Friday, March 26, 2010

Lights Camera Action!


Kylie from Chasing Purple Dreams put in a request a little while back for a custom made camera bag.
I've never tried to make anything like this before, but I'm always ready for a challenge.

She emailed through a sketch of the bag, and the dimensions that she needed to fit her camera accessories...


.....which I then used to sketch out my cutting / construction plan from.


The most important thing was to make sure that it had a really good structure, but also soft cushioning for the equipment.... and now I know why Nikki was gushing over the S320 interfacing!

The shot above is the work in progress bag outer - denim interfaced with S320 and then iron-on wadding over the top - the structure it gives is amazing.


The inner of the bag needed to have separate sections for each piece of equipment, so after a few days of thinking, and a chat with Nikki, I decided to make removable inserts.


The bag lining has two strips of velcro running along either side. The removable padded inserts just slot in and attach to the velcro.


Kylie requested an adjustable strap, so I used some nice antique brass hardware.


The front of the bag has a zippered pocket (I think I've finally lost my fear of sewing zips), and a side release buckle closure. I couldn't use a magnetic closure as I don't think it would be safe for camera equipment.


It's on the way to Kylie's house now, so I hope she likes it!

42 comments:

Cathy {Tinniegirl} said...

It's absolutely gorgeous Cam. You are so clever.

Becky said...

I like it, a lot in fact! Pity I am not allowed to spend money until after we move :(

Mama Mogantosh said...

That is gorgeous. love the inserts. beautiful job!

Rie said...

Fantastic! It looks awesome! Very practical with a nice tweak of style thrown in!

Andi said...

A very gorgeous, practical and thoughtful project.
Well done!!!

Stomper Girl said...

If she doesn't like it, I'll buy it! Look at the all that purple goodness.

Jennie said...

That is stunning, a great custom made piece. Hope we get to see it with everything inside!

Jennie said...

That's so impressive! I've often wanted to make myself a camera bag but have been too scared to try.

clare's craftroom said...

I love it ! What a clever design , functional and pretty , that's a winner !

m.e (Cathie) said...

are you serious!!!
that is the best thing ever Cam, you are sooo very clever.

now how many lemon tarts would fit into that..hehee

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Fantastic! I think you will be bombarded with orders for these. So much nicer than the ready made camera bags.

Lisa T said...

I have but one word for this creation............SENSATIONAL.

Beky said...

Wow. Great idea that the inserts can be removed / moved, excellent. I can see you now making laptop bags from tew towels. Keep up the great work! You go girl!

Michelle said...

It's fantastic! I am so impressed that you take on challenges like this!

Feather said...

this is so inspiring! beautiful job.

gret said...

Well done, it looks awesome. Love the colours.

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

It’s mine, all mine – hands off Stomper Girl I LOVE it!!!!!!!! I am hoping it arrives today, all of my fingers and toes are crossed (makes typing tricky!). I can’t wait to snuggle all of my bits and pieces into it. Thanks so much Cam, this commission has been such a breezy process and the end result is stunning. If any of you are after a funky new camera bag, just dial Super Pops! I shall post a picky on my blog with all the bits inside just as soon as it arrives.

Jhoanna said...

Beautiful work Cam! It's clear you've put a lot of effort, thought and love into this bag. Fabulous and functional!

ambette said...

Wow, that looks fantastic! I think I should get some of that Vilene S320 and try it out!

Melanie said...

Sensational job Cam. I agree, you are clever - it's come out great :)

Cass said...

Wow Cam that is awesome

Sarah-Jo said...

L O V E it cam xxx

Little Ted Canvas said...

OMG you've done a brilliant job I love it!

Nikki said...

My goodness! I'm SOOOOO impressed!

(Remember when you showd me a bag that you made when you very first started sewing...? GO and compare them and pat yourself on the back!!

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

Cam!!! Are you for real?? This is too good. I can't get over it. I am soon to buy a new camera and I have been thinking about a bag- as all the ones at the camera shops are completely boring and yuk... i may need to comission one for myself!! WOW! Its so good- good on you Master sewer.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

It's fabulous! How can she not love it!

Liesl (Hoppo Bumpo) said...

Wow - that's really clever! Its no mean feat to sew something structured like that ... and it looks amazing.

(Word verification: "proudge" ... something Prue and Trude from Fountain Lakes would say ... as in, you should be very proudge of that bag)

Swirlyarts said...

This is lovely! That purple fabric is gorgeous too :)

Jodie said...

Unbelievable Cam - she will love it for sure !!!

The Essess said...

Great idea and looks fab too, Im on live with the purple fabric too. I found quite a few tea towels for you, give them to you next week.. Not long til Daylesford Makers Market!

Cute as Buttons said...

Is there no end to your cleverness??? Will you be taking orders for this new line?

bubbachenille said...

I saw Kylie today and she was sooooooooooooooo excited about this ! I can see why, it's awesome. That purple fabric is lovely ! Good job though, it look great !

Jennifer Rose said...

so much better looking then the camera bags you can buy in stores :D

teddybearswednesday said...

OMG I'm sure she will love it Cam!! It's stunning, you are amazing.x

Melinda said...

Very lovely and practical. You are so clever!I am sure she will love it.

yardage girl said...

What a brill bag with multiple uses - you're onto a winner there! Beautifully made. Nic

Trudi - Me and Ewe said...

Cam you are so so clever - it looks so professional.

Car said...

Oh. My. That bag is awesome! I shouldn't look, now I am really wanting one for myself... How long would it take you to make one up? might chat to DH about my birthday LOL!!!

Nikki Cardigan said...

You are very clever Cam. And thoughtful too. A perfect combination!

Jenny said...

Wow! It is amazing and functional-I bet she loves it-so very professional as usual Ms Curlypops:)

.girl ferment. said...

right-on this is great.
so hard to find cute camera bags.
i finally found one i like at vinnies the other day, but it only has room for my camera and the lens that is on it.
maybe this could be your thing?
xx

Sarah said...

That is one awsome bag!