Saturday, April 9, 2011

Me ..... A Grouch?

The weather is finally warm. I spent the entire day in my side yard yesterday ridding the strawberry patch of dandelions, then I edged part of the flower bed along side my house, then mowed. All this despite the fact that I still had not managed to get the purses for the wedding done. I find good hard yard work to be mind freeing. I was still a little wound up this morning as I got up at the butt crack of dawn to raise the yeast dough for the cinnamon buns. But I had given much thought to the process of making the purses and was ready to give my new plan a go................ First, I needed to gather together all the items for my three youngest granddaughters. They love to play dress up. They like lots of bling, so I found it hard to resist this tulle with the sparkles. They can wear them over leotards when they go to dance class.
It was Jada on my mind when I got the fabric. She has a unique sense of style and I can imagine that she will be putting the longer one atop lots of skirts ............... no matter the colors.



Sister dresses. All different, but the same. Easter? They could gather eggs in the little purses. Well, not too many eggs.


More sister dresses. Maya picked out this pattern. I was lucky that all their sizes were included in the same envelope. Given the price of patterns, they should be! They won't be able to wear these until it gets a lot warmer, but I like to see them when I give them to them. A lot more fun than just sending a package.


I made a lot more that will be going with me. Jada and Zara will have birthdays in May, but they can have an early gift event with me.

I am not thrilled with the purses. I had wanted to pleat them and make them more tailored. My problem was the glue. It was supposed to just peel off the fabric and the frame. It came off the frame, but the fabric was a different story. It looked like they had a milkshake spilled on them. And as if that wasn't bad enough, the middle part wanted to creep out of the channel in the frame. No matter how sticky I let the glue get, it still did not want to grab it and hold on. I only have three of the five done, but all I have to do is glue the last two and my new method is working.


The new method involves bamboo skewers and a hammer! I had to rethink the entire design and make a small casing at the top in which to insert the bamboo skewer cut to size with a serrated knife. The skewer gave the middle enough stability to stay in the channel and I used my little tack hammer to gently pound it in.



Everyone here in the park can attest to my change of mood when I got the first purse done! I was even called a grouch yesterday!

8 comments:

Brian Miller said...

nice...love the little ballet outfits...oh course with my wife being a ballerina...the dresses are really cool too...

luksky said...

Your sewing is beautiful. Everytime you post something it makes me want to go out and buy a sewing machine..lol

ellen abbott said...

look at all that wonderful sewing. your g'girls are so lucky. my youngest was wearing the top she and I made last summer when I saw her yesterday.

Mamma has spoken said...

I'm with you in that it's too hard to be inside when it's a nice day outside. All your crafts are wonderful!

Rae said...

You have such amazing sewing talent. The dresses are lovely and your precious grandgirls are going to look really adorable in them.

Pat said...

Woman - You NEVER cease to amaze me with your talents! You are in the WRONG profession!

Susan B said...

My mother was a home ec teacher at the local technical college. She taught sewing and cooking in the 50's and 60's. Our family consisted of 4 girls and we had matching everything (I think they also served as samples for her sewing class). I was daughter #3 and usually ended up with the most hand me downs....by the time they got to the youngest, they were too beat up and faded for the youngest to wear. Love your clothing and I hope the girls love it too!

labbie1 said...

Of course I LOVE the pink sister dress. Lots of the fabric is just wonderful!!!! Whoever picks it out must have a WONDERFUL eye! LOL

Yes, Mrs Grumpy did become Mrs Maniacally happy when she figured out how to get the purses done!!!! Of course, it was the new glue...and her creative use of bamboo skewers...

Nice job...(I still would have just made the envelope purses and been done with it, but that is just me...