Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Burn all the things!



It was my friends' 5th Wedding Anniversary a few days ago. And since the interwebs informed me that "wood" is the traditional gift, I decided to do a woodburning of their favorite Doctor Who companions (who were featured in their wedding cake topper and at their "head table")

I had wanted to put the image on the top of a wooden keepsake box for usefullness, but couldn't find a single one locally. I am informed that the plaque is better because it's easier to hang on the wall. :)

This is my first real woodburning project. I think I might done something on a camp or girl scout arts and crafts moment back in th day. The tool does take a little getting used to, with the different nibs behaving in different ways and non giving you a clean, fine line for text. (grr)

But I was happy with the way it turned out. And more importantly, so were my friends!

Wishing them many more years together (even though I probably won't be up to the task of glass etching or metalwork/smithing when the next milestone comes around)!

#woodburning #burnallthethings #doctorwho #amypond #rorywilliams #crafts

Monday, May 22, 2017

Fantasy Hoods


An essential and easy addition to any range of fantasy or sci-fi costumes... the HOOD. In particular when you're trying to disguise your identity, fight the Man or work as a vigilante.


These are pretty simple styled garments, cropped to chest length, and open sided (except for a bit of elastic under the arm to adjust fit). Grommets and lacing in the front adds functionality and style. The hood itself is a nice, full cut that has nice, classic form. They're actually a unisex design.


Hoods work better (keep their shape better) when made from heavier weight materials, so I used some fun upholestry weight and heavy twills to make these. The black-on-black raised dot fabric I particularly enjoy (yay! texture). The gears on the heavy drab green hood give it a little steampunk/cyberpunk flavor.


ALSO SEEN IN THESE PHOTOS: 
-Medieval Style Dress (cheater: made from a modern knit fabric is super cozy but with the same silhouette)
-Taffeta Underskirt (Not seen)
-Overbust Corset (in brocade with brass zip front.)
-Wooden Crossbow Toy (can't remember the website I ordered it from)
-Gold Cuff Bracelet (Marshalls, maybe?)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Steampunk Pirate Pants




This was actually in my unfinished projects pile for a long time. Found it while sorting through stuff and decided to finish it up. It's a variant on wrap pants (which might just be my favorite). This one features much longer leg back sections that leg front sections, so wrap across the waist front, requiring a slightly different tying technique and giving a more 'skirt' look when standing normally.


It's a red Asian print brocade for a more cosmopolitan Airship Pirate feel. The rest of the outfit consists of Black Long-Sleeved Shirt (Store), Black Brocade Underbust Corset (My work), Cropped Hood-Vest (My work), Grommet Belt with Pouches & Compass (My Work), Goggles (etsy seller I don't remember which shop -sorry!), Aetheray Gun (Altered Squirt Gun).



These are part of the last set of pictures taken at my parents' house in the woods where I grew up. 
We just moved this past weekend. All my sewing stuff is in storage for now until we get into the new house. So I have a few items that I haven't shared here, but it's probably going to be awhile, and a new backdrop when I get back to making projects again. (Have been mostly working on repairs, alterations, hemming and the like.)

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Holiday Outfit


A little late in posting, but I think fashion bloggers, especially DIY ones who make their own clothes understand how long it takes from idea to posting... There's designing, actually making the garment, taking photos of the garment, editing the photos, writing the post...

Anyway, this was my holiday outfit. The duster style jacket is made from this brushed cotton I got years ago. I thought the red flowers with simple black & white accents were rather winter/christmas-like.

I used a two-way zipper for adjustability. 



Paired with my favorite pair of pin-stripe stretchy pants (Longer version of the Pattern By Gertie capris in Butterick 5895), black lacy camisole, vintage hand-me-down belt, black & white fossil necklace, silver & glass bead bracelet, and in this photo, my high-heel t-strap oxfords (in real life, black flats with bows on the toes).



Monday, February 6, 2017

Tartan Dress



Confession: Since I work primarily at home, I wear "loungwear" (pajama bottoms and a t-shirt) most of the time. But deciding maybe I should try not to be such a bum, I got some supersoft brushed cotton tartan fabric for a dress. (Don't want to sacrifice comfort for style.)




I altered Burda 7224 which I used to make my Bohemian Dress that I love. I lowered the waistline a couple inches since the original pattern fell in an awkward place, not empire and not at the natural waist. Also, had to adjust the underbust darts to pick up another few inches for a better fit. And I only had enough fabric for the sleeveless variation after fussy cutting the tartan.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

DIY BEDSHEET PRINCESS LEIA COSTUME (A Tutorial)




The theme for this past New Year’s party was Celebrities Who Died in 2016 and we couldn’t let Carrie Fisher go unrepresented. So I grabbed a couple sheets up from the thrift store and did a quick Princess Leia white dress. I ended up double layering it because the white sheet I got was sheer and the other sheet I got was off-white. But the tutorial is worded for one layer.

