Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sticking It To Winter: A Flannel Dress

McCall's 6331

Chilly temperatures will not hinder my wardrobe choices (to jeans with thermals underneath, and five layers of top, and two pairs of socks). 
I can still look cute with my flannel dress!

I took my vacation around Thanksgiving and went back home (Yay! North Country!) for a week and a bit. Had a good time. Go to see almost all of my family, which was very nice. I did pack a bunch of sewing projects, but only managed to get one completed, and a little bit done on the others. The one being my flannel dress which I wore to Thanksgiving dinner. It is quite cozy (bodice looking a bit bulky being lined with leftover velour) and wonderful and I intend on testing it out for work very soon (to see if it passes the 'cold weather commute by bus and walking' and 'on my feet all day wear' tests).

I need to finish the hand-sewing on the lining for my denim duster... Then I will not have to worry about cold wind cutting through my leggings and freezing my poor legs whilst waiting for the bus, and can wear dresses all the time (pretty excited!) Of course, we're presently in the Christmas Countdown, and I have four more baking projects, one gift to sew, one project to sew (since I will see the recipient at Christmas and can finally give her the finished product), three (or four) gifts to craft, and a partridge in a pear tree... (well, not the partridge, but you get the idea)


Can't be too specific, as they are for gifts/suprises
    • sewing
    • crafting (3) (2)
    • Rum Balls
    • Turtles
    • Cookies
    • Fudge
    • Fudge variation
    • truffles?

Sunday, November 13, 2011


This seems easier than trying to force all of this into a To Do List that will never get done in the month. So, here's another project stewing in my brain but does not quite have priority enough to merit the official To Do List.

Overall Dress

 Best photo I could find, doesn't show the length, its awesome dress-ness, or the (totally captured my heart) long-john bottoms layer beneath... which, won't lie, is totally how I would rock out my overall dress. This looks like duck or corduroy, but I have an excellent heavier suedecloth/moleskin with textured lines that I'm considering...


Suppose it was inevitable, watching my favourite Trek whilst in full-on costuming obsession...

Known for her outlandish outfits, I never ever thought her style would appeal to me... Either I've gone completely wacked, or this is one awesome dress (see episode 4x22). I think it's the fit and vaguely Victorian-esque silhouette. Also, it is probably one of her more simple ensembles. Looks like Brown chocolate velour bodice and sleeves with luscious taffeta with a subtle paisley motif skirts and accents. The design of the skirt lends it a vaguely bustle-like/Victorian shape, and the belt is so turn of the century (with elaborate buckle)!

Will probably never have the capabilities (appropriate fabric) or time for this piece, but one can wish...

The Expendable Yeoman (2-in-1) Costume

So I'm not dead. Just stupid busy from my 'real' job and exhausted. Bleh! Hopefully, I will be able to work on projects, post them, and catch up on reading some of my favourite crafting blogs soon.
At any rate, finally got some pics of my Expendable Yeoman (2-in-1) Costume...


"My first away mission, with Captain Kirk no less! So excited!"

Two minutes later...

Skant from pattern acquired through Yes, I splurged/was lazy. Just a warning, they ask for far, far more fabric than you need to make this outfit and it is MAD short (I am not tall or long in the torso, either). Supposedly, a 1 1/2" hem is allowed, but I had to add fabric in order to hem it at all.
In-Progress Shots of Accessories:

 Tricorder Purse out of foam (obviously this sort of construction is not really a skill of mine), after assembly before spraying with plastidip (got the idea from the awesome work of Mistress of Disguise Check out her blog-she has mad costuming skills!) I used this papercrafting template I found online for scale (altered for a flap-purse design instead of a true-to-form tricorder prop), found in this forum (pdf link on page 3)
Gore-laden ribs almost finished for Undead version of Expendable Yeoman Costume (just pin/baste gore patch onto uniform, alter make-up, and voila! Zombie/Dead Redshirt) I may have actually burned some velour for the overlay on the edges of the gore patch... with an open-flame in the sink ;-) Probably should not try that at home...

November To Do:

This doesn't really make sense/count, since the month is half over, and I am going to be headed North for over a week around Thanksgiving (and may not be able to lug projects with me), but maybe some focus will help?

