Saturday, September 1, 2012

Nearly salvaged

Today let's begin with visualizing that she was frowning and sitting alone on her bed at the end of summer. She sighed and looked at the cardigan that she made a half year ago. It was made from lovely Missoni fabric. You can assume that she could use it lots of times in the last summer, but how many times in fact? The answer was no. No, it's incorrect, the answer was, less than lots of times. She wore it probably 2 times this year, if you really had to count how many times it was. She looked sad because she was aware that she wouldn't any longer love the slightly itchy cardigan for good but it was too difficult to ditch the garment because of her love for the fabric.

After a while, she seemed starting to think about refashioning. Then her face was loosened and now she looked slightly happier. Still, it didn't seem very easy to refashion with those small fabric pieces from such a small cardigan. Oh? Suddenly her face began shining and she was off to her sewing corner.

And after enthusiastic googling, bits of shopping, and some sewing, here you see two handmade camera bags in the recycled fabric. One of them is a test piece and the other is the improved one that is for actual use. Thanks for the complete rehearsal, she got a sturdy and well functioning camera bag, which may not be as good as the manufacturer's ones but is enough good for her camera. She spent so many hours in the local DIY store to find the best urethane sheets and other materials for the project, and things got more interesting day by day. She almost bought one from TAMRAC for disassembling and checking inside of the quality product to make her project perfect, but somehow she could avoid spending more money for mere destruction.

 I assume that she wouldn't dislike too much about the character of this cardigan as an actual defect, if it were a manufacturer's garment. It was just slightly itchy, she confessed to me. However, you have to know that some hobby sewists are short-tempered like this on own handmade. It was a disastrous failure for her to make the favorite fabric into a itchy cardigan for the bare shoulders. She regretted it. She has learnt a lesson too.

 Said that, let's look at the bright sides of this story, allowing her to live in the future. She got a couple of pretty wearings, a lovely camera bag, and some good memories from this experience. Maybe it's not that bad, after all.

Have a really happy day!


fabrics: white heavy dupioni silk for home furnishing, recycled Missoni knit, white nylon fabric, and flower pattern nylon fabric for interior

other materials: urethane sheet/mat, polyester quilt padding, bottom plate for bag, nylon strap, zippers, metal rings, clasps etc.

1 comment:

  1. IT would be cool to see a pattern for this! Looks really nice!


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