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Topic: "I never wanted to be a shirt, make me into a purse!"  (Read 6190 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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« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2011 03:09:51 PM »

The fabric really didn't suit the shirt, but you are totally on point with the purse.. way to go. Great job. I love this.
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« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2011 07:18:59 PM »

Love it! You also need a cool keyfob to match!
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« Reply #12 on: February 05, 2011 02:41:51 AM »

Rats!  I should have built one right into the purse, the messenger bag I bought a few weeks ago has one and I really like it!

Now I absolutely have to make another (slightly bigger) version of this.
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« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2011 03:55:58 PM »

I cant believe that fabric looks so beautiful! gorgeous and smart!
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« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2011 04:47:30 PM »

I love it, some fabrics definitely have different 'personalities!' note that I didn't say purse-onalties lol  Tongue
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« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2011 08:10:51 PM »

Oooh, I love this, and I actually like the shorter version somehow better for the green and navy/black material better!  Good recon!
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« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2011 08:47:56 PM »

I think the navy goes so well with the green, and from what I imagine even better than a black. Complimentary, perhaps? Great job Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: February 14, 2011 06:15:51 AM »

Very cool!  That Dresden Plate inspired purse set our creative spirits loose!  Awesome job!
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« Reply #18 on: February 14, 2011 12:57:02 PM »

This is MUCH better as a purse.  Lovely.
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« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2011 06:58:51 AM »

So nice....you're right...it need to be a purse! Love it.
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