Today, I’m getting to something I should have done at least a month ago. A lot of things happened, so I have a bit of an excuse, but still…!
I’ve got a new listing on Etsy! And one thing I am super happy about is that I got it up there without much drama! This is a huge step, since I thought it was necessary to worry over it and delay the publication and think about how strange and horrifying it was that I was putting something online to sell. However, now I am fairly easy about it.
I’m really happy with these bags too, which I decided fairly early on to call my Shabby Chick bags. It’s obviously a sort of play on words, partly an inside joke because I forgot how to properly pronounce ‘Chic’.
I actually really like the Shabby Chic style. I think I’d do my own variation of it, which is inevitable with anything we do, but it kind of hits a mark I’d never been able to find – a cross between delicate with a touch of Victoriana and rustic, usually with a light summery look that’s not too pretentious or deliberate.
With my style and fashion, I kind of tend to float in limbo, and never actually focus on one thing (something I definitely want to work on), so I decided I’d try to make some bags that were actually Shabby Chic. As it turns out, they don’t look much like other Shabby Chic bags, but I’m perfectly fine with that, since I don’t want to imitate all the other things, and I want my items to be unique.
Another thing I like about these bags is that is I got to delve into one of the things I want to include in my shop, which I haven’t really had the opportunity to do yet. That is, the items are not just for show, and interesting little details aren’t slightly pointless. For instance, the front of the bag actually has a pocket included by unbuttoning the buttons, so the funny little front detail isn’t just for show!
You still technically can’t use it much, but I’m always happy to include another pocket, and I think I’d like to use it for carrying some things that are necessary but usually get in the way, or maybe a little snack you saved for yourself.
These bags actually proved a challenge to make, due to some miscalculation. I won’t go into the details because you’d probably lose interest. Basically the result is that the side pockets are finished in the back in an interesting little pleat thing. Basically, it was what we might call: “a moment of high seamstress drama and triumph” that I managed to finish the pockets, invent (or rather figure out) the solution and still make it look the way I wanted. Fortunately, a friend wanted me to make a couple more bags of the exact same design for her grand kids, and I got to do the same technique and it came out fine – plus, much less worrying than the first time.
Overall, I’m afraid I’d have to say that these are my favorite bags so far. I got to use some beautiful flowery fabric, the design was challenging and most satisfactory. I love the name too. It wasn’t at all what I had in mind, but it fits so well now I can’t imagine anything else. Plus, what I especially like about it is that there is a lot of room for me to explore this design, along many different lines (interesting duffle bag, anyone?)
Here’s a link to my new listing on Etsy: my Shabby Chic Shabby Chick Bags!
Have a great week, everyone!