I finally tried my hand at making my own version of a Thirty-One bag. The Retro Metro bag costs $55 plus more for handling, shipping and taxes. My version cost me a total of $10 at most. I found the main tan linen type fabric at my local Not Just Linens for $4/yd. Most of their fabrics are $9/yd. (still great)! Love that store.
I used double fold bias tape for the first time too. What a time saver! I embraced the stitched raw edge of the main fabric and used it to my advantage by letting it show for some extra detail. I have a little stash of Joel Dewberry's Notting Hill Collection that I used to dress up some natural colored webbing for the shoulder straps.
Another first for me was sewing French Seams along the sides so the raw edges are completely hidden. They look like the seam on your jeans. Amazing!
If anyone is interested I could share my measurements, tips and maybe even a tutorial.
Linking up with SewCanShe.
And Show & Tell Tuesday at i have to say.