I totally love the retro style in the Pan Am TV series. After pain stacking search in the internet, I finally found a fair price vintage American Tourister round luggage bag.
Unfortunately, the material of the inner linings was totally disintegrated. There was also a slight odor and stains that were hard to ignore. Hence, the decision to replace the inner linings.
I have searched in vain for similar material. I was ready to settle with Merino wool. Again, it’s hard to find them in retail shops. I even have the crazy idea to sew the patterns myself. I was surfing amazon for sewing materials and I stumbled upon an awl stitcher. That’s when the idea of using leather came about.
Back to the streets that my husband discovered, we found a retail shop brimming with people buying leather. That’s “rebirth” moment. Now, I can really start tearing the original linings apart. I have to really thank my husband here for helping out. The case was glued to a spongy material that had turned into powder. He sandpapered it cleaned so that I can apply the first lining.