's parent's names)
Age: 27
Profession: Minimalist Photographer
Lives in: London, but travels
My consumer is a minimalist who lives in the City so she gets around by bicycle. This has been taken into consideration with the features of the designs.
If I tell you any more than that it might affect my originality rating on my submitted work, so I'll leave it there until I get my grades. :)

Fabrics and Colours

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Fabrics Board (Please forgive the blurry image; it was taken on my phone on the last day of college.)
Fabrics Board (Please forgive the blurry image; it was taken on my phone on the last day of college.)
Above is my fabrics board. I think it's my best yet. It's definitely different from the others. Somehow the hand-writing doesn't have the effect I wanted it to (hand-work against neatness); it just looks a bit unprofessional. The fabrics are stitched on. Thankfully excessive neatness was not required for my concept. :)
As you may see, all the fabrics have texture to them, and some are hand-loom. Those that aren't are from France.

We went to Paris to get our fabrics

It is the best place to get fabrics and notions! They had a whole section of a wall just for buckles and buttons! In England I am lucky to find three different buckles in a shop. I think we have the edge on customer service though. Maybe it's a cultural difference and I'm just not use to the French ways, but I found some of the sales assistants unhelpful and rude. Only some of them though. There were, of course, some very nice ones. The waiters in the restaurants and cafés are delightfully cheerful there. :)
The fabric shopping is incredible! You can find almost anything! It was so good that some of us were talking of relocating after college! :)
Charlie got her black denim there. She had tried and tried to get it in England to no avail and was so excited to get her lovely black denim. She also got some burnt orange linen for her shirt.
Alice found "the button" that inspired her collection's final designs, and fabrics to go with it. (Imagine how excited she was when we found an exhibition will over 900 different buttons!)
I got my shirting, linen, and bias binding. If I remember correctly, it totted up to about €75. The shirting is unfortunately polyester, but it was the closest thing I could find to what I wanted. I had planned to use Khadi Cotton but it was too similar to the linen I got for the jacket. I wanted a heavier weight for the jacket, nothing affordable was quite right. So I worked with what I could get. (I said you could find almost anything.)
The denim I got was 11oz Indigo denim from Merchant and Mills. It's so nice to work with! It's soft, it eases round curves for felled seams, and it's a good weight for jeans. It's just so nice! Especially after working with calico.
Next we'll get onto the jacket. :)
Sabrina

Saturday, 8 August 2015

I Graduated!

[Belated Post]
Yesterday (2nd July 2015) was Graduation Day at Bishop Burton College and compared with the day before it was very quiet! So let's start with run up to Graduation...
The outfit was my biggest concern. That sounds air-headed, but there was really nothing else to worry about. I was going to wear a dress-length version of the Cut21 shirt but, when I finished it, it looked like a lab coat and was a bit translucent anyway. The plan was then to make a top to go under it, and wear it with the 2:30 hour shorts. I wanted to get some brown, mid-heel ankle boots and a matching belt to go with it. Now, I do not revel in shopping, which may be one reason I spent three days searching unsuccessfully for the aforementioned items. There were some nearly suitable boots in Primark, but I couldn't bring myself to shop there when I know that the things are made in sweatshops -- how else could they be so cheap? So I went home empty-handed.
On Wednesday I cut the fabric for the under-top, and seeing that it was too see-through to wear on its own afterwards, I cut another one from some light blue percale I had left over from the Secret Garden Tea Dress. I sewed the blue one up, and was just about to set the sleeves when I realised I had not cut them. So now I have a tank top with baby-hem armscyes. :)
On Wednesday night I read the letter from the college again. It said that it was "essential that students dress for the occasion" and I assume that means a formal dress for girls. I looked up "graduation dress" on Google and came across a load of prom-dress-like things. No. Somehow they look tacky to me.
I opened Adobe Illustrator and my personal dress block file, copied the pattern into a new document and set about drafting a flared dress.
Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 10.53.19I pulled some khaki linen-look fabric out of my fabric box (whose contents I am trying to diminish before I move into student accommodation in September) and checked the length and width. I made a lay on Ai and there was plenty of fabric. So I printed out my pattern, prepared it, traced round it with white chalk onto the fabric, and cut out the dress.
Then came the sewing. I did not use a single pin on this dress -- not one! :D I used an invisible zip because they only need 1cm seam allowances and 0cm s.a. on the back neck facing at the CB. I had it sewn up by midnight. I started all this at about 8pm so I took only 4 hours to make a dress from scratch, counting pattern work and cutting! I'm so pleased with myself!
That day I also baked and decorated (after a fashion) a chocolate sandwich cake for my friend Alice, whose birthday it is this weekend. The buttercream, which I had an obligation to test, ehem, was very nice indeed. I've almost never made it before. I was going to decorate the cake with her name, but that was too difficult so I did a flower instead. She was very pleased with it. I hope she and her family enjoy it. :)
Anyway, I had a hard time getting to sleep that night, after my brain was so busy with sewing. It was after 1am when I dropped off, and after 4am I woke up every hour, partly due to these lovely sunny mornings we are having.
On Thursday, which was Graduation Day, I and my brother (who was my guest) had to be ready by 10am because Alice was coming to pick up up and give us a life. 10am came and she wasn't there. 10 past, still not sign. 20 past, I was getting worried and started messaging her and Charlie to find out where she was. Had she been in an accident? Had she simply forgotten? 25 past. She phoned me. She had been stuck in traffic. She soon arrived and turned into a girl-racer as we went to college.
We got there by 11am and went to our studio where the others where either getting ready or had left to get their gowns or something. I introduced my brother to those who were there and he went to go and see the animals (meerkats and things). I went to change into my dress in the girls' room. It fits quite well and I am pleased with it.
There was much photo-taking to say the least. Do you know how hard it is to keep those gowns on? They come in two pieces: the gown, and the sash-thing that goes round your neck and has to be secured with, I kid you not, hair grips ("bobby pins" if you're in the US). They are also quite warm, being made of polyester. Mine stayed on quite well, but I have square shoulders. If I had made my own, it would have been much smaller.
DSC06113The reason the shawl-thing is separate is that the colour is different depending on your university, and it's more practical to have a lot of gowns the same and have interchangeable shawls. I still think they should be easier to secure.
In case you're wondering, I got distinction and a Best Student Award. I'm very pleased with that (don't think I'm unappreciative just because I'm not excited -- I just take things in my stride, that's all). I am a bit peeved that they spelt my name wrong in the list of Prize Winners and the announcer pronounced it "Sabeena" (it was spelt "Sabina"). It was spelt even more wrongly on my plaque -- Sabia. My tutor said that she would get this sorted out. It's not that I don't like the names "Sabina" or "Sabia", but they're not mine and it looks silly to have an award with the wrong name on it.
When we got home I nearly fell asleep on the sofa before dinner. I suppose the lack of sleep caught up on me. :)

