Monday, January 27, 2014

Fringed Jewels Project - Deconstructing & Reworking My Fav Bag

Yesterday, I decided to put the saying, "Take what you have and make it what you want" to good use. I love my patent leather, croc-embossed Furla Yolande bag.
Yolande bag

However, I have been eyeing flap top satchels lately ... Zippers can be a pain to close when you're the go. Unfortunately, the pickings of bags that meet my other criteria are few; a satchel that is well-made and built to last with:

  • Rolled handles - they don't cut into the hand
  • Embossed leather that's lightweight - hence my preference for patent leather
  • Protective feet 
  • A structured shape - it looks more polished and professional 
  • At least three internal pockets so I can quickly grab and return items I often use when I'm on the go - internal pockets are also often lighter than external pockets 
I never hesitate to make my purchases fit my wants if it's doable ... I added two internal slip pockets to the front wall two years ago (I can be quite creative with an idea, a needle and some thread.).

I decided to rework the bag I had into the bag that I've been craving ... It now had 99% of the features that I preferred. I had been toying with the idea of just adding a flap ... In addition to the Yolande bag, I also owned (but never carried) Furla's croc Giselle bag. Both bags had the identical rich black patent, texture and quality. I could just add a flap using the Giselle.

Giselle bag
It took some time to finish this project (I was hand sewing leather after all), but I like the results. See the pictures below.

Yolande bag reworked with a flap 

I reused the magnetic snaps from the Giselle bag
Final step - I re-purposed a rarely-worn bracelet - channeling Coco Chanel