Brooklyn Des

The Desmond Backpack :: Sown Brooklyn

Pattern :: The Desmond Roll Top Backpack
Fabric :: Heavyweight Denim (long in the stash from Fabric.com)
Muslin (Mood Fabrics) and indigo shibori dyed fabric (made with love and friends at the TAC).
Notions :: D-rings, hooks, sliders & webbing from Pacific Trimming, denim zip from SIL Thread (NYC GD)

But does she like it, you ask? Check out that puss! I think she digs it!

The Desmond Backpack :: Sown Brooklyn

This morning, Brooklyn Des carried lunch and snacks and books. I’m really so happy with it! There are some things I will do differently next time, though. My webbing is quite slick. It wants to slide out of one set of d-rings, something with more of a tooth would work better. I’d also like to pad the straps. They’re not uncomfortable at all, but walking to school with 4 book bag carriers highlights how common it is to do so.

The Desmond Backpack :: Sown Brooklyn

I like my plain muslin lining, with those sentimental pop-o-shibori pockets, but I’d add a contrast band to the top so it doesn’t show while carrying. I also think the thicker fabric would help the roll stay in place when the bag is less full. And I would not use a jean zipper! Those teeth really want I stay shut, lol. I added a little leather pull that helps some.

And it’s cute!

The Desmond Backpack :: Sown Brooklyn

I think Desmond is the perfect blend of casual and chic. It totally worked with this outfit and would fit just as well with sneakers and sweats. I took my time working on this, but once the exterior was complete, I raced to the finish line. It was great fun, almost as much as coat or jean making.

The Desmond Backpack :: Sown Brooklyn

This denim is HEAVY. My machine was a rock star, though. I only broke one needle and had only a couple thread jams. But attaching that zip pocket was a real sonofabitch. It was my first time doing something like that. I’m glad I didn’t realize how much harder the thick denim would make it, I’m too happy with how it turned out to wish it any other way.

I’m already planning the next one!

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12 thoughts on “Brooklyn Des

  1. That is just awesome. πŸ™‚ I am in awe of people who can make a professional-looking bag like you can. I can do a somewhat homespun simple tote. πŸ™‚

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