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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / Re: Sweater Love (huge sweater to cute dress) on: February 03, 2011 07:18:47 PM
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / Re: Fairyland Theatre (too many pics) on: February 03, 2011 12:28:27 PM
i love all the little details!  are you going to hang it up somewhere?
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / Re: Yucky Silk Dress Re-do With Matching Headband :) on: February 03, 2011 08:53:56 AM
very cute!  love the matching headband.
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES / Motorcycle Pants into Lovely Leather Handbag- Packed w/ Pics 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
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: my brooch bouquet!!! on: August 12, 2010 06:36:52 PM
this is amazing.  i'm going to keep the idea in the back of my mind for when i get married... years down the road.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Latex Dishwashing Gloves Dress on: February 17, 2010 01:06:56 PM
looks great =)

and thanks for the credit =)
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fish Bag on: January 01, 2010 11:48:11 AM
super cute!  did you really make the fish from scratch?
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Blue jean Computer Bag on: January 01, 2010 11:46:25 AM
cute idea.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Monopoly Game Piece Charm Bracelet on: December 31, 2009 01:41:48 PM
ahhh!  i LOVE it!!!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Leather Sleeve Clutch on: December 31, 2009 11:29:01 AM
I got a new sewing machine for Christmas that claimed to be heavy duty and could handle leather.  I've worked with leather in the past (see previous handbag post) and decided to try it out again.  
Tried searching for leather hides and scraps on-line, but it was all just too expensive so I settled for Goodwill which ended up being a better decision anyway.  I found a long black real leather coat for only $7.99 that was sort of patchworked together, so it actually looks like I put a little more time in it than i actually did  Tongue

After cutting most of it apart I found that the sleeve was the perfect shape to make a clutch.
I just folded up the bottom of the sleeve, sewed the sides together, and then flipped the top of the sleeve over as a flap.

I resewed in the lining in place and whipped the thing together in an hour or so.

There was an extra snap (as well as some old Kleenex... eww) in the pocket so I used that as the closure.

It looked a little plain, so I made the tassel and added some chains and charms from old jewelry I never wear anymore.

What do you think?
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