Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mortem's Tricks or Treats: Handbag Craze

My old bag has lost its luster... I have been looking fervently for something that brings back some pizzazz... and the only bag that piqued my interest was the ribcage purse from Restyle... I'm sure many of you have seen it, but if not, then have a look for yourself here.

I love things with rib cage imagery, but alas... no money has stopped me dead in my tracks once more.
So once again I took a dive into the creative abyss I call my brain...
I needed black, I needed lace, I needed something "gothy"!

So, my lovely readers, I give you a peek  of what I have been conjuring... it's really more of a peak, but anyway...


Now it's not finished! I still need to add that last strip of venetian lace on the top, and secure what looks like a white blob in that picture, but is really a resin replica bat skull.


It's going to be nestled in between the ribbon flowers.
I didn't have to spend a dime on a single item, since most of it was hand me down materials or scraps from other projects... this project made me realize how unorganized I really am. I really had to dig deep to find it all. It's sorta, kinda lined... the inside material is patterned, but it isn't exactly a lining that hides seams (oops!). Next time it will.

But anyway, this was a trial bag to test out my pattern before the real treat... I'll still post pictures of the finished bag! So don't you worry.

14 comments:

  1. Your bag is amazing! I've been looking for something like that - lacy and gothic - for ages, but I haven't found anything interesting. It's also coffin shaped, isn't it? I love it <3!
    Oh, and Restyle bags are awesome - I like the same model, but with the rose instead of the ribcage. By the way Restyle is throwing a huge giveaway, you still have time to participate. Here it is http://roseshock.blogspot.it/2012/11/restyle-giveaway-1911-0312.html.
    You can ask for whatever item you like :). Good luck!

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    1. Yes, it is coffin shaped =D

      Dang thanks for letting me know!
      That means a lot, though I doubt I'll win-- I enter so many giveaways and contests and never even place =S
      But good luck to you too!

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  2. It looks amazing so far. I saw your post in ladies in black. I have said the same as you for ages "must make a coffin bag soon". I'm so curious about the final result.

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    1. It took a lot of self motivating; these days it's hard to even make the effort to dress up!
      But you gotta do what you gotta do ;)

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  3. This looks amazing!Oooh! I love it! Will you do a DIY?

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    1. Thank you =)
      Probably not, since I would like to sell these in the future =/

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  4. So lacy, so gothic, so coffin-y ;u; I'm dying to see the final result. What did you use to strengthen the sides? The only thing that comes to my mind at such moments is cardboard, but then again, I'm afraid it would get drenched in rainy weather... or simply break.

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    1. I did use cardboard, but waterproofed it using plastic wrap and duct tape. A dunking into water, and it won't hold up, but it will last in the rain! Heheh.
      Most likely, I'll buy stiffened leather for the core for future purses.

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    2. Ahh now that is a good idea; duct tape really can solve all of life's problems. I was thinking of making a book shaped bag and you've just given me ideas so thank you!

      You bag is looking beautiful. I can't wait to see it finished. You are extremely talented!

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  5. I think it's going to look so much better than a Restyle bag because you'll be the only person in the whole world with one - which is always nice. Unless you start selling them, in which case I see them becoming so popular that you'll be one of millions with one! But you'll have the original - and you'll be rich - which is always nice. :o)

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    1. I wish anything I made helped with income flow!
      I find it tough to find a somewhat regular number of customers; before I was lucky to have one in 3 months =/

      Still, I feel good to be wearing what I make =P

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    2. After trying to make extra money from my sewing and beadwork for many years, I found that I usually ended up making somewhere between $1-3/hour. Now I only do it for free, for my family, very close friends or myself. But I think you have very unique and original ideas, and I have high hopes for you! :D

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  6. I would love to buy one of these bags! When you start selling, let me know! :)

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    1. That means a lot!
      I'll definitely give you a heads up =D

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