Thursday, 29 May 2008

Mustard mummy

Back in March my sister had given me some of these mustard Amy Butler prints, because she knew that I loved them...but any sewing activity with them has been slow in coming as I couldn't decide quite what to make with them. Then I saw that Laurie had made a delicious version of the Sophia bag with hers and I suddenly felt much more inspired (although sadly not inspired to make a Sophia bag, as although I have the pattern, feedback seems to be that it is a little more 'involved' than my patience will cope with). So I made a summer version of the sling bag that I have made so many times before. I love this bag - I love that it only has one strap so it never falls off my shoulder, and I also love that it sits under my arm so perfectly that it becomes self-closing, dispensing with the need for fastenings.

As you may have spotted, Laurie's lovely creation wasn't the sole inspiration for making a bag from this fabric - acquiring a mustardy-coloured skirt had something to do with it too...I am wary though, for one doesn't like to be too matchy-matchy in one's accessories...do you think it is permissible to wear them together or should they be taken out on strict wardrobe rotation?

These pictures are courtesy of my lovely little zebra-girl who photographs me displaying my creations with such wonderful humour. Oh no, she will squeal looking onto the display, that one is so blurry, let me take another. I've cut your head off, she will warble delightedly before calling Dinosaur-boy over to look. I love that when I upload these photos most of them are of a blurred me bent double with laughter.

We are now half-way through our week off and it's going far too fast. We have been swimming, gone to craft-activity groups held at the library, have a sleepover planned for tonight, and yesterday visited our local ceramics studio with Grandmama. It was the first time that I've dared to take Dinosaur-boy along with us, as his attention span for painting and drawing has always been fleeting. But he surprised me by spending a whole hour daubing his rabbity egg-cup. He was so proud of his work that I can't wait to see it looking shiny and glazed with an egg sat in it. Zebra-girl painted a cupcake pot with smarties on top.

We arrived horribly late for our session though and although we were told that it didn't matter and that we should take our time, I rushed my coaster as I had no idea that Dinosaur-boy would sit happily for so long. I had taken along some Heather Bailey fabric for inspiration, but wish that I had spent longer marking out the pattern first as it lacks the clean lines that makes her print so pleasing...

I do love these colours together though, so I'm still excited to see what it looks like once it's been fired.

20 comments:

  1. love the bag! and the coaster, what a great idea to take the fabric along with you!!! can't wait to see the fired results!

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  2. your bag is lovely and so is your skirt. Zebra girl has done a fantastic job of photographing you. I think your ceramic will come out beautifully. Can't wait to see it.

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  3. MissM suggests that you could have double the mustard fun if you wear them on alternate days.

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  4. Bag and skirt are gorgeous! And they look good together.
    I also love those colours.

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  5. Your bag and skirt are fabulous! Personally, I like them together. And you are so skinny!!

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  6. I loooooove the mustard/grey combo and we are getting more and more fabric in this colour way in the shop. It looks wonderful on you and I reckon you can get away with them together. But how good must that bag look with jeans - yum. Now I want to go and make a bag for myself. BTW I think your daughter took great photos and your pottery will be stunning!

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  7. I love it all, you talented thing you!
    love Alison x

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  8. love it!! I just painted my living room a nice mustard, it is such a great color!

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  9. I think they look fab together. And I think I'm going to have to draft Mr 7 in for photography services, because his Dad is hopeless!!

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  10. Together for sure. You should wear them together.

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  11. GORGEOUS - wear them together, DEFINITELY!!!
    What a clever photographer the Zebra is! (ooh, look, there's another Katy just above me!...hello other katy!)

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  12. oooh lovely half term activities :) the bag and skirt look scrummy together! love Char xx

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  13. Oh wear them together Florence and just enjoy the combination. Love the coaster and wonder how it will alter with firing. love the alchemy of it all xx

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  14. your bag is gorgeous...as is your skirt + i love the 2 together...please wear them that way! i imagine that mustard really suits you with your colouring. sadly it would look so horrible on me but you've inspired me to make an accessory of some kind which i think i could get away with : )

    top marks to z girl for ace photos by the way! + fab ceramics too xxx

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  15. I would definitely wear them together! I love Heather Baileys stuff too though I am so tempted by Anna-maria Horner fabrics too- as I'm beginning to get sick of roses everywhere!

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  16. I'm the last one we consult in matters of fashion ... yet I do know what I like. I think they look nice together... but something about the two of them together feels like a little bit much. I like the idea of wearing the bag with the jeans. Double the mustard fun, as Alice said.
    What an amazing coaster! You are so talented. Very clever to bring an idea with you.

    Wendy

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  17. Oh yes ... and you look so SLIM! Give up your sewing job and go become a model. You have a beautiful face and you are skinny. The camera loves you. (And good job Zebra girl!)

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  18. The bag is great, I wish I still had the patience for patterns! Your ceramics are fab too, it is always sooo exciting waiting to get them back :)

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  19. That bag! That SKIRT! I LOVE THEM BOTH! :)
    Simply smashing.......i have to tell you that after you posted about that fun little backyard hut and "sally's Secret" book, I went online to Amazon.com and ordered us a book from the UK! SO FUN! I found one "used" in good condition for cheap! Thanks! My girlies LOVE that book.
    Laurie~

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