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1  Motorcycle Pants into Lovely Leather Handbag- Packed w/ Pics in CHALLENGE 59 ENTRIES by vergaminic 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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2  Leather Sleeve Clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by vergaminic 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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3  Elton John- Sequins Galore! in Halloween Costumes by vergaminic on: November 01, 2009 03:42:28 PM
"Hey kids, shake it loose together, the spotlight's hittin' something that's been known to change the weather..."

After going through an intense Elton John phase I had my heart set on dressing up as him this Halloween and of course had already decided that I would be making my own costume.

I bought a big blazer from Goodwill and altered it to fit me quite well, and then the gluing began!  Each sequin was glued on by hand... although some of them were pre-made tapes or ribbons ("Elton" on the back as well as "John" leading up to connect to the microphone on the lapel) needless to say, I put a lot of hours into this baby.

The vest was something I created out of an old sheath dress, so those sequins were already attached to fabric.
The opening to the dress was at the center back, so I put the sequin dress on my dress form backwards and turned the back opening into a front closure with a placket and shiny buttons =)

Enough talking about it, here's the finished product:



In action =P

And some photos of it on the dress form:

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do =)

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4  Real Leather Handbag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by vergaminic on: April 03, 2009 12:46:11 PM
I've been studying abroad in London this semester and one of the classes I chose to take was an accessories course.  We learned about the different machines that are used when working with leather, made a practice tote with a leather strap and flap and then ultimately designed and produced our own leather handbag.

It's my pride and joy  Grin

There was a lot more involved than I ever imagined.  All the seam allowance must be skived so that it can be sewn without bulk getting in the way.
The plastic chain was originally a necklace I bought, but then realized that I would never wear.  I used a couple links from it to attach the shorter straps so that they can be folded down when I'm using the long strap.

The inside- customized with my initials on the pocket.
The lining is 100% silk that I found at an amazing fabric shop in London.

Thanks for looking.
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5  Cape Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by vergaminic on: December 03, 2008 07:15:50 PM
Yet another Advanced Pattern project...
I draped the design using muslin, then transfered that onto pattern paper and used the pattern to cut out my fashion fabric.
It's quite the mixture of patterns and textures.


I love a dress with pockets  Grin
There is a thin layer of lace sticking out of the shawl portion.


A peep hole and racerback in the back
Disregard the raw edges, I took that picture before I finished the edges.

Thanks for looking =)
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6  Reconstructed Goodwill Outfit... into a Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by vergaminic on: December 03, 2008 07:15:20 PM
Another Project Runway assignment in Advanced Pattern.
We were able to spend $20 (sadly it had to be our own money... not quite like the show) on an outfit from Goodwill which we had to deconstruct and remake into something completely different.

Here are the items I chose from Goodwill:

A wool herringbone blazer, a men's cotton button up shirt, purple corduroy jumper dress and a pair of little boy's khaki pants


Front close up:

I tried to play with the different lines in each of the fabrics as well as the line and silhouette of the final garment.


Back close up:

Thanks for looking =)
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7  Rubber Glove Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by vergaminic on: December 02, 2008 02:42:54 PM
In my Advanced Pattern class we were assigned to buy as many items from the local dollar store as we needed to make an evening outfit.  I used rubber gloves, a couple whoopee cushions and sponges.  This is what I came up with:



My original plan was to use balloons, but when I couldn't find any i resorted to the closest thing i could find and ended up grabbing several things from the cleaning section.
I first made a base out of blue scrubby pads (except for the princess panels made of whoopee cushions and gloves which i sewed on their own... not such a good idea, they started ripping apart after awhile) and attached the waistband by hand and each individual glove on the skirt portion with my sewing machine.  I attached the "fringe" (glove fingers and sponges) on the front and the back using my sewing machine and stitching each row at a time.

Thanks for looking =)
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8  Prom Dresses! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by vergaminic on: February 15, 2008 09:56:30 PM
These pictures are a few years old, but I'm new to the Craftster scene so I thought I'd add them anyway.
My best friend and I started our journey towards the world of fashion while we were still in high school.  We made several of our formal dresses, but here are our creations for our senior year of Prom:

We used store bought patterns, but added a few of our own elements that the patterns didnt include.
Mine (green) was 2 seperate pieces.
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9  Wild Couch Cover in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by vergaminic on: February 15, 2008 08:51:46 PM
Never before have I worked with home interiors.  I'm a clothing construction kinda girl.
But when my roommate and I found this fabric we decided we had to cove our hideous blue floral couch with it.
It took lots of measuring and lots of time, but we finally finished.

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10  Denim Jacket competition in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by vergaminic on: February 15, 2008 11:27:21 AM
We were given an assignment in one of my apparel classes to take an old denim jacket, deconstruct it, re-design and reconstruct it.  Here is what I came up with:

(The belt loops through the grommets on the sides and weaves underneath the jacket)

The apparel teachers then picked their top five from all the classes combined and they were eligible to compete in a national competition in Dallas, TX.  I was one of the five picked to go and ended up taking third place in the national competition =)

There it was modeled by a professional on a runway:

The competition was sponsored by DIFFA, so the winning jackets were then auctioned off with the proceeds going towards an organization that works towards finding a cure for AIDS.

Thanks for looking!
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