Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Great Loz and Dinny Challenge



Who would have thunk it? That an innocent scrap of mustardy-yellow, furry trim-stuff could instil lie-awake-at-night blind terror? Scared out of my wits from the start but a sucker for this sort of thing, I signed my name on the dotted line for Gemma’s birthday Loz and Dinny Challenge.

I’ve decided to be pretty chuffed with myself. There was great relief with a sort of spur of the moment notion, a dash to the trusty Amitié and the same evening, I made a tote-thingy. No pattern, made-up-as-I-went, fully lined and of course I ran out of fabric. So don’t go looking for any pocket whatsit, although there is a gusset (awful-est word in the English language) and those bits of side trim are hiding a couple of seams for the extra fabric bits. I thought I was too clever by half, twirling that trim into flowers, until I saw a way lovelier take on the floral over here.



I know who I reckon should win (cos there’s even a prize, see). Super Pops is one lady up for a challenge. While I prance about with my sissy bag, she’s off saving the world with her bit of mustard trim, working for good and not evil, (discounting the fact that lately she’s been consistently causing me to fall off my chair laughing).



PS. Big HAPPY BIRTHDAYS to that sweet lady who so knows how to make the bloggy world sweat.

38 comments:

Sally said...

The sleep deprivation has been worth it - that is an awesome bag. The material is beautiful but the floral trim embellishments are truly inspired.
This is a super challenge - I am really enjoying seeing what you've all come up with.

sophie said...

SOOOO FAB!! Me loves muchly.

One Flew Over said...

With a bag like that...you should feel very chuffed. Love it!

Cass said...

I love it too, well done

Drewzel said...

Yay! It looks great!

Kylie said...

Oh wow! Your tote is just gorgeous and the trimming looks fabulous like it was created just for this purpose! So cool :) K

Mel said...

That bag is superb! And can I just say again how jealous I am of your proximity to Amitie ... that fabric is divine!

Oh and you should TOTALLY win :)

mrs smith said...

Great tote'n'fringe work there! I love the shape of the bag, the twirl of the fringe and, well, the cut of your gib really.

You have made fringe magic.

Loz and Dinny said...

Wow wee! This is a bit of a hot tote! My god - you've made the fringe look as if it just came appliqued! Are you trying to make the choosing of a winner difficult? - the stress of it is going to cause me irreversible kidney failure. On ya, Mrs!

willywagtail said...

Another brilliant project. Those flowers are fab. CherriPS And I definitely agree about Curly Pops. I saw her photos and didn't even know if it was worth posting mine. :((

Kirsty said...

Fabulous! I love your use of the trim.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

I love it ! Very stylish and the colours are gorgeous .
P.S. The nastiest word in the English language is MOIST .

m.e (Cathie) said...

absolutely FAB-O, what a gorgeous bag!
I'm sure there are worse words out there..you may get a list happening :)

Sandrine said...

It is so fun to see how the same unatractive piece of trim was made nto a beautiful/fun creation... and all so differents!Love your bag great job Tania!

Gina said...

Tania, that's gorgeous. I mean, utterly gorgeous. You have such a great eye for cool fabrics too... perfect. Love the flowers. Feeling envious that I did not think of making something cool for MYSELF like you.

Leonie Guld said...

Hey your bag looks brilliant, I am a huge...HUGE fan of echino.....and miss pops made me piss my pants!!!

CurlyPops said...

Oh wowee that bag is absoltely gorgeous! Who knew that you could actually buy fabric that complemented the vintage gold trim. Great style and shape and I love the applique!

Isis said...

brilliant, you've done a great job

x isis

beck said...

I've said it before and I bet I'll be saying it again..you are one snazzy lady!! Mustard is not ordinarily a favourite shade of mine but you make it look positively fantabulous. Is that you sashaying off to a fabulous event (such as down to the shops for milk?) in the last shot? Lookin good x

Stephanie and Carlos said...

How functional!! I do like the trim flowers... so many different things you can do with trim it's amazing!! Cam is hilarious... I think you should all win!! hehe

xo Steph

Elizabeth said...

Your bag is beautiful! You should totally win!!! I'm a knitter, but don't sew, and am continually amazed by the gorgeous things seamstresses can create - without a pattern, no less! Way to go!

Fer said...

Oh wow, that looks great! A definite prize contender there!

I just ran out of time with mine.... :(

Linda said...

oooh I LOVE your bag it is sooo gorgeous!!!

Nikki Cardigan said...

You have made some pretty average looking trim into something beautiful. You are very clever how you can see into the future, into what is possible.

Stephanie said...

I love your bag! The wonder woman costume is hilarious.

staci said...

Totally LOVIN' this bag!!!

edward and lilly said...

That's awesome, I'm so impressed by your use of the trim.

Becky said...

A great way to dress up a tote, functional and fantastic :)

christine said...

Wow what an absolutely gorgeous tote! The colours are looking fabulous together. I love the button detail in the little twirled flowers - I couldn't think past straight lines of trim.

tea with lucy said...

Who would have thought that a bit of mustard fringe could look so stylin' !!

Fran said...

Once again you've impressed and inspired me! Love, love, love that tote - which is just perfect with that trim.

Cindy said...

THe frabric, the trim and the pattern are all super cute! Perfect

gardenmama said...

*gorgeous*
love the color!

kellyi said...

Lovely bag.

DON'T VISIT MY BLOG. You will see a preview of the parcel we are posting tomorrow.

Seriously. I will know if you have been......

We had to check with Aussie customs on some items. It's all good though!

Christina Lowry said...

The fabric you chose, the placement of the trim, those button flowers (and your funky red hooks) are all perfect. :)

Karin said...

Cute bag. I love what you did with the trim. Very lovely!

Sonia said...

I just love this bag......you are so clever and i love how you bring out the best in fabric.x

Bellgirl said...

Wow, it's wonderful! There'll be a run on mustard yellow fringe because everyone will want to make one too ;)