Two in One: Waistcoat and Bag :)

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Introduction: Two in One: Waistcoat and Bag :)

About: Dream. Inspire. Create. Because, Creativity never goes out of style! ;)

I'm a hogger for 'multi-funtional' things. So, I created this waistcoat which can be converted into a bag ..so one can use it either ways :)
I hope the instructions are clear enough and you like it!

PS: Please vote for me if you like it :) :)

Step 1: Gather Your Material

You will need:
- Fabric (I've used 100% pure woolen fabric)
- Basic stationary and stitching tools
  > Scissors, pencil, tailor's chalk, pattern paper, body form etc
- Stitching thread and normal pearl sized beads

Step 2: Coloring the Fabric

Personalizing the fabric:
The fabric technique I have used is 'Bandhani' or 'Tie and Dye of Rajasthan, India'
Speckled with tiny square shaped dots, textured with crinkled crease of fabric, dyed with vivid dramatic colors, it attracts all the attention and admiration! 

How to do it?
- Dye the base fabric in any color or colors (optional).
  One can experiment with the various tying techniques, and can come up with interesting results each time :)
- Mark the entire fabric
- Take the bead and secure it with a thread, tightly.
- Continue the same process across the entire length of the fabric.
- It is time consuming, but the result is worth the wait!
- Dye the entire fabric again in another color (in a color different than the one previously used).

This type of tie and dye technique is known as 'Indian Shibori' , or as we call it "Bandhani".
You can Google search a couple of images to see the various motifs, patterns used in the technique. Also, the eye catching use of colors.

NOTE:  This is an additional step and is not necessary in the making of the waistcoat-cum-bag!

Step 3: Cut the Fabric

- A basic bodice pattern will do well.
- Cut the fabric in four panels 

Step 4: Stitching

- Only the center seam is left unstitched (rest three sides are stitched)
- The buttons are added in the front for the comfortably wearing and removing the coat
- The waistcoat is ready!

Now for the bag..
- Add a zipper from the front center seam to the back center seam.
- The armholes will now become our handles once the bottom is zipped!



Step 5: Ready to Be Worn and Carried!

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    23 Discussions

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    datoo786
    datoo786

    2 days ago

    Wanted to design a waistcote and came across here. There are no details what measurements are needed, and how to set it up, where to sew etc etc

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    mailmb
    mailmb

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Way to go girl! I'm gonna make this, soon! :D

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    m bedi
    m bedi

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks :) And put up a picture please :D

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    mntbdfb0202
    mntbdfb0202

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Love the concept :)
    I think you deserve to win! Voted for you :D
    #allthebest

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    wtn69cg
    wtn69cg

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome! Just love the idea ..Great work (y) :)

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    m bedi
    m bedi

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks alot!
    PS: please vote for mee :)

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    fkme
    fkme

    6 years ago on Introduction

    WOW! This is the first thing i'm gonna try as soon as i get time! Great job!!

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    m bedi
    m bedi

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Sure! I'd love to see it :)
    Let me know if u need any other details :)

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    mntllangl
    mntllangl

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I'm sorry.. but i think i'm gonna copy this!
    #totallyin love <3
    It's been forever that i was searching for a good waistcoat to make.. and i get a a bag with it tooo ;)
    That's like cherry on my cake!! :D
    Thankyouuu

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    m bedi
    m bedi

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Hahah!! That's too sweet :) :)
    Do put up a picture once u make it ;)
    Ps: pleasee vote for mee

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    hrtrbbr
    hrtrbbr

    6 years ago on Introduction

    The pictures u've clicked are pretty good!! Totally love the shibori technique you've done ;)

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    m bedi
    m bedi

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks alot.. glad you liked it ;)
    Let me know if you need any other details!

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    m bedi
    m bedi

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thankyou! :)
    PS: please vote for mee..

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    KorpseGrinder
    KorpseGrinder

    6 years ago

    title is misleading.

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    m bedi
    m bedi

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    If you need any other detail, please let me know!
    PS: please vote for mee :) :)

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    m bedi
    m bedi

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    If you have something better in mind, please suggest :)
    I'd be more than happy to change!
    And, let me know if you need any other details :)

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    lwilliams43
    lwilliams43

    6 years ago

    Interesting idea! I have to say, the title was a tad misleading though completely correct.