So, more of a WHAT I WANT TO MAKE (wish I had the time for) LIST:
  • 70's Outfit (Yup, still working on it... or not working on it, as it were... everything is cut out and the skirt is finished except hand-sewing)
    • skirt
    • blouse
    • vest
  • Flannel Dress(es) 
  • Put lining in my Denim Duster (just hand-sewing left to do)
  • Leggings & Tops
    • Chocolate
    • Crimson
    • 'Fantasy Orange' (leggings only)
  • Thermals
  • 40s Vogue Dress in punk skull knit (yeah, baby) with neon multi-colour zebra stripe accents (?)
    • and hat?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Skant Completion/ Matching Velour Panties

Finally finished the hand-sewing (tacking hems and pleats) on the skant, and made the panties to match since it's so short! (And I frankly was too lazy to start over, even though I had enough fabric to do so...)

Ugly hem at the top, but that part won't show ;-)

Zombie Plushie

Used this nifty plushie tutorial,embellished for zombieness. Plus, craft wire for bendy arms and legs!

Invader Zim/Gir Dress

My little cousin requested this for her Halloween wear:

The request was based on a specific dress she found online, made by Alien-Phant:

The style of the 'inspired by' dress was more suituable to a women's/misses', so I adapted a girls/pre-teen McCall's pattern (M6316). I moved the zipper to the back, added the ruffle and lace to the skirt, made the straps into ties, and the Gir/Doom Song applique, also.

Hope it fits/she likes it...

Sunday, October 9, 2011


So a little late in posting this... but having computer issues...

  • Dress for little cousin
  • Expendable Yeoman (Star Trek TOS) Costume
    • Skant
    • chearleader/tap panties to match skant, since it's ubershort!
    • Tricorder Purse
    • Gore
  • Murder Mystery Costume?
  • Skull Hoodie?
  • 70s Outfit?
  • Macrame belt for tie dye 60s dress
Already started my skant! Woo! (Little shorter than I had anticipated and will definitely need to add facing in order to put in a hem...)

    Sunday, October 2, 2011

    It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (for costume geeks and fashion freaks...)

    In celebration of it officially being the month that culminates in HALLOWEEN! I dragged out my old bohemoth laptop (my new one is currently brain-dead) in order to share this dress which I am super excited about!

    Dancing skeletons on black for bodice, sleeves and drapes. Black and white stripe contrast (fussy cut and pieced for diagonal/symmetrical effect). Orange calico for sleeve ruffles and contrast band on skirt. Orange ruffled lace and narrow black flat lace (17 yds for $1 at the Dollar Tree, woo!) trim. Sort of based on the '18th century' variation of the Simplicity Costume staple 3723... shortened skirt, added ruffle, band, drapes custom drafted (to accommodate shorter variant of skirt).

    I made this to wear to work, since Halloween is a Monday. However, seeming as our party is probably going to be Sunday night, I should just beg off from work (and not have an excuse to wear this Halloween Lolita-esque dress out in public).

    Sunday, September 25, 2011

    Dressed up in nothing but some old drapes?And having a marvelous time!

     Well, just the jacket was made from a hand-me-down curtain/drapes, lined with hand-me-down olive moleskin, using McCall's 5936. The skirt was made previously from a suedecloth using Simplicity 2758.
     I covered the back piece with lace, alternating cream lace and sage lace hem tape, because...
    There was just enough fabric in the curtain when I took out the hem (Note the wear/crease where the curtain was folded). It was destined to be this jacket! ;-)

    Sunday, September 18, 2011

    My Crazy-Quilted Jeans: The Bazillionth Iteration

    It all began when I had more time than money and my jeans were worn out. 
    Options: Patch them or Buy a new pair.
    Guess what I chose ;-)
    Five or so years later (after about the bazillionth round of patching and embroidery), here we have them.
    I intend to keep going until there is no denim left. 

    Friday, September 16, 2011

    FALL OUTFIT: Silk Sheath Dress & Green Stripe Vest

     Along with my Alice Coat and Victorian boots, I was feeling pretty fantastically DIY and somewhat fashionable today. :-)
    Don't worry, I adjusted my slip before I left the apartment this morning... although the dress as the tendency to creep and bunch up at the waist while the slip stays in place.

    Sunday, September 11, 2011

    Lavender 'Silk Velvet Burnout' Dress

    Just needs the vest!
    Simplicity 2925 (variation A) in 'Silk Velvet Burnout' fabric. 
    Groovy, baby!

