For Whimsical Fabric’s MAKE IT MINE Design Challenge, I made an umbrella bordered in the Little Red Riding Hood story fabric, and a matching tunic in my other favorites from the Riley Blake fabric line.
My Mom found the umbrella frame at the Shop Hop in Waco, Texas. Without knowing that I was searching for a most creative and unique use of the border fabric, she knew I needed the challenge of building an umbrella. The umbrella idea was ingenious! The umbrella was the MOST PERFECT way to show off the Little Red Riding Hood border in the MAKE IT MINE Design Contest at Whimsical Fabric. (thanks Mom!)
Matched with a tunic in the Aqua Scallops, Aqua Mushrooms, and White Floral fabrics from the Riley Blake Little Red Riding Hood collection, and bordered with a solid red fabric, the Little Red Umbrella was ready to be shown off.
The tunic was made from the Scientific Seamstress Sophie Pattern in size 5-6 with short sleeves. The loop at the front facing fastens over a covered button in matching fabric. The solid red fabric on the bottom third of the tunic is the result of ordering fabric before having an actual plan, so I ran short of fabric. But I like the way it turned out anyway.
The umbrella is made of an 18” frame with red tips, a red top knob, and a red handle. The umbrella cover pattern was simple to stitch up in 8 triangular parts of red polka dots fabric cut from the top of the border fabric. The border print was cut and pieced separately onto the red polka dots triangles to preserve as much of the border print possible while effectively telling the Little Red Riding Hood story. Due to the angles of the 8 triangular pieces, matching the print was impossible, but the based on the placement, the complete story is told in order around the umbrella.
Once the cover of umbrella was sewn together, the seams finished on the serger, and the edges finished in a rolled hem, the cover was placed over the frame. To hold the cover in place the red tips were hand stitched on the ends of the frame. For additional security to the frame, the cover was hand stitched to the center ribs on the underside of the umbrella. And finally, the red top knob was glued onto the umbrella. To close the umbrella – and for extra cuteness! – a tab was added with velcro and a cute covered button. The umbrella was done – and I was in love with it.
But… as one more cuteness detail, I made hanging label from the Aqua Scallop fabric with a piece of vinyl so my daughter’s umbrella is identified as hers. And a little Wolfie on the tag 🙂
For the photo shoot, my girlie wore her Sophie Tunic, her black leggings, and shiny black rain boots —- the perfect outfit for twirling the Little Red Riding Hood umbrella. (to see more pictures, go HERE)
Now living in the Seattle area, you would think that getting a gray day to model this outfit with the umbrella would not be a problem. But no. We have had the best ever winter with weeks of sunshine at a time. Unlike the rest of the country, winter has been really, really nice this year for us. So… my umbrella pictures are in bright blue sky… just working with what I’ve got.
One extra step that I forgot to mention – the umbrella was sprayed heavily 2x with water repellant. While I don’t expect this will keep her dry in a storm, it will certainly work for Seattle’s drizzling rain.