A few months ago, the boys and I were talking about what their favorite toys were when Timo asked me, “What’s your favorite toy, Mom?”
I started to tell him that I don’t have toys like they do when I realized that I DO have a favorite toy. “Oh, oh, oh – I know! My favorite toy is my sewing machine,” I said.
And it’s true. Just like Legos are the perfect toy for little boys in that they can create all kinds of different things, my machine is my perfect toy. And just as you can get new sets to make your Lego collection more diverse, I can get accessories to expand the things I can create with machine. My latest accessory? A ruffler. Mmmmm. I’m not a huge ruffle person in real life, but I can rapidly see myself becoming Ms. Ruffle.
Here’s the A-line skirt from Amy Butler’s Barcelona Skirts pattern…
…with a ruffle along the bottom.
And again, there was plenty of fabric leftover to make a matching bag…
…with a ruffle along the top. This is a handbag from Amy Butler’s Frenchy Bags pattern that I won from U-Handbag’s competition hosted on U-handblog. Thanks, Lisa! U-handbag is a great resource for all handbag making supplies in the UK. No more having to pay heavy international shipping for you UK crafters. The Frenchy bag has a flat panel across the top, but I opted for the ruffle instead.
I tried to pose for the a-line skirt picture just like the model on the back cover of the pattern, but no matter how I contorted my body or positioned my flowers, I just couldn’t manage to get the right look. I like this pattern, but the quilting fabric seams stiff, making the skirt kind of poofy – poofier than in the picture. I noticed this with the layered skirt so this time I left out the muslin lining but it’s still stiff. I think I might try my hand at narrowing it a little toward the bottom. And I also broke down and got an invisible zipper foot (all accessories were 30% off last weekend, hence the 2 presser feet purchases) and my zipper is really, amazingly invisible!