    Thursday, September 1, 2011


    So, I think I forgot that I actually had a to do list for August... :-) We'll see if I manage better this time around. Perhaps, I will, since it's of a primarily selfish bent...
    •  Lavender 'Silk Velvet Burnout' Dress (ME!)
    • Green Stripe (upholstery weight, boo-yeah!) Vest (ME!)
    • Life on Mars Annie/70's Outfit (ME!)
      • 70s blouse out of awesome yellow paisley crinkle lawn
      • black lightweight wool skirt
      • pinstripe vest
    • High-Waisted Skirt Experimentation? (ME!)
    • Sigh, second attempt at Madame Chan Visits Victoria custom order. The problem with custom orders via internet: lack of verification of measurements/ability to measure the customer yourself/relying on someone else for data vital to the project... At any rate, if you're interested, the one that was made to the (apparently) incorrect measurements, will probably be up in my etsy shop in a couple weeks, once it's returned. :-/ Be sure to measure yourself aptly before considering purchasing, however. ;-)
    With that massive pile of deliciously earth-tone highly textured fabrics and Halloween around the corner, I should probably create some steampunk pieces for my etsy shop, as well...

    Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    Sh! It's a Surprise! (Cherry Hat)

    I made this hat for my grandmother. I hope it fits her (if it doesn't I will make her another one, since I have plenty of fabric). Hopefully I will be mailing it out to her this weekend (so nobody tell and ruin the surprise!) She's been having health issues (that I know she would prefer I not broadcast to the world). Let's just say that I hope this will brighten her day and she'll get some good use out of it.

    It's reversible!

    Simplicity 5353, only sort of following their sewing directions... as per usual for me. I wanted it to be reversible, so I attached brim pieces to their corresponding crowns instead of sewing the brim together, and then attaching to the hat and lining and the putting the band/ribbon on the inside to cover the seam. Then I just put them together and finished the 'raw' brim edge with bias tape (after removing the seam allowance I did not use).

    You may recognize the fabric as leftovers from my 50s Cherry Dress...

    PS. Doesn't my new teal organic cotton jersey sleep shirt (which for some reason did not merit its own post, apparently, since I made it over a month ago) look like the comfiest thing ever? No? Well, it is...

    Sunday, August 28, 2011


    Sort of LOVE my ruffle-tastic dress and matching bustle skirt...

    So, imminent (Tropical Storm Irene) rain sort of nixed the Croquet, since it would be difficult to recover the wickets before they melted (they are made of cardboard over wire, with coating of masking tape and spraypaint). Several rounds of Bocce were substituted.

    Some fighting broke out amongst the participants...

    Well, that was fun. Now off to other projects (and cleaning time...bleh...)

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    Have I completely lost my mind? (Ruffles & Trekkie-ness)

    So... I've gone ruffle and lace mad in the pursuit of my next Steampunk Croquet outfit. The underbust waist-corset has been cast aside for the epic employment of ruffles. It's funny, coming from the girl who detested dresses well into her teen years and loathed tights to the very core of her being. You shall soon see what precisely has me doubting my sanity.
    Also, I believe I am taking a step I vowed never to approach, that of having a Trek costume in my repertoire. Okay, perhaps, a lie. I did make that Star Trek wrap-around uniform top...

    [I have since adjusted this top so it's not so revealing. Yay! for hooks and eyes!]

    At any rate, I think I've settled on a TOS skant for my Halloween costume. Probably red, because I lack originality (?)...
    However, any beehive I can fanangle won't match Janice Rand's epic hairdo (a wig, I'm sure, but still, check out the weaved portion!).

    Wednesday, August 17, 2011

    Completely Irrelevant Post: An Excuse

    Here's my reasoning for not accomplishing anything in the past week. Went back north (home) for the weekend for my Dad's birthday. We went fishing (eventually, after much visiting with relatives, which I also enjoyed), which I haven't done in such a long time. It used to be one of our main family activities during my entire childhood...
    26 years old and my dad still puts the worm on the hook for me

    And how do you like that fashion statement? :-) Skirted swimsuit under clothing, with black skirt portion out over, get this, tan cargo pants... booyeah, I rock!

    Sunday, August 7, 2011

    Custom Order Madame Chan: Completed

    This was for a custom order of the Madame Chan Visits Victoria jacket. She had a great hat with black and red accents, and her steampunk character has ties to China (Peking, I think), so  we decided on these black and red brocades with cherry blossom motifs. Again, a basic Asian jacket style, with handsewn frog closures and addition of bustle. (Had to take a picture with my goggles, since they matched so well...)

