Thursday, June 25, 2009

A Blindingly Brilliant, Four O’Clock in the Morning Idea



Maybe. Generally I treat Blindingly Brilliant, Four O’Clock in the Morning Ideas with high suspicion. Four in the morning is a time for dreaming whimsically of a blurred and innocent youth spent frolicking in bright white,* through overgrown wheat fields, with a floral wreath-thing perched upon long, breezing-in-the-breeze, down-to-the-knees, tresses.** Four in the morning is not for staring into the dark, brainstorming refashioning notions.

During a recent sort-through of anklebiter hand-me-downs, this exquisite, all the way from Paris, size six month baby dress, was one of three items placed to one side. I planned to wrap in tissue, attach a death threat in moth language and haul out a few eons hence for the sentimental dressing of frolicking grandbabes, (refer pic on the left). Unless I make a handbag, (refer pic on the right).



The issue is, I haven’t the foggiest how to sew (much). I haven’t any inkling of most of the rules, but manage to bend them anyway. I do know that a lining is the order of the day, even though I do so like the see-through holey bits. I know it’ll be fiddly, but I’m happy to go evenly and patiently by hand. I’m also thinking just-right wooden handles might be the bees knees. So stop me now, you sewers in the know. You may just be able to spare some poor future grandkid an unfortunate experience, gadding about in a wooden strappy number.

* I have only ever known off-white
** I have only ever owned curly hair. Curly hair in my family never grows longer, just springier.

20 comments:

Tinniegirl said...

I know nothing but I love the idea of it.

Madeline said...

I've only sewn a few handbags, so I'm not the girl to answer your questions. But, I think it would be a brilliant bag! Go for it.

redmag said...

I too have no idea on the sewing front but just wanted to chime in with a "That is the best 4am idea ever!!" and good luck

One Flew Over said...

That is going to be one gorgeous bag, especially with wooden handles...hmm I can picture it already!

Gina said...

Do it, do it, do it! Bit of iron-on interfacing, a lovely patterned lining, wooden handles, eat your heart out Prada (or is that a car? Whoever it is that makes bags, frankly I have no idea!).
As for sewing rules, pah!

CurlyPops said...

The blindingly brilliant four oclock in the morning ideas are always the best!
I say "go ahead and wing it" - it'll look fab.

Jo (sparkly green knickers) said...

What a gorgeous dress! It'll make such a sweet little bag (even sweeter knowing one of your little ones once wore it!).

beck said...

I'm have a bit of a history of winging it myself. Sometimes successfully, sometimes not. You have reminded me that I really want to do a sewing class to get some actual practical KNOWLEDGE. good luck with your dear little bag, hope a helpful crafty blogger comes you way x

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Make a practice bag first ? Wooden handles sound just right with that broderie anglaise .......very Brigitte Bardot ( then , not now ) , summer on the Riviera look .

elly bee said...

a bag of course and not the dress, you do know what to do with sentimental hand me downs ;-)
and handles of bamboo...
eb

Andrea said...

thanks for popping by my place, now i'm visiting you and what do i see? you are in dire need of some good ol sewing advice. so this is how i would do it

* round wooden handles
* line with felt or wool (or some fabric that is identical from both sides) so you don't have the wrong side of the fabric peering through the holes

1. trace the outlines for a pattern. sew bottom edge of dress from wrong side. flip.
2. using your pattern cut out 2 pieces of lining. sew sides and bottom right-sides together. flip to right side. you've got two bags now.
3. put the lining bag into the dress-bag
4. place your handles in the armpits between the two layers and sew the top edge using a blanket-stitch or similiar...
5. now sew (straight stitch) a tunnel for the handles
6. sew the top edges together - again using blanket-stitch.

done!

it's not the most elegant way but it's a way...

keep us all updated on your progress!
good luck!
xoxo andrea

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Most inspired Tania!! Looks like you have already gotten some great tips on how to go about it. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Sandrine said...

Can't wait to see the result now;)

Christie said...

Put down the scissors & leave the dress alone!!

Isn't it too cute to cut up?

Kylie said...

Well, I was all ready to leave a comment about how I would go about it, Tania (I'm with the bag vote), but now all I can say is Go Andrea! How is that for advice?! Keep her on side, babe!
It will look absolutely exquisite and I can't wait to see it all done. Thanks for your fab comments on my blog too - I'll be looking forward to your visits now :) K

Loz and Dinny said...

Oh you are good at 4am .. real good. Inspired, my friend, inspired. I only think about bills and how I should reboot a fitness campaign at 4am ... will have to start chanelling the goddess of craft instead. Go for it!

Cass said...

I was going to come in and add my vote for the bag and offer some suggestions but Andrea has got it all covered. Go for it

thea said...

ooo yes. wooden ones, a medium colour...

thea.
xx


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Cathy said...

Hi Tania, so lovely to meet you yesterday! Can't wait to get stuck into your blog and have a laugh and check you out - might even stalk you a bit.

sophie said...

Wow, unbelievably beautiful, and as a bag? Just pure genius!! I am agreeing with your other commentors, some wooden handles would look brilliant.