Under The Knife: Building A Better Bag
|Ness tweed and leather "Missy" mini bag. They make them in a variety of colours.|
So today, I have finally decided to so something about it. I am taking pro-active action against my awkward bag strap once and for all. My Ness bag is going under the knife.
So. I started in my husband's tool shed, braved the bird droppings and the threat of stepping on something that my cat has recently dispached, and armed myself with some tools to complete the procedure.
Before beginning, it is important to take a time-out, as one does in any good operating theatre, to mentally collect oneself and verbally verify the procedure with your colleagues. This is a practise that prevents the removal of inappropriate appendages due to inattention or assumption. Thus I began.
"This is Tuesday, the 3rd of July, and this is a removal and reattachment anastamosis procedure of the strapular aspect of the Ness tweed Missy mini bag, are we all in agreement?"
|..........I'll take that as a yes.|
First, came the brave no-going-back step of removing the original leather strap.
|The initial, lateral incision...proximal to the the D-ring.|
Leaving behind a nice, clean work surface to attach the new strap.
Next, I had to prepare the donor strap for the attachment procedure to the host bag.
|Gingerly working the vasculature of the new strap free from the buckle-end as to not damage any parts.|
And as you can see, the buckle-end was cleanly removed with minimal damage to the new, donor strap.
The remainder of the procedure was quite straightforward. With the needle nosed pliers, simply separate the end link of the new strap and attach it to the D-ring on both sides.
|The reattachment was a success!|
So there it is. It had been my intention to use some of the leather from the strap to make some wee tassels for the D-ring ends of the new strap, but the leather was too thick. I will probably still add some the next time I am in the city and can hit the upholstery section of the fabric store. I had also thought about weaving some grosgrain ribbon through the chain to tie-in some of the blue colour. Maybe, again that will probably take place down the line. But for now, I have myself a brand-new chain-strap tweed bag. Your thoughts, as always, are encouraged.