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The next bag: Messenger bag
I studied the pattern and changed several details.
The inside: Annie had designed the bag in such a way that in the small version (which I made) a netbook or tablet can be transported and held securely by a divider. I don't need it. Instead, I sewed in a mesh zippered bag.
I sewed the 3 mesh pockets at the front as bellow pockets. Annie's standard bags are too flat for me, I can hardly get my glasses in there.
I do not need this - in itself very nice - pen holder in the flap. If necessary I will take at most one pen, for which I have sewn a holder on the narrow side inside.
And last but not least I added a swivelhook for single keys (I need it every now and then).
It was a bit of tinkering in which order I sewed the 'inner life' so that it would not get in the way of the 'outer life', but worked out well.
Annies says to make quilted pockets on the side strip. I know from experience that these pockets are very tight due to the carrying straps. I tried to make mesh-pockets. It didn't work either. If they were tight enough to be close to the bag, just a pack of tempos would fit in, but not a small umbrella or something. If they were wide enough for the umbrella, they stood out so much in spite of the elastic binding that I would always have got stuck somewhere. So - no pockets! To cover the raw edge of the carrying strap I sewed a small piece of the contrastic fabric - looks good!
Annie says that in addition to the flap and the zippered main compartment, 2 swivelhooks should be attached to the flap to close the flap onto the main pocket, the main pocket gets 2 D-rings at the bottom for it.
But honestly - how much security do you need and how complicated is it to open the bag? Nope. Swivelhooks omitted.
But - the flap is really flapping. So I sewed in two of those sewn-in-magnet closures afterwards. It doesn't look so perfect in the flap now, but it's not noticeable in the main pocket and it works!
What I would change next time (this applies also to the On the Go bag): if it is a bag with flap, the inner fabric should be 'nicer'.
For the travel bags I always used a cheap bright solid fabric. Works for me!
But these two bags have a flap, you can see the inner fabric very clearly, the solid light blue in the flap is a bit boring.
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