Monday, April 07, 2008

Hobo Sling Bags

Wouldn'tcha know ... a vintage tote bag pattern that I finally was able to get, didn't have the main pattern pieces in it?! Thankfully I was able to sort of make out the shape of it from another pattern piece in there.

And of course, all the cute pocket pattern pieces were missing, so I had to make up my own. I chose a cross-grain oval-bottom shaped that is lightly gathered at the top, to a thin band.

The actual pattern was dated in the 60's, but I think that it could pass for 70's. Especially when made up from vintage 70's fabric that I picked up from the flea market. =) Needless to say, they are a little "original" in design, but that's what makes them fun! Don'tcha think?! =)
I already have a few stashed fabrics and little fun trims that I've been wanting to use for totes, so keep an eye out for them since I just might add them to my shop without any announcement like the tote showed above.
And guess what? Today at work, I saw someone carrying one of these exact sling bags around! It looked like it was a "real vintage" one made out of a tapestry type fabric with bright embroidery designs. Fun, fun!


Achaia said...

Not having the right pieces sounds like something I've done before! I got this adorable vintage pattern, and was just "itching" to make it... when I went to cut it out guess what I found? A ton of crochet pattern pieces and papers! (I can't crochet either) Needless to say, it was a little disappointing, not too mention I felt pretty silly for not checking for the pieces before I bought it!


Cheri said...

Oh dear! I normally don't look inside patterns that I buy either. This one was from off of ebay however and they said it was complete.

Laura said...

That's very cute fabric... normally one wouldn't think to combine orange, aqua, and golden brown, but it looks good together! ;-)