Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Crazy Black Leather Skirt = Leather Tote Bag

So a while back I was reading Vogue and I saw this article (Vogue May 2007 pg. 121) about sustainable style. It featured a number of fashionable reusable grocery bags which I thought was really awesome. Of course the one I really liked was black leather by Marni and cost $843! The article was filed on the back shelf until I was browsing the thrift store and found an old black leather skirt. I am sure you know where I am going with this one......
Cutting up the old leather skirt. I turned it upside down and sewed the waist as the bottom of the bag so that it tapers upwards. When the bag is empty the corners drape in giving a nice shape.
Naturally there was a zipper in the back of the skirt, the problem with it was that with the skirt now upside down the zipper pulled in the wrong direction. I ripped it out an replaced it. Now it connects to the inside and the inside pocket (made from the pleat that was in the back of the skirt). I lined the bag with the skirts original lining.

These images aren't very clear - I apologize. Something must have been up with the camera that day, unfortunately I didn't notice until today.
This weekend I was out at the Shop Smart (thrift store) and found ANOTHER black leather skirt for $1, so look forward to another leather grocery bag in the future.

1 comment:

Priscilla said...

I am expecting one of these to show up at my new home...