Saturday, June 27, 2009
The fate of the treasured Parisian baby dress was sealed when the toddler appeared carrying the aforementioned by the straps and squealed: ‘Bag, Mama!’ True dinks.* I have mixed emotions over the kid inheriting my way of thinking.
Andrea had kindly left a comment jam-packed with excellent suggestions and I proceeded with some confidence. Apart from the removal of the straps, none of the dress was cut or altered. I blanket stitched with the touch of a (large) fairy. In order to maintain the scalloped top, I did something with iron-on interfacing at the very top edge of my lining and attached with further blanket stitchery. My no doubt dodgy, interfaced-top-edge-of-lining solution, was put under stringent, independant, Choice-style testing and when the edges emerged unfrayed, I declared it a ‘winging it’, winning way. (Oh, what evilry have I committed?)
I considered a bottom gusset thingy, but ‘gusset’ is such an unattractive word. Besides, I don’t mind my bags looking distinctly like a dress and it was never, ever supposed to function as a tote. This bag is for special outings and destined to contain dainty, ladylike items, once I have acquired dainty, ladylike items. Whenever I am out soirée-ing with bag in hand I shall wear heels or walk on tippy toes. There’s even the possibility that stitches can be undone, straps reattached and a future grandkid could yet gadd about in a bag.
Here’s the hitch. While clicking away with the camera, the toddler spotted an opportunity and delightedly made claim (reclaimed?) her bag/dress. Last seen, she was headed in great haste in the approximate direction of the sandpit. And so prompts the appalled and previously unconsidered questions: Who has the legal right? Who gets custody? Does anyone know a good lawyer?
* Two colloquial words that last touched my lips in 1986. For any bewildered international visitors, the meaning is along the lines of: ‘I’m not joking’, or ‘I tell no lie’, or ‘I did not put her up to it (as unbelievable as this may sound)’.
PS. My hearty thanks to Nikki of You Sew Girl for organising a splendiferous bloggy morning tea - it was lovely to put faces to names and indulge in whole cups of tea and a natter!