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« on: February 01, 2011 12:43:03 PM »

I got these horrendous leather pants at a local thrift store...  (don't know exact amount... but less than $20 for sure)




The zipper pull was replaced with a piece of masking tape, and the hem was cut to the desired length.

I wanted to transform them into some sort of handbag inspired by the woman to whom they used to belong. 
I've never met her, in fact I have absolutely no idea who she is, but couldn't help but think that she must own a Harley.  (What motorcycle chick doesn't own leather pants???)  And what Harley-woman doesn't love FRINGE?!? 




Also wanted to put a bit of a modern spin on it, so I added the goofy side panels because I'm currently loving the whole architectural clothing trend on the runways.



I drafted an original pattern for the purse, then cut apart the pants and traced the pattern onto the pants.  Then cut everything out, assembled it all together, added fringe, lining, straps, and VOILA!



The lining came from my fabric stash, and the chain for the straps came from an old necklace.

Thanks for looking  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2011 12:49:47 PM »

this is gorgeous!
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2011 01:21:44 PM »

I adore this.
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2011 05:17:49 PM »

Its so pretty, i never would have guessed it came from something so ugly!
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2011 08:39:19 PM »

I love it. I am a handbag person and I would have never thought to make one with a pair of pants. Awesome job. Love the fringe.
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2011 09:03:00 PM »

This bag is so awesome! I can't believe that came from ugly leather pants either..  I know so many people who would rock that bag Smiley

p.s. I love the lining
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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2011 04:47:42 AM »

This is so cool! Such a neat shape to the ends.
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« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2011 05:26:38 AM »

wow it's amazing!
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« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2011 06:16:28 AM »

Wow.  It really looks like something you'd find in a department store.
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« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2011 12:35:36 PM »

Holy eff, AWESOME! I actually WANT this bag. Hardcore. It's incredible. I'm wisting it lol!

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« Reply #10 on: February 02, 2011 06:21:25 PM »

Cute bag I totally want it!! I can't beleive that thats from those ugly pants.
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« Reply #11 on: February 03, 2011 05:56:58 AM »

What a great execution. I really love the look of the bag; hard and edgy with the black leather, chains and fringe but also feminine and unique with the shape of the bag and the "goofy side panels" (love how you incorporated your runway inspiration). And the lining is so much fun. Lining is like underwear. Not everyone can see it, but that doesn't mean it can't be nice! Great job!
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« Reply #12 on: February 03, 2011 06:57:07 AM »

Lining is like underwear. Not everyone can see it, but that doesn't mean it can't be nice!

I love you for saying that. Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: February 03, 2011 09:30:18 AM »

Absolutely amazing! The side panels, in my opinion, make this reminiscent of a saddle or a bike seat, which is perfect for a Harley chick!
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« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2011 11:04:06 AM »

This is siiick.  You would never think this was a pair of leather pants. or that this gorgeous bag would be the end result.
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« Reply #15 on: February 03, 2011 12:39:23 PM »

Your bag is incredible!
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« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2011 10:01:32 AM »

That turned out great! I'd totally carry that Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: February 04, 2011 02:11:03 PM »

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« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2011 08:30:24 AM »

Wow! So creative!!!
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« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2011 12:10:57 PM »

This is really amazing, I never would've guessed it was handmade/recon'd. Looks like something straight out of a pricey boutique! This definately rocks.  Smiley

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« Reply #20 on: February 09, 2011 10:38:39 AM »

Oh my stars and garters! This is amazing!  Cheesy
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« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2011 07:04:42 AM »

Really incredible bag. Beautiful, quality work. Want it.
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« Reply #22 on: February 23, 2011 09:56:25 AM »

So freakin' nice.  I love the side panels things.
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