When you have to chose only 13 collars from your stash of your husband’s work shirts given to the cause and you find you have enough make nearly TWO bags, you know there is a clothes horse in the family.
and you ain’t it. Sigh. I think he has more shoes than me if you count his golf shoes.
I have only six refashioning books total: this is one of the all Japanese text two from a bookstore in the Shin-Marunouchi Building (in the Chiyoda ward, designed by Sir Michael Hopkins of London) where I would wait for Himself to finish work when I tagged along on his week or two long Tokyo stints during our two years in Hong Kong (three out of six if I remember correctly. Yes. Himself has just provided confirmation). This particular book was bought in December of 2007. I remember because there was a men’s choir in the foyer of the building singing ‘O Holy Night’ in Japanese in what could be described as a marching band tempo. It was decidedly jolly. I can’t hear any version of that now without picturing those three dozen very solemn men in black trousers, white shirts and black bow ties. Their MD wore a red bow tie. I flipped through this book, trying all the time not to giggle and made a mental note not to send any more of Himself’s work shirts to charity.
FYI: A Year Without Clothes — i.e. a year without buying any clothes — did not start for another year after this. When a second year in Hong Kong was deemed necessary, I was NOT about to buy more hot weather clothes that would have little or no use once we returned to The Homeland, but you know all about that if you’ve read my first refashion blog so we shall move on.
Before I got pinning, I went from the two by six of the book’s directions
to two by five to make it more the size of my go-to bag (i.e. the one I grab when I am just walking down the local shops for a few bits and pieces). Park-n-Shop did not in fact offer this canvas bag in pink: when fellow Hong Kongians would ask which P&S sold these pink ones I would have to confess to dying it myself.
Almost forgot — the title of this post is the translation of the logo on the bag. I think. That’s what it says in English on the other side….
I wanted a little more strength to the bag — with just the collars it seems like it would be fine as a beach bag but I am looking to use this for groceries — so dug out this chunk of heavy cotton fabric and pinned my collars to it.
So long as I am not layered up, the handles on the pink bag will go over my shoulder. That’s rather useful so I deviated from the original and went with a two-collar handle for my version. As for the bottom, I interfaced a piece of the yellow, grabbed a random chunk from the pile due to be cut for the Dividing Day Quilt (more on that project — eventually — on my 2013 year-long craft blog) and cut a long narrow oval-ish shape to pin into the bottom. I SO need to bring this with me on our next trip to Japan. How can I not?
As for Dorothea, she’s wearing one of my Thomas Pink shirts I’d already put two flowers on to cover a worn bit
but with more wear, it got more worn
…if that makes sense..and a third flower was required, which sort of balances the look a bit better. I think we’ll have to stop here before the petals overwhelm the rest of the shirt!