There are times when saggy is a little nice- boyfriend jeans, hobo bags, big comfy sweaters… But then there are those times when saggy is a definite no no- breasts, eyes, butt (ok anything body related), and on the structured bag. A structured bag is supposed to represent its namesake, “structured” but when it gets to the point where you see something peaking out from underneath it becomes quite sloppy. So let’s nip it in the butt with a bag base. And possibly a nip and tuck for the saggy butt (juuust kidding!).
So a few days ago I got a Proenza Schouler Ps1, tiny (YAY). It’s a satchel type bag in oxblood a deep berry red color (suffice it to say I was in love for a long time before taking the plunge!…I should do a review!!!). After a few days of wear, to my horror, I noticed that the middle of the bag was poking out the bottom. I tend to keep my schedule notebook in there and I know all leather stretches over time. It could only get worse from there. So alas, I had to do something to keep my everyday bag pristine. I gathered some bag sag prevention equipment and got to work.
- Saggy Bag
- Cardboard or stiff plastic
- Pen/Fabric Chalk
- Test object to see if the sag remains (I used my schedule book – damn bag saggin’ culprit)
- Sewing machine if you are lazy like me
- Razor Blade (It makes it easier to cut the cardboard without having to scrunch the cardboard up… you will see if ever need to cut cardboard)
- Cutting mat – to be used in conjunction with the razor – so I don’t have one, I ended up using construction paper to protect my desk.
So this is a fairly straight forward process, it can be as technical or as easy as you want it to be. First and foremost, measure the base of your bag!! So freakin important, I kinda eyeballed my first one…it came out a tad small…ok so really small…what a waste of time. So yea, measure and then cut the piece out. For the tiny Proenza Schouler Ps1 – approximately 3″ x 10″.
I also recommend trimming the corners. Especially if you don’t cover the board in any fabric. Insert in bag and make any necessary adjustments to the size. Use the test object too. Technically, you can be done here, but I wanted some sort of fabric on it. It can help make the cardboard last longer, protect the bag innards, and look overall prettier.
The next optional step is to outline the base on the backside of the fabric with a fabric pen or marking utensil of your choosing.
Afterwards, sew the tracing leaving one edge open. (<— NOTE TO SELF UBER IMPORTANT… imagine sewing the whole rectangle, how would you put the cardboard/plastic back in?). Cut out the excess and turn outside in. Insert board and THEN sew the open end. TADA! Anti-sagging tool for ya bag!
Now here’s some before and afters.
I’m telling you it does make a difference. However, I cannot attest to the cardboard’s overall time length of strength….*gasp* what if it begins to sag too and need a board of its own. Oh well, I’ll keep on the lookout for a different lightweight option. Til then STAY CURIOUS!!!