This tote was made for a USAF NCO wife. She wanted something bright to contrast with the subdued colors of her husband’s ABUs.
Between the Alexander Henry home dec fabric used as the interior lining and the Hoffman cotton used on the exterior sides, it should be vibrant enough! The interior pockets are actually double pockets. The side one has the dual pen holder from the uniform sleeve as well as a larger pocket that can hold a cell phone. The rank that was on the uniform sleeves was sewn to each of the narrow sides of the bag.
The interior pockets are actually double pockets. The side one has the dual pen holder from the uniform sleeve as well as a larger pocket that can hold a cell phone. The pocket on the wide side is made from two uniform flap pockets which then create a third pocket.
From the halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli…
This is a new design called the Poppy. It is a rounded purse with a shorter strap. This Poppy was commissioned by a very proud mom of a new Marine. She liked bright peacock colors for the coordinating fabric. The side with the US Marine tape actually has the marine emblem embroidered on the pocket. The pockets were sewn on the diagonal on the uniform but straight on the Poppy so the symbol is now tilted.
The other side of course was appliqued with the surname nametape.
The Poppy shape was a challenge and it definitely made me think outside of the box. I like to push the boundaries so I am glad I had the opportunity to do so.
This combined set of the Parsley, Wasabi, and Chive was custom-made for a US Coast Guard wife. The client wanted a nautical theme for her items so a sailboat fabric was incorporated as the primary coordinate. One side panel of her Parsley was customized with her initials in signal flags. The Wasabi had a Reef Knot appliqued to the outside of the wallet
This Basil Backpack was made for the client’s son. Her little guy loves sneakers and sports so the coordinating fabric choice was easy. The Basil is made from bottom of the uniform leg.
BDUs had a drawstring built right into the hem of the pants so that the leg would remain bloused when tucked in the boot. A Basil is an upside down section of the leg so that the cuff of the pants is now the top of the backpack. The ACU pants that the client gave me does not have that drawstring . So sticking with the military theme, I used 550 cord instead.
The girl who is modeling the backpack is an average-sized 5 1/2 year old. Hopefully that gives a good idea of how this would fit on your little one.
The Wasabis were made for a mother and teenage daughter. Mom is active-duty and wanted her wallet to match her muted-tone Parsley. The wallet was able to include the pleat work that is located on the side of the uniform. Daughter is a teenager and likes vibrant purples and pinks.
This Parsley was not made for a military spouse but rather for a female servicemember. Because she wanted to use her Parsley Purse and matching Wasabi Wallet while in uniform, the coordinating fabrics had to be the color of the ACUs. After much auditioning of grey-green, taupes, and tan fabric against the ACUs, a selection of these muted colors was finalized.
Parsleys are made from the uniform shirt. Most Parsleys have exterior pockets since those were the breast pockets on the shirt. This Parsley was made from a maternity ACU which does not have pockets on the top. It does have patch pockets on the bottom of the shirt which I used in the interior of the bag. A mini-pocket was added to hold a cellphone or IPod.
The Chive is a fully-lined zippered change purse that is made from the uniform cuff and sleeve end. It can easily hold coins, lip gloss, and calling cards. These two Chives match the Parsleys and Wasabis posted on Rosemary Remembers in July. I had lost these Chive pictures in the depths of my computer but my friendly resident computer expert was able to unearth them. Thanks kiddo! 🙂