Sunday, 24 May 2015

My Final Collection -- Cut21 -- Part 1

When I began my degree in Fashion Design, I often despaired at the lack of examples of Degree-level Fashion work shown online. I soon found out why there is so little to see: it's a lot of work to do and students don't have time to write about it all! That's one reason. The other is secrecy and plagiarism. No one wants their work stolen, and even if that were not an issue, when you upload your written work to the college's/university's database, it checks the Internet for similar work to make sure you haven't plagiarised it so if you blog it, it will think you've copied what is actually your own work. These are why I haven't posted about my final collection. Yes, it has been two years since I began my degree at Bishop Burton College. Yesterday was my last day a Bishop Burton College. I shed more than a few tears once I got home and read the cards that my friends gave me. I won't focus on that or I'll start up again.

Onto my final collection...

It is called Cut21. The concept is a contrast/harmony of modernism and industrialism. It's partly inspired by CC41 (which is also the inspiration for the name). I wrote a 3500 proposition on the concept and I won't bore you with it here. To sum it up, these are clothes for days when you want to kick off the world and do what you want. It's quiet rebellion in clothes, a way of saying "stuff this, I'm doing things my way".
Mood board
Mood Board
Collection Board
Collection Board
 The outfit I made:
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Final Design Board
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Hand-stitched buttonhole -- look how neat it is! :D It took me about 45mins to do and at least 4 months to learn!
It consists of an open jacket, a pair of jeans, and a shirt. The jacket is the simplest thing in design and construction. The jeans are more complex and even in the final garment there are issues I would like to perfect. The shirt was, I suppose, the most complex thing to make, and quite fiddly because the fabric was quite springy and I was using 1cm seam allowances or smaller. One premise of Cut21 is that I refuse point-blank to use a stitch other than straight stitch or buttonhole and button-sewing. I did hand-stitch the top buttonhole on the shirt (and I am so pleased with it!). Also, nothing is lined. This means that all seams must be clean finished, either felled, bound or French (that reminds me, we went to Paris to get our fabric -- more on that later!).

How it all began...

