I sometimes think I have just a couple followers and I should just quit blogging. I'm not a good blogger since I don't post that much. If you are still following please let me know by commenting. But here I am again.
I got the new pattern from Blue Calla Patterns for a convertible backpack. If you want a copy go here.
When I saw the pattern design it reminded me of a bag my daughter have that uses a similar method for converting from shoulder bag to backpack. Converters always get my attention. This one has an asymmetrical shape. So here's my version.
Here's the front, were you see it as a shoulder bag:
This view let's you see the long zipper opening. The zipper covers the top and one side.
Here's the back. There are two 1" rectangle rings at the bottom and two 1-1/4" D rings on the top. You can also see the two sliders that make the straps adjustable. All this rings makes it possible for the bag to change from a shoulder bag to a backpack.
When you want to carry it as a backpack you can either just pick the straps between the top and bottom rings that are at the back of the bag or disconnect the clips on the front rings and connect them on the top back rings. There's even a video to show you this. You can see it here. I must say that if it works for someone to just pick it up differently (without unclipping) when you want to change from one mode to the other just do that and is easier. But you still have the option.
This last picture shows the bag with the main zipper opened. There's an internal gusset to hold your things inside when opening the zipper. This long zipper allows for a clear view inside.
I did make a change on the front pocket. The pattern has a zippered front pocket that opens top to bottom as you can see here on the pattern's feature picture.
I'm too practical and thought that kind of zipper installation will make things fall if left opened by accident. So I instead created a flap closing pocket that closes with a heavy duty snap. I matched the fabric so well that you can hardly see the pocket if it weren't for the flap.
For the bag I used a blue denim as contrast and for straps. The main print I had for a while and is from the "Fusions Ombre" Collection by Darcel Phillips for of Robert Kaufman. I got this fabric in different colors and still have some left for a future project. Inside it's lined with a solid gray cotton and it has a zipper pocket and a slip pocket with a pen compartment. The bag is available for purchase here.
I must say that the pattern is well explained (like all the other Blue Calla Patterns I have) for you to get a great result. The main zipper installation it's a bit tricky because it needs to be precise and there's always some fabric shifting and stretching. So you need to use lots of pins or clips. I did rip some seams and sew again. That was the only hard part for me. I will use the pattern again and I'm already thinking on another modification. I hope pattern designers don't mind me making modifications. But that's the nice thing about sewing bags, you can customize.
So, what are your thoughts on this design?