Oh, what to do with old Coast Guard ODU pants with such an attractive backside as this:
Thanks to the inspiration from Noodle-head, I decided to try turning a pair into a messenger bag, with the cargo pocket on the flap. With the high position of the pocket, I needed to add in fabric from the back of an ODU blouse in order to get enough pocket-free fabric to construct the bag.
Here's what I came up with:
I tried using binding around the flap like the original idea, but the cotton quilting-weight fabric I was using for my lining just didn't play well with the heavier-weight nylon blend of the uniform. Now I understand why my blogger friend and seamstress-extraordinaire Maureen strongly urged me not to pair the uniform fabric alongside beautiful high-quality designer cottons for a quilt. That would have been disastrous. I also used a more basic messenger bag construction, with just the flap pieces plus a front and back (leaving out the separate gusset pieces). I then boxed the corners, with what ended up as a 2" gusset seam after several sizing tweaks. If you're not familiar with messenger bag construction, it's really pretty simple. Here's a great starting point, from mmmcrafts.
My final bag dimensions were 12" long by 10" across, not much larger than the pocket itself. I originally made it 3" wider and then took it apart and cut it down to better match the flap size.
My lining fabric is from Hello Pilgrim by Lizzie House.
I think the rank patches would be a fun addition if I were to use several of them in a row, so they don't scream, "This patch came from a Lieutenant." I'm not one who really likes to advertise rank, especially when it's not my own. I do kinda like the US Coast Guard tape across the flap pocket. But in the end, I decided to leave my bag plain. The color on the back of the strap is enough for me this time around.
And look at that. After saying in my last post how much I didn't need another bag, here I go claiming this one as my own. Sheesh. Well, I suppose it will come in handy since my Zakka Style Stem Messenger Bag was a bit overused this summer and is showing some wear at the seams.