Monday, November 28, 2016

Star Trek TNG Outfit

Knit Top & Skirt (Butterick 6285)


This is going to surprise anyone who knows how I'm a lifelong sci-fi nerd, but I just went to my first convention this past October. My friend who also sews costuming invited me to be on a costuming panel. (If you're unfamiliar with the con world, this is sort of like a seminar, where we discussed methods of reproducing costuming... a very large topic to cover in just an hour, for certain!)

Anyway, I wore my Alice costume the first day (for our presentation). But I wanted something more casual for the second day.

Okay. I'll be honest. I wanted an excuse to get some of the new line of Star Trek fabric featuring characters from The Next Generation (the Star Trek I watched when I was little).

I also wanted to try out this Pattern by Gertie that I'd recently picked up on sale. The skirt looked like it would be fun. It's very full but rather than gathered at the waist or in circle-skirt fashion, it has deep, multi-layered pleats.

Butterick 6285
It turned out way too large... but I think this was due to the fact that I had to fussy cut and piece the sections (hiding the seams in the pleats) because the fabric was too narrow (I think the pattern calls for at least 45" wide... standard quilters cotton is only 42" -sometimes less with the selvage waste). Also, it's a directional print. However, I only rounded up to the nearest yard from the requirement, and had the perfect amount of fabric.



I had both a black and teal-blue knit in my stash, so decided to just make a simple knit top reminiscent of the Star Trek TNG uniforms. It's a basic raglan sleeve cut with about 1 inch wide collar/neckline yoke.

I pieced the main part of the shirt to have the asymmetrical triangle design distinctive of the uniforms. This is the detail that really sells the look.

Problems with this piece were mainly that the knits were two different types of fabric with a different stretch variable. So it doesn’t lay completely smooth flat at some joins.
I could have also made it a little bit shorter and fitted for a better looking top, but I wanted a comfy one.

 I did receive several compliments. It is definitely a flirty fun style.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Bohemian Hippie Dress (Burda 7224)

Bohemian Hippie Dress (Burda 7224)


This was a 'shopping my stash' project and I had a large amount of this soft, almost crepe-like cotton jersey knit that I ordered on sale sort of by mistake before. Even when you're familiar with textile terminology, it's hard to know precisely what you're getting without seeing it in person. However, into the stash it went. And it just happened to be perfect for this project (if not for the purpose I had originally intended).

I can't describe how comfy and soft this fabric is! Lovely to wear. And it has a cute stylized floral pattern, green with purple accents on a cream base.



Quick confession: I am a pattern hoarder. I buy a bunch of them whenever there's a sale at Jo-Ann Fabrics. Burda has some unique and interesting styles but is rarely on sale, so I have to be choosy with which patterns I get. Therefore, this one was one that I seriously considered making before (not just purchasing as a passing fancy).

What can I say? I love a shirt-dress.

As far as the fact that it's a Burda "Young" pattern, the "young" seems only denote the fact that their designers think the style is more suited to younger women. Not that I believe anyone should ever be restricted in their fashion choices by the opinions of others, but this design especially seems odd to imply only younger woman can wear it. It looks quite universal to me.

Maybe they just meant young at heart. (aka Hippies and free spirits.)

I opted for the long sleeves variation, which features a gathered flare like on medieval dresses. The bodice is simple and not very fitted (definitely needs some extra fit adjustment despite the darts, especially if using a stretch fabric such as a knit). I think if I made it again, I would lengthen the bodice. It sits about an inch higher than my natural waist (likely due to my bust size).

The pattern lends itself wonderfully to use with knits. (Especially with the aid of an overlock/serger.)




I opted for some wooden buttons I had in my stash for the dress placket. This was primarily to match a vintage wooden bead-macramé belt I inherited from another crafter's de-stash cleanse.

Pair with moccasins, sandals, flats or bare feet (seems like the most accurate option), loosely styled hair (or tie-dye bandana) and some eclectic jewelry (my Moroccan wooden bangle and magpie pocket watch necklace here) to finish off the bohemian look.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

STEAMPUNK BABY: Overalls & Hat Sets

Overalls & Engineer/Newsboy Hat

For Steampunks of the Future... Er... Past? Or Past's Future? So that would be the Present, right?

These overalls are 12mo/1yr in size with adjustable straps and elastic in the back for fit. I had some awesome striped fabrics in my stash, as well as the gear print sage colored cotton and gold on brown polka dot.

The sage stripe was an upholstery fabric that I've made a number of things from, but this marks the end of it. And definitely worth the use in this cute design, I think.

The hat is a newsboy/engineer's style in child size, with elastic at the back for fit.