Mar 19, 2012

Ugly to Lovely

Riding in my Daughters car, I noticed these eye popping colors in a bag on the backseat floor. I asked her if she went shopping, actually, her friend's Mother thought she might like some clothes she was getting rid of. My Daughter was giving the bag to goodwill. Naturally, I had to see what it was.
This is what caught my eye; it is the ugliest jacket I have ever seen.

My Mother said what's wrong with it, I would wear it..... Need I say more? Sorry, Mother!
When I was looking at all the details; the buttons, the sequins , the bright bold beautiful colors, all I could think of was what I would make out of it.

Here is what I came up with. This lovely pattern, FREE, from Made by Rae.

I had to cut the purse pattern in 3's, on the front side.
I sewed them together and still pleated it.
I did not do the cute buttons on the front either, because of the adorable pocket I incorporated.
I did not use a magnetic snap,

I used Velcro) because I made it for a young lady).
Lastly I made the strap longer, I like over the shoulder bags, they are so easy to carry around.

Thanks for stopping by!

If you download the pattern be sure to leave a comment to Rae.


  1. It's great that you revamped the jacket like you did. Awesome job!

  2. Great snazzie-up on the Jacket! I just found your blog...the title is GREAT...I'm thinkin' that the fan in front of the machine is "deja-vu all over again" (with regards to my sewing room) =P


  3. Cute Connie! You make me wish I could sew! :) Thanks for following me on LF, I'll be following you too!!


  4. Hey, I have a jacket I've never worn that could probably be a purse also. Wow. I have to go dig that out. Nice job. Linda

  5. Following on Linky also. :)

  6. Sooooo much better as a bag! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Wow Connie! What a great way to use that fun fabric in the jacket, great purse! Thanks for sharing!
    Quilting at the River Linky Party Tuesday

  8. I think they came out lovely!! They are perfect for Summer!! Great recycle project. Going to check out the pattern too. Stopping by from Serendipity and Spice linky party and your newest follower.

    Here is what I shared this week:

  9. Hi Connie, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  10. I love that pattern, I made a bag from it back in my pre-blogging days!

    Great upcycle, doesn't it feel good to give new life to something that's just begging for it?? ;)

  11. Thanks for stopping by and following my blog :)
    Must say that the fabric look a lot better as a bag rather than a jacket.
    I have made a few versions of the buttercup bag to, but used a zipper to close it.
    Wish you a great weekend!

  12. What a great idea. The pattern looks so much better as a purse.