Saturday, May 15, 2010
I have mixed feelings about the Hot Patterns Pyramid Bag. On one hand, it's a neat looking bag, and capacious. On the other hand, it's a bit unwieldy. Opening it's like opening a sleeping bag, and the contents of the bag tend to slip around inside. On the whole, it's a keeper, and it's interesting. I've been using it every day for three weeks, on and off, for commuting. It is big enough for my lunch and shoes (I always wrap my shoes in two layers of plastic bag before putting them any where near my lunch, and still, I think it's kind of gross to put shoes in a handbag, because of where those shoes go, but I do it anyway and I digress). I often commute wearing low heeled shoes and change to heels at the office.
One option in construction is to insert a 10 by 10 inch stiffener in the bottom of the bag. I did not do this, because the bag would have been too wide and unwieldy. I prefer to have the contents dictate the shape of the bag. That way, if I don't have a lot of stuff in there, the bag is smaller and closer to my body while I'm wearing it. Handy in city crowds, where I don't want to be constantly reining in the hugeness of a handbag as it protrudes from my body.
I used faux suede from fabric.com. I put a flat pocket on the outside of one side of the bag, into which things like transit passes go -- things I need quick access to. I installed the bellows pocket on the other side. I like the design, and I love the inside pockets, and the colorful lining cheers my day.
As an aside, in the video, I'm wearing my aqua wool dress (see previous post), so you can see that in action as well!