Monday, 4 November 2013

Completed Bag!

Ok, so finally I have photos of the bag I worked on over the last month.  But first, my inspiration for the bag:  I came across the Coach Isabelle bag online - here's a photo of the COACH bag

Coach bag

I loved the sort of hidden vertical zipper and the bag has a nice, simple style. So I decide I would try to recreate it.  I found some nice green faux leather and it's been on my to do list for nearly a year I think.  When purse palooza came up, figured it's a good reason to finally get it done. I drafted my own pattern and used mixed techiques from the class I'm taking from, the Craftsy Leather Bags class and my own ideas that I've been stewing up for a while.

And here is my bag:

I think it came out quite well.. 

I think the metal label from Emmaline Bags kicked the bag up a notch. I also reused a zipper pull I had scavenged from an old bag. Without the zipper pull that pocket is completely hidden.

Love that pocket!

Inside is my standard - a zipper pocket and on the other side slip pocket with pen holders.  I had a hard time taking photos of the insde but you can see the zipper pocket here.  The lining is one of my favourite fabrics to use for linings. 

Side view:

I did plan to have a crossbody strap like the orginal but nixed it after some complications that you can read out in my previous post.

Bottom line - I'm happy how it turned out but would like to tweak how I made it..  If you want to follow my progress on making the bag, check out my posts in October as I worked on it.

Now to enter it to Purse Palooza!

Linking up to

Bag Brag Tuesday 


  1. That's lush Nerissa! I hope you do well in the palooza!! x

  2. Nerissa that looks amazing. Love the design.

  3. Looks awesome Nerissa! My next pattern release is also a Faux Leather bag.....working on it at the moment! :)

  4. Oh! That turned out wonderful! I really love the color too :)

  5. This is stunning! Love the style of it and those extra touches!


  6. You did an amazing job. No one can tell it was home made.

  7. I'm so impressed by how professional this bag looks and how you were able to make a pattern that so closely followed your inspiration. Great work!

  8. Heyyyyy! Great job! It's very professional! It looks like you walked in to Macey's and bought a new bag:) Glad to see you got it finished!

  9. I thought I had left a comment from my iphone but it didn't happen. Anyway the bag turned out amazing! So professional! A lot of patience must be needed. Love the color!!!

  10. Hi Nissa,
    I followed all your steps and I am impressed with your work! Your bag is simply stunning, I love it ... I think you're ready to start designing your bags and purses for sale. What a beautiful creation, congrats !!!!!
    Marisa from


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