oona does it!: snake eyes
oh, hallo. please to meet my best model pose.
back when june was still a month we were enjoying (hello? july?!), daughter fish, sew weekly community member and tres awesome blogger, commented on my bird brain post:
"Can next week's challenge involve snakes? Keep these animal adventures coming!"
you like the beasties, eh miss fish? maybe it has something to do with the surname? whatever the reason, i am more than happy to oblige. snake it is. for this week's oona does it! i immediately thought of the 6 or so yards of stretchy, thick, snakeskin printed denim i had gathering dust in my stash. it had been languishing there for several years and i knew what i wanted to do: take that tacky snakeskin print and make a classic silhouette, a dress with princess seams, an a-line skirt, and matching belt. turn the 50's on a slithery ear. i had the perfect petite pattern, which i spent two days carefully cutting and fitting a muslin from. yes, i did a muslin. truly a first for me. happy with the style and fit, i skipped over to my stash closet and pulled out the snakeskin.
foiled (and wondering if it might be time to add a multivitamin to my morning coffee), i thought to myself: who ever said i couldn't oonafie an accessory? NO ONE! i printed out a purse pattern and laid out my material.
FOILED AGAIN. my weapon of choice, burdastyle's charlie bag, is roughly the size of maine. i like my bags big, but maybe a 5'3 kalkatroonan should occasionally carry something a bit more svelte. okay, thrown another curveball, i made some lemonade, spiked it with a little vodka, and hacked about 4 inches of width off the pattern. perfect! every inch of snakeskin used! and the center front would look so cool with a little embellishment on the f– oh you have got to be KIDDING me–
i dropped the scissors in disgust as i realized the extra wide selvage was about two inches wider than my seam allowance. "made in taiwan", right on the side seam. that would really class this bag up, no?
my defeated gaze wandered to a little prezzie from a friend who'd recently usurped my life for a week. a nice big hide of beige leather. (now LOOK. i didn't go out and buy the stuff. it was a gift. so, political moral and ethical commentary aside for the moment: waste not want not, yes?) i've heard tell that leather purses are quite the height of class. 'specially when you add a 4 inch swath of hot pink sequins down the front.
have y'all ever worked with leather? there are a few tricks to keep in mind: firstly, you can't use pins. all seams need to be taped together. and your machine needs to have some cajones. it takes a bit of power to needle through this stuff. a nice long careful straight stitch or zigzag will do– and once you put a hole in it, it ain't comin out again. so be careful.
your pattern pieces also need to be cut out through one thickness, as it's pretty tricky to fold this stuff in half– so i laid down the snakeskin and got to tracing with my ballpoint (one of the best leather markers around).
what's that? i'm sorry, you don't see the original snake influence? look closer…
well, lookee there! an apple to distract you from the fact that it's really only used in the lining! oh go ahead, have a bite… what's the worst that could happen?
in honor of daughter fish, i paired my new purse with my pattern magic dress, made from jersey purchased at a garment district spree together (yeah, we're homies). but homie or not; i'm done with yon beasties for the moment… anyone got a non-animal related challenge to toss my way?