Instead, I went digging in my box of clothes that are waiting to be taken to a consignment store or Goodwill. And yes, I referenced that box a month ago in this post, and honestly it had been sitting there for a few months before that. But it just keeps sitting there, so I just keep going fabric shopping in it. I found this pair of dress pants and shirt (the picture’s kinda crummy because I took it with my phone).
What you can’t tell about the pants in the picture is that the light thread is actually silver. I cut the pants down the seams, used the cuffs as the trim around the top, and the waist band as the straps (I left the button on because I thought it added a fun touch), made a few ruffles (and also used an old tank top for the lining), and pretty soon, I had this purse!
It’s not as wide as I would like it to be, but I was limited in how much fabric was available to me, and had to keep each side the size of the pant leg cuff. I felt like I was making a ruffled skirt for a little girl as I made it. In fact, when I showed it to my husband and asked him what he thought I made it from, he guessed a skirt.
The rosette was made from the tie-band around the hem of a slinky like shirt (which I think I actually one wore once, and it was a hand-me-down from a lady at work’s daughter). I think I may have to make a few more of these.
Yay for up-cycling!
Wanna know how I made it? Check out the tutorial here.