Intermediate Handbag Course

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Intermediate Course

The intermediate course will take you into semi-constructed handbags, like clutches and envelope handbags. It will teach you the different types of gussets and bottoms that will add functionality to your handbags. Semi – constructed bags are bags that use Bontex and foam to produce a hard body, like frames, envelop, clutches any bag with hard body and a soft gusset. They are also never turned inside out and all stitches are top stitches. These same techniques can be transfer to a soft bag that allows you to add shape to a bag that you can’t achieved with a tradition unconstructed or soft bag. An example of a semi-constructed bag will be the classic Hermes Kelly bag!

You will be asked to complete a series of assignments where you will give your interpretation of a handbag I have made. In each bag you will work with a different element of the bag. This will also show you the relationship between different bags as you move through the courses.

  • First review the videos in each lesson.
  • Then you go to the assignment.
  • Before you start to make your bag review the assignment so you know what you are suppose to accomplish.
  • Use the video as your guide. The videos teach technique that will which never change.

Please review the shorts library for pocket and zipper development. Instead of repeating those steps in each video I made small videos to address possible questions. To find it just scroll down to the “shorts” library.

One of the things I try to do is make each student change their mindset in how they approach pattern making. Pattern making is a problem solving craft, every time you change something you are presented with different options to resolve the problems. Over time each student will develop their own way to resolve those questions using the set of techniques taught. How you resolve those questions will determine your style and limitations as you go forward. You are always presented with choices, which forces you to make decisions, those decisions are your learning tools.

The goal is to get you to look at any bag and know how to make it, but breaking the design down into a set of techniques, that we teach. Then to make this tiny bit of space your own, it’s called design and the people who do it in a unique way are called designers.

Assignments are submit through the assignment link, view your assignment before developing your bag. If you submit an assignment and I have not graded it, please contact me. Sometimes I will miss notifications or just not get one, so please contact me.

HMDH Academy is the most intense online handbag pattern making school on the internet, it’s not easy and it wasn’t meant to be. Our courses are more intense then many brick and mortar design schools, our lesson are comprehensive and detailed covering techniques from the 40’s to the present day.

HMDH Academy now offers you a certificate of Completion if you complete all the lesson in a course. Each course teaches you a different set of skill to free your creative spirit.

Thank you for becoming a student at HMDH, we value each of you and want to make you proud that you are part of our little community.


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