My friend gave me a pair of black leather pants. They’re really cool. Fully lined, full-figure fit, falling freely from faist to foot (OK, so I made that word up, just for the sake of alliteration. So sue me. No, don’t!).
I did the proper thing with the pants, and used them for their intended purpose. Yes, that’s right – I cut the legs off and made a purse from the top. Yah, it’s really cool.
Oh…did I forget to take a picture of me wearing those pants?? OOPS – oh well, too late. Oh, and I was jes the purdiest THANG, sportin’ those leather britches! Ach, you should’ve seen me. Or … maybe not.
Oh, well … OK – but don’t say I didn’t warn you! And you’ll have to use your imagination for the full-length effect – that’s one visual that will not be seen here. Ever. But, here’s a hint of how they looked on me … cute, huh? 😉
Anyway, the purse is kind of nice, but big for my taste. I did mention that the pants fit me perfectly, didn’t I? Imagine that size as a purse. I may wear a size 12 pants, but I wear a size 4 purse!
She also gave me a pair of jammies to use for the liner. But, since the pants were already lined, I just used one leg of the jammies to make pockets for the inside, to line the handles, make a belt, and to cover the button. There’s enough of the jammies and the leather pants left to make a size 4 purse.
I discovered that working with leather is a challenge for me, mainly because I have to be so RIGHT when I do the seams. I cannot claim the seam ripper as my friend on this project. You just don’t sew a seam and then rip it out on leather. Nope. That’s why this one has taken me longer than others made from denim or cotton. I can rip and tear all day on those materials, and nary a mark to show my lack of skills – unless you count those almost imperceptible rips here and there, where the seam ripper got a hitch in its gitalong and went slightly sideways. I usually can cover those little mishaps up by making the seam allowance bigger. Leather, on the other hand, shows every single misguided motion of the needle, and makes me work harder to make sure I’ve got the measurements right the first time. *sigh*
Another thing that has GOT to be done right the first time (can you hear the voice of experience speaking here?) is putting the rivets in. The holes have to be measured and punched right, and the rivets have to be set exactly straight. Dire consequences result from not following these two guidelines. Hopefully, those misguided attempts won’t show too much on the finished product, and the rivets will hold.
Well, so … there ya have it, my first ever leather purse from size 12 pants. What size purse do YOU wear??