Who remembers the sparkly mini I bought in Beyond Retro? Way too small and way to bedazzled for me to wear, I knew I wanted to use the gorgeous cognac sequined fabric. To me it would be the perfect size for a bag, a bag for Christmas day that was big enough not only for the essentials but also for scarf and gloves, but still spandangly enough for the occasion.
First, I cut off the original hem and unpicked the waistband…..
I then seamed the opened bottom, I used invisible nylon thread and hand stitched it as the sequins were a bit tricky….
I then turned it back to right side, and pinned a wide chocolate ribbon, leaving half ready to fold to the other side….
I sewed this on again by hand using an overstitch, it would look much neater backstitched but im having problems with my right arm and I wanted to get it done for you! Then fold the other half of ribbon to the inside and sew down…….
Because I am a too much is never enough kind of a girl, I wanted to add a large bow on the outside, giving it a kind of Great Gatsby feel……..
Finally, the tricky subject of handles! as the ribbon I had bought was so wide and beautifully thick, I simply used a length of that.Et Voila!……..
If you look carefully you will see the handles only pinned on, again that right arm had its way and called a halt to proceedings, if I had more time I might have put a fastening on, and I might have reinforced it with some interfacing, but I am really pleased with the way it’s turned out, and I will be using it over the christmas season, of course I might need a new outfit to go with!
Skirt from http://www.beyondretro.com
Ribbon from http://www.theribbonroom.co.uk