This is the chosen shape of bag. I am to marry Henry Moore's fabric designs with an accent colour to create a union that showcases mid 20th century design with a contemporary feel. They'll be high spec, with leather handles, dupion silk lining, large vintage button, exclusive Moore fabric and limited to a small number of each design produced.
I'm beginning to gather fabrics and haberdashery together to get a feel for what might work. Virtual fabric shops are very convenient but a trip to a bricks and mortar shop is essential to get the colours just right! (What a good excuse!) I'm considering texture as well as colour so will look at some tweed types and I also have some navy handles on order. I'll reveal the star of the show (Henry Moore fabric) later!
I've made a start on turning those lovely vintage fabrics into practical bags that really pop with vibrant 60's flowers. It may be a while before the next one emerges as I have a very special project to work on in collaboration with The Henry Moore Foundation. Please come back to my blog in a few days to see how I'm getting on.
I must say: I am going to stick with my tried and tested ways of working! The piping worked well-I made it from scratch (with my new adjustable zipper foot), but in order to have an integral zipped top, putting all the pieces together with the lining was a cross between origami and chinese water torture!
Hello, I'm Ruth Overton. My nickname as a child was 'Ruthie Toots' which is how the name 'TootsTotes'