Saturday, February 23, 2013

How I've Created Some of my Most Special Items

I was reminded the other day during a casual conversation about my craft, that my most special projects happened quite spontaneously and without much planning on my part.  For instance, I was given several yards of fabric once, all dealing with a music theme. 

Of course, my mind was going a mile a minute as soon as I spread my bounty before me.  Okay, I have 3 yards of the dark fabric, but it's only 45" wide, so that means I'll only have enough for the bottom of the skirt, and it will have to be short, plus the dark color will help hide my...well you get the idea.

And I just let myself dream for days what the finished product could look like.  I didn't let the thought that I'd never seen a costume like this stop me.  It was going to be a CarolJoyFashions original, after all.  And I kept on building on this idea until *pop* I felt like it was time to start sewing. 

It took a while to get it done.  Days, in fact, and because I didn't have enough fabric, I had to piece fabric together.  Didn't care, I was in hog heaven.  Well, don't I look like I'm in heaven?

I especially love that purse, I tied large bells with black ribbons on the bottom of it, I sewed a felt musical note on the front, complete with face and there's a cute dark ruffle at the top.

What's cool about this project is that even though I was given all the fabric, it was like I had shopped for it and bought exactly what I needed.  Because I used up almost every scrap.  Check out the little ruffles on my sleeves.  And I even used up the small scrap of keyboard fabric on the belt and ruffled neckband. 

By the way, I already had a piano pin which I attached to fabric for a "choker" necklace.  I was so excited when I finished this!

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