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“I Can Make That!” Marc by Marc Jacobs Lace Tote

Friday evening, Drew and I went to the mall to buy him shorts. While I need to watch my spending, I was more than willing to window shop. At one point, I was walking around Saks waiting for Drew when the handbags caught my eyes. Marc by Marc Jacobs to be specific. Lace. It looked like stiff lace and I had to get a closer look. I gazed, touched, examined the bag then looked at the price. $198 for a piece of plastic over lace. I thought to myself, "I can make that!" So I did.

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(If interested, you can purchase the actual bag here: Nordstrom)

This was really just an experiment. This bag isn't my style and I don't really have a place to wear it. I just wanted to see if I could make it. My mom has a laminator so when I went home to work this past weekend, I cut out some lace and laminated it. There is a black and tan version and a white version. I didn't have lace like the actual bag, and didn't want to purchase any so this was all fabric already in my stash (the bottom and strap fabrics are also stash fabrics).

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I couldn't make the size of the actual tote because the laminator can only use sheets 8.5" x 11". The tote was made from 3 full sheets, two for the front and back, and one for each of the sides (1 sheet cut in half).

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Laminating.

I worked on the black first, making sure my machine could handle the plastic, and it did nicely. The only issue I faced was sewing on the bottom. It was difficult to move the plastic to where it wasn't hitting my machine and getting into the corners.

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The white bag was very hard to photograph, it does look "clearer" in person.

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 The last picture is of the bag filled with my wallet and makeup bag so you can see it is somewhat transparent. So it isn't the exact replica, but I did save $400 (for two bags). I don't think I did better than Marc Jacobs, but I'm pretty happy with the results. Let me know what you think!

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