Whilst in Scotland I gave my sisters their gifts. It was decided (now there's a story!) that we weren't doing Christmas gifts for each other this year, so the gifts were given and opened. A bit of background... as you know, my mum passed away in June this year. A couple of years ago (I think she knew she was poorly then) she handed me something and asked me to take it to a charity shop or throw it out as she didn't need it any more. It was her wedding dress. I asked if I could have it instead.
|January 1967, Paisley (thanks dad)|
After she died, I asked my dad and sisters if they would be OK with me using the dress for sewing fabric. They said yes and my plans for gifts took off. First off, gift bags for the main pressie...
The main gifts were to be baguette purses a la Lisa u-handbag using Echino Decoro fabric and some Tula Pink Hushabye for the lining. After the difficulties with the gift bags, my worry that I would run out of fabric and the thought that it may get too dirty with use, I decided not to use the silk for the whole lining, but just for the side pieces. I already had the pattern so I got to work cutting everything out and sewing it all up, then glued the first one into its frame. It wasn't quite right....
No amount of shoving and pushing and swearing could get that edge of the fabric into the purse frame. so I tried a second and a third and still the same problem. #epicfail! I wrote to Lisa and got a new copy of the pattern but got a case of the wobbles. Einstein said that the definition of madness is to keep doing the same thing and expect a different outcome and this was rattling my brain. So I bought some more big ball frames, read up on how to draft your own purse pattern (thanks Emily, Rebecca and Lisa) and jumped in with both feet! No side panels on my pattern (steady on!) so silk pockets were added....
|success at last!|
I was so relieved AND in a fit of madness, I ripped one of the baguette purses out of its big ball frame and tried it in a "normal" frame AND IT FIT!!!
I think my sisters were happy with their bags in bags, which made me happy.
Wishing you all every happiness this Christmas