Monday, February 23, 2009

Think Spring!

We were out shopping yesterday and spent much of the time running through a wintry mix of precipitation, but for some reason, it feels like spring is in the air. Probably just wishful thinking, but the sun is shining, so I'm going with it.

In any event, I'm tired of wool and corduroy, so I decided to start working on some bags for spring. That etsy shop has been empty for too long!

A quick rummage in my refashioning pile uncovered these pant legs. That's right, just the legs. I liked the fabric, but I knew I wouldn't been needing the zipper, pockets, etc. so I only saved the legs.

And for anyone who is thinking, "What a hideous pair of pants," get this: They were from the MEN'S department. Uh...huh.

My search for a lining fabric took all of three seconds. I saw this vintage calico print on top of one of my piles and grabbed it up immediately.

Why did I choose it?
I like the variation in scale.
The blues match.
They're both vintage-y.
The red is a nice punch of color.
Everything is better with red.

And doesn't it look just right peeking out like that?

Ah, but it seems a shame to hide it away inside.

Which is why I made it reversible!

I'd been thinking about trying that, and I don't know what took me so long, because it wasn't hard at all. Eventually I'll post a how-to for people who like things spelled out.

Next time I need to make the ties longer. I had them longer and cut them shorter. Nice move.

Think Spring!


Angie Rodriguez said...

I love it! The combination is perfect.

dude said...

i love it.
I will admit, though not meant to be reversible.... I have reversed the one I bought from you, the inside is so neatly done, its just fine.
and, I was in the fabric store the other day and saw the fabric you used on my bag, i got such a big loser -thrill

Bethany said...

I think Jimmy Page had a pair of pants like that.

I love this bag.

Anonymous said...

Dude! you're no loser! Stop that! And Bethany as for Jimmy Paige having a pair of those pants, yes, but it was 30+ years ago and they were REALLY stoned...


JulieZS said...

Those are some wild pants (esp. for men?!), think that fabric looks mucho better as a bag. And reversible, even better.

Janey said...

Love tis bag, is it a variation of tokyo tie bag by Diana Rupp? Sadly I think I may have had trousers like that in a dim distant past but have to admit my hubby never shared the taste for them!!

Darling Petunia said...

Thanks for the nice comments!

Janey, it is a variation of the Tokyo Tie Bag, as are all my bags these days!

Renee, I'm amazed they still had that fabric. That's from two winters ago!