Monday, June 13, 2016

GARDEN SMOCK TOP (Simplicity 8152) 

(Simplicity 8152) 

Pretty self-explanatory. I made this top so I would have something to wear in the garden besides a ratty old t-shirt. 
What's wrong with the ratty old t-shirt, you ask?
Well, you wind up with a farmer's tan, for one. And more importantly, you don't have pockets! 

But surely your ratty old pants have pockets? 

Well, I don't much care for pants. Also, when you put your phone-sized mp3 player (because it is basically a phone just without the cell phone service parts) in your pocket, it tends to jump out. Also, it doesn't bend, like the rest of you does while working in the garden. So, no. Pants pockets are a NO GO! 

You see now, the necessity of convenient and roomy pockets readily available, don't you? Because working in the garden without listening to an audio book is just plain unacceptable. 

I just happened to have the perfect hand-me-down fabric. I believe inherited when my aunt moved house (Thanks, Aunt Kim!). It has vegetables on it. And unfortunately there was not enough of it to make a pair of overalls (which I would've rocked the hell out of). There was, however, the perfect amount for a smock top! 


I had a several options, since I am a pattern-hoarder (or something).
I used Simplicity 2272 View D to make my work aprons back when I worked a real job from 9 to 5 dashing around to keep embroidery machines running. I needed the pockets for similar reasons. Scissors (which you're not supposed to run with) and who could possibly get through a work day without an audio book? Anyway, it was a pretty good pattern but perhaps a little bit too much pocket for garden work (Too much pocket? I know you're shocked.) 

I also have in my possession Simplicty 4282, a 1940s-1950s looking collection of aprons, including one full smock style (view C). I wasn't feeling the pockets on the sides thing.
Finally, I have Simplicity 8152. (By finally, I mean it is the last of the dozen apron patterns I have with a smock variation). Their sleeveless option (View D) buttons up the front. No thank you. Remember how I said there was such a thing as too much pocket. Well, there's definitely such a thing as too little pocket. So ultimately, I went with View C only without the three-quarter sleeve thing they got going on (beautifully accented by that turtleneck sweater -no thanks!) 

I made a Medium (14/16) and the sizing was just right. I usually fit a 14 in Simplicity patterns, so if you usually take a size 16, just be a little cautious. Also, my adaptation made it a little snugger, so you might still be safe. 


I basically followed the pattern on this one, only decided to put ties at the waist, attaching each with a pleat in the front. (A trait that Simplicity 2272 View D had and I liked on my work aprons). 

I ended up wearing my new Smock Top last week when I put my garden in. With a pair of leggings cut off into shorts (yes, I'm that classy). But it was quite warm out and gardening requires some measure on comfort. Don't worry. I rolled around in deet to make sure no ticks got my bare legs and ankles and arms. Oh, and of course the finishing touch of my Pith Helmet. (It really does keep the sun off and your head cool (if you give it a little soak in water).

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Northern Woods Costume

Northern Woods Costume
(One Part Steampunk; One Part Fairie; One Part Folk)

-Elven Shrug Jacket (made from upcycled, vintage and remnant materials)
- Peasant Dress (Cotton Gauze fabric; handkerchief hem)
-Upcycled Sweater Corselet Belt 
-Upcycled Sweater Thigh-High Spats


Tuesday, March 15, 2016


And for those reall cold cosplaying days... 


 This was what I wore for Saranac Lake's Winter Carinval in February. It was a superheroes and villain's theme and a balmy -13 degrees Fahrenheit the day of the parade. So fleece wasn't going to cut it. 


-Wig (eBay)
-Jacket (Wal-Mart with white Faux fur trim added)
-X-Men Arm Patch out of fleece
-Scarf (yellow and green fleece)
-Belt (Black with grommets)
-X-Men Belt Buckle(craft foam)
-Yellow Fleece Gloves (made by me)
-Black Snowpants
-Winter Boots



-Red Pencil applied to my dark eyebrows, which matched the wig pretty well, I think. (It's actually a lip liner because I only have a few supplies I purchased for other cosplays and don't wear makeup regularly)
-Green Eyeshadow (of course!)
-Fake Eyelashes (sometimes they're fun. But never when you're trying to apply them, and your tube of eyelash glue has dried up since the last time you used it two years ago and you have to squeeze the tube so hard to dislodge the dry chunk that it squirts all over the bathroom sink -and wall.)
-The usual Concealer, Powder, Blush
-Red Lip Liner and this Sparkly Lip Whatnot (comes in pencil form)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


Spandex a little too thin for your winter cosplaying?
I decided to experiment with fleece, and have to say it worked pretty well.
(It was a cheap as well as warm alternative.)

-Wig (Ebay; I added the black fleece headband)
-Bomber Jacket (Thrift Store with X-Men patch my friend made on her embroidery machine)
-Fleece Jacket (I made, with faux belt.
-Fleece Pants (I made... faux thigh-high boot effect)
-Fleece Shoe/Boot Covers (I made to go over a pair of heel, which you can't see anyway because they sunk into the snow)

Friday, March 4, 2016

Pattern Review: Dottie Angel (Simplicity 1080)

Here's another 'I made this last fall but didn't take photos until last week' projects..

Simplicity 1080: Dottie Angel Dress/Tunic



Simplicity 1080

I love the simple style of this dress. I also love to make dresses out of the fun prints you can only get in Quilter's cottons, which this dress is obviously designed for. Not only is it cute, it has a utilitarian look to it with large, easily accessible patterns.
The cut is basically, well, a tunic in the dolman style. The fit is achieved through pleats at the front underbust with ties to be ties in the back. (I would recommend lowering the pleat placement for larger bust sizes or you'll end up with the tucks/fit across the bust instead of under it).



I like the contrast variation of this pattern. However, I'm not a huge fan of hard lines in my own clothing. I admire the modish look on others, but I guess it's just not my cup of tea.
So I opted to alter the pattern and added a  scalloped/petal effect on the main dress fabric overlaying the contrast hem piece. (The outdoor photos are a little washed out. The detail is more color correct for the dress fabrics.)

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Coldweather Cosplay: Steampunk Variation II

Here's the second Coldweather Steampunk Outfit I made last fall...
(and didn't take photos of until last week)

-Green Herringbone Brushed Cotton Hooded Shrug (made by me)
-Goggles (etsy)
-Black Danskin undershirt (Walmart?)
-Victorian Overbust Corset in Cream Silk Jacquard (made by me)
-Plaid Brushed Cotton Asymetrical Skirt (made by me, Simplicity 1033)
-Green Fleece Lined Tights (ebay)
-Black Winter Boots

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

COLDWEATHER COSPLAY: Steapmunk Variation I

I made some Steampunk pieces in the fall to wear while vending at Horsefeathers Haunts (it was in the 20s and 30s... brr...), but never took any photos of them. We had some sleet last week and then it was sunny out and I'm glad I got my act together, got dressed up and lugged my camera and new tripod outside because I got some amazing shots (and this is no being prideful... I claim no credit for Mother Nature's beauty).

(Flashback to being a kid playing in the snow on a lovely winter day... I'm not ashamed. Judge all you want)

 -Goggles (etsy... If you're very interested I could look up the specific shop)
-Purple Hooded Tunic out of Heavy Brushed Cotton (supersoft!) (made by me)
-Black Brocade Underbust (made by me)
-Black Feather Wings (ebay)
-Belt with Aetheray Gun (made by me)
-Black Leggings with Gold Damask Print (Walmart)
-Black Winter Boots