Friday, 11 May 2007

My first real bags, and a play dress

Here is the bag I've given both Mum and my mother in law for Mothers' Day:
I decided I'd do a trial first to be sure it would work, so Louisa choose this fabric and I think it looks great - very tropical. I now borrow 'her' bag to walk to the shop for the bread and milk instead of lugging my usual handbag. I'm hoping Mum and MIL will get the same kind of use out of theirs. I don't expect to replace Mum's everyday handbag that carries everything but the kitchen sink.

Below is my first creation from my Enid Gilchrist books. It's actually a little small for Elizabeth, even though the book said '1-2 years' and Lizzie's quite tiny for her age. I guess kids are getting bigger over the years. So next time I might add an inch to the front and back part of the pattern, and maybe a bit longer on the shoulder yokes too. Still, now I've slashed the back a bit and extended the button loop, it should be okay for playing around the house in - which I guess is what a 'play dress' is probably intended for anyway. I have to admit to loving this apple green colour, especially teamed with pink. It was everywhere a few years ago, but I guess it's popularity has waned a bit now. I still love it though!

8 comments:

Kim said...

That dress is lovely Suz. I love the colour too. I have to make something from my Enid mags but I'm not looking forward to having to enlarge the patterns!

Natalie said...

The dress is just adorable!!! I love the colour combination too, very cute. Great job on the bags too, I especially love the blue on, very chic!

Kylie said...

Oh well done on the dress - I have a few of the mags now and have really got to sit down and draft something from them! You did a great job at the bags as well - you have been a busy little sewist havent you!

Andrea said...

I love the colours of the dress too Suz, it looks like a perfect play dress.
Your bags look good too, perfect for ducking to the shops.

ingrid said...

Oh what a lovely dress! Those pockets are the perfect finishing touch. It's adorable!!

Cass said...

Suz great bag and I love the dress. The trim fabric has been used by many of us for different things too so it is good to see different uses.

Corrie said...

omg that dress is so cute! I was going to write about the bags but the dress is divine! which book was it from!
Corrie:)

Tracy said...

Very cute dress. :)