Loved this class used it to further raft an outline for my next class. Thank you MJ!
I would love some feedback on the structure and the slides!
What We are going to work with cork leather & design a simple shoulder bag based on a zippered pouch. I am going to show how you can take to take your design from basic to beautiful by sharing my design prroces and lots of examples amd actionable steps.
Who charlotte kan / workshop teacher / create and sell pdf sewing patterns for women / 10yrs design experience ut 30+ years as a maker / as a fashion designer collections + presentations + featured in magazines. My favorite thing to do is design something that is easy to make but looks sophisticated and cool. And that is exactly what we are going to do in this class.
Why Cork fabric or cork leather is a great alternative for leather, easy to work with on a regular sewing machine, it's fashionable, vegan, water repellant , durabl and it looks fabulous..I love working with it and I hope this class will inspire you to give it a try!
Why Design Diy is chance to make something unique but I want you to surprise yourself with the end result. So that's why i am also going to teach you some steps and techniques that I use in my own design proces. Using these steps, you'll be able to explore and develop new ideas that you can use to create a unique design. I'll explain my approach to the design process and how you can apply those concepts to your own project, by showing you lots of examples along the way. And show you why creative constraints are a good thing.
What will we cover in class
How to work with cork fabric
Techniques to make simple bag components like straps, strap connectors and zipper tabs and pulls
Where to find the materials
why creative constraints are a good thing
How to develop your ideas and inspiration into a unique design.
And how to construct the bag, and insert an exposed zipper
This class is for you if
You want to learn some simple bagmaking techniques
You are interested in working with cork fabric
You are an advanced sewers, looking for a fast and fun project
If you are interested in techniques for taking a simple project to the next level
Requirements You are comfortable using a sewing machine, it is beginner frinedly but not a first project. but it's not neccessary to have prior experience with any of the techniques because that's what you will lean in this class. The tricky parts will be working with lots of thick layers, topstitching thick layers and inserting a zipper.
At the end of this class you'll be able to sew a simple bag using corkleather and you know to think like a designer and take a simple project to the next level.
favorite tools for cork
sewing machine with basic stitches + a zipper foot
cutting tools / sciccors / rotarty cutter plus mat
paper and a printer
needles / universal, jeans, microtex thickness 80 → 100
wonderclips / don't use pins holes and distort
wondertape / double sided tape / glue
Intro: What and how to use where to find. Limited selection widely available and to avoid overwhelm ( more on this later ).
Materials: Straps / Rope / diy
Materials: Rings O / D / Rectangle
Materials: Flat end caps
Materials: Recap, experiment, close enough ok, some extra for experimenting
Details and Construction
Tips for thick layers
Straps + strap connectors
Inserting straps and strap connectors onto your bag
Zipper tabs and pulls
Inserting the zipper
recap: use wondertape and clips check before you proceed, think about production order.
How to use the PDF Pattern
how to print / use and adapt
Intro Why should you follow a proces or a system? Because it gives you structured way to explore and implement new ideas, without loosing the end result out of sight. This proces is so that all these ideas you have floting around get captured developed and turned into a bag design, that is different from where you started. Idea & end goal: maybe look at it like a brief from client?
Explore collect & explore: Everything that pops
Analyze: Ask yourself why you chose? Refine and distill you ideas, select and put into words and sketches. repeat – transform – placement – scale – / make associations tied → rope knots /
Translate: sketch your design with your concept in mind / focused material tests.
Prototype: test and adapt pattern / 3d mock up paper / details / refine
Execute: final sketch + pattern, construction steps, adjust if needed.
Example: Collection Sketches
Example: Shoe design sketches
Recap: Not as linear, ask yourself questions why? what if?
Idea/brief: what do you want from your bag? What occasion will you use it for?
Explore: max 100 image / sketch / moulage / collage / photo / pinterest
Analyze: max 10 image / what do I see and like / look for themes / associations /
summarize in concept A4
Translate: concept to design big ideas first details later.
Prototype: Details / test / refine and finalize / order of construction / adjust pattern
Construct: final bag
Example project start to finish
Ok so i like the general idea, of my slides but the colours did not look as good after uploading here.