I’ve mentioned it a few times just to tease you, so here’s the full low-down (mostly), on the greatest thing to happen in my sewing adventures so far… the incredible sac magique, aka the cave of wonders and Mary Poppins’ carpet bag of joy.
So, as you may know, one of my good friends and fellow baby mamas passed on to me a fantastic bag of fabric, which is packed full of every colour and texture fabric that you can imagine, including acres of dark blue cord, hand-felted patches, and some vintage houndstooth with a curious flexible backing. It’s a dream come true. The photo above is just a small selection combined with some of my own stash, because the real bag (and it’s a jumbo laundry bag don’t you know, not a carrier), is packed away for the duration of the nightmare move.
Also packed away – packed far, far away in an inaccessible place (my bad for trying to clear some living space and piling stuff on top), are all my clothes and underwear… and after I had so diligently labelled everything to make sure that this didn’t happen. Le sigh. We’re blaming it on the guy who helped us move, who either can’t read or likes the idea that girls should go commando. I’ve sent the Mr. off to purchase new pants, and I’m really quite apprehensive about what he’ll come back with.
Anyway. I’ve been fantasising about the sac magique for weeks now, and I think I’ve got a pretty good idea of what to do with most of it – I have some really exciting ideas swishing around in my head, I’ve made a few drawings which I’ll share with you when I can. I definitely want to make as much as I can out of the dark blue cord, I think it’s going to be great this time of year and there’s so much of it that I could make an entire wardrobe!
Sorry these photos are kind of crappy.
My first dip into bag (eyes closed!) and I pulled out this rather lovely ditsy floral print cotton. It’s a teeny tiny photorealistic print of daisies and buttercups (I dunno, some yellow flowers), on a green background, definitely springtime and girly. I’m calling this my Daisy Chain dress, because that’s exactly what it looks like.
She’s requested pinafore dresses, which are easy peasy as they consist of just two pieces front and the same for the lining. It’s also pretty simple to make them reversible (although I didn’t go for that option, because the lining was quite a different weight to the design cotton. I lined it with the Klona cotton that I’ve had for ages, initially it was for a 50’s dress, but I sacked off that idea, and I have 3 metres to use up, very slowly.
It’s a nice shape, but I’ll admit it isn’t my favourite type of dress to sew. I guess I just associate pinafores with primary school, and the trauma of getting them stuck over my head every night when five-year-old me tried to take it off without undoing the buttons. I’ve never really thought of them as flattering for little people – but that’s mainly because of Mini’s massive belly, I remember my mum’s early sewing attempts around 9-10 months old, when I could get a pinafore over her belly. Heh, it’s for a little one without a belly, so I’m sure it will be okay. It is pretty.
The bottom’s a little ripple of jumbo white cotton ric-rac, I sort of sandwiched it between the two layers (sewing it on to the lining first and then joining the layers), and I sewed it in the middle in the hope it’d look like daisy petals.
It was also my first bash with the one-step buttonhole (my previous machine had a 4-step, and I kinda miss it’s clunky analogue style)… after a few YouTube videos I worked out what the problem is, you’ve got to pull the buttonhole thingy down, then push it back to make it work – if you’ve got a Singer machine, this might make sense to you. Well. It’s some sort of witchcraft that thing, because it started sewing all on its own. Fancy!
As for the buttons – hmm, I don’t know about their origin. I think I stole them from my mum circa 2001 to sew on a boat neck top (makes it look more French, non?), then they lived on a gingham circle skirt that got dyed grey in an evil mixed wash (boo hoo), and now they live here. Make do and mend, eh? Anyway, I could do with some the same for my upcoming argyle pyjamas, so if you know where to get them, let me know!
And because this post doesn’t feature enough Mini, here’s an extreme close-up (with cookie icing in her hair that’s a couple of days old):