This week’s refashion challenge was something I’ve never even thought about doing before, but I loved that it gave me a chance to try something new! I got these pants at a thrift store for $10 (pricey if you ask me). They are 100% polyurethane, but look like leather. I tried using a leather needle on them, but quickly learned that my ball point needle worked much better, as there is some stretch. I think a big part of refashioning is using the original construction of a piece to your advantage. I loved the edgy zippered pockets, so I made sure to keep them on. They add functional pockets to the front of the purse, which are great for my phone and wallet.
To construct the purse, I cut off the pant legs, and sewed a straight seam over the curved seam that once formed the backside of the pants. Then, I stitched straight across the bottom to form a bag. To give the handbag a better shape, I pushed in the corners, and sewed horizontally across them.
To make the purse more versatile, I added a liner that not only looks cut on the inside, but makes the purse reversible as well.