Project number 14 was given to me by my mother, Paula. My mother loves, loves, loves clothes and bags – especially really big bags.
She gave me a linen skirt to work with, the wrong size but really beautiful fabric, black linen with some silver grommet details. For some reason I cannot find the photos of the skirt before I took it apart, which makes this a less dramatic reveal, so I apologize for that.
Basically I turned the skirt into a bag, like this one from Akiko Mano’s book,Linen, Wool, Cotton: 25 Simple Projects to Sew with Natural Fabrics, a fantastic book with beautiful photos and wonderful, simple projects.
My mother loved this bag and we were going to make it together the next time she comes up for a visit. The skirt was a perfect candidate for a remake into a bag. I used the hemline as handles and used some of the remnants to make flower details. Also you may notice a bit of wool plaid, that was from a skirt that belonged to my grandmother, and the colors make a nice complement to all the black linen.
The color black and black linen is super difficult to photograph, I’ve been struggling with just the right way to take a photo. The bag is unstructured, so that proved to be a problem making it look as nice in a photograph as it does in person. It’s a pretty cool looking bag and I think my mother will like it. Adding that bit of my grandmothers’ skirt to it puts a sentimental touch on things, which will make it even more special.
Next up Project 15 – details soon!