So it all started out rather innocently, if you ask me.

This dress happened to fall into my lap.


And I have to tell you, the picture just does not do the dress justice…. But anyway, back to the story.

At the time, I was making clutches.  Not sure how I ended up being the clutch girl, OR even the purse/bag girl;, but here I am, now having made close to 2 dozen in the last few months….  lol

The clutches I’d been making were actually bigger than I personally would want to carry, so as I was looking through my closet for some really cool fabric, I spotted THE DRESS, pulled it out, snip snip and a few more snip snips … presto chango- it’s  a smaller clutch

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…… (which coincidentally, you can find for sale in our 4TxSisters Etsy shop (UPDATE- Etsy shop is now closed  11-2022)…

At about the same time as I am finishing up this small clutch, Sister Deb dropped by to pick up her Harley dog, the wiener dog, after they had been off doing their Thanksgiving holiday celebrating with her kids and grand kids, so I showed her this new clutch.

Deb says “Hey, that’s really cool.  Love the fabric.  You could make me one, smaller, of course… I just want it to hold my cell phone, a few credit cards and some business cards… oh .. and by the way, we’re coming to bring Harley back when we go on our cruise in 8-9 days, so I could pick it up then and take it on my cruise.  Would be GREAT advertising”.

Naturally I picked up on her not too subtle excuse for wanting this by time she set sail— as advertising?  Right!!!!   Ms Shy lady is going to go around showing off her bag to strangers, yeah, that’ll be the day.  smh smh – lol

So, here I am, I’ve got enough of the bottom of the dress to probably make another clutch, maybe even full size, but if I cut into it to make Deb a little cell phone bag, then, naturally, I won’t have enough of this fabric to do something BIGGER with.

Hmmmmm ……  what to do … what to do….   And of course, I have to do SOMETHING, because when one of my sisters says/asks/suggests “Make me something” – I definitely want to MAKE her SOMETHING because face it… we all sew and can make our own stuff…. so getting to make something for one of the other sisters is, well, to me at least, pretty darned special.

I’m sitting there contemplating, and look up at the dressmaker form and what do I see … ?

I see THAT!


And within THAT, in my head, I start seeing a few snip snips, a tuck here, a fold over there … yeah, maybe even flip it upside down.. YEAH! … I actually see a cell phone bag within those boobs.

Now, I do have to add at this point, that if there’s a prude in our family, it’s most definitely a competition between the two older sisters, Pat and Deb, but maybe if I don’t tell Deb her bag was made from the boob section of the dress, maybe this crazy idea will fly.

So, of course I twist it, turn it and eventually flip it upside down, snip snip, vrooomm vroooommm of the sewing machine and presto-chango  – Deb’s Boob bag comes to life.






I presented it to Deb when they came to drop off Harley, the wiener dog, on their way to Galveston for their Christmas cruise and much to my surprise, not only did Deb LOVE her boob bag, I think she was kind of excited to know what part of the dress it came from……    So off they went… The dress, The sister, The cruise and The boob bag….

…. and you might think at this point, they all lived happily ever after… but ..I have to tell you a couple of things.

I sort of expected that boob bag back because I wanted to list it on Etsy.  But NO… Deb actually intended to keep it – duh !!!!!  Which is cool too, I mean, I did make it for her, ya know.  lol

So, you might think we have come to the end of this story – but you, naturally, would be WRONG … It doesn’t end like that at all.

This last week Deb was here visiting with me, making me some butterflies on her emb machine… and of course, she’s carrying her boob bag with her… and somehow … that bag … fell into a small bowl of fabric dye – lol – ok truth be known, it was probably pushed or intentionally dropped.

So now …

it’s not white /silver anymore…



And of course, she’s got to show me all the skirts and tops it matches now … and oh, can she get something like that in red?  So, I show her two beautiful pieces of red fabric, to which she says “Yes”.  I ask “Which one?”

As she looks up so our eyes meet, she also drops that innocent puppy dog look on me and sort of shrugs her shoulders slightly… with a “BOTH?  Can I have – BOTH?”

I say “OK” and then wander off shaking my head wondering how one simple boob bag could turn into 3 … ok, could be close to 5 now because she’s looking at a different color fabric now too (besides the 2 red ones) and maybe one out of the black and white fabric I just dipped in dye —oh, and as she puts it ” I don’t really expect you to have them all done before I go home”…   smh smh smh …  I’m thinking I am surely a sucker for making stuff for my sisters …  lol

Peace Out
Live, Laugh, Always, with Love

PS:  I ended up making more of these small cellphone bags .  Some were sold, some ended up as gifts.





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A couple of these have, at least, hand dyed linings.  the purple one on the bottom shows hand dyed pocket, lace and bag strap….That fabric on the denim/purple came from a formal dress my mother made in 1970 for me to wear to a band banquet.  My gram originally brought it back from Korea years before.

Just fyi

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