I am a fan of upcycling almost anything you can, especially when it comes to clothing. My mom gave me 2 huge plastic containers FULL of clothes. One of them is an old vest that I remember her wearing when I was growing up. One thing about the vest? It was so outdated. The fabric was cool, even if it was 20-ish years old, the buttons are fun. But the style itself? Old; not vintage, just old.
When I went through the clothes before bringing them home my mom seemed sad to part with some of them. Why must we place sentimental value on clothes? Well, what's better than to create a use-able item from something that was once treasured? So I made my mom the Coraline Wristlet from Swoon Sewing Patterns (affiliate link). I love how it turned out!
Here is the outside. I used almost all the fabric! The little fabric I had left I pieced together for the wristlet part. I had to literally cut the different patterned fabrics apart at their seam and re-piece them together in order to get the pattern pieces to fit!
I also used a firmer interfacing. I loved the one I had received from the swap with the firmer interfacing, I wanted to use that too. I had some sew-in stabilizer left over from Halloween a few years ago that I used to make my viking corset. I just used some webbing to attach it.
For the top zipper part I used some quilting cotton with the shape-flex.
For the lining I used some blue crushed satin I had left over from a shirt I had made years ago (before hubby and I even met!)... I used some lightweight interfacing for that. I wanted it to maintain that flow-y feeling that satin has. It also makes it just seem so... nice... I just love it!
I love making things for people. I think homemade gifts are the best! This one was well received and liked so much more than the vest it was originally. I loved sewing it! I wish I had taken better pics than the with the phone.. Oh well. It went strait to it's new home and I was too excited to get it there! :)