I had this bag in my mind for a while and was going to make the pattern when I came across a Pony Express bag pattern by Ujamaa Grandmas. It was a great coincidence because by using their pattern I don't feel like I made a knock-off bag. Ujamaa Grandmas is a charity group and the profit from pattern sales is used to address the consequences of the HIV/AIDS pandemic upon families and communities in sub-Saharan Africa. So, by a purchasing a pattern, one supports this very important project.
The pattern is of course inspired by iconic Saddle Bag designed by John Galliano for Dior. I must admit that the look of this bag made of printed Washpapa (vegan leather) went beyond my expectations.
For my first version of Saddle Bag I chose Washpapa printed with purple Watercolours pattern by Justyna Anna Smolka. If you read some of my earlier blogs you are familiar with this amazing Polish artist.
I matched the print with Washpapa Sahara that gives a look of a natural leather and applied some decorational studs.
I went crazy with the strap and used a very colourful and eye-catchy tape. But I think that the miniature stirrup is the real cherry on the cake.
Measurements: 27cm x 21cm x 5.5cm
Strap: 76cm (non adjustable)
- Washpapa (cellulose with latex)
-waterproof polyester woven fabric