Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Jimmy Choo

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Last week I had the good fortune of getting to repair a Jimmy Choo bag. Let me just start by saying that I’am a seriously great admirer of all things Jimmy Choo and I think his shoes are absolutely divine. His hand bags are just as  fabulous and for someone to entrust me with their seven hundred dollar Jimmy Choo…you can imagine my delight.

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So this Jimmy Choo had a busted zip and a seriously torn lining. Which begs the question; how do you go about making a hot Jimmy Choo even hotter than when you found it?

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You add an ultra cool Ankara wax lining and can absolutely say that I went to town on that bag and got it looking better on the inside than the original. Did I mention that I never held anything that expensive with my bare hands! It was my great pleasure doing it and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. So anyone out there have a bag they want fixed?
Ciao peeps,

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The Messenger sequel

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Hey ya’ll everyone good? We caught up yet? Ok! Good! Good!…Now that we are done with the formalities, how’s about we dive right into it. 🙂
Wow I must say that this bag was an absolute labour of love (emphasis on labour). After my practice bag, this was a great success by the way. I thought I really had this one in the ‘bag’ (pun intended). But alas it was not so! The pockets on the side for some stupid reason didn’t fit as measured.

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The corners were a serious pain to do with my steadfast but often old school sewing machine who I’ve endearingly nicknamed ‘the dude’…that’s a story for another day. So as I was saying, I ended up hand stitching those bad boys one corner at a time. Then the leather accents refused to align so they were a bit off symmetry…to mention but a few more issues I had to go through. This is why I need to buy some good rulers, my tape measure and twelve inch ruler are not cutting it anymore. 🙂

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All I can say with great pleasure that once it was done, as a whole, it turned out to be one of my best and favorite bags I’ve done thus far. An added bonus, the client I made it for loved it and none of my mistakes made less of an impact. All the glory of course goes to my heavenly father whose grace has proven to be more than sufficient and who I dedicate this blog to. Welcome all I’m Evie the Skivee and let me take you on a bag journey where you see a part of my life through the bags I make. We’ll talk about stuff, laugh about stuff and make stuff till our pretty, little fingers fall off!

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If at first you don’t succeed…..

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I was recently commissioned to do a messenger bag by someone who saw a bag I did for a mutual friend and the thing is I had never done a messenger bag before.

Well not exactly…I tried doing one a few months ago and I can tell you it was a serious disaster. It was so disappointing that I had almost sworn off messenger bags. So to my chagrin, when I got this job I had no idea how I was even going to begin making it. But alas, a plan was hatched.
I had some fabric which I bought at the market for dirt cheap and I had been looking for the perfect bag to make it with but I kept hitting a wall because it had such a drab print and was also a bit worse for wear. It was the best fabric to make a test bag to see how the real thing would turn out. So now I could begin my very intimidating bag.

The really awesome not so dude’s test bag but cute sunflower messenger bag

The really awesome not so dude’s test bag but cute sunflower messenger bag

My second attempt at the bag turned out so brilliantly that I’am happy to say the test bag is now a great bag by its own right. I finished it off with a cute crocheted sunflower to accentuate its colour palate and gave it an official name. It is now the REALLY AWESOME NOT SO DUDE’S TEST BAG BUT CUTE SUNFLOWER MESSENGER BAG. Yeah I know, I still have to work on the name.
Now I could begin the DUDE BAG with ease knowing that I had this in the bag (pun intended). So its was on to the next one.

All About Bags

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There is probably only one accessory that comes close to the love ladies have for shoes and that’s a bag. It is one thing that every lady will carry with her no matter what she is wearing. And by bag I mean everything or anything from a small wallet to a suitcase. We just don’t like to walk around empty handed. Lets just say that’s how prepared we are.

Bags Galore

Welcome to rags to bags, where I talk about my love for crafting and the creative process.We’ll start off with my recent favorite thing to make. Like the really cool title suggests; I’am into making bags right now. I’am totally fascinated by it. Messenger bag, clutch, purse, coin purse…You name it and this here sister will most probably figure out a way to make it.

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Ever since I was little, making things from scratch always got me going. I absolutely love the idea of taking things which are otherwise ordinary and turning them into beautiful pieces of art if we may call them that.
So how about we get right to it then?