Monday, 23 July 2012

Step-by-step to a new purse

It has been a long time between drinks stitches for me. However, I did start a new project just recently. My 16-year-old daughter has been pestering strongly encouraging me to make her a Brigitte Giblin Little Hexagon Purse


Being 16, she is a little fashion conscious (!) and very pedantic about colour matching. She was very strategic about what fabrics I was to use for her purse:

Step 1: Go to wardrobe (or take a cursory glance about the piles of clothes scattered across floor), and note which colours dominate. Pull each of those colours from Mum's stash of solid fabrics - lots of neutrals, with splashes of watermelon, orange and teal.


Step 2: Take solid fabrics to Mum's (mind-numbingly extensive) stash, and proceed to pull out every fabric that even closely resembles the afore-chosen neutrals, oranges, teals etc.

Step 3: Decree to mother that tower of fabrics chosen "are the ones I want for my purse - these ones Mum, no sneaking in any of yours".


Step 4: Issue further instructions: "... and remember not too much pink, plenty of grey and black so it will go with all my clothes, Mum".

Step 5: Retreat to bedroom expecting that purse will be completed by dinner time.


Step 6: Take reality check on estimated time of completion of purse considering Mum is still cutting pesky little 1/2 inch hexagons from fabric tower two weeks later!

15 comments:

  1. That is going to be one cool purse - worth the wait. :D

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  2. Don't you just love it when a teen still wants you to make things for her?!!! It's hard to say no. The purse is going to be so cute not to mention one-of-a-kind which is important to a teen.

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  3. It's going to look beautiful! I haven't started on Ayden's 18 birthday quilt yet.. it may be a graduation gift in 5 years time

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  4. The bag will look lovely...it will be worth the wait for her!

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  5. Had to laugh about the 'expect it done by dinner time'. The number of times I hear that exact comment! I have to explain that the sewing room is not a sweatshop!

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  6. Love the colours, it will be gorgeous just like all your projects!!!

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  7. good on ya mum! it will be lovely when finished...

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  8. An entertaining post...my 17 year old has a Floor-drobe too!!

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  9. I hope she is doing the dishes for you while you cut fabric! LOL you are a sweet mom to do that for her. :)

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  10. Oh that is beautiful - teens can get quite bossy cant they?

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  11. Having teenagers i did have to laugh at your account of proceedings! It is nice though when they still want us to do something for them, although my 15yo's last request was a bag for his juggling balls; that he DID have by dinnertime LOL!

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  12. I love your post, very funny. Typical teenager! Love your hexagons too, I think your choice of colours and patterns is great, but then I'm just a mum too, so best check in with the style queens :)

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  13. Nice to see your daughter loves that her Mum sews but maybe she is hoping she would sew a bit faster :) Love the colours :)

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  14. Hi,
    I'd love to see a picture of how this purse turned out, it looks gorgeous. Hope all is going well for you.
    Mandy Hawkins
    tarranmay@optusnet.com.au

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  15. What a fabulous project! Make sure to keep track of your time and multiply by your dream-rate so you can let her know how much that little purse is worth -- a designer piece for sure!

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