Vogue pattern 7703 view D was used to make this drawstring bag in butter soft blue leather.
I used 2 pieces of soft leather, one hide was 5 foot and the other was 7 foot .
Three different fusible interfacings to add some strength and add some body to the bag because the leather was too soft to become a bag on its own.
On top the extra heavy woven, middle the non woven, at the bottom Hansel. These interfacings are special made to use with leather, because you can fuse the interfacing with the iron on a warm setting.
The non-woven interfacing was fused on all the pattern parts except the drawstring as an underlay for the woven leather interfacing Hansel which is a bit rough and I did not want to change the hand of the leather.
The extra heavy interfacing is added to the bottom part on top of the previous two interfacings, the leather facing parts and the shoulder strap.
The above interfacings are from Europe but you can also use Pro_Tricot fusible interfacing from http://sewexciting.blogspot.com/
Dupioni silk fabric was used for the lining, front pocket lining and the interior pocket.
I made some pattern and design changes. The backside of the bag is sewn with a center seam because I had not enough leather to cut that pattern without a seam. It was an easy alteration, just double half of the center backside pattern and add seam allowances. I topstitched the s.a. on both sides of the center back seam.
The front pocket was too wide to my taste so I stitched a line at the center of the pocket, now there are 2 separate pockets.
The pattern instructions suggest to use cardboard for the bottom part. I was not satisfied with the result it was too stiff so I used a remnant piece of upholstery leather which I glued to the bottom part.
Also skipped one of the shoulder straps because I find it annoying that wearing a shoulder bag which has 2 long shoulder straps , one of the shoulder straps is always falling down .
I used only one shoulder strap (the length of the pattern strap is 21,5 inch /55 cm while I used a 38,5 inch/ 98 cm length) which I sewed diagonal at the front and at the back side of the bag.
The instructions for sewing the lining bag was different than what I did. I sewed the side seams of the lining but left one piece open for turning after I attached the lining at the leather facing and sewed the bottom part. The last step for sewing the lining part was to sew the left open part by hand.
I noticed too late that the placement of the interior pocket was too high placed, so if you want to make this bag be aware of this. It will be more convenient if the posket is placed lower on the pattern an adding a snap would be handy too.