Handmade Couture: Make this look too - Brown MK Leather Tote4/01/2017 11:30:00 AM
The Gracie is a beautiful classic bag with clean lines and a sleek look. She is generously sized at: 16" Wide x 11.5" High x 7" Deep. It would be a perfect bag for everyday use for those of us who love big bags, or as a small tote bag for work or play. Made with gorgeous grained calf leather, it has a zip top closure and gold hardware. The interior has both a zip pocket and two slip pockets. For 1190 USD this beauty could be yours.
Love the look of the MK Gracie? Lets be our own brand.
Pattern + Hardware + Fabric= Handmade Couture
The Everyday Tote by Bagstock is almost the perfect match for the MK Gracie:
At 18" wide at top/ 13" wide at bottom x 12" tall x 4.25" deep the dimensions are very similiar to our inspiration bag. With a few easy mods we can make our doppleganger MK bag using this pattern.
Like our inspiration bag the Everyday Tote has a recessed zippered closure. Both bags feature an interior zip pocket and two slip pockets. The Everyday Tote has a feature panel on the exterior that is great for showcasing a favorite print, but if you wish to recreate the inspiration bag, simply use the same fabric throughout the exterior. Additionally, you could add piping between the panels to get a look more in line with the MK bag.
The pattern itself does not call for purse feet, but they are so easy to install and are in line with the look of our inspiration bag.
For those who would prefer working with faux leathers, you can pick up some textured faux leather, like this one from Fabric.com:
Another great option is cork fabric. It's so easy to work with and it makes a bold statement. Like this chocolate brown cork which is available from Sew Sweetness if you are in the US or MM Cork Supply in Canada.
You can choose to do this in whatever fabric you are comfortable working with! A fun cotton print, canvas or even denim! That's the benefit of creating your own, it's what YOU want it to be. Handmade can be couture too!
Photos and content provided and written for Emmaline Bags by Cyndi Farfsing, from The Nosy Pepper. Cyndi's blog is chock is full of more bag photos and make making tips. Check out her bag series "It's in the Bag! Better Bag Making Series," to learn a ton of new bag making skills.