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Old 07-16-2011, 10:01 AM   #1
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Default Gannaway small bag circumference?

In another thread about Bag Slipping there was a suggestion about making a Corset to see if a smaller bag would help. I'd like to make a corset but don't want to use a random size. I'd want to make something the size of my target bag(Gannaway small probably).

Looking at the bag sizes that Andrew Lenz Andrew's Tips: Bagpipe Bag Measurements has on his www site and comparing the circumference of my Gannaway medium (about 23.25 in. / 59 cm fully inflated) I can't really tell what the circumference that a Gannaway small would be. Does anyone have this measurement?

Would a corset work for something long term?

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Old 07-17-2011, 04:41 PM   #2
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Default Re: Gannaway small bag circumference?

Re: Corset. Read the same posting, tried it, found improvement in holding bag.

My suggestion is to try a portion of an old pant leg.
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Old 07-22-2011, 12:05 PM   #3
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Default Re: Gannaway small bag circumference?

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Re: Corset. Read the same posting, tried it, found improvement in holding bag.

My suggestion is to try a portion of an old pant leg.
Yea, that was my post, just go by the height of whatever bag you want to copy, which is bottom to top of bag deflated (from what i understand).

then just cut fabric twice the desired length, fold in half, then sew together. and BAM! small bag size
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Old 07-22-2011, 06:32 PM   #4
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cut fabric twice the desired length, fold in half, then sew together. and BAM! small bag size
Just to be clear, you'd want the fabric a bit longer than the final size, then after folding it in half, you'd sew so that your seam is placed at the point where the distance from the seam to the fold will be equal to the height of the target bag size.

In other words, if you want to match a bag that is 10" high, you'd cut a strip of fabric about 22" long, fold it in half and sew a seam at 20" from the fold, leaving an inch of extra fabric (flaps) so your seam doesn't tear out.

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Old 07-22-2011, 07:22 PM   #5
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Thanks for the responses. I was/am looking for something even more accurate. For example my medium Gannaway has a listed height of 10.5" so going by the suggestions here you'd assume the circumference would be 21". But it's not. It's 23.25". I could just add a couple of inches to the small bag size measurement, and use that as my corset size but a couple of inches seems like a lot of variance to me. Am I splitting hairs here? If I made the corset too small or too big it could influence my experience because of the inacuracy.
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Old 08-06-2011, 09:35 PM   #6
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Default Re: Gannaway small bag circumference?

As to the discrepancy between Andrew's measurements and yours remember that; Leather is elastic, it will be bigger when inflated and stressed - this is what gives you more control with a hyde bag. Leather stretches with age and use (hence 'fits like a glove'). Andrew's data was collected from 2004 to 2010. It's possible that over that time designs and dimensions have changed slightly.

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Old 08-06-2011, 09:55 PM   #7
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Default Re: Gannaway small bag circumference?

I've been using the same pipe bag 'corset' since 2005 on my Med. Ross and I'm quite happy with the bag comfort (and with how clever it makes me feel). It doesn't press on my left forearm anymore and the bag's not so small that tone is uncontrollable.

I cut the leg off an old pair of jeans at the knee and tightened it slightly by sewing a fold in with some black waxed hemp - never fails. Later on I sewed another shorter fold in to give the bottom of the neck more of a swan-like taper. Bottom line is that it's going to take some experimentation to get the bag/corset to your liking.

Otherwise, and esp. if you know that the Gannaway small is perfect for you then go buy one because you're not going to reproduce it exactly.

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