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Topic: "I never wanted to be a shirt, make me into a purse!"  (Read 7342 times)
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« on: February 03, 2011 07:51:04 AM »

Here it is, in ugly form:



Hate the shirt, love the fabric.  I just knew this material was screaming "Make me into a purse!"  So it came home with me for a whopping $1.99.

I didn't start on the bag right away, though, because I didn't have a design in mind, just a vague idea to pair the material with something black, to echo the embroidery.

Then, last week, I saw A2K's fan bag and knew I had my pattern.  Using the linked tutorial, I went to work right away on my own version.



What's Different:
  • It's shorter.  I don't have a printer so I drafted the petal piece myself, and apparently didn't make it tall enough.  I don't really mind.
  • I only used two alternating fabrics instead of seven--the second fabric is cotton twill reclaimed from a pair of my mother's slacks.  It's navy, not black like I originally wanted, but close enough!
  • I didn't have purchased handles or a magnetic clasp, so I replaced them with a short strap, attached with hardware salvaged from an old purse of mine, and a button-and-tab closure using a button from the shirt front.



I did do the pockets the same, though!

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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2011 09:03:49 AM »

I love it -- very cute. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2011 09:08:42 AM »

This is a fabulous re-con!  I love this purse!
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2011 09:17:28 AM »

Definitely an upgrade!  I would totally rock it!  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2011 09:22:43 AM »

Fabulous job!  The shape and design you adapted for yourself is really nice!

I agree--the fabric is terrific...did you have any leftovers for more projects? A tissue holder or pouch for your lovely new purse?
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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2011 09:40:47 AM »

I love it! Great recon!
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« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2011 10:08:08 AM »

Fabulous job!  The shape and design you adapted for yourself is really nice!

I agree--the fabric is terrific...did you have any leftovers for more projects? A tissue holder or pouch for your lovely new purse?

I do have leftovers--a fair bit, in fact!  I used most of both fronts and a bit of the back, but I still have both sleeves and some scraps.  I already used a bit for another project which I'll post in the next day or two, but I hadn't considered a tissue holder for the purse--that's a fantastic idea!
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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2011 11:25:38 AM »

looks great!
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2011 11:48:22 AM »

I like it!
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2011 12:37:59 PM »

Gorgeous! Funny how much better the fabric looks on the purse than as a shirt Smiley
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