Monday I gave you a teaser for today’s post. That was when I referenced the sewing event over at No Big Dill; Once Upon A Thread. This theme of sewing up something inspired by a book is getting more and more common, but as with everything she does, Katy has brought elegance and sophistication to her event: Once Upon A Thread.
We really wanted to play along with Katy, this is our first time, but narrowing it down to one book was probably the hardest part! Actually, we narrowed it down to two books and hit our fabric stash to see what we had fabric for.
When we hit upon the blueberry fabric, we knew it couldn’t be anything but Blueberries For Sal. And we had to make a story skirt, of course. A while back when we purchased the Mara blouse and dress pattern, we also had the opportunity to buy another pattern from Compangie M. for a reduced price. Naturally we had to get the Swing Skirt. Combine Blueberries for Sal and the Swing Skirt, and you have a story skirt!
Blueberries for Sal is illustrated all in blue on white background, so we had to go with a blue and white theme also.
Allegra embroidered Little Bear and his mother munching their way up Blueberry Hill.
The pockets were the perfect place to use the blueberry fabric. (There was just enough blueberry fabric left for the pockets and the waistband facing. Allegra had used the rest to make an apron like these a long time ago!)
If Annie is Little Sal, and the bears are present on Blueberry Hill, where is Mother? Do you see the white reverse box pleat? That white fabric was leftover from making my wedding dress (an even longer time ago!)
So this story skirt has all the characters of Blueberries for Sal, as well as the color scheme being inspired by Robert McCloskey’s illustrations.
Just for fun, Allegra edited one of the photos to match the blue & white illustrations from Blueberries For Sal.
I followed the skirt pattern with almost no changes except for the back. Since I was sewing from my stash of fabric and notions, I didn’t have an invisible zipper, so I changed the back slightly to have a regular zipper and a button and loop closure. I had the cutest blueberry look alike button!
Are you familiar with Blueberries For Sal? It’s the cutest little story about picking and eating blueberries. There are some bears, mothers, Little Sal, and lots of blueberries!
What children’s books inspire you? How would you translate them with needle and thread?
Make it beautiful,