I bought the stuff today for what I am calling my "belt purse."
As you all know, I am dressing as Dorothy Gale from Kansas for Halloween. I ordered the dress and it fit perfectly which is really bizarre and I love love love my "ruby" slippers and all that, but the problem was: Where do I put my stuff? And before you even think about a cute wicker basket or a cute wicker basket with a stuffed Toto dog sticking out, I need to remind you that I am not going to a genteel party at my husband's boss's house. In which case, I would do that whole route. I am talking here about drunken revelry on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. A beer in one hand. I need a free hand in case I fall down. Or want to point at something or whatever. Besides, when I'm in a party crowd situation I want my stuff attached to me. Usually I stuff the important stuff in my pockets, but this dress has no pockets. Notice the two buttons on the front of the sash? Well I am going to make an extra sash with a little pocket belt purse thingy like this:
I'm going to make button holes to fit over the existing dress buttons so it doesn't slide around and I am going to make the sides triangular. I figured a flat pocket would get weird and bulky, but with triangular sides it will have a sort of bottom. There will not be piping around the flap. I just drew it that way so you'd see that there will be a flap and button. The material I bought is the exact gingham pattern although the color seems off just a hair, but it will be nighttime and people will all be wearing their beer goggles, so the pocket should pretty much blend in with the dress.
Because gingham is a very thin material, I bought that muslin to line the sash and purse pocket with. Dang. I couldn't figure out how to make that sentence without ending it in a preposition. How about: I bought that muslin for lining the purse pocket. Anyway, I don't have a pattern or anything, just my idea in my brain, so I'm thinking I will lay out all the stuff I would want to put in there like camera, money, room key, credit card, driver's license, carmex, smokes and lighter. That should give me an idea of what size I need. I guess the other consideration is that it should not be any longer or deeper or whatever than my hand can reach. I just now thought of that. I don't want to look weird all night like I'm leaning over and grabbing my thigh.
So that's what I'll be working on in the next few days and when I am finished, I'll put it all together and have pictures here. I hope it works.