I remember my dad having a copy of this in paperback back in the 60s. I never bothered to read it, despite having freedom to read anything I fancied from a very early age- and I was a VERY precocious reader I must say. It was written in 1961, and I was born in 1960…even allowing for the delay in books going form hardback to paperback, I may have been a tad too young. I do remember being fascinated by the title though, and possibly linked it to Mary Poppins’ carpetbag somewhere along the line.
On our steampunk perambulations, many folk sport gorgeous leather bags and belt pouches or backpacks, and I was very irked on one outing to find myself lugging a charity shop find around in a plastic bag, as my purchase wouldn’t fit in my beaded handbag.
‘Buggeration’ quoth I. ‘What I need is a beautiful carpetbag to transport my shopping.’
So I bought two lots of fabric as you know, and I’m going for the butterfly one first.
It’s all rectangles, and I’ll be putting some zipped pockets into the lining, which is some more of that old gold taffeta you’ve seen behind me in many photos. It’s not very thick, so I’m considering underlining it with some tat from stash, and possibly even ‘quilting’ a few lines along it for interest and strength. I’m also adding a key loop, I’m absolutely smitten with the one I put into my last bag.
Wifey is supposed to be finding me some suitable wire for the top edge [hmmm, right, I can see me having to hack up some coat hangers]. The handles are just going to be thickly folded cloth straps, although I may experiment with making some ‘leather’ tabs to attach them…actually felt, I’m scared of sewing leather.
I’ve ordered some little ‘antique’ brass feet from the Bay of the E, and will probably contrive a strap and buckle or strap and magnet catch. The sides will be piped, using a scrap of something green and stretchy from stash, plus some hairy string for the oomph factor.
I think that should do- I’m hoping this will be a nice quick-fix after all that corset faffing. [Famous last words?] We’re off for a short break next week, and may take our steampunkery with us to wow the natives…dammit, now I need a new skirt too!