If you want to transform an old uniform into a new bag start here!
I've made several bags out of uniform tops and pants. In the past I took the short-cut method and cut as close to the thick seams as I could to avoid having to use the seam ripper. What I found was that I had less options when it came to creating a pattern, and when I had to sew over the remaining seams they were so thick that it was sometimes difficult to make the new seam look nice (and my sewing machine hated it!).
What you will need:
1. Uniform Top
2. Seam-ripper or small scissors to cut threads.
Lay the top out flat and open it to the inside. You are going to seam-rip both of the side seams.
Start at the bottom of the uniform and cut both stitches with your seam-ripper.
Once you get enough of the thread loose that you can grab it with your fingers, give it a tug and it should unravel like a feed-sack. If it stops unraveling, use the seam ripper to gently brush back the under-threads and it should come loose and you can continue to pull the thread.
This seam goes all the way up the side, over the shoulder and down the other side. When you take both side seams out the sleeves and body of the top will be separated. The arm pit area is a little more work because the seam from the body and sleeves come together.
Removing the stitches in the hem on the bottom of the uniform takes longer because the stitches will not pull out nicely like the side-seams.
Next seam-rip the seam on the inside of each sleeve. Start with the armpit end of the sleeve. If you start at the cuff the thread will not easily pull out, you will have to rip each stitch.
I will be posting a tutorial about how I turned these uniform pieces into a bag, stay tuned!