SewMuchStyle

Messenger bags, Purses, Kids Accessories, Backpacks

Kewaunee, Wisconsin · 4389 Sales

SewMuchStyle

Messenger bags, Purses, Kids Accessories, Backpacks

Kewaunee, Wisconsin 4389 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(1401)

Announcement   Men's messenger bags, Women's messenger bags, Purses, Kids accessories, Backpacks, Upcycled/ recycled suit coat bags.

WHOLESALE PRICING AVAILABLE TO RETAIL BUYERS, PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR PRICING.

Repurposing materials runs in my family, and creating fashionable, functional and meaningful bags and purses has provided me with an exceptional outlet for my creativity and a great small business.
My grandmother lived through the Great Depression. She believed that you wasted nothing. She told me stories about collecting tin foil and rolling them into big balls to be recycled much like we do with tin cans today. My grandma sewed out of need when she had young children. She would make clothing for her kids and trim them with the recycled lace she removed from her worn out dresses. I remember they would be rolled in balls that she saved in her sewing basket. Buttons were removed from all clothing before it was recycled into rags and stored in big Mason jars. I still have one of her jars of recycled buttons.
My mother sewed more for fun than necessity, and mostly to use her creativity and to make unique items. I loved the things she created for me that no one else had, like bell-bottoms made out of leftover paisley upholstery fabric. No one knew that I matched the chair in the living room! They thought I was cool and so in style, and I was happy to let them think it.
When I grew up and had daughters, I would sew all their holiday dresses. I would spend hours walking around the fabric stores looking for the perfect fabric and pattern. The pattern was always changed to make my daughters’ dresses unique. When they got older, my daughters would watch red carpet events before award shows and pick out a movie star’s dress that we would copy for a one-of-a-kind high school prom dress. They were so proud to know that no one else at the dance would have a dress like theirs.
This creative life is what inspired me to start my Etsy shop, Sew Much Style, creating bags and purses out of recycled materials. I had spent my life making unique items and I knew I couldn't just take a pattern and fabric and make the same thing over and over again.
I love all the colors and different textures to be found in wools. The challenge of hunting for suit coats, skirts and other clothing at thrift stores for my fabric collection, bringing it home to deconstruct it and recreate it into whatever I see as its’ new life is a process that can keep me up at night. Sometimes I can use the fabrics right away because they fit into my current designs, some need to be put aside until their design becomes evident. All will eventually find a new purpose in my shop.
When I find the mix of fabrics with which I want to work, I determine the style and size I want my finished purse to be. I cut out an interfacing sized for the finished purse, and the fabrics are arranged in the design I desire and then sewn in place. I want my bags to have a sophisticated look that preserves the main part of the suit coat--the pocket, collar and sleeve. I want people to have to take a second look to realize the bag is made from recycled materials. I add accessories like buttons, pockets, and adjustable straps to make the bag functional and fashionable.
Some of my proudest creations have been for a family member who sends me clothing from a deceased loved one that I make into a memory bag. Recently, a daughter sent me clothing from her father that had passed away and I made a purse that she gave to her mother on the one-year anniversary of his passing. I received a phone call from her mother on the day she opened it. She was crying but said they were happy tears--she recognized the wool and label from inside her late husband’s coat. She said now she could carry a part of her husband with her wherever she went. How can you not love doing something like that?
I feel very lucky to have developed my hobby, about which I am very passionate, into a business that can provide a livelihood. Anecdotes like the one above just prove that I am on the right path. Creating something from discarded items can provide functionality, meaning and joy.

Ready to Ship messenger bags,
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SewMuchStyle?section_id=15823915&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1

Ready to Ship Purses,
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SewMuchStyle?section_id=16454588&ref=shopsection_leftnav_8

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Announcement

Last updated on May 10, 2017

Men's messenger bags, Women's messenger bags, Purses, Kids accessories, Backpacks, Upcycled/ recycled suit coat bags.

WHOLESALE PRICING AVAILABLE TO RETAIL BUYERS, PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR PRICING.

