Since I didn’t have the zipper I needed to make the dress I’ve been dreaming about, my weekend project end up being a few t-shirt dresses for O. The shirts were already in her closet and the fabric is a thrifted cotton/poly knit I’ve had for about a year now.
Obviously, modeling for a photo shoot or even letting me style her was not part of O’s plan for the day. I managed to sneak in a few shots while she played with the cat, hence the blue blur in her hand. I am hoping to get a few, styled shots of the second dress this afternoon.
What O did feel like, after playing with the cat, was having a snack while I made a salad for supper. What mama would complain about a kid who loves veggies?!
My Favorite Art Geek turns twelve next week and she is a bugger to shop for. There are only three things on her wish list and all are quite generic:
- art supplies
- anything red
- anything camo
Since this kid has more art supplies than I do (and that really is saying something), I decided to take a grab at #2 on her list and hopefully hit the other two in the process. My starting outline was just about a vague as her wish list: a red bag, large enough to carry a sketchbook and a few other necessities. So, I grabbed the measurements from a standard sketchbook and started pattern making. I ended up with a simple four piece pattern that wasn’t quite handbag and a bit more stylish than a tote, it was exactly what I wanted.
I’ve been the owner of a salvaged red, leather seat cover for several years now and I dug it out of the closet. The piece had always been tagged for my Art Geek, but up until now I hadn’t quite put my finger on the perfect project. I had to spend about 30 minutes cleaning the old leather and flattening out the worst of the creases. Then I was ready to sew.
My new machine handled the leather with ease and (not counting the times I was interrupted) the sewing was complete in another 45 minutes. The only hiccup came when I wanted to add the handle (previously my favorite belt-army green is close to camo) and realized that I should have done that as the first step instead of the last. I get ahead of myself some days.
For the finishing touches, O helped me apply an asymmetrical clasping system created from a vintage necklace I’ve been piecing out for years and a spring clip I salvaged from a defunct suitcase. The dangly charm is a string of beads from broken necklace. (Some days, my husbands theory about me being a hoarder doesn’t sound so far off. Who else has all of this laying around the house?)