Thursday, October 16, 2008

every part of the buffalo (#196)

Last night at Cubbies was Hawaii night. Aubie has nothing Hawaiian. Well, at least, she didn't. So I asked Eda if Aubie could have this Hawaiian shirt. Ma had gotten it on clearance for very cheap--she has an awesome knack for finding bargains!--and had given it to Leah the week before.
I had seen an idea similar to this dress online, but that style was a bit more complicated than I wanted to attempt, at least for my first try at this anyway. So, I put the shirt on Aubie, told her to hold her arms up and got to work. Oh, how I hate pinning! But this project only took about 10 pins so I was happy. I cut the collar off, Fray Check-ed the edges, rickrack-ed it (with some perfectly matching rickrack that Renee had given me for my birthday!), etc. Over all, the dress took about 2 hours. Washing and drying a load of laundry takes longer than that sometimes! Next time my child has nothing to
wear, I may go raid mine and David's closets ;)
(since this picture, I added a line of rickrack across the seam where that green leaf gets cut in half)

On the making of the "The Incredibles" Brad Bird says, "Use every part of the buffalo". Well, that line came to my head when I was trying to figure out how I needed to make the strap for the purse. I really didn't want to have to cut straight strips out of the leftover fabric, or try to find some ribbon to match. Then I remembered the collar I had cut off. Perfect. I turned it inside out and sewed the cut edges back together , then flipped it back (through the small hole I left) and sewed down the side. I used the two sleeves one inside out inside the other so that the purse would have a lining. And of course it's accented with the same rickrack as the dress. There's actually a bit of fabric left--enough to add panels to a pair of shorts for Matthan next summer (this is a men's shirt, by the way). That way and Aubie can match, without being matchy-matchy.


7 comments:

Stephen Douglas said...

You're amazing, Saige! Good work. Glad to see you edging your way towards #200! Even though I take fewer and smaller hiatuses from blogging than you do, I'm not really even close to where you are.

I did want to mention that closetoyou.wordpress.com is not Renee's site - right name, wrong URL. It's thefamilydouglas.wordpress.com. Anyways...

Aloha 'oe!

Saige said...

Thanks, Steve. And I fixed Renee's link. Usually, I check before I post one, but I've been a bit sleep deprived lately, so I tried taking a short cut by going on memory. Oh well. No more short cuts for me.

Heather said...

Good work! The dress is adorable. You should have an etsy shop...

Aunt Karen said...

Aubie is so lucky to have such a talented Mommy; and Mommy is so lucky to have such a sweet girl who is such a beautiful model!

Love to you both! KK

Aunt Karen said...

I just noticed when I magnified the pictures, that Aubie has a bandaid on her left thumb. Did she get a boo-boo?

Saige said...

Yes, she got stung by something, I think. She just started screaming that her thumb hurt, ran inside all the way back to her bedroom, and kept screaming and screaming. She was a bit tired(which always causes more drama), but I'm thinking a sting is the only thing that causes that kind of reaction. When I looked at it, it was a bit puffy, so I gave her some Benadryl, and of course, she HAD to have a bandaid.

Aunt Karen said...

Bandaids are very, very important panaceas to 4, 5, and even 6 year olds!