I always love to accept custom jobs. This is what upcycling is all about! Last week, a client approached me with a beautiful leather jacket that had classic 80's styling and a fox fur collar. Between it being outdated and way too hot for our New Orleans climate, she found that she just did not wear it anymore. Ever. And it was a shame because it was in such beautiful condition! So - she was ready to give it a new life and do some upcycling. Here are a few shots of the coat... BEFORE:
|Before - front|
|Before - back|
|Before - front detail|
So now you can see what we were dealing with! :)
She did not really have too many specifications about a bag style she wanted... just that the bag be smaller in size (she is a petite woman) and that the pockets somehow be salvaged and used creatively on the panels of the bag. She tried on a few of my current bags and I got a feel for what worked with her frame and her style.
She also definitely wanted to save the fur to "do something with it." So... off I went with my new treasure in hand to get started on my new project!
First - time to deconstruct the coat, detach the fur, and salvage the usable parts:
|remove the lining and shoulder pads|
|carefully detach the fur|
|still being careful!|
OK- The fur is removed from the jacket. Here's what I have to work with now:
|Detached the fur from the coat|
|Still thinking about what to do... What a beautiful fur!|
|removed the waistband and cuffs|
|Just the leather here - look how nice it is!|
|I can use those pockets! And lots to work with thanks to that generous 80's styling!|
|I'll figure out what to do with this later...|
And... voila! The finished product: a tote!
|I was able to work a piece of the lining that had the client's monogram on it into the interior pocket!|
Now... what to do with that fur?! :) Stay tuned...
Upcycled Bags Handmade in New Orleans