Saturday, June 27, 2009

A Handbag and a Hitch



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!

30 comments:

Peta @ Pippiwillow said...

Hey Tania,
Your bag looks most excellent. I'd take your 'winging it & winning'advice for sure & I love that this piece of you life has got a new role. Weldone you. Now, how will you disengage the vice like grip of the small person who wants it? Bribery??
Peta

CurlyPops said...

OMG that's the most beautiful bag dress I've ever seen. Even the blanket stitching is beautiful.
I'd be heading towards the sandpit kicking and screaming and dragging it back inside!

Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail said...

The bag turned out lovely - the handles look good! I think you're in for a game of swap.....

Jodie said...

It turned out brilliantly ...now wait till she is asleep and snaffle it back !

Tinniegirl said...

It looks fabulous.

Was so lovely to meet you yesterday. Thanks again for my beautiful cards. You have inspired me to write some correspondence to friends.

Look forward to seeing more of you in the Northern suburbs!!!

Nikki said...

Hooray! Your brilliant idea was indded a stoke of genius...and well-executed to boot.

'Twas lovely to meet you in person yesterday.

Gina said...

Tania, that's perfect. Your blanket-stitching is giving me palpitations. Did you do all of that by hand? Freak.

sophie said...

YAY for a super successful dress to bag refashion. It's exquisite and your stitches are perfect.

One Flew Over said...

That...is one FINE looking handbag. Keep it OUT of the snadpit! Your blanket stitch looks so perfect and neat.

Fran said...

That is gorgeous - one fantabulous four in the morning idea! And kudos to you for acting on it sooo quickly.

Bowlby said...

Beautiful! I love the handles.

Melanie said...

Thumbs up for winging it, that came out great Tania!
It was lovely to meet you yesterday, I had such a nice time, despite being quite frazzled and child-focused for the first hour or so :)

redmag said...

It's perfect....I'm sure others will want to steal it too!

m.e (Cathie) said...

wow!! who would've guessed the toddler with an eye for fashion.
fantastic Tania!

Anonymous said...

Hey Tarn,
Love your dress to bag creation! My little Charlotte and Tessa would also love such a creation!
Hmmm maybe potential for future creations..
Hope to catch up sooner than later!
Love your cousin (who is currently pretending she doesn't have a niggly tummy)
Jen xo

Nikki Cardigan said...

You're a bit clever... but I knew that anyway. The bag has turned out perfectly. I LOVE the blacket stitch.

--ginger. said...

Soooo glad you were able to commit. I think it will be just lovely for your soire-ing. High five on the remake. Very impressive blanket stitch (I'm like an elephant with a needle in my big round foot/paw/hand for that sort of see-it-right-there stitching.) Good work.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

A child with exquisite taste ..... of course ! Thrift/charity/op shops the world over are now being raided for baby dresses and the sales of wooden handles have rocketed overnight . But yours will be hard to beat !!

The Sice Family said...

You are hilarious! And I think the bag turned out perfectly. I'm sure there will be crying when you ask for it back. Ah well... By the way, I am having a 100th post giveaway over at my blog if you'd like to take a look! Wendy xx

Madeline said...

It made a lovely tiny dress, but oh is it stunning as a bag!!

PaisleyJade said...

That is such a beautiful bag!!!

BeckyEtal said...

This looks great and is such a wonderful and practical way to keep special baby memories with you that bit longer.

mrs smith said...

Sublime, absolutely sublime!
and True Dinks! I love the dress and the saying - it is one of my very favourites.

ingrid said...

Just gorgeous! Giant fairys are the best kind of stitchers.

Cath said...

It looks fabulous. You gotta love a bag with a story. And an out clause... lovely to meet you on Friday. See you round the traps (one of my olden day expressions experiencing a comeback).

Kylie said...

Just love it - you did a wonderful job! Good luck with getting it back though! ;) K

Anonymous said...

T
You never cease to amaze me.
W

craftschmaft said...

That is just gorgeous! Bring on the Soiree-ing I say.

Loz and Dinny said...

so so beautiful you crafty bird. Ownership? - you gave birth and thus pay back time - it's all yours, baby. Step aside wee girl, Mama's bag!

handmaiden said...

You have done a sensational job of transformation and the detailing of the blanket stitch is devine