You may have spotted on the photos of the Customisation Station that I was wearing an upcycled tartan skirt. It started out life as this lovely Viyella skirt that was a bit tight at the waist and a tad long on me! A bargain at £2.50
I removed the waistband, cut a large chunk off the skirt. From this I made a new wider waistband and attached it a bit lower on the skirt, making the waist size fit me, and reusing the existing zip. I neatened the hem edge, hemmed and then spent ages with a steam iron and a pressing cloth, re-pressing the pleats.
With plenty of left over fabric I made myself a shoulder bag, utilising the waistband from the skirt and the waistband from my tartan trousers for the shoulder strap. I wear these to uni. all the time but still failed to get a photo. Here they are modelled by my mannequin.
I get lots of compliments on this bag and now have a couple of commissions to make something similar.