Monday, December 8, 2008

Boho Chic Meets Tailored Classic

So, this is what you get when you take design elements from opposite ends of the style spectrum and combine them into one bag. . . Boho Chic meets Tailored Classic.
I've tried to blend the best of both worlds; the richly textured vintage fabrics and generous size of Boho chic and the more structured lines and forever classic linen of a more tailored style. I've used an awesome vintage cut velvet upholstery fabric from the 1960's as the main part of the bag and a rich brown velvet/velveteen for the gusset.

A natural linen is used for the strap and front flap. A magnetic snap keeps items secure.Tying all of the elements together is the velvet rose and leaf detail.

This is just the "prototype" and will be offered at a reduced price on the website. I'll probably tweek a couple of things before I'm completely happy with the bag. For one thing, the interfacing I used on the lining is a little too heavy, so I'll probably change that. I like that it gives some structure to the bag, but I don't like the wrinkles. Not a major issue, but something the perfectionist in me would like to correct. :) But, for the most part, I really like how this bag turned out.


GeorgiaPeachez said...

Beautiful, it really works! Love the vintage upholstery fabric especially. xo, suzy

Stephanie said...

Very stylish and rich looking. I love the velvets.

Melody said...

Wow! It looks so luxurious. Love the color combo of the fabric. Would complete a black suit with a big vintage flower pin on the lapel, matching shirt in either the blue or green... dang, I don't have either. But, it would make a great fashion plate for someone. (can you tell I'm a frustrated fashion designer?)
Great job.

Rosemary said...

Thanks so much!!
Love the bag!
Hope you are having a great evening.

rochambeau said...

SO LOVELY! Love the fabric you chose and the style. You go girl!!
Thank you for dropping by.
Happy Holidays to you and yours!


Miss Rhea said...

I love that bag, nice job. It reminds me of my childhood, that great fabric. :) You do lovely, lovely work :)

Sugar Bear said...

It is absolutely stunning! A fabulous job.

Katherine said...

Gorgeous! Love the design and the fabrics you've combined.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I think you are so smart and creative! I'm not kidding. You could probably design fabric. I read on Anna Maria how she does it but it kind of went over my head.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Thanks everyone!
Shabby, designing fabric would be an absolute dream! You don't have any connections at FreeSpirit or Westminster, do you? LOL

Kimberly :)

Mrs.Kwitty said...

It's beautiful! I love the rich and textured. You've done a wonderful job!
Smiles, Karen

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Oh my Kimberly this is just lovely. I know my mom had a chair out of that EXACT fabric. I love it. What a great job you do.

Jen r. said...

This is the cutest bag! I hope you are selling these out of boutiques!

kari and kijsa said...

LOVE THIS BAG!! We are headed over to your shop right now!
We have a fun giveaway of a target gift card today with the AHA for go red! A little early Christmas gift!

kari & kijsa

Moderncountry said...

Oh wow, what a fantastic looking bag!! You are incredible skillfull with meaterials, patterns and Designs. I really have a lot of respect for you, I think you are great Designer!!
After Christmas I am going ahead with new Ideas. And my goal is to be more adventures with colours and patterns. And to improve my skills of course :)

I hope you are heaving a great time Niesz, are you looking forward to Christmas? I am like a child this year. No wonder, I have waited 6 years for this to happen :)

Take care friend!
Christmas hug from Aina

Ps: Sorry for not showing up earlier, it has been a very hectic autumn. But I am shure you can relate. How is it going with your work by the way?

NeereAnDear said...

LUV2I just stopped by to say thank you for the congrats on my win .... I am really glad I did as your blog is lovely and I fell in love with several items on your website that I just may have to purchase

The vintage items from your grandma are fabulous!!

The bag you made is quite lovely with its vintage fabric

Thanks again.... Happy Holidays


Wild Rose said...

Your bag is gorgeous ~ I love the colour combination.

Merry Christmas Kimberly.

Marie x

A home far away said...

Wow what an inspiring blog you have, I wish I had half of your energy:-

Hugs Gunilla in Singapore

Barbara Jacksier said...

I love your Boho fuison. The vintage velvet is wonderful and the brown flower contrasts beautifully.

KitschKrafts said...

Gorgeous!! LOVE IT!!

Angela (Cottage Magpie) said...

Gorgeous! I love love love the chocolate velvet with the green and blue fabric. Fantastic, as usual!

Anyway, I just stopped by to say Merry Christmas! Hope you have a great holiday.
~Angela :-)

Gabriela said...

Happy New Year!

~ Gabriela ~

sonia said...

lovely bag.

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

This is SO ME! Love the mixture of fabrics and textures. I LOVE IT!

Cheryl said...

Oh my gosh! I ADORE that bag! Beautiful details and that fabric is to DIE for!