While I've definitely made use of "Hello my name is..." name tags, I haven't yet made a durable, lasting, fabric nametag before. Besides, it would give me yet another opportunity to use the stamps I carved from art in my sketchbook. See, a couple years ago I caught the carving bug and started drawing these funny cartoony skeletons. I carved a series of them, then made & sold embellished versions of them as pins. I have big dreams for what I will do with carved skelly's, but have had too many other projects in my queue.
I was paired with
Vicki of Yellow Submarine Time. I couldn't have been paired with a better person.
Vicki is fun, silly, adores + uses her vintage sewing patterns and loves things that most adults would associate with children.
For her birthday, she made herself this silly shirt (left) in Sewaholic's Renfrew pattern and loves it because it makes her laugh.
How cool is that?!
This is all especially cool because I use kids patterns (both sewing patterns and fabric) regularly to make my own clothing. My Madd Hattress dress (photo to the right), a costume I made for my one of my milestone birthday parties, which was an Alice in Wonderland Costume Party, was made from a vintage 1940's little girl's dress/jumper pattern.
Really, I think of myself as just a big kid. Which is rather appropriate given my wacky humor, "clown school" (Yes I went to "clown school" of a sort.), My love of puppets and gleeful attitude I fall into when reading to kids.
Please do click the "reading to kids" link above to request a story and Pi & I or one of my other puppets will read to you or your kids! We love to read and be silly!
and anyone else who loves kid things or is just a big kid at heart,
Kiddie Adults Unite!
I think that sounds like a sew-along I need to host, don't you?
I adore the Sword in the Stone, especially since it's about our namesake. One of my all time favorite characters is Madd Madam Mimm. In the movie, she & Merlin are going to have a Wizard's Duel, essentially fight over The Wort (that's Arthur as a young lad). She turns to Merlin, "first of all, I'll make the rules!" To which she names the weirdest and craziest things possible, ending with "No Pink Dragons and such!" whilst walking away with a wicked gleam in her eye, twirling her wand. Nearly exasperated from all the transformation they've both taken to "out do one another" Mimm turns to Merlin and says,
"DID I SAY NO PURPLE DRAGONS????!!! DID I?!?!?!?!?!?" And that is exactly what comes to mind when I see this fun purple dragon on my name tag. Vicki even modeled her design off the awesome vintage 1970's sun rise shirt pattern she got from her mom's stash.
- I considered making a fold flap on top of the pocket to keep objects in, but it would cover the quilted squares and it would result in fumbling by the wearer.
- I made the strap really long because it can always be tied short and worn as a necklace or let out really long and worn as a mini purse.
- I chose to quilt pieces of the straps because that would help tie into the quilted back and top row/band quilting. Plus, doing so helped me continue to use up bits and scraps.
- I made 2 pockets because it's always nice to separate and organize objects or put your cell phone in a separate pocket so it's protected.
I must say, if it didn't have Vicki's name on it, I would have had a really hard time letting it leave my possession.