A classmate asked me to make her a bag like I have. This was a great opportunity to improve the little things that I didn’t like that much in my own bag. The construction of the bag is mostly the same as my own, so for pictures of that go to the other post.
-all leather parts are made from new (instead of recycled) leather;
-the strap is very different from the one on my bag. The loop for the buckle is hand-stitched, rather than riveted. A screw stud prevents the excess strap from flopping around. I like it’s more minimalist look;
-I kept the interior far more simple: just one pocket to put your phone or wallet in. I also used a different fabric, that has a bit more vintage look to it;
-one of the most important differences is probably the leather used for the flap. It’s a bit thinner than the leather I used for my bag, making the whole bag more lightweight and elegant.
-I used nickel instead of brass hardware. I think it gives the bag a cleaner look.
-overall the finish is much neater. This is mostly because I’m getting better at these things.
Some shots of the parts pre-assembly. All leather parts and leather-on-fabric connections are hand-stitched. All fabric parts are done on my little Toyota (which I really wouldn’t recommend to anyone, but hey, can’t afford a better one yet).
Here you can see one of the improvements from the first bag: the stud screw to hold the excess flap. There are multiple holes to screw the stud in, in case you want to adjust the strap. I don’t adjust the strap that often (and I think that goes for most), so this system works fine.
See? Those are the flaps you have to sew across.