This little clutch purse was made from an upcycled deep olive green suit jacket. There is a subtle houndstooth pattern with hints of burned orange, wine and midnight blue. This 1940s jacket truly was impressive. It was merely a shadow of what it once was when I’d discovered it. The buttons were cracked and the lining was shabby. I coupled it with another lovely olive vintage jacket that was made of a very thick linen blend.
In that same afternoon, I scored a beautiful contemporary sari and lengha set. Olive paisley and bold patterns.
I had these lovely celluloid buttons that my mother-in-law gave me. They were a part of this huge stash of vintage buttons that my husband’s grandmother once owned. They were so whimsical. I had to put them on this bag.
Together, these have all become one darling little 1940s style clutch.
The pattern was drafted by Emma Brennan for her label called “Charlie’s Aunt”. Once I saw her patterns, I knew that they would be perfect vehicles for my upcycling obsession. I love old suiting. These patterns are the perfect mode of conveyance.
I washed the wool by hand and took great care to preserve as much of the original tailoring as was possible. I like to try and put a lot of details into the bags.
This bag’s particular back story will be included on a card within so that the person for whom you are gift giving (Even if it is for yourself) will be able to enjoy this waistcoat’s journey.