Saturday, August 09, 2014

My Latest Obsession: Learning to Sew

This summer, I am learning how to make bags. So far, I have made a bunch of zipper pouches. A few weeks ago, I made little reversible messenger bags.

I followed a pattern designed by Amber at Crazy Little Projects  What I love about this pattern is that Amber says it's the first time she has designed a pattern on her own. She provided a PDF of the pattern, and it was fun to try someone else's original design.

These were super-easy to make.

I made this one for my six-year-old daughter. Even though the bag is reversible, she decided she only wants to use the cat side, and so she picked a vintage button from her grandmother’s collection to use as a closure.

Messenger Bag for my daughter Ava

I made this bag for me. The difference in the two is that this one has a longer strap. I also like the closure on my daughter's bag, so I may add one on mine, too.

I made this pencil pouch for my son. At 11, he was not as excited as my daughter was, but I did not to take it personally. I should have called it a Wii controller pouch or stuffed it with Japanese candy (his latest obsession).

I have been reading handbag design patents to see what I can learn. It is interesting to see which designs that companies feel are worth protecting with a patent and which are not.

Design patents focus on the ornamental design of a product, so they are not meant to show how a product is constructed. Still, I discovered that I can learn a little more about construction from patents with hand-drawn designs than I can from photographed designs.

For example, Patent US D 422405 S, filed in 1999 by Vincent du Sartel for Louis Vuitton Malletier, S.A. provides details about handbag lines, seams, and fastenings.

But, design patent US D446645 S1, filed in 2001, is for a tote designed by Rahpaelle Hanley for Louis Vuitton Malletier, SA. The patent includes photos instead of hand-drawn images:

As you can see, the hand-drawn images are much more detailed. In these early days of my new obsession, I need to learn everything. I suspect as I learn more, patent designs will become less and less instructive.

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