I need to tell you a white squirrel invaded my sewing room this past month...
As you know, Dayna, my youngest daughter, is getting married...today! (Yay for scheduling posts.😉) When I took her to Traverse City, Michigan, I wanted to give her some meaningful gifts. She hadn't had, didn't want, a shower, so taking her there was a part of my gift; the others were the quilt, my RSC2018 quilt, she'd commented on on Instagram that she'd like to claim, a gift card to the Canadian store Home Sense, and a small makeup case for her big day. I had planned to cut up my own wedding dress to make it, and give her some of the very expensive lace I'd bought to edge the hem and the bodice for her bouquet.
|back view with train down|
|On the cutting table ready to start slicing...|
|Gorgeous no? Where my wrist is is the lower edge of the sleeve, a lovely scalloped edge.|
Okay the squirrel was still nibbling at my brain and I had to do this, so I dug through a plastic tub where I have some odds and ends of lace, and found, not in the container, but beside it, a half yard or so of lace. This isn't from my wedding dress, but I think I used it to make potpourri holders which would put its age at about 25 years old. Then I recalled that Island Batik had given us a yard of basic colours in Box 2, black white and grey. The white was gorgeous and perfect. The lace overlay took it to another level. In no time at all I had my makeup bag.
It's a simple envelope design and the tutorial I basically followed is here.
For the lining, I found a scrap of 100% silk, very expensive, which I'd bought at The Bay for a dress I made before I had kids! This lining, besides being beautiful, luxurious and butter-like, is a nod to my mum, Dayna's nana, who liked bags and purses "with a bright lining."
I made a test bag first before I cut into the batik and lace. This one is another satin, a piece I'd bought several years ago to make a camisole I think. It has a batik lining, but I don't know what company of batiks as I bought it at a quilt shop in Windsor this summer. It's the palest of pinks you can imagine, with the odd splash of a bit deeper pink.
Bella was the overseer for this first bag.
The combination of satin and batik works really well.
It makes me happy to think that my girls will be using makeup bags I made them for this special occasion. It remains to be seen if I get one made for myself...I have a plan...
Let's see what squirrels you pursued this past month!