If you’re planning on splurging on brand-name products like Burberry and Prada, don’t let dust bags get lost in the back of your closet. Getting creative, TikToker @shaleseatlanta aka Shalese has taken to repurposing luxury bags from Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci and more into DIY corsets so chic we may never throw away again never another bag. “A lot of the dust bags I’ve used are from parts I’ve had for a while and I just thought about reusing them,” Shalese told POPSUGAR. “I think the editing process takes a bit longer than creating the part.”
Shalese learned the basics of sewing in an after-school club in elementary school, but recently picked up the hobby to keep herself busy during the pandemic. Excited to let out her inner fashion designer, Shalese decided to turn a Louis Vuitton dustbag — aka those soft bags that often come with handbags, shoes, or other designer accessories — into a t-shirt. buttoned up, sparking a creative match that has since spawned three designer corsets. “It was a pretty big dust bag of a backpack and I actually used two dust bags to [the shirt]“, she says, adding that she took inspiration from designers like Alexander Wang and Miaou, keeping the lines simple and clean.
“I try to find ways to change it every time so it’s not the exact same parts.”
On Customizing Her DIY Corsets
Shalese created the corsets, which only take her a few hours, using a free downloadable pattern she found on YouTube and added her own customizations to each piece, including the square neckline on her Louis Vuitton corset, the pearl straps on the Chanel piece. , and the navy blue ties hidden behind her Gucci top. “I try to find ways to change it up every time so it’s not exactly the same pieces,” she says. “I’m learning along the way, so I want to try different things.”
On her future in fashion
For her followers, Shalese’s sewing videos are more than just a hobby, they’re a major source of style inspiration. “It was really cool to be liked by other people,” Shalese says, adding that fans often try to order parts from him. “Because I have a full-time job, I certainly don’t have time in the day to do a whole bunch of parts – I wish that,” she says. But if you’re looking to add a new corset to your wardrobe, Shalese recommends checking out some YouTube tutorials for a useful sewing technique to get you started — and yes, any tote bag or dust bag. will do.
While she doesn’t know what’s next for her in the fashion arena, Shalese’s plans to turn existing pieces into innovative wardrobe items won’t be stopped any time soon. “For my mother’s birthday, I gave her a pair of Bottega pumps and asked her to send me the dustbag,” she says. “If it’s big enough, I want to make shorts.” Fingers crossed for her to post the full tutorial! In the meantime, find out how to create your own custom corsets and buttonholes.