So are you excited about the Mirabelle Messenger Bag yet? Here's a little more inspiration. I'm going to give you a quick walk-through on some little pattern modifications I made to get this look. I did this bag with a lightweight, olive corduroy. I love the detail of the bias tape and piping, but I wanted a more monochromatic look. So, I used Roselee's tutorials to make my own bias tape and piping.
Since the corduroy can add a bit of extra bulk to the seams, I cut all the interfacing pieces (except for the strap and pocket) a little smaller than the fabric.
I cut the flap a little shorter and a little more square.
I used a top-stitch thread and needle to make the stitching really pop. I love that look.
I'm sure there's a better way to add the buckle, but I was a little short on time and figured no one would look too closely. I made a strip of fabric the same width as the buckle, cut a little hole to slip the pin through, and added a little fray-check. I sewed the strap down as far as I could and finished sewing in place by hand.
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