Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Homegrown in the Garment District: My Leather Tote

I normally keep my personal sewing adventures off this site, because it's really about the stores and the services here in the Garment District, but I couldn't resist sharing my first attempt at sewing a leather tote. Introducing my "NYC Garment District Magazine Tote." It's soft, pliable, and just the right size for carrying home all the international fashion magazines I pick up at Around the World Magazines on W. 37th Street. I deliberately kept it very simple so I could throw it in my office file drawer without it clinking and clanging from a lot of hardware.

This bag was completely homegrown here in the Garment District. The black lambskin and British tan leather trim came from Leather, Suede, Skins on W. 35th. The paisley silk lining is Milly and came from Elliott Berman Textiles on W. 35th. This was so much fun to make I think I see more leather totes in my future….

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  1. Really nice! I myself have purse criteria and this is awfully close! Good Job! Pam

  2. omg, LOVE it! it's so stylish & looks super useful :o)

  3. Wow. It looks real. (RTW) I am in awe.

  4. Nice. Did you make your own pattern?

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  5. Ooooooooo. I love that lining. The seaming on the straps looks very even -- how did you make that happen?

  6. Gorgeous tote! I love the little bit of color contrast you used and the fact that it is otherwise plain and will go with everything.

  7. The bag looks great! you really did a nice job and I appreciate the fact that you shared it with us :)

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