I’m a fan of fashion. But as a mom (and as a work-at-home one,) there isn’t much motivation to step past the yoga pants and a clean (smelling) tee most days. I do admit, when I can get my act together, it does make me feel good to step out of my slip-on Vans. Now that both my kids are in school, I’ve been making a conscientious effort to bring my fashion game back – nothing crazy, but pulled together looks using cues from today’s trends. Like Boho.
I love the relaxed (aka loose fitting) style of Bohemian fashion. I grew up near the Philadelphia Folk Festival so I saw a lot of 70’s hippie clothes and I love the laid back vibe. Pair that with my urban life in the city for 10+ years and the result is this “Festival Bag.” It’s an edgier take on Boho with the dark floral, leather and antique brass hardware.
When RJR Fabrics asked me to work with some of their new fabrics, this Reverie line pretty much blew my mind. I tend to work with more graphic prints, but the photo-realistic imagery in these Digiprints are amazing. The best part, is that these fabrics feel JUST like their other high quality quilt cottons so you know you are working with the good stuff.
This Floral Fantasy print with the the dark background is just gorgeous. I love the style contrast of soft flowers with the intense black (which is how I like to mix up my own closet.) I like combining hard elements with something very soft and feminine. I also like a mix of textures. So this soft quilt cotton HAD to be paired with some leather and lots of hardware, right?
My mom knew I was upcycling old leather coats and gave me this great long duster about a year ago. I’m happy to finally use it. This coat is such a great upcycle coat because of its size and the design. Too bad the shape…errr…lack of….just doesn’t work now. There are so many large pieces of leather to use in any project. I used about 70% of this coat and I might use the rest on a future clutch…
The larger pieces were all cut into 1/4″ fringe and double-layered all around the bag. Fringe is one of my favorite things in a bag. It’s so much fun to walk and feel the swing of the leather. The pieces add movement and life to everyday running around.
More leather was added to the top flap and I saved all the scraps. They are great to use in zipper pulls and bag charms. You can see I made some tassels and added lots of rivets. I also used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out my intials. Long skinny scraps can be turned into beautiful braids like this one as well.
On the inside of the bag, there is more Reverie with the Mirage in Bloom print. It is the perfect complement to this style bag. It is a mottled floral which gives a very contemporary feel with the more muted tones.
With spring music festivals in the news, I decided to make the bag strap differently than I usually would. Taking inspiration from the bands themselves, I modeled the strap after guitar ones. The leather strap is about 1 1/2″ wide with Floral Fantasy on top and another layer of leather all stitched in place with added rivet accents.
I am so in love with how this strap and bag turned out. I can’t wait to “rock” it all summer long.
- Exterior Fabric: RJR Fabrics – Reverie collection – Floral Fantasy print
- Interior Fabric: RJR Fabrics – Reverie collection – Mirage in Bloom print
- Pattern – Late night experimenting ;)
- Hardware: All antique brass finish by Emmaline Bags
- Clothes: Tank by Tru Man Brands and Shorts by J.Crew
- Brass Zippers: ZipIt Zippers
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