Remember those stylin’ leather pants? Well, that left leg is still hobbling around, waiting to become useful. The right leg, however, now THAT’S a different story entirely. It has gone the way of all good jeans…it’s now living a full life as a purse. Someday, Lord willing, I’ll happen upon the *perfect purse* – very unlike the *perfect storm,* by the way. Just thought I’d make that clear.
I’ve been carrying it (like I do every purse I make), to see what I’d change if I ever make one again ( and you know I will – I still have another leg!). Only two things I don’t like about it: (1) I think I made the flap too stiff and short, and (2) it scrunches up on one side (no doubt that has something to do with being overfilled). I know what I’ll do – I’ll take some stuff out of it and try it that way. What a concept…carry less stuff! I can do that. I think. Anyway, I do think I’d change the measurements a bit if I remade this – make the flap longer and not use the stiff interfacing in the flap part, and make the handle loops shorter. I think I’d use a zipper closure too, instead of a snap.
Just in case you’d like to try making one of these from a leather pants leg (I just know you have one of those lying around), here’s how I did it, complete with boo-boos.
I started by trying to figure out the best use of the entire leg and not have much left over. I’d already used part of it on the other purse, so this piece measured about 24 1/2 inches long, about 15 inches wide at the top and 13 inches wide at the bottom. I figured that if I used the entire length, then I could make the width of the purse half its length, so I measured it out at 12 inches wide by 24 1/2 long. That left enough to cut out the two side pieces and the two small pieces for handles.
I drew out a pattern for the side pieces on a piece of paper, measuring 9 inches long and tapering from three inches at the bottom to two inches at the top. I rounded the bottom corners, using a spool of thread as my guide. That nine-inch height made the purse just about the right size for me…well…almost the right size. I find, after carrying it, that I may *not* be exactly a size 4 purse. I might be closer to a size 6, but that’s a story for another day.
I didn’t have enough left of the right leg to make a shoulder-bag handle, but I did have a handle from another project that went south. It works for now, until I figure out whether to scavenge from the left leg for a handle, or just bite the bullet and buy some stuff at Jo-Ann’s Fabrics and be done with it. Decisions, decisions.