The Calico Bag

Hello! It’s been a while but I’m back! Just to let you know that I’ve not stopped making garments but have just been busy in updating my blog. But fear not, I have a collection of garments lining up to be photographed and posts waiting to be written about them. Let’s start with a recent project I have just finished.

My black backpack had seen better days and it’s time for me to make a new one. This time, I used plain calico in different weights (heavy weight calico for the outer but a medium weight for the lining). There is no simpler and more natural fabric than calico. It’s creamy and untreated nature appeals to me and I love the smell of calico when it is ironed.

One of the reasons I used a plain fabric for this bag was to create a blank canvas where through time, the bag would create it’s own natural print either through my sudden impulse to paint/draw on it or when the natural progression of time creates a stain/mark on the bag. Call it arty farty but I just want to have a bag that essentially reminds me of my life or during that time when the bag got dirty when I went hiking and saw the most amazing view. I want to have an item that is personalised to me so when look at it, I can see the natural prints of my memories.


Anyway, through the trail and error of making previous bags, I was able to modify the pattern to ensure that this time everything was as I wanted it down to the different compartments this bag has (including a section for my laptop and a zip pocket for valuables.


I went all the way and even made straps using the calico. The only thing that was not made were the zips and toggles for the straps.


I was a bit careful yesterday when using this bag for the first time and obviously forgot that this bag was meant to get dirty! Old habits die hard.



About syvyaw

Eat, sleep and think Fashion.

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