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Is there a general rule regarding the "drop"?
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Date: 7/16/14 10:34 AM

Wondering if there is a general rule or guidelines to determine the proper height or drop of handbag handles?
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Date: 7/17/14 9:16 AM

I would probably take a tape measure to visit a store that sells lots of purses and measure the handles on the ones that I like the best.

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Date: 7/17/14 11:06 AM

The "best" length varies with the size of the bag and of the person carrying it. As vertically challenged (5'-1"), I prefer adjustable straps, since a good length on someone of average height hits my leg with every step, and I can't reach the bottom of the bag.
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Date: 7/17/14 1:22 PM

Besides stashing fabric I also have a handbag collection which has its own armoire. 98% of my bags are carried by hand or hang on my lower arm...not many shoulder bags at all. So for me I can get away with even a 5" drop. If you like to sling it up on your shoulder you should make it a deeper drop obviously. I guess deciding how you want to carry it will be the deciding factor. Most of my handbags have a 7" drop approx.

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Date: 7/17/14 7:27 PM

The nice thing about making your own is that you can make the handles whatever length suits you!
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