This next project started off as an idea that turned into a different idea. In the end, I wasn't really sure that this was what I had wanted to happen, but I ended up going with it. Lookie:
Ingredients: Twitterpated Fabric, Interfacing, thread, Dresden Designs Bigz die, Red Riding Hood 3/8” Pleated Satin ribbon, Pear Pizazz 3/8” Pleated Satin ribbon, Fleurettes, Island Indigo 3/8” Ruffled ribbon, Twitterpated buttons, Red Riding Hood 3/8” taffeta ribbon, Regals buttons, Island Indigo baker’s twine, Pear Pizazz baker’s twine.
GOJUS! (YILM!) What is it, you ask? It's a purse. Shaped like a dress. Something that a young girl, maybe one that is into ballet, might carry to a fancy party. Or a woman who likes unusual evening bags.
The "vine" goes all the way around to the other side. Everything is exquisitely sewn in tiny stitches that are invisible. The lining and the top of the purse are blind hemmed into place. The ribbon roses are done by hand and sewn into place. I used to sew my own clothes and at one point had ambitions to be a costume designer. I switched my theatre major to a theatre minor,though, after I decided it just wasn't for me. But I still know how to sew.
My original idea was for an evening bag that was kind of shabby chic/20's bijou style. It didn't come out that way, mostly because the "petals" from the dresden plate die just would not bunch together and hang the way I wanted them to. I tore it apart more than once and finally just decided that it wanted to be shaped like a dress, so it might as well look like one. Then I got creative. I love the pleated satin ribbon, it adds just the right touch.
Stay tuned for more projects from the Parade of UnAward Winning Projects! Ta!