I recently took a $.25 thrifted zippered pocket purse and tore it apart. I wanted to figure out how it was constructed. The surgery was successful! I adapted what I learned, measured and adjusted to suit my own tastes, and created my very first pattern. Then I experimented with different materials and sewing techniques and finally came up with a pretty nice coin purse. I am beyond proud of myself and can't stop holding the thing. I mean it's my first very creation. And I realize that I didn't create a new wheel here, but I liked the challenge of discovering a new thing and I will gloat in my accomplishment awhile longer. Here is one of the final drafts using cheapo muslin minus a zipper. I wanted to make sure the materials where sturdy enough and I have been keeping it in my back pocket to test how it wears. So far so good.
I also thrifted a very plain old house coat that was home-made a few weeks ago. I had plans of redesigning it into a skirt but flesh tones can be seen through the fabric. What I thought would be an easy alteration will turn into a reconstruction with lining. I don't know if I want to use my brain for that function at this point in time. But I really love the print.
And few years back I was at a estate sale and I bought a box of old sewing supplies. Inside was this embroidered linen skirt and top (which was also home-made) that someone else saved to repurpose. I got the perfect handbag in mind for this beautiful fabric. I just need to find a fabric to line the purse. I'd love something with color. Maybe a lavender, a light blue, or green? Any suggestions?