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« on: April 06, 2005 10:53:41 PM »

I've never posted pictures before. I hope this works.

I got this herringbone tweed suit jacket for a dollar at a thrift store around the corner. Next time I'll take a picture of the jacket before I cut it up. The lady at the store said, "That' a really nice jacket. You'll look good in that." I said, "I'm just going to cut it up." Ha!

The flower pin is removable. Inside is a flat pocket and a cell phone pocket. On the back is a pocket and a mock pocket that were on the front of the jacket.


Sorry it took so long. If people are still interested, heres the tutorial. . .

Basically the purse pattern is a modified version of jordys square-bottom purse, just a little wider at the bottom than the top. I like to make my patterns out of posterboard, then just lay the posterboard on the fabric and cut around.

I cut the front and back sides of the purse out of the front and back sides of the jacket. Just find an interseting area where theres enough fabric to fit your pattern.

I cut the handle out of the sleeve 5 inches across and however long the sleeve is. Fold that over and stitch down the middle. Dont trim the excess fabric. Turn inside out, press flat and stitch down the middle. I find this way makes it a little more sturdy.

Sorry, I forgot to take pictures during this part. Just follow the directions for putting together the jordy purse. For the flap, insert on the side with the pocket. Make sure your jacket fabric faces jacket fabric, and lining faces lining.

For the flower, make a flower pattern. Stitch two fabrics together, all the way around. Cut a hole on what will be the back of your flower. Push petals through the hole.

All I can say for the next step is to stitch and stitch and stitch until you get it to the shape you like. Add a button or something else to cover your stitches and sew on a pin back.

I hope this makes sense.

Heres the finished product. . .

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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2005 04:13:30 PM »

omg... that turned out great! wow...
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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2005 07:08:41 PM »

 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes wow that is so awesome! how funny that the lady told you that you'd look great in that jacket and then you flat out told her you were just going to cut it up. is that lining on the purse what the suit jacket was lined with? that is so so cool. maybe i should get myself a thrift store suit jacket too!

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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2005 10:30:34 PM »

Aw, thanks guys. The lining of the jacket was thin and satin so I used some other fabric I had. I still have half of that jacket left so I think I'll try to make a similar one. I made a 2 more flower pins out of the scraps and wore one today. It's so fun to wear a big flower on your bosom.

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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2005 11:37:37 AM »

wow I love this purse! and the pin is soooo cute!

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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2005 02:09:58 PM »

Oh my gosh that's so awesome!! I would love a tutorial!! PLEASE!!!!

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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2005 02:14:10 PM »

Wow! What a great idea, and beautifully made! I love it!

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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2005 02:47:46 AM »

yes, please post a tute!  that bag is adorable...

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« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2005 04:22:25 AM »

Those projects are great!  I love the bag AND the flower! 

But I couldn't see them in the post either.  Did you use the Craftster photo hosting? 

« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2005 11:10:10 AM »

You rock!!  I bought 2 tweed jackets last fall from a consignment shop not realizing that they are clearly from the '80s and do not look good on me.  They are sitting in my closet and I wondered what to do with them....now i know!!

PLEASE post a tutorial on both the bag and the flower (both look so professional!)

« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2005 02:14:30 PM »

I think I corrected the first picture posting problem so I hope people can see them now. Thanks for the nice feedback! I'll try to post a tutorial soon. I've been spending a lot of time putting together a website to sell my wares so unfortunately that's taking away from my sewing time.

« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2005 07:34:37 PM »

what a clever idea and veryw elld oen!  thanks for posting would love to learn how to make one!
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« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2005 11:32:35 AM »

It is amazing what good stuff you can find in a thrift store! I've used the fabrics from torn up thrift store finds, but that is really ingenious the way you've used the pockets.  I love the pin too! 


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« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2005 02:29:08 PM »

That is quite the nifty bag!!!     very nice

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« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2005 08:33:34 PM »

Oh man, that's so cute!

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