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.