Well the answer is.........bags!
I recently had a custom request for bags made from a customers dresses she did not want to wear any more but wanted to keep in some way.
We started with a jersey Karen Millen dress, that's the floral fabric with the purple butterfly. A ruched taffeta prom type dress. I had a hard time cutting that up because it was just gorgeous. Also a Ted Baker silk top with exquisite buttons.
The first bag was a weekender type bag which used the dresses for the main body, the decorative ring from the back of the prom dress and the buttons from Teds top. I used the silk from that top for the straps and lined it with a black poly cotton as I did not want to detract from the other fabrics.
The other bag was borne from the shape of the skirt on the prom dress. It was shaped with lovely tapering panels. I had some plum taffeta in my stash with complemented the purple butterfly on the weekender and to tie it all together I popped a removable corsage on with a button covered in the Karen Millen dress fabric.
I am so pleased with how they came out so like my sketches. My customer is delighted and now I am wondering how to transfer this as a service/item in my shop as its a delightful way to re-use favourite clothing and recycle.