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« on: August 27, 2007 05:18:45 PM »

I dismantled a vintage leather coat piece by piece for this and used nearly all of the fabric.  I cut out a photo of Patti Smith from the last issue of BUST and laminated it with packing tape, and then I sewed it over a light blue doily.  On the side I cut out a few blue vinyl hearts (not Patti style), a fabric flower and another small magazine photo.  
On the back side there is a plain circular mint doily.

Me wearing it:

For sewing all the leather, I had to take strips of old book pages and sew them over the leather, then rip them off, since leather gets stuck on the foot of the machine.  When I was going to attach the straps, the leather was so layered that my machine wouldn't sew it!  I've broken a needle on this bag already.  I'm going to have to go to home depot or something and find a more creative heavy duty solution for them- now they are sewn on, but not very strongly, and one is only safety pinned.  I keep fantasizing about taking a staple gun to them... maybe if I make a design out of the staples it will look intentional.

EDIT: I fixed the safety pin/strap problem for now.  I took brown embroidery thread and an embroidery needle, a pair of scissors and a pair of jewelry pliers.  I pushed the needle through the thick leather part with the middle of my scissors (flat plastic part).  I could've used any hard object.  I had trouble pulling it out the other side once the end of the needle had been pushed as far as it could, so then I took the pliers, grabbed the front of the needle and pulled it through.  I made a few lines of stitches back and forth across the strap.  It's holding up for now and feels like it might stay.

I also added a charm of the Eifflel tower:

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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2007 03:20:13 PM »

Brilliant recon and collage work.

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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2007 03:53:26 PM »

Wow, it looks amazing!  I love it.  This is such a cool recon.

On an unrelated note, I also love your hair - you have the perfect face for short hair.

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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2007 07:10:53 PM »

Genius! It would have looked fabulous without the pictures and hearts sewn on, but with them it is perfect! I love it.

« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2007 08:22:33 PM »

I love this bag it it is wonderful. Have you checked out LoriMarsha on Flickr, she does a lot of pieces you may find this awe inspiring!  I love your bag!!!!  There is always stuff like this in the HauteHandbags periodical check this out at BelleArmoire.com or Stampington.com -HelenLolita

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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2007 08:09:37 AM »

That's absolutely gorgeous! Brilliant work!
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« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2007 01:32:49 PM »

Wow, that's amazing~ Smiley
I love the bag's size and how you used the belt (it looks like?) of the coat for the straps...fantastic idea. 
When I first saw the straps in the one pic, I thought you had stapled it on, until I realized it was a safety pin.  But the hand-stitching looks good.  How's it holding up?  I have a small black leather coat that I just cleaned out of a closet...hmmm, now I'm thinking...bag time!!

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« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2007 10:01:55 AM »

This is the most awesome inspiring bag I have seen... pretty much ever! All the elements just work together so well. And I second the admiration for your hair (or lack therof.) Smiley
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2008 09:11:45 AM »

I love how you pieced this together.  I have a "freecycle" leather jacket coming my way, and this is very inspiring... 

« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2008 12:27:59 PM »

oh i absolutely love patti smith and this bag!

I feel like just some misplaced Joan of Arc.
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