Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Not Quite Silk...

Notice a pattern developing here? Large-scale floral prints? I can't help myself! There was never any question of my fitting into this skirt--it was purchased solely for its fabric. I liked the flowers, loved that it's a pique, and found the color scheme appealing. And, hey, it was only a buck or two--how can you beat that? Once I got it home, I spread it out on my sewing table to think it over, and immediately saw a purse in it.




First I cut away some of the length. See where this is heading?



From this point on, I pretty much followed the Simple Tote construction, sewing up the sides, boxing the corners, sandwiching the handles between a lining (made from stash fabric) and the outside, etc. The handles are just strips cut from the bottom of the skirt.



Et voila! My new bag! So, not quite a silk purse out of a sow's ear, but close!

10 comments:

Jenny said...

It's lovely.

Lora said...

I just scrolled down quickly and wow what I surprise. I didn't think the skirt was headed toward a purse. Great idea. I hope I make one some day.

jo said...

What a gorgeous summer bag you've made.

K&S City Girl said...

I love the fabric too and such a good idea. Thanks for sharing.

Penny said...

What a great idea! Your new purse is lovely and I agree, you just cannot beat a great floral fabric!

Charity said...

saw your post on wardrobe refashion and had to know what you did with the skirt... love it! it's absolutely adorable and so springy. great job!

Elle said...

It's great!!! Now I know what to do with some of the skirts I have sitting in my stash that are waiting for a new lease on life!

jessica said...

What a great idea! I love how you took this skirt and really looked at it a new way ... I've only gotten as far as "lower waistband so skirt will fit" in my skirt refashions, something new to look for when I'm at the thrift shop! [great, just what I need :-P]

Darling Petunia said...

Thanks to everyone for the nice comments! I'm blushing!

lorrwill said...

Well this is nothing short of BRILLIANT!