Sunday, October 5, 2014

17-inch shoulder bag

Working on some new build techniques and testing out some new buckles.
I'm trying to design a bag that's a li'l easier to sew but without any major compromises in function or durability. I think I'm off to a good start.

Trying out some magnetic buckles from Fidlock. They slide to open. See them in motion here. The magnets are pretty strong, so sometimes you can just get 'em nearby and they'll close on their own -- just like magic. Opening them with my left hand is still a little awkward, but I'm sure I'll master it soon.

On the shoulder strap I have the new GT Cobra from ITW and AustriAlpin, which is a plastic version of AA's classic aluminum buckle. Bomber. The slider mechanism is spring loaded, which keeps the slippery seat belt webbing in place. My next test bag will use ITW's new GTSR buckle, which also utilizes this feature.

The usual two-part front pocket, zippered and open, with pen pocket. This is acrylic-coated poly, like the liner.

Cleaner corner.

Floating liner.

Reinforcement webbing on the acute stitch angle.

Usual one-piece construction.

Trying out a curved seam on the bottom here. This makes the corners less pointy and should make them less prone to damage. The green fabric is cotton duck so this got a ballistic half boot. Looks pretty good, I think.

This looks a bit cluttered. I think the tape should probably go under the boot.

Tied a li'l button knot for the zipper pull. Super cute.

Fidlock buckle action

Here's Fidlock's Slider buckle in motion. Slide to release, mate to close. The magnetic wings on the female (right) end wrap around the male end (left), securing the buckle. Just like magic.