My beloved & I have been married sixteen years. We met over twenty years ago on our very first day at our very first jobs straight out of college. It's been stupid cheesy jokes and best friends ever since.
We're hoping to grow old, wrinkly and eccentric together. And when we are very old, we plan to shuffle through our days holding hands. I will wear loose dresses and baggy stockings with tennis shoes. He will cut his trousers into shorts and wear them with dress socks and dress shoes. We will laugh at our aging selves and delight in how bad we look in the outfits we joked about when we were still kids.
He really does want to wear his dress shoes and socks with cut off trousers... someday...
Until then, the question is, what to do with the occasional worn out suit?
You know me, right? When in doubt, just turn it into a bag.
- Chop up the trousers to form the exterior of the bag.
- Chop up the dress shirt to use as lining.
- Which means the tie must become the handles, I felt terrible about cutting up the tie. It was actually brand spanking new. I gave the tie to him years ago hoping to inject some interesting color into his daily uniform of dark suit and gold tie. I figured the orange added a little punch but the blue stripes kept it all very conservative. I was wrong. He refused to wear it. A shame to cut it up. But even worse to leave it languishing in the closet.
It's just a simple, rectangular tote. It should have been quick and easy to sew together. But I hit an unexpected complication when working with the trousers. Slippery stuff. I also added in a layer of sew-in interfacing. Bleuh. That stuff was really difficult to work with. It took me a full hour to attach, pick apart and then reattach the trouser material to the interface. I was in a cold sweat at the end of it. Luckily, I had Nasya-my-sewing-instructor to advise me and cheer me on (otherwise this project may well have ended up in the trash).
And here it is. The I-Used-to-be-a-Suit bag. I think it's a fun way to repurpose an old suit. Do you agree?