|Posted by ellen on July 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM|
The Doctor bag is a style of bag that has really intense detail and construction--there's always a point in the sewing of them where I find myself wrestling with the bag, puffing and perspiring. But the result is worth it, as I don't know of anybody else that makes a bag as elaborate as this one. It's also super practical, being what I call a "big little bag"--compact but with surprising capacity. When you unzip it, it opens right up like a bucket, and it stands up on its own.
Up until September of 2008 I was finding great success in selling my wares online, and was able to reinvest in lots of beautiful leather to keep making big bags. But the global economic downturn along with changes in my selling venue, and way more competition, have squeezed my income down to a shadow of it's former self. That's why I haven't been making the most beautiful shoulder candy I can make, and focussing more on smaller goods. Unfortunately I think I'm keeping myself small by making small things, so I've decided to invest in my future by cranking out some big bags again! And this time, I'm opting for more sophisticated prints, no more bunnies or birdies. Right now there are two gold leather doctor bags will the Wallpaper print available in my shop here (fifty dollars savings if you buy one here instead of my etsy shop) and coming up are one or two (depending on how much leather I have) in caramel brown leather with the leaves embossed into it (perfect for autumn).
Here's the first doctor bag I made:
It was grey wool with a red tree and black leather trim. Then I went on to make these (among others):
I hope you enjoyed looking at them, and I look forward to showing you future doctor bags!