The Frozen craze is alive and well in this house. ;) My girls rarely request handmade anything from me, so when they begged and pleaded for Elsa costumes I knew it was priority #1.
Mia's dress (the older one) is from the Elsa pattern by McCalls. It was not fun, can I just admit that right now? After hours of tedious hand stitching the lining bodice portion I was W A Y over it...... I thought I'd be all profession-AL and whatever, but ummmm...not ever again. Far too complicated in construction for a six year old, in my opinion. For Ruby's dress I made a simple peasant dress and attached the "cape" at the neckline, then appliqued the sequin bit on the front chest so she felt sparkly too. In about an hour I was done with hers----soooooo much better.
They played in those dresses A L L day, which made my heart very happy. I will spare you more pictures as we have other topics to discuss.
Now for some sewing discussion. I bought this Barbados Bag pattern ages ago and it's been sitting on my desktop since then. The other day my purse from Fossil broke, so I thought I'd finally bust it out and try it. It is my FAVORITE purse pattern EVER! I am in love you guys......let me explain.
- It's not too big, not too small.
- Cross body strap that also detaches.
- Tons of pockets to hold my cell phone out of that hot mess of shiz that always ends up in my bag.
- Squishy and fat due to the fusible batting.
- Excellent construction instructions-precise, clear, not too wordy.
- Holds all my essentials with room to spare but again, isn't so big that I end up carrying everyone else's crap, as Moms do so often.
- Doesn't eat up a TON of yardage, and you can do all of it in one fabric or coordinate like the pattern tells you to.
* Did I share the story where a friend was waiting for me in a parking lot and I drove off, leaving her there in bewilderment? Yes, I did. I do. I had a chat with her in the shop, said "wait for me outside"---then I get to my car and drive off like a total ditz. I shake my head when I do things like this. It's my DNA! I blame you Mother!!! LOL :D
I labeled all my pieces before beginning, to keep it all straight, as there are quite a few different pieces if you make it like the pattern explains with coordinating fabrics. My personal bag is below, I love it!
This geometric fabric print is from Alexander Henry. I bought four yards of it at once and I'm nearly out--I love it that much. You can still get it here at Hawthorne Threads.
I love the added touch of the clamps and D rings, it makes it all so professional looking to me. If I can make this bag, so can you! If you rather just buy one, I have the black and white geometric one listed in my Etsy shop here.
* It does take some concentration, so don't attempt it if the kids are pulling at your skirts. Just sayin'.
It's well known I have a love for skulls, rather Dia de los Muertos skulls....
Sublime Stitching always comes through for me with the excellent templates and patterns. I love that site! I browse it late at night when my will power is weak and end up spending far too much money (but it makes me happy so that's okay right?)..... You know the saying-- "happy wife, happy life"..... hahaha!