Well I’ve worked on this first dress for the SONP Challenge all day, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  The top bit above the bust is still a wee bit loose, but only by about 1/2″ or so, and I’m sure it’s only me that’s actually noticing it!  In case you can’t see it too well, the print is tiny blue gingham with little bunches of cherries all over it:

Now to the super secret project.  It’s Erin, over at White Forest Bears online baby shower, and I decided it was the perfect time to start my first bag making project.  I read a few books, looked at a number of things online, and studied more baby accessory sites than I could ever have imagined would even exist!  My friend Glenna talked me through a few ideas on MSN – as the mother of 5, she seemed like the perfect go to girl on what one would need in such a bag…

I found this really cute fabric and had bought it before I’d even come up with this idea, with the intention of making some kind of bag with it, and when the invitation to the shower dropped into my inbox, the idea was sewn (no pun intended!).  I was just lucky that the main fabric came in cotton and oilcloth.

The bag has a back outer pocket with wipeable changing mat, a front outer pocket for storing mummy things, elasticated side pockets for bottles, a wipeable interior with 2 large back pockets and 3 smaller front pockets, and a padded shoulder strap cover.  It arrived in California today, and I’m pleased to say Erin liked it.  I was very nervous, it was such an ambitious project to try and tackle, and it was only the 3rd bag I’ve ever made (the other 2 being years ago when I was at uni, and nothing like this anyway!)  I think I’ve been learning a lot making the clothes etc, and for the bag I got to do lots of maths, which kind of appealed to my geeky side ;o)

Front:

Back:

Side:

Inside:

Bag with changing mat:

Hope everyone’s having a productive weekend :o)

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