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Saturday, 16 November 2013

Conquering the Professional Tote (Pt 2)

Disclosure: I'm a bit of a techie. I am an IT consultant by trade and have had my own personal computer since 1986, back when people stored their data on large "floppy" disks, stared at text on monochrome monitors and wrestled with a user interface called DOS. So it stood to reason that before I embarked on the scary professional tote project (hereafter to be referred to as the PT Project), I wanted to mitigate the possibility of any bad things happening by using some technical know-how.

By that, I mean that I wanted to see what the bag was going to look like before I committed to using the fabrics for specific elements.

For instance, I only had one yard of the Polar Party fabric, which did not fully match the requirement for either the main or contrast fabric as dictated by the PT pattern. So from the beginning, I knew I had to make some decisions as to how to use this fabric to its best advantage. Colleen had located a coordinating black and white floral/stripe fabric from her stash, but this too was not in a sufficient quantity to meet my needs. No matter. I had already decided that I wanted a somewhat funky interior, so using up to four different fabrics for the lining and pockets would not be an issue.

In the meantime, with the help of PaintShop Pro, TechieMe came up with some images of how the two fabrics that I had could be used to make the bag. I actually came up with four different combinations, but I finally settled on this one (although in the end, I had enough of the Polar Party fabric that I didn't have to run the black floral all the way up the sides):
CG image of what my bag might look like, front and back...
It was now October 12 and I was starting to get excited about my continued PT Project. :-)




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