In the interests of getting everything done on time, I began my work well before the module began. I began collecting images in December when I was in London. It started with Architecture as Libby (first work placement boss) was telling me about the buildings in London as we ran errands in her car. I was thinking of combining inspiration from old buildings and new ones. This evolved over the following months to being modernism combined and contrasted with industrialism. My boss at my second work placement told me about how concepts are worked with in real life. You take two things that sort of fit together, and sort of contrast, like plumbers and cowboys (both working men, but totally different work).
When I was about 7 or 8 years old I had a pencil tin with a drawing of a modernist chair on it. For my FMP I had been doodling very clean designs with swooping lines and had that chair mind. I couldn't find that chair on Pinterest, but I did find a lot of other interiors images. I wanted my collection to be based on minimalist modernism, but I knew that that wasn't really a concept.
At Wayside Flower, part of the inspiration, as I see it, is workwear. My boss introduced me to CC41 and I researched that. It was very practical, which suited me. But I am rather fed up with vintage as it is in the media (so over-hyped now). So I ended up combining the two influences and got modernism combined and contrasted industrialism. I called it Cut21 because the cut is so important. That had to be perfect. The 21 is a play on CC41 as well, but refers to the 21st Century. One of the logos is C21, which means 21st Century as well, if you are a lexicologist at OED.
I built quite a large Pinterest board with upward of 330 images on it. They vary from furniture and modern art to consumer images and toiles and beyond. Now, the images I picked were mostly what I call 'mood images', i.e. there is not a lot in them that one can design from. The way I worked in this module was to build up the idea in my head, to get me in the mindset of that aesthetic, draw a lot, and the designs would come out like that. No one had ever heard of that happening, but it worked for me. Of course I had to show some link between the images and my designs for my sketchbook, so I had to make some linking sketches. You just have to play by the rules if you want the grades. :)
This is how I worked this time:
1. Develop concept
2. Collect images that reinforce the feeling of its aesthetic
3. Get frustrated with supposed expectation to design something avant garde when that simply isn't me and I can't do it.
4. Go in a mood and design whatever I jolly well want.
3. Sketch in that mood
4. Develop silhouette based that fits that mood
5. Draw style lines that fit that mood
6. Have them be unusual
7. Show tutor and get surprising approval (sigh of relief)
8. Continue designing until you have three outfits and have run out of time.
When you are designing a collection you need a line plan. What garments do you want in your collection? I needed to design 2-3 complete outfits of 2-3 garments each. Once you know what you need to design and made, it's much easier because you have direction, a sort of to-do list (or "snag list" as people seem to call them round here). If you are going to make all the things, it is advisable to have a few base patterns that you tweak for several designs. E.g.:
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Tailored jacket block → basic C21 coat → C21 jackets and coat (princess line, no collar, two-piece sleeve)
Close fitting dress block → C21 Shirts and Utility dress (princess line, back yoke, back-seam sleeve)
Jeans block → C21 jeans and shorts (curved yoke, lowered front waist, pockets, gusset)
The designs have features in common. This is working horizontally and vertically. You have the x-axis of the pieces you want (coat, jacket, shirts, dress, jeans, shorts) and the y-axis (design variations in design book). This way you get the pieces you need, and you work into the designs. It gives depth to your work.
You can see some of my sketchbook pages on my ArtsThread Portfolio here. (It's interesting to see how my work has changed over the last two years.)
On the following posts, I'll show you what I made and we'll start with the jacket because that's what I made first. :)
Sabrina

Friday, 6 March 2015

The Urmston Jacket

This last module has been top secret -- until now. It was our business studies module. Alice, Charlie and I were a team. We had to make a business, but the focus was really on the product. Due to a mix up with the dates I missed the first day and went to work at Wayside Flower (second work placement), but at least I wasn't wasting a day. While I was absent, Charlie and Alice decided to do menswear. They researched our consumer and decided that we would do a jacket that transformed. Originally it was to change from a casual jacket to one you could wear to work, but we ended up with a jacket that turned into a bag. The first design was quite complicated, and I still don't really see how it would work (it worked in Charlie's head), but Alice came up with a simpler one, which we stuck with.
We each had a department: I was production and pattern cutting, Alice was branding and marketing, Charlie was business. These overlapped so I drew a Venn diagram on Photoshop :D.
Venn Diagram
By the time Alice came up with the simpler idea I had only drafted and made the basic block. I used the tailored jacket block from Metric Pattern Cutting for Menswear, but changed the waist darting because I don't like the way the side-back seam never trues. From there I drafted the design toile. When I had mostly sewn that we a guy from the 3D design class was volunteered to come and be a fit model. He didn't match our target customer who was tall, but as the jacket was too short on this guy, it was quite evident that it had to be lengthened. (The pictures are of the jacket on the mannequin rather than on the boy because it would embarrass the poor lad even more, and he was already quite shy and uncomfortable, bless him.)
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That round shape is less noticeable on the final jacket -- calico shows everything!
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As a bag
For the final jacket Charlie dyed and sanded cotton fabric, and I found some breathable, washable lining fabric from Pennine Outdoors.
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With all the grommets and snaps there was a whole lot of banging going on. The 3D tutor came to our studio and asked if we were preparing meat (he likes his food). I enjoyed it. :)
Had I been able to do it all at home or if we had had a zip foot and a top-stitch needle for the industrials at college the zip would have been neater and top-stitched. If I were to do another jacket like this, a version 2, I would use a gusseted hood and find a way of dealing with the straps on the sleeves. The latter where hand-stitched on because a. I didn't know how long they would have to be, and b. the domestic machine at college refused to stitch through that many layers of fabric.
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You may notice the branded logo. It is literally branded (I hate the word "literally", don't you? But I mean it.) Charlie got some leather and used her Dad's soldering iron to write Urban Mill on it. She did the same for the box, but I didn't think to get a photo of our branded things.
On Tuesday we went to do a business presentation at Red Carpet, a boutique in Hull that sells one-offs and student work. We didn't have to do much (I especially hadn't much to say because I was production and there wasn't much to say to a buyer), because as soon as she saw it she liked it. :) Alice was so relieved when it was over that she gave Charlie and me a hug! That was the end of our day so we went to a café and shopping before Alice gave me a lift home and instructed me to have at least an hour's break before I get back into my Final Major Project. I took the whole evening off, kind of.
It went quite well all-in-all and I am pleased with the jacket. Alice and Charlie were even more delighted with it. Alice kept getting excited about it.
Now we're onto our FMP (final major projects) and then we will be finished with the course. I'm so sad to be leaving them when I go to university to do my top-up year (well, two years) in August-September. In a way I wish I were staying at Bishop Burton with them, but I want to learn Digital pattern cutting and equipment so I have to go somewhere with those facilities (I have offers from York College, Falmouth University and the UCA in Rochester so far). Sigh. At least I have the next few months, and we'll keep in touch afterwards.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Tutorial: How to Turn a Handbag into a Bicycle Handbag!