Repurposing materials runs in my family, and creating fashionable, functional and meaningful bags and purses has provided me with an exceptional outlet for my creativity and a great small business.
My grandmother lived through the Great Depression. She believed that you wasted nothing. She told me stories about collecting tin foil and rolling them into big balls to be recycled much like we do with tin cans today. My grandma sewed out of need when she had young children. She would make clothing for her kids and trim them with the recycled lace she removed from her worn out dresses. I remember they would be rolled in balls that she saved in her sewing basket. Buttons were removed from all clothing before it was recycled into rags and stored in big Mason jars. I still have one of her jars of recycled buttons.
My mother sewed more for fun than necessity, and mostly to use her creativity and to make unique items. I loved the things she created for me that no one else had, like bell-bottoms made out of leftover paisley upholstery fabric. No one knew that I matched the chair in the living room! They thought I was cool and so in style, and I was happy to let them think it.
When I grew up and had daughters, I would sew all their holiday dresses. I would spend hours walking around the fabric stores looking for the perfect fabric and pattern. The pattern was always changed to make my daughters’ dresses unique. When they got older, my daughters would watch red carpet events before award shows and pick out a movie star’s dress that we would copy for a one-of-a-kind high school prom dress. They were so proud to know that no one else at the dance would have a dress like theirs.
This creative life is what inspired me to start my Etsy shop, Sew Much Style, creating bags and purses out of recycled materials. I had spent my life making unique items and I knew I couldn't just take a pattern and fabric and make the same thing over and over again.
I love all the colors and different textures to be found in wools. The challenge of hunting for suit coats, skirts and other clothing at thrift stores for my fabric collection, bringing it home to deconstruct it and recreate it into whatever I see as its’ new life is a process that can keep me up at night. Sometimes I can use the fabrics right away because they fit into my current designs, some need to be put aside until their design becomes evident. All will eventually find a new purpose in my shop.
When I find the mix of fabrics with which I want to work, I determine the style and size I want my finished purse to be. I cut out an interfacing sized for the finished purse, and the fabrics are arranged in the design I desire and then sewn in place. I want my bags to have a sophisticated look that preserves the main part of the suit coat--the pocket, collar and sleeve. I want people to have to take a second look to realize the bag is made from recycled materials. I add accessories like buttons, pockets, and adjustable straps to make the bag functional and fashionable.
Some of my proudest creations have been for a family member who sends me clothing from a deceased loved one that I make into a memory bag. Recently, a daughter sent me clothing from her father that had passed away and I made a purse that she gave to her mother on the one-year anniversary of his passing. I received a phone call from her mother on the day she opened it. She was crying but said they were happy tears--she recognized the wool and label from inside her late husband’s coat. She said now she could carry a part of her husband with her wherever she went. How can you not love doing something like that?
I feel very lucky to have developed my hobby, about which I am very passionate, into a business that can provide a livelihood. Anecdotes like the one above just prove that I am on the right path. Creating something from discarded items can provide functionality, meaning and joy.

Ready to Ship messenger bags,
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SewMuchStyle?section_id=15823915&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1

Ready to Ship Purses,
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SewMuchStyle?section_id=16454588&ref=shopsection_leftnav_8

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Terry Lischka

Contact shop owner

Terry Lischka

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(1401)
Rob Cohen

Rob Cohen on Aug 12, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

What a great briefcase and a pleasure to work with. I wanted to have some custom features and nothing was a problem. Looking forward to many years of using this!

passingremark

passingremark on Aug 3, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This bag is a beauty! I waited a week or so to make sure it was going to be sturdy enough. I haul an iPad Pro 12.9" everywhere and this bag is doing the lugging. So far, it's rock solid and sturdy! Will be back with an update in a month... trust me that I am putting it through its paces as my every day carry bag.

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About

My Repurposed life

Since I started my Etsy shop, it’s quickly grown into a thriving business and creative outlet. Until 2009, mine was a typical middle-class American life. Government job, married 30+ years, two daughters, a house in my hometown. Etsy came along at the perfect time in my life. My kids were grown, my job was stagnant, and I desperately needed a creative outlet. In February 2013 I took the leap and "quit my day job." I now invest all of my time growing my business and creating all the product ideas I hadn’t yet had time to develop. My business isn’t just about re-purposing inanimate objects; it’s also about re-purposing my life.

I began looking at items at which others would never take a second look and imagining them as something totally new and different. I’ve always had the ability to look at an object and deconstruct it in my head, and so many, many ideas were stuck in there just waiting to get out. My business now focuses on repurposing suitcoats, pants, skirts, and other discarded items into new, fashionable messenger bags, Tablet/e-Reader sleeves, purses and other accessories.

Creating something new out of discarded materials gives my items new life.The moment when someone realizes that the bag or purse they are admiring is made from something that once had another life is my favorite part of the creative process.

My goal as I grow my business is to pass on my sewing and manufacturing skills to other people in my community. Sewing is a skill I was taught as a young girl at a time when people sewed out of financial need. My Grandmother and Mother sewed most of our family's clothing. I was so proud to have original outfits that were one-of-a-kind. We took simple patterns and created our own designs, picked unique fabrics and trims to make them so special. I had hip hugger bell bottom pants made from paisely upholstery fabric-- COOL! I continued the tradition with my daughters but as they grew the desire for unique and original clothing faded away. Everyone wanted to have the same look and wear the "in" brand name on their clothing. I never lost my desire to sew one-of-a-kind items that make someone feel original in a world of brand name clothing. However, I have to admit I would not mind if my label, "Finnigan," becomes the "in" brand name you want!

Shop members

  • Terry Lischka

    Owner

  • Tom Lischka

    Shipper

  • Nancy Smith

    Sewing Assistant

  • Fran Brezinski

    Sewing Assistant

Production partners

  • Emily Reifinger

    Fort Collins, CO

    Emily is a contract sewer.

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