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Topic: Army shirt + muumuu = My favorite new purse  (Read 4859 times)
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« on: February 15, 2010 01:20:03 PM »

I made this purse with McCalls 6045 pattern and some stuff around the house.

What stuff, you ask?  Well, the army shirt I bought at a thrift store in the 90s and ironed on a butterfly patch and wore every day.  After 3 kids, I just don't have the willowy frame to pull it off anymore, but couldn't bear getting rid of it.  So, it became my new purse.  Man, these shirt are tough!

Here is the muumuu I bought from a thrift store a little more recently I planned to make a hippy maternity shirt out of.  Unfortunately, pregnancy has a way of making you waaaay too tired to reconstruct.  It does to me anyway.  So, a year and a baby later, it became the perfect lining and contract fabric in my new purse.  I love the way I was able to take advantage of the print on the front and in the lining pocket to show it off.

Here is a detail of the handle with the army buttons for decoration.

Here is a shot of the the side pockets I was able to use the army shirt pockets for.  I love side pockets on my purses to keep my cell phone and keys in so I can access them easily without having to open the purse.

And finally, I was able to put the manufacturer's tag right inside the zipper just for a little homage to the fabric's original form.

It's the first purse I made from a pattern and needlessly complicated. Three different kinds of interfacing, spray on adhesive, and self-made bias stuff to hide the seams inside?  I skipped a few things, but mostly followed the pattern, and it wasn't too bad.  It took the better part of a day.  It would be faster next time, not that there will be a next time any time soon!
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2010 02:41:29 PM »

I love this! It looks so well made and I like how you used fabrics with a story that are precious to you.
It makes me think of my favourite shirts that are either too small or to childish to wear, what better project than a bag! Enjoy it!
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2010 02:50:20 PM »

That is a great bag and nice stories behind the fabrics.

I too keep a look out for fabrics disguised as thrift store clothes. Even if I don't thrift like I used to.
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2010 03:30:15 PM »

I love making bags and purses and have been thinking more about raiding the back of my wardrobe for fabric. This has totally inspired me - thanks!!! jen x

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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2010 03:43:29 PM »

i really like the tag inside.
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2010 07:45:32 PM »

If you had showed me the two fabric sources first and asked me to imagine the bag you were going to create, never in a million years would I have come up with something as nice as you made!

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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2010 07:52:07 PM »

I'm not a purse kind of person,but this came out really nice.  I love the use of the military shirt.

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« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2010 07:18:34 PM »

Thanks everyone!  I love craftster, I get so much inspiration from seeing all the projects here!
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2010 05:07:31 PM »

This purse is fabulous! I love that you repurposed things that you had; especially with a story behind them. You Rock!

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« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2010 02:52:44 AM »

wow! this bag is really nice! i wouldn't have imagined it was refashioned if you didn't say so. lol. great job Smiley

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