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Recycling Hawaiian Shirts
Haole'akamai
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From: The Polynesian Port of NOLA
Posted: 2009-04-18 10:03 am   Permalink

I made this messenger bag from a Hawaiian shirt! I love the fabric - it's so whimsical, but I couldn't imagine anyone wearing it as a shirt. It make a perfect purse/bag, though, I think.

I kept many of the shirt's features, like the the buttoned front seam (which runs down the middle, front to back, of the bag), pocket and the flap is a complete sleeve piece (hence the round edge, which was originally the armscye seam. It has a patch pocket section, for wallet, phone, keys, pens, lipstick, etc. It also has a more secure internal pocket on the other side, as well.





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Queen Kamehameha
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From: So Cal
Posted: 2009-04-18 10:57 am   Permalink

What a great idea! something new


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Haole'akamai
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From: The Polynesian Port of NOLA
Posted: 2009-04-19 08:02 am   Permalink

Mahalo! It's great fabric, and I really just couldn't see anyone seriously wearing it as a shirt. It was screaming to be made into something else. And I love making handbags, as weird as that seems...
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Heath
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From: Suburban San Diego (The Drawer)
Posted: 2009-04-19 09:36 am   Permalink

I most definitely would have worn that shirt!
But since it was yours and not mine...

From now on, call me first!
Anyway, I think you did a fantastic job on it.
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princessP
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From: alameda, ca
Posted: 2009-04-19 09:38 am   Permalink



That is really nice !

If you have the time. I have an old dress or two I don't want or like. I would love one.

I think I see a new green business here!


 
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Pikeys Dog
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From: England
Posted: 2009-04-19 09:43 am   Permalink

Who WOULDN'T wear that shirt?


It's a crying shame that such a cool shirt is lost....


 
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sungod
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Posted: 2009-04-19 10:33 am   Permalink

I have that shirt!!!!

 
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NOTCH
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From: San Jose.Ca
Posted: 2009-04-19 10:35 am   Permalink

Thats A Super Cool Idea!

I need one for my sugar baby for her Birthday
And I know for a fact that she would love it.. Awesome

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Haole'akamai
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From: The Polynesian Port of NOLA
Posted: 2009-04-19 10:52 am   Permalink

Oh dear...

Didn't mean to offend. Hella serves me right for passing judgement. My bad.

How about, instead, I say:

"I LOVED this fabric so much, but the shirt wasn't my size, so I changed it into something I would wear more often!" ?



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On 2009-04-19 09:36, Heath wrote:
I most definitely would have worn that shirt!
But since it was yours and not mine...

From now on, call me first!
Anyway, I think you did a fantastic job on it.



Quote:

On 2009-04-19 09:43, Pikeys Dog wrote:
Who WOULDN'T wear that shirt?


It's a crying shame that such a cool shirt is lost....


Quote:

On 2009-04-19 10:33, sungod wrote:
I have that shirt!!!!


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dangergirl299
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From: Bay Area
Posted: 2009-04-20 10:04 am   Permalink

What a neat idea - when I find a vintage Hawaiian shirt that is too small, I sew up the arms, neck and stomach and make use it as a pillow case for throw pillows - it unbottoms easily for cleaning, and you don't need a lot of seamstressing expertise (believe me!)

 
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Kiki von Tiki
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From: Irvine, CA
Posted: 2009-04-20 10:43 am   Permalink

Haole'akamai, I love your purse! I think it's a great idea to re-use fabric that you're not using otherwise, good use of the front pocket too, very cute! I wandered over to your website - girl, we should talk! I have a serious vintage affliction. haha! Left you a msg over there. Nice to see another vintage sewist here on TC!

 
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Monkeyman
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From: Vista, CA
Posted: 2009-04-20 10:49 am   Permalink

Ive used vintage shirts to make lamp shades as well. With reasonably good results.

Some of the older hostess gowns with the mini-train in the back can yield 2-3 yards of fabric and with that quantity you can really create some cool stuff.



 
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Louiethefish
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Joined: Jul 26, 2008
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From: Hawaii
Posted: 2009-04-20 11:38 am   Permalink

Nice work Haole'akamai! Way back in the 60's, I remember when I lived in Hilo with my bestest buddy and phenominal collector, Dick Crawford, who still, to this day, sits in his little store, called Mid-Pacific store, in Hilo (808 935 3822), selling all sorts of Hawaiiana, shirts, dresses, and that shop is a trip, just crammed full of interesting old stuff.
Dick was great at finding really valuable old stuff, and he met a Mr. Kichi, over 90 years old, whos job back in the 30's, was to go around to Hawaiian homes selling fabric and other stuff, by horseback and wagon! Mr Kichi had a warehouse full of old stuff, and we all got to be the first to see it in over 20 years. He had piles of fabric remnants of the really valuable 1936 rayon Hawaiian prints, now in collectable catalogs. Dick and friends bought it all! I made vests, shirts , etc out of the stuff I got. I made stuff with combinations of fabric prints, but like an idiot, I wore them all out! I'm sure Dick still has the good stuff tho, and I recently got a classic shirt in his shop. If you ever get to Hilo, check it out!
I was into making my own hippy clothes back then, and even tracked down all the original brocades and fabrics worn by the Beatles back then, the Neru look, and made copies of all that, and wore it all over, adding to my already mega-hippy persona!
Later,
Louie the Fish!
www.louiethefish.com

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Haole'akamai
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From: The Polynesian Port of NOLA
Posted: 2009-09-08 12:13 pm   Permalink

So, the next iteration in refashioning this fabulous Hawaiian started with trimming down the width of the messenger bag.



And just like the Inuit, I wanted to use every part of the lovely creature that once was a Hawaiian shirt, so I created two other purses from what remained. The bag at the bottom is made from the sleeves. The opening takes it shape from the natural curve (armscye) of the pattern pieces.



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leleliz
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From: NorCal
Posted: 2009-09-08 12:20 pm   Permalink

These came out so well!

Great use of a great print.

Did you use a pattern or just sew from scratch?

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