Sunday, May 25, 2008

Evolution - from supermarket tote to hip city bag

Sophie liked my supermarket bags but wanted something more suited for a big city lawyer. That is, not garishly bright or multi-coloured hand dyes. I rummaged through my bought-for-clothing-originally fabric stash and came up with this red (possibly coarse linen)fabric, and the oriental trim. I then made the handles thinner and longer so it could be worn over the shoulder. The lining is grey suiting.
The result, as modelled by Sophie. Very tasteful and lawyerly. And suitable for carrying heavy law books. Today, it's going to carry lots of frozen meat from my freezer, non-perishable items from my pantry, like flavoured teas and instant coffee, and some yummy baking that Sophie's done to take back for her flatmates. The cost of living in the big city doesn't leave a lot left over for good food. The kids are all from Rotorua, a smaller city where we used to live, and they all like their food.
This weekend, I also started this feather-and-fan variation scarf. This is the same pattern as a jersey I picked up from an op shop (= Goodwill or thrift store) which I wear a lot and really like. I had no idea this pattern was so easy. It's not for me but for a friend as a birthday gift.

7 comments:

Cass said...

How do you manage to take such horrendous photos of your poor children?

Shirley Goodwin said...

Hah! My children also take god-awful photos of me! (that last comment was from my son)

Social Network Web Design said...

I'm no lawyer but I love the tote too. :)

Ali Honey said...

Great bag - looks like it will hold heaps!

sharon young said...

What a lovely scarf, I can't believe that pattern is really easy, it doesn't look it :-)
Great bag too!

V-Grrrl said...

The bag is very hip, and my years in Belgium turned me into a scarf wearer. I love the lacy pattern--not too bulky.

twolimeleaves said...

That girl of yours is GORGEOUS, Shirley! And I have been so slack that I haven't even congratulated the graduates yet (and their mother, because we all know what a huge celebration it is for the mothers!!). Well done!