Warning: Long post ahead - a cup of tea and a tim tam may be a necessary requirement
It all started a long long time ago, in a galaxy far far away...... way before Tinniegirl and I had actually met in person. In fact, it was way back in the olden days, where Tinniegirl was still blogging in her previous home over at Big Cats Emporium.
It was right there that I first set on my eyes on this fabulous skirt.
Of course, my first suggestion (and yes you can even check the comments to confirm), was that it would make a fabulous handbag.
Fast forward a few months or so, and I finally got my hands on the skirt and bought it home with me to transform into a new creation.
There it sat, staring at me from the WIP stash, just begging to be transformed.
The problem was that I really didn't want to cut the skirt at all. Yes, I realise that I constantly dismember perfectly good pieces of clothing, crochet tablecloths, vintage tea towels, doilies etc without a second thought, but this time it was different.
It was only a few weeks ago, that an idea suddenly popped into my head while I was lying in bed one night... when of course, I should have been sleeping.
I've found that all my best ideas happen this way. Sometimes, I'll sit up and grab the notepad from the drawer next to my bed, sometimes not. I need to actually make a habit of it.
Anyhow, my bright idea was to make a gusseted bottom, and then attach it underneath the bottom of the skirt, without it being visible on the skirt.
The red corduroy is a mens shirt from the op-shop that I found on the $1 rack. It matched perfectly with the red binding on the skirt.
I managed to unpick the stitching holding the facing to the outer of the skirt to attach the strap. I wanted to keep the integrity of the original skirt, and I've even managed to keep the side zip in place.
I created the inner bag by attaching it to the original skirt facing. I love the stripey inner fabric too.
I managed to insert the magnetic snaps up underneath the facing while keeping the original skirt tags in place.
I think this is one of my best transformations yet!
I guess you'll know what I'll be searching for at the op shop in the future.....