The Design of "The Bernadette Bag" - by Maya Berg
The designing of new products happens in the sewing space by our very talented members. The design process is entirely collaborative with members sharing their ideas and skills which fosters an environment of learning and community in the sewing space.
With initial guidance from volunteer Kathryn, Bernadette lead the design and sampling of a new bag in the sewing space now named "The Bernadette Bag".
Bernadette began by designing the pattern and then making the first test sample using scrap fabric. At each step members, volunteers and the sewing space teacher and tailor Ba test and share their ideas on how to improve the design.
After Bernadette's initial sample, Colette then set out making sample number two, taking into account the suggested improvements. Changing the width of the strap, the size of the bag, giving the base a greater curve.
The bag was tested one last time by teacher Ba, using the chosen material for sale.
Master tailor and Teacher Ba
The first second and third attempts at making the bag perfect!
One of the finished Bernadette Bags
Much thought has gone into things such as inside pocket and fastener
After the design process our teacher Ba holds class, teaching the women the new pattern and new techniques involved in the bag and makes an example for the women to refer to whilst sewing.
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