I'll just say it: I want my bike to be pretty and it isn't. I like riding it, but it's not exactly going to be a Pinterest Star. So I've been thinking (and photoshopping, and on-line window shopping) about ways to style it. Bike accessories can get expensive, so any way I can bike 'hack' will help. Along this line, I have made a handbag I didn't use (it's too big for me because I like small handbags) into a handlebar-handbag. This is a photo of it on my bike when it was just pinned (taken on my phone, I will take a better one when I get a chance):
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I had to keep the brakes and gear cables out of the way (but still functioning well and safely) with my hi-vis snap bands. You can see one of them -- they're pink. I think it's a smarter option for the professional woman making her way through the City on a bicycle (we'll overlook the fact that I am a student living in the country). Baskets require support, and a lot of bike bags seem to be made with male cyclists or tourers in mind.
This doesn't affect steering, and it enables me to keep my water bottle and my tissues where I can reach them at traffic light stops. It also frees up space in my panner basket where I used to keep my handbag, so I can more easily fit shopping in there. I still have to put my reflector back on the bike. It was hidden by the bag where it was, so I'll have to put it on a curved bit of the handlebars.
Anyway, this is how to make your own stylish handlebar-handbag...

You Will Need

  • A medium sized handbag that fits on the front of your bike.
  • 2 sets of snapping buckles (I'm not sure of their proper name, but you'll see what I mean)
  • Quick-unpick
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Pins and pin cushion

Remove the Buckles

I got my buckles off the purple bag that I had originally intended to use, but it was too big and weighted down the mudguard, causing my bike to make a rather grumpy noise, so I tried my navy handbag that I almost never use. If you bought your buckles, you can skip this step.
You use your quick-unpick to remove the webbing-buckle-unit from your bag. Repeat for each buckle.
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Repeat for the other buckle set.
Unpick the webbing that the buckles are on, to remove the buckles from your bag.
Unpick the webbing that the buckles are on, to remove the buckles from your bag.

Mark and pin where you want your buckles to go

On the bag you will have on your handlebars, arrange your buckles where you will sew them. You should check this on your bike. Luckily, I still had the original handlebar from my bike (I have changed it to a North Road Handlebar, which is much more comfortable!), so I could lay it on the bag and go from there.
Chalk around the webbing. Here you can see that I changed my mind about which bag to use. :)
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Having marked the placement, remove the buckles and...

Hem them. I used a zigzag stitch, which was barely visible in the photo so I drew over it in white on Photoshop.
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Then attach them to the bag with your sewing machine. I used an overlock stitch because it uses straight and zigzag stitches and is strong. Backstitch with a straight stitch, of course.
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Attach to your bike:

I have yet to do this, because I only finished this tonight, but here is my finished bag:
The eagle-eyed among you will notice that I have put my buckles on upside-down.  That is what I get for sewing at night.
The eagle-eyed among you will notice that I have put my buckles on upside-down.
That is what I get for sewing at night.
If you make a handlebar-handbag, please do post it to BurdaStyle or your blog and leave a link in the comments below!
Sabrina
UPDATE: Here are the photos of my bike now (and I gave it a wash today!):
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I think it would hang better if I had put the buckles on the right way up Not bad for a prototype though, if I do say so myself! :)