Monday, March 18, 2013

tweedie


This is my new tweed clutch.  I made it myself.  From a pair of pants.  Seriously.


I'm not kidding.  Check it out... 


I had these wide leg tweed pants from Banana Republic that I hadn't worn in years, and rather than just throw them out or give them away, I decided to recycle.  I followed this wonderful tutorial from Say Yes to Hoboken, and in just a few hours I had this fabulous fold-over clutch.  I still don't know quite what to do with it, but I am sort of in love.  And then best part is I still have another pant leg to cannibalize!

shirt: Oysho, sweater: Cos, jeans: H&M, blazer & ex-pants: Banana Republic

Oh and did I mention?  The pants were part of a suit. So now, even though I'd have thought it would be the last thing I would ever want, I have a blazer with a matching clutch.  Somehow the pop of yellow makes it totally ok in my book.

Do you repurpose your old clothing?  If it's a heavier fabric, I highly recommend trying this out!

10 comments:

  1. Ooh, you just gave me ideas for my little pile of scrap fabrics. Sewing machine, here I come. Great job, that clutch is really cute!

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    1. Thanks! I'm really happy both with how quick and easy it was, and how well it turned out. Let us know if you start whipping things up out of your scraps!

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  2. The pop of yellow is what MAKES it in my book and it's done beautifully - so neat. I love the whole colour combo together with the jacket, the jumper, the jeans and the hit of yellow. Quite a few years ago - I decided I was going to make handbags for a living. Given that I can only sew in a straight line and knew bog all - it was quite a difficult venture and I gave up in the end as my spare bedroom was total carnage. However, I did manage to make a couple of very pretty little purses for which I have absolutely no use. I had to learn to line them with wadding to give them more structure and I also had to buy fabric stiffener and all sorts. The one thing I never learnt to do was sew on a zip though - that was a step too much for me and I'm sure it's really simple. All my sewing projects over the years have been minus zips. I'm rambling so I will zip up (oh I crack myself up sometimes ;o))

    Is your Cos jumper current? I ask as it looks a lot like one I saw when I was in the London store last November but they didn't have my size and I'm still thinking about it. These things are sent to haunt you aren't they?

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    1. Your own purse business? I'm impressed! I'm not a very experienced sewer either, and to be honest, this is my first solo zipper, but it was super easy. I think what really makes it so simple is that she starts with the zipper first, before any other sides are sewn shut, so if anything goes slightly off you can always adjust it after your zipper's in place. Give it a try, I bet you'll have no problems.

      As for the sweater, I did buy it this winter but it looks like they still have it online:

      http://www.cosstores.com/Shop/Women/Knitwear/Leather_patch_jumper/46889-1024700.1#c-4053133

      I've updated the link in the post as well in case anyone else is curious. I absolutely love it and wore it nonstop through the winter. Lightweight but still warm, and those elbow patches are a detail I just couldn't resist. Go get one!

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  3. i love the colour of the zipper with the strictness of the fabric.
    great combination and i'm really sorry in advance if i plagiarize (is this a word?) your idea.
    i adore clutches but they eventually make me mad since i get annoyed with not having my hands free. but still i don't give up. :)

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    1. Hardly think it'd be plagiarism when I'm telling you you should absolutely positively try this at home! Drop by with a link or a photo if you do end up trying it. As for clutches in general, I'm with you. I bought this one a few months ago:

      http://bit.ly/10JJzp7

      And am still trying to figure out when/why/where to use it. But I think this pouch will eventually prove to be useful somehow, even if just to organize other items in a bigger bag... Regardless of the utility factor, I am pretty much in love with it!

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  4. Gorgeous! Turned out awesome.

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