So here's what I made:
dress - c/o Oasap
bag - made by me!
tights - c/o Oasap
shoes - Vintage
hat - c/o Wholesale
The colour inspiration for this bag came from this Dangerfield coat:
Which looks a lot nicer in real life than in this photo, and shall one day be mine. I probably never would have put dark-ish green and brown together if it weren't for seeing this coat the other day.
I also took photos of the process so I could attempt to explain how I made it. It was fairly difficult so I recommend you only try it if you have some sewing experience. Here we go!:
what you need
note: your fabric needs to be thick-ish (i used velvet.)
the belts should be near-identical (mine are just from a charity store, this is a good place for cheap belts)
what you do
Cut two identical rectangles out from your fabric. This will be the front and back of your bag.
Make a strip of fabric for the bottom of your bag. Make it at least two layers thick so that the bottom of your bag is strong.
Sew it onto the bottom of one of your rectangles (the two materials facing each other).
Sew your other rectangle to the opposite edge of the bottom strip.
Make 2 side strips (the same width as the bottom strip) and sew them onto both sides of the main front rectangle.
Sew it all up into a bag-shaped object!
Now you need to cut out one rectangle of cardboard to the same size as the front of your bag (but this is terrible and you should probably actually use iron-on fusible interfacing instead). This will help give the bag shape. Insert it into the front of the bag.
Cut out a rectangle of fabric of the same size. This will be your inner lining (it'll go over the cardboard).
Flip your bag inside-out.
Place the cardboard inside the front of the bag. Trim it until it fits. Place the lining over the top, then hand-stitch it to the edges of the bag.
Make your front flap by cutting out another 2 rectangles (they need to be the same width as the main rectangles but slightly shorter in height, and with rounded edges at one end). Sew them together first (so you have a kind of pocket), then sew this flap to the back edge of the bag.
Use craft glue and thread to attach the straps the the front flap of the bag.
Wrap the belts around the bag, then open up the bottom of the bag (at the back) where the belts need to go inside by flipping it inside-out and cutting the threads. Insert the belt then sew it back up over the top of it.
If your belts were long enough (only one of mine was so I had to use a third belt) then cut off the ends of the belts and do a similar thing to before, but insert them into the bottom of the bag at the front of the bag.
And that's it! I think I will also add a handle to the top and try and make straps for the sides (using another belt - I have so many of these belts, it's a little insane).
I hope you enjoyed this DIY! Can't wait to hear what you think of it!