Last month I realised that I needed a new handbag, something a bit more glamorous than the bag I use every day.
After searching every shop in town for a bag, I decided to give up and have a look at some clothes. I couldn't really find any clothes I liked either and decided that this was just a bad day for shopping.
Then I saw a dress. It was ugly. It was short and strapless, had a big bow at the front, and the material was a kind of weird silver and black houndstooth type thing.
But I didn't see an ugly dress. I saw a bag.
The dress cost just £5 in the sale, and after trying it on at home (just in case it looked good on me, and it didn't), I started planning the transformation. As I don't have a sewing machine, I wanted to do as little sewing as possible, so I decided that the big zip at the back of the dress was going to be the main zip for the bag, and that the lining of the dress was going to be the lining of the bag. I decided to leave the pleats where they were, and to just use the back of the dress. The straps were made of the hem of the dress.
And here's what it looks like now with a couple of handmade brooches:
This is what the dress looked like when I bought it:
And from the back:
It's easier to see what I've done if you look at it from this angle, I've folded the dress from the zip at the back, and then cut the excess material (including the bow) at the front:
I put in two pockets inside, a small one for my keys inside the larger one with the red zip:
My friends couldn't believe it when I said my bag used to be a dress, and apparently even the boys were discussing the bag whilst watching football! They said it was during half time though...
I've already bought another dress that is in the process of being made into a bag.... Watch this space!
Thanks for reading,