    Saturday, August 6, 2011

    Casual Steampunk? & Fall Wardrobe Ideas...

    I'm thinking that for fall, I would like some new wardrobe. And since my stash is comprised of a lot of fabrics specifically chosen (randomly bought on sale) for their steampunk potential...

    I think I want to make this dress, which can be paired with a simple vest (I'm thinking a brown suiting) for Casual (aka worn to work, etc.) as well as done up (with separate bustle, and underbust) for full Steampunk costuming.
     I'm going to use a silkessence (like for my 'Riding Habit' costume), three layers of ruffles at the hem, ruffles along a placket in the center front, puffy sleeves, and of course, a hood (I have a bit of an addiction for them...) The underbust in this great black and white stripe cotton I couldn't resist, with waistcoat style hemline and welt pocket (for my pocket watch), and probably some of the great brass buttons my mom got me for my birthday.

    Other pieces I would love to make for the fall (if I had the fricken time!):

    A 70s outfit, a la Annie from Life on Mars (the awesome UK version, not the mediocre US one)

    Perhaps, utilizing this freebie vintage pattern (1972) that's come my way... I think I would alter the vest for the lapel of Annie's, and perhaps the collar of the blouse, too.

    I just need to find some cheesy 70s print lawn for the blouse. I have the perfect pinstripe suiting for the vest. I probably have something for the skirt, too... maybe... hopefully... because I really, really want to destash and not buy more fabric for a long while. Notions, they'll probably need to be aquired...

    Also would like to make the 40s dresses that have been in the Project queue for over a year :-( Damn me! I think the whole 'I'm going to work on stuff to put in my etsy shop' needs to be rethought. ME! ME! ME! ME! Er... I mean, I had better work on stuff for me as to practice honing my skills. Yeah, that's it.

    Alright, alright. To work with me. Custom orders and TO DO LIST items first...

    Monday, August 1, 2011


    So, July was a bit of a failure, accomplishing-things wise. But it did contain STEAMPUNK CROQUET!

    Ahem, anyway. Hopefully, August will be more productive, even though it's going to contain STEAMPUNK CROQUET PT.II!

    • Custom order Madame Chan Visits Victoria jacket
    • Repair blanket (mass produced comforter... oh the quality, the stitching binding the edges is coming undone)
    • outfit for STEAMPUNK CROQUET PT.II
      • dress
      • separate bustle
      •  custom order Gear Monkey Coat (waiting on measurements...)
      • experiment with card crown for custom order, somewhat similar to one made for a craftster challenge:

      • Ruminate and decide upon Halloween Costume. Options thus far...
        • TOS trekkie uniform w/tricorder purse
        • Rogue (has been ongoing desire, but too overdone, I think)
        • Alice (again, ongoing desire, but too overdone)
        • Mrs. Lovett's seaside dress would be superfun!! Finding the right fabric (that delicious red and white stripe) might be a task that would take longer than I have, though...

      Saturday, July 30, 2011

      GEAR MONKEY COAT (Tinkerer's Frock Coat Revisited)

      Explorer's/Dreamer's Pose
      So had the idea back in, what, February (?) of making a 'simpler' version of the Tinkerer's Frock Coat.
      Also made the pants, years ago out of nifty microfiber

      Turns out, it's just as much work. :-/

      And I got lazy when I had to draft armhole facing (which really isn't that difficult and took me all of ten minutes...) instead of being able to just fold the edge in and hem it up like I was able to do with the Tinkerer's.
      Add in hand-painting gear motif, and it's the freakin' equivalent time-consuming monster, even with all of the details (grease stains, tears, wear, and patches) of the Tinkerer's.
      HOODS: Necessity to occlude identity from THE MACHINE
      Charging what I do for these pieces (below minimum wage if I bothered to count the hours), I think I can only stomach one or two custom orders. Plus, I really, really don't like to do the same thing too many times. I have attention span issues, apparently.
      Good Ol' Detachable Hood/Sleeves for messy jobs
      Also, didn't really draft up patterns for the cargo pockets last time (and cargo pockets are the devil, more complicated than welt pockets, etc.) Sort of just winged it, so I had to do all that drafting this time 'round.

      Billowy Coat for COOLNESS... :-)