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jean skirt and purse by meihua jean skirt and purse by meihua
For our Design class, we had to promote reusing products by taking something that would normally be thrown out and making something new out of it. I don't throw away a lot of things in the first place, so early on in the semester I started collecting trash, but I could never figure out anything that I could make out of it that wasn't too much like a first grade crafts project.

So finally I settled on a pair of jeans that was too short for me. They had actually been sitting in my drawer for over a year waiting to be donated. I kept forgetting to take them out whenever there was a clothes drive on campus. I cut off the top part and made it into a skirt with a little extra fabric.

The skirt is really ugly, by the way. It doesn't flow right when I put it on. I don't really care though because I was never going to wear it anyway, I hate skirts.

I had most of the pants legs left, so I took one and made it into a little purse. It is on the small side, but as you can see, it fits my wallet and my phone, which is really all I need. It also has special fitted pockets for cards, a little pocket for coins, and a slot for lip balm or lipstick. There is a front pocket that was meant for pens, but I made it too small so it will only fit shorter writing utensils. Whoops. The handle is made of the jeans hemline. The purse is very light and floppy. I doubt I'll carry this around a lot as well, I don't like carrying bags.

I pulled an all-nighter sewing all this stuff by hand.

Not many people actually used something that was going to be thrown out for their project. A lot of people seemed to buy brand new things for their projects, or (marginally better) buy a lot of a certain product so they'd have enough trash to make whatever it was they were making (think soda can tabs).

I think our assistant teacher guy will be putting up all our photos and stuff in an online gallery in the next few days. When that happens I'll put up a link so you can marvel at how much cooler everyone else's stuff is =P
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Hopegirl Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
great job... nice
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meihua Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
thanks!
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OibyrdsDDs Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
ohhh loving that purse!! I love denim:D
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meihua Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2008
thanks :D
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wadifahtook Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
Awesome! I love the purse especially. It looks so neat with all of those little pockets.
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meihua Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
hehe thank you!
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howelone Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
I want a pose of you wearing it :love:
way to dissapoint :(
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meihua Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2008
way to be a creep, creep!
to be honest I don't know where those things are any more
probably under the piles of underwear
I'm wearing your shirt
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Soob Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
I think that's very cool, especially the bag. Making stuff to your very own specifications. What could be better. ^-^
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J-Cleo Featured By Owner May 18, 2008
Cooler than a hand-made bag? I doubt it. >:3 It's easy to buy stuff to make material, but it certainly tests your skills as an artist/innovator to "recycle" something. Plus it's much better to recycle than to make more waste.
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