I almost always sketch my ideas. But I just saw this fantastic upholstery fabric on sale that I HAD to have & knew I was going to make a purse out of it. Problem is I don't really know how to design purses. I have sketchbooks full of clothing designs, but almost no accessory designs of any kind. When it comes to purses, I feel stupid. I just stare at the blank page in front of me & wonder what the hell I'm doing.
With this fabric I decided to change things a little. When getting new apparel fabric I'll often hold it up to my body & see if I'd like it as a dress, skirt, etc. In that spirit I laid the fabric out & moved some muslin around it to block off a good shape.
I think I may make it into a circle (that's belting framing the section I like). I also don't know diddly squat about making bags, but am thinking of using the same stiff belting to help it hold its shape. What do you think? How do you go about designing things?