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Bag Design Workshop
Total Time: 2 hours 39 mins 7 secs
In this three-part master course, professional bag designer Nicole Mallalieu expertly guides you through the bag design process from concept to construction. Learn how to break three-dimensional bag shapes down into two-dimensional shapes, play with construction lines and seam allowances, and then figure out how your bag design will fit together. Sound hard? It’s not as scary as you might think! And since we’re mocking everything up in muslin, the pressure is off until you get your bag design just right.
Bag Design Workshop
Part 1:Drafting a Basic Bag Pattern
In order to understand bag construction and design terminology, it’s key to start with simple constructions. Nicole Mallalieu starts you off on your bag-making journey with a flat two-dimensional bag and a three-piece 3D gusset bag with straps. You will learn how to mock up your design in paper, and then sew a muslin in order to see how these shapes come together. This class teaches the importance of understanding seam allowances and notches on patterns while you’re designing the pattern.
Part 2:Moving Seam Lines and Making Linings
Working with the basic design you drafted in Part 1, you’ll learn how to move seam lines to create a variety of all-new bag designs. Nicole Mallalieu covers methods for designing a boxed-corner bag, a bag with side or base gussets, and a color-blocked bag. Once you’re happy with the outside of your bag, you’re ready to turn your attention to the inside, learning how to draft the pattern for facings, linings, and pockets.
Part 3:Pleats, Gathers and Finishing Details
Now that you understand the basics of bag design and how to play with seam lines, you can begin to divide these shapes again to add pleats, gathers, darts, and color blocks. These design features are what will make your bag truly special, adding the finishing touch to your unique design. You’ll also get to see samples of Nicole’s finished bags made using the techniques shown in this course so you can start imagining the possibilities.
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