Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Otago tartan

One thing I really value is having a good laugh and what better place to start than with all the things I make?  Hence the change in title of this blog, but not focus, mind. This will always be primarily a sewing blog. Of course, I'll probably change it again at some point. We'll see how this goes, shall we? 

Today I bought the most exciting pattern. A sporan pattern. A what? You ask. Clearly you were not raised in Dunedin. We had neighbours who learned the bagpipes even...and of course the obligatory school uniforms which were always kilts. While I was in Dunedin I purchased a half metre of the Otago tartan. My sisters and I had a great old time brainstorming ideas for what to make with it, because a little of it goes a very long way.  (and no, I didn't use any colour enhancements in the editing, it really is that bilious.)
When I got back to Auckland it occurred to me that a sporan (a bag worn over the kilt) would make an excellent change purse and was small enough not to require great swathes of fabric. So I've been keeping a lazy eye out for small bag patterns and found this one today - it comes in a circular version, not shown here. As soon as I saw it I thought it had all the makings of a great sporan. 
You're all going to be SO jealous.

Favourite Things Pattern Design number 065 


  1. You make me laugh. I look forward to reading your blog. And I like how you build up my vocabulary. [smiling], bilious. As for small bag patterns, my MIL bought me a Lazy Girl's Runaround Bag pattern. Cute possibilities. But for $8, I thought it included the actual pattern, not merely instructions for making the pattern. [grrr] My suggestion: DIY. Draft it yourself w/o purchasing the pattern. Another pattern-instructions-only-pattern that I think has cute possibilities is the Wonder Woman Quilts Tube Pocket Purse pattern. No zips, no buttons, no Velcro. But lots of pockets! I've collected enough fabric rice bags to make my tube purse.

  2. A sporran?! Fantastic! I hope you have some fun fur for the trim- I read somewhere that sporrans are traditionally made from badger fur.

    The sillier the project, the more I like it. You GO girl! By the way, I have plans for a tartan robot. Now how would THAT go down in Otago tartan? Could be scarey.

  3. Now this is something I really want to see!

  4. I love your new title, it completely makes sense with your writing style, ect... As y'all would say: It's spot on. I think that is right?

    Bilious! Where is my dictionary?

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