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« on: June 25, 2004 08:06:36 AM »

I can only apologise for the quality of the pics, I'm not sure why they came out sooo bad, I had to lighten then up a lot!

1 Cut out a pattern approx 10" by 10" and make the bottom 2 corners curved.

2 Get a suit jacket and place the pattern over the pocket on the front and position so the pocket flap is roughly half way. Pin in place and cut around through both the front and lining. Bonus is you might get a ready made lining pocket in there too!

3 Place the pattern on the back of the jacket centrally over the mid seam. Cut out both fabrics again.

4 Cut approx 1/2" under the collar (or however much seam allowance you use when sewing), starting from the bottom of where it folds up to the shoulder and just past, then cut up through the collar and off. Place over the main front of the bag and decide on where you want the collar to sit (the part were it has two points works best when it's placed closer to one side) and trim off the excess.

5 Seperate out all the pieces and remove all the excess interfacing, it may need a bit of tugging and snipping depended on how well it's made!

6 As a Jacket is a very structured thing I like to interface both the main fabric and the lining, you might need to do a bit of a cut and piece together job on the front piece with the pocket, so you don't just put the interfacing right over the top of the pocket lining, but it won't be seen, out of sight out of mind huh! Wink

7 So you should have these parts so far.


8 If you need to, pin the collar to the top of the front of the bag (I tend to work without pins but I have this time )


9 Stitch around the sides and bottom . Trim the seam allowance fairly close to the stitching as other wise it gets a bit bluky! Pull through to the right side and check the collar is on the right way (easily mixed up, I speak from experience Wink)

10 Place the right sides of the lining together and sew sides and bottom, leaving a gap of approx 3" for pulling through.

11 Put the main bag inside the lining and Pin in the short end of the tie...here's were it gets hard to explain! It depends partly what side most of the collar is on. I have it on the right hand side as we look at it, so I have the tie in on that side on the back. It needs to go with the right side facing away from the main bag or you could put it right on the very side of the bag, in which case you want it facing the main bag (I didn't do it like that though as the collar was making it too bulky to get a nice clean line of stitching). So if you do it my way, what you should see if you lay it down, is the thin end of the tie sticking out with the back facing you. *phew* I hope that makes sense!


12 Sticth all around the top of the bag and pull through the hole (you should have remembered Wink) to leave in the lining. You'll most likely need to press the bag lining down now and then probably need to do a line of stitching to keep it flat and tidy. Place on a table to get the next bit of placing the handle on...eek! lmao

13 Now, it should be kind of obvious how the handle goes, but probably won't be! If you have trouble ask and I'll try and explian. Hopefully you can tell from the pic below. Pin on so it's slightly over lapping the side and fairly low so that you should be stitching through all layers of the tie and not just the front as this will make it stretch out of shape when carrying.


14 Sew on with a rectangle of stitching with a diagonal line across. I've done it in white so it's clear...I didn't get it quite as straight as I would have liked at all, I'll prolly unpick it later and do it again.


15 Cover with a nice big badge! I made one with the bits of the financial times pics I found online (a British newspaper, thats about financial stuff funnily enough!) and then one with the london underground map, it's the  image of an 80's yuppie on the underground reading his newspaper all sliced up that I giggle at! I'm evil!

Here's one I made earlier as modeled by my faithful mannequin Muriel (as named by my brother) she's my only friend Wink


I also made one with a stencil of a huge late 80's mobile phone on it that I'm sort of pleased with, gives it a punky edge, kinda anyway lmao

« Last Edit: June 14, 2012 01:13:04 PM by jungrrl - Reason: fixed picture(s) » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2004 08:09:16 AM »

ooh thanks for the tutorial. now i wish i would have picked up a jacket when i was thrift shopping. next time Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2004 08:09:53 AM »

Very Cool!  You posted this just in time !!! lol I (we) have been purging the house and have made many trips to Goodwill in the last 2 weeks .  The next haul included some of my hubbies suit/sports jackets ! They will now be  rescued (well the coolest ones) thanks for a great tutorial !!!
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2004 08:13:10 AM »

wow, you folks are so quick! lmao thanks for the compliments, always nice to have an ego boost huh!

It's a bit tricky in places if you are new to sewing, but for experienced types, you shouldn't have a problem. I'm thinking about other types of jackets I could do this with, maybe even shirts etc!

« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2004 09:53:07 AM »

I've been working on a jacket bag for a while now, and have been wondering what to use for the handle! 

A TIE.  What a nifty idea!
And I like the collar too. I don't remember what I did with mine.Ah well.
I've made a messenger type bag an dthe pocket part is the flap...still has the buttons on it.
I will be attempting to finish lining it, and attempting to cut the sleeves into gussets. (heh, didn't know that word til a couple of days ago from crafster)

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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2004 10:00:57 AM »

A messenger bag huh, cool idea! I'm gonna think on that, I'd love to get the collar into a messenger bag somehow, hmm...
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2004 10:08:53 AM »

that is VERY beautiful!  <3 <3 <3 great job!  Shocked

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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2004 10:24:02 AM »

Awesome bag! I'm definately going to have to try this!
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2004 10:24:06 AM »

THer's a tutorial somewhere on craftster for the exact thing. That's where I got the idea from... although I haven't been following the tute.

Dunno how well it'll come out looking either. OH well.

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« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2004 10:41:18 AM »

I just did a quick search, is this the one? http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2038.0 if so, very nice!

I'm keen on doing something like that now, but trying to keep the jackety element there.

And thanks so much Craftymouse!
« Last Edit: June 25, 2004 10:43:20 AM by neany » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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