Monday, March 29

Blue-Dress-Turned-Into-Bag is Done!

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Big enough to hold a laptop, hanging low at the hips, and with lots of little pockets inside and out, the bag is done and delivered. (Not sure why it took me eight months!)

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I started off by unpicking all the seams. Then I ironed the pieces flat, as needed, and figured out how to add them back together.

The bust of the dress…

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…became the top of the bag. I sewed the neck straps together near their ends to form a shoulder strap, with the neckline area in between forming one side (the “front”) of the bag.

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The rest of the bust piece wasn’t wide enough to meet up around back. So, using some extra fabric from the skirt, I sewed another piece with the same curve as the front and sewed it on as the “back.”

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And those short extra bits that weren’t wide enough to meet became two little exterior pockets. Not sure what you’d put in them. Certainly not a great spot for a flat little wallet, even if it does fit.

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The bodice, which included a see-through white mesh (one reason Jenny didn’t want to actually wear the dress)…

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…was turned upside-down and added to the top front of the bag, forming two more pockets.

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I added the little bow to hide a black mark showing the original dressmaker where the center of the neckline was. In its former life, the bow was a small piece of the ribbon edging on the skirt.

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Speaking of the skirt, essentially a “plus sign” with a hole it in, I first changed the circular hole to more of an oval shape, then attached the skirt to the top of the bag…

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…to become the pleated bottom of the bag.

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Finally it was time for the inside. One side got a bound pocket and a little “made by k” label.

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On the other side, the shirred back of the dress…

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…became two pockets that can hold small stuff—like a flat little wallet—nice and snug, but could also stretch to hold something bigger. A cell phone or tissue packet. Or two. Or five!

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There wasn’t too much of the dress leftover once I was done (though after taking the photo below, I found some more pieces, including one big uncut rectangle from the skirt).

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And it sure was a lot of fun, figuring out where to put all the pieces. May it be a nice addition to your bag collection, Jenny.

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3 comments:

  1. The finished bag is beautiful!

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  2. I can't believe I missed this. It is so cute Karin. I love your blog so much.

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