So, something crazy happened. Last fall Meg of Elsie Marley took a chance on me and invited me to be a contributor to the Kids Clothes Week Blog. When I heard from Meg, I practically fell down. I called my mom immediately. I told Meg that hearing from her was like hearing from my hero, a note from Barbara Kingsolver wouldn't have jarred me like Meg's did.
Not coincidentally, sometime after that the editors of STYLO magazine asked if I'd like to contribute to their spring issue. Would I????? Um, yes please. That would be a dream come true. A dream that Ms. Marley basically manufactured for me. You can bet that nobody (I mean, besides my mom) would ever have seen anything that I had made, had it not been for Meg.
Jessica and Celina are an intrepid team. They took a truly diverse group of sewists and created a magazine that is cohesive, yet manages to allow everyone's distinct style to come through. And I am so pinching myself here, can't believe, can't understand how it's possible that I've been included alongside this group of very savvy seamstresses.
I was asked to participate in the "One Fabric Six Ways" portion of the magazine using the bright, geometric print that you see above. Note how deftly Helen Bird of Curly Birds dealt with that wild pattern - love!!!
I had a tough time at first, figuring out where to put that print. And then it hit me, a mini super tote (naturally)! The pattern begs for mixing up prints and I have made it so many times that I knew that I could trust the outcome.
To make it, I just printed the pattern off at 60 percent and proceeded as usual. I used a leather scrap from other recent projects to accent it. It's probably my daughter's favorite handmade EVER. It's the perfect size for toting tulips, sketch pads, small stuffed friends - and wouldn't it make a sweet lunch sack? I finished this in early April and it has been in heavy rotation ever since.
I can't wait to share more details with you soon! In the meantime, please do check out the other contributing editor's from this spring's issue. Beautiful stuff all around!