Friday, April 2, 2010

Four and a Quarter

Five by Sunday Progress Report: I did not do the hem of the pink and grey skirt yet, but I did work on a few other things. One refashion (this one) is finished, bringing me to three and a half, and I made progress on another skirt, so I'd say I'm somewhere around 4.25 out of 5 right now.

Here's my next skirt refashion! Isn't it cute? I love the colors and the little kitty cats hiding in the flowers. It's twirly and whirly and perfect for Spring!

Alas, it was a little too small, and despite my talent at refashioning skirts, even I can't make a size 4T skirt fit a size 10/12 adult. Fabric that cute, though? I grabbed it! The last time I bought something in the kids' department, it became the blue blossom bag, and I had something similar in mind for this skirt. So why did I wait ten months to get started? Good question.

Feast your eyes on another thrift shop find: This cross-stitched monstrosity was just $1.90. Handles, baby, handles! I've never seen handles with a removable rod at any of the fabric shops around here, although I did find them online at UMX Fashion Supplies where it looks like they're about $6 each. Wow, do they have the stuff there!

Combining the two, here's the result! I was inspired by a bag on the cover of one of my library books.

This book, Simply Sublime Bags, is full of cute ideas for low-sew bags. I was a little underwhelmed at first, because the bags didn't look like anything new, but the idea (which I missed on my first look through the book) is that they start with things like shower curtains or pillow covers and utilize existing zippers, grommets, etc. Pretty clever! I'm going to keep that in mind the next time I'm at Ikea and see a pillow cover that's cute and graphic but doesn't go with my decor.

Look who else is hiding in there! Is that the Easter Bunny?

The best part of all is that I only used half of that little skirt to make this bag. Once I was done ripping out pleat after pleat after pleat, there was a TON of fabric in there. What'll I do with the rest of the fabric? Hmm, you'll see!


Care said...


TakingAChanceChick said...

Super cute!

Anonymous said...

Love it!! I haz bag envy.

Julie ZS said...

That's such an adorable print! I think it looks even better as a bag. I'm going to see if my library has that book, it looks like it is worth checking out.

llangevoort said...

That came out cute! I like it.