i don't remember many books from my childhood. i have this awesome gene where i pretty much completely forget any media after finishing it. i just remember if i liked it, making it possible to take it in again and again for the first time. it's tres convenient.
actually, as a kid, i do remember drawing pictures of drinks. drinks made with alcohol. one drink per page, in a very pretty glass, in very vibrant hues, olive or umbrella or what have you included.
so there aren't many reads from my formative years that stuck in my mind. but i love the kiddie books. they are happy and bright and the best ones are kinda loud. there are several in my current collection. my favorite was a gift from ruggy.
stellaluna is a wee fruit bat who goes through quite an ordeal (losing her momma! eating bugs! learning to fly!). author/illustrator janell cannon's love for bats, bugs and other misunderstood creatures inspired her to create award winning programs for kids at public libraries, and now she's got a series of beautiful books. (there's one on snakes too, i've got it. i'm hoping for one on spiders.)
for this week's sew weekly challenge, stellaluna was my inspiration. naturally, i wanted to make a batwing dress. i flew to my favorite 5 buck a yard jersey shop and searched for something blue, wanting to get the whole night sky thing in. no blue, but they had this sparkly stuff, and it looked too much like batwings to pass up.
stellaluna is not so good with her wings at first, so instead of a true batwing i used the free twister dress pattern from apfelbluete at burdastyle. and seriously, including printing and taping and cutting and sewing, this dress took thirty minutes to make.
that is, until i decided i had a little too much derriere for the slim fitted skirt, opened up the side seam and went to drapey town. i pieced the remnants together (i'd only bought one yard of the stuff) and created some width on one hip. then i made a sort or panel that tapered into the sleeve area... hard to get a good shot of this stuff, but i alternated sides of the material and used the curled edges...
and then of course no bat inspired dress is complete without a little extended bones. i really wanted there to be like eighty of these curled pieces swooping down the back, so i may grab another yard next time i'm at le chic.
but for now, i'm off to the park to eat fruit. i've loved your comments on the last couple posts and will holler at you soon! speaking of hollering, HAPPY MOMMA'S DAY, ALL MY MOMMAS IN THE BATHOUSE!
fabric: stretch jersey with some very man made sparkly stuff thrown in ($5)
patterns: twister dress
time to complete: at first, 30 minutes. i added 3 more hours of work, because i'm bats.
first worn: today
wear again: yes, with big thin gold hoops and brown leather sandals on a warm summer night.
total cost: five buckaroos!