Sunday, July 8, 2007

Dance purse

Too busy to sew much this weekend as I had a family wedding on Saturday and then went to see Mikhail Baryshnikov perform with Hell's Kitchen Dance troupe this afternoon.

The performances were spectacular, such beauty of human form. The choreography was very unique, since they could not depend on over the top athleticism or jumps (Baryshnikov is 59 after all), they used many other body movements to great effect. The performances were mesmerizing for me, I am aware that I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to see someone who is probably the worlds greatest male dancer. Little factoid, if you read the wikipedia piece above you will learn that Baryshnikov's mother was a seamstress.

So, what did I manage to sew? Well, I planned to wear a tiered skirt (store bought) that was really too long. I cut off the lowest two stripes of fabric. Here is the skirt after I shortened it.

With the two strips of fabric I whipped up a small bag that I could use to take with me to the performance. I layered the two-row stripes on canvas, used one piece of fabric to cover cording for the handle and used some bias tape to turn over the top edge. I was running short of time so used stitch witch to seal down the top edge.

I added a magnetic snap, a bow made out of the last bit of fabric and stitched down the bias tape, after we returned home from the performance. This will be my dance purse from now on. What a wonderful association to connect to it.

1 comment:

  1. What a kewl thing to do with the left over scraps! Love how creative that was. Glad you had a good time!