The second to last piece in the Modern Chloris mini wardrobe collection is the mini Senna Tote. I wasn’t sure if I was going to have time to complete it with all the other pieces I had planned. But Annie insisted. And part of the idea behind the mini wardrobe collection was child input, so…
The rose pink pleather really reflects Annie’ choice. She would have all pink all the time! The rose pleather, or vegan leather if you prefer, came from Girl Charlee. They have just about every color you could need!
The main fabric used to make the mini Senna Tote is called Kladi Underlight. Recognize it? That’s because we chose the other color way for the maxi skirt from the Aquatic Countryside look. It’s from Katarina Rocella’s Skopelos line of fabric, as are all the fabric in this mini wardrobe collection and was generously given to us by Art Gallery Fabrics.
The contrast pocket and inside fabric is from our fabric stash, it might be shot cotton, and we used it to line the dress from this mini collection also.
Annie carried her mini Senna Tote for the Flower Market look, but it does go with everything in the mini wardrobe collection. Really it might be both of our favorite piece from the whole Modern Chloris collection! It’s so delicate and miniature looking.
Okay, here are the top secret details on how you can make a mini Senna Tote for yourself, I mean your little one! You need Senna Tote pattern. Print out the pattern pieces at 50% instead of 100%. Be sure to add back seam allowances because they will have been shrunk by 50% too. Sewing a 1/8 inch seam allowance could get pretty tricky on parts of the mini Senna Tote. Ask me how I know!
The cool part of making a mini Senna Tote is that it takes less materials and less time too! I think I will make one at 75% next! In that case, you would add 1/8 back to the seam allowances I think. The easiest way to figure out the length of zipper you will need is to measure your shrunken pattern piece. In our case, we were using a zipper we harvested off of a thrifted purse. We couldn’t find the right shade of zipper, but the purse was as cheap as a zipper plus the shipping it would have cost us to get exactly the right shade of pink!
To figure the length of the straps, the easiest thing is to just measure with a measuring tape on the intended recipient. The 50% measure doesn’t work too well here either. We made the straps at 50% width, but you would widen these if you wanted. These work perfectly for Annie’s little hands.
Annie absolutely adores her mini Senna Tote. She stores all her most special treasures in it and has (so far) managed to keep it away from her little brothers!