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TUTORIAL


(Some of the photos are a little blurry since I took them with my phone as I went.)

MATERIALS:

-Thrifted White Sheet (full size or larger -I used full size)
-Velcro (or hook and eye)
-White Bias Tape Remnant (about ten inches; not required)
-Interfacing remnant (about 15-20 inches long by 6 inches wide)
-Scissors
-Iron
-Measuring Tape
-Thread
-Sewing Machine
-Pins

1. [Skip this step if you have a top sheet]. I only found fitted sheets in white, so they had to be unfitted before proceeding.

Use a seam ripper to open up part of the hem and pull out the elastic. OR cut the hem off (if you aren’t worried about saving every inch for length. I’m 5’5” and the full-sized sheet seemed to be a decent length).



Cut open the seams on the corners. (This will allow the sheet to lay flat.)



PRESS THE HEM/EDGE to get out the wrinkles from being elasticated.



2. FOLD THE SHEET IN HALF WIDTH-WISE (so that the longest side of the sheet is halved -this is for a full-size. I believe Queen size may be square).



FOLD IN HALF LENGTHWISE (so that you now have four layers and two folded sides).



3. MEASURE ARM LENGTH FOR SLEEVE & CHEST LENGTH (from shoulder to a couple inches beneath armpit)

TRANSFER MEASUREMENT TO FABRIC BY MEASURING IN FROM UNFOLDED SIDE EDGE (sleeve length) AND DOWN FROM FOLD#1 (chest length)



DRAW LINE FOR SLEEVE, WIDENING AS YOU APPROACH UNFOLDED SIDE AND BOTTOM EDGE



CUT ALONG LINE, MAKE A CLASSIC T-SHIRT SHAPE



CUT REMNANT INTO TWO RECTANGLES, RESERVE FOR COLLAR AND HOOD.



4. MEASURE NECK. Add 2 inches for overlap. This is your COLLAR MEASUREMENT. Divide the Collar Measurement by 4 to get NECKLINE MEASUREMENT. Using a soft measuring tape, create the neckline on a curve to the NECKLINE MEASUREMENT. CUT.




OPEN OUT FOLD #2. ON BACK OF GARMENT, MEASURE DOWN FIVE INCHES (from CENTER of neckline).



CUT ALONG PLACKET LINE (through BACK LAYER only)


FINISH PLACKET using scrap of BIAS TAPE or by NARROW HEMMING or with SERGER/OVERLOCK



5. MAKE HOOD The hood supposedly is more of a tube (not closed in the back). Take TWO of the large rectangles of scrap leftover from creating the T shape (there should’ve been four layers/rectangles). PLACE them RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER and SEW a seam along the shorter end, finishing with SERGER or FRENCH SEAM or etc (if desired).



FINISH LONG EDGES if you did not reserve the sheet hem.

You should now have ONE HOOD PIECE, vaguely rectangular (you may want to curve the seam/top of the head part to fit better).



GATHER RAW EDGES (with long machine stitches or hand basting). PIN RAW EDGES TO NECKLINE, PULLING UP GATHERING STITCHES, so that the hood it even with the placket in the back but leaves a few inches space in the center front. BASTE HOOD TO COLLAR. REMOVE PINS




6. MAKE COLLAR by taking another one of the four remnant pieces. MEASURE the neckline of the garment and add seam allowances. CUT A RECTANGLE to this length with a width of 6 INCHES (which includes ½ inch seam allowances). CUT ONE OF INTERFACING (fusible light to medium garment weight recommended). FUSE/SEW INTERFACING TO WRONG SIDE OF COLLAR



RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, FOLD COLLAR IN HALF LENGTHWISE & SEW ENDS WITH ½ INCH SEAM ALLOWANCE. TURN AND PRESS.



SEW RAW EDGE OF COLLAR TO NECKLINE OVER GATHERED EDGE OF HOOD. FINISH SEAM & PRESS.

7. ATTACH VELCRO TO BACK OF COLLAR. Hooks on side that will overlap. Loops on side that will underlap.



8. TRY ON (with belt) and ADJUST SLEEVE LENGTH. FINISH ANY EDGES/HEMS THAT ARE STILL RAW. (I kept the original sheet hem in several places).

9. RESIST THE EMPIRE!





BELT


I ended up using a piece of twill because it’s sturdier and the remnants of the sheet would have to be pieces. The belt shape can be easily replicated with just one piece that looks like this…



1. MEASURE WAIST. AND FIGURE OUT LENGTH NEEDED.
2.CUT ONE OF FABRIC AND OF INTERFACING
3. FUSE INTERFACING TO BACK OF BELT
4. FOLD IN HALF LENGTHWISE (along dotted line in pic).
5. SEW RAW EDGES (ends and length, leaving hole for turning).
6. TURN AND PRESS. STITCH UP HOLE.
7. ADD VELCRO TO ENDS, ADJUSTING FIT.
8. ADD METALLIC DETAILS (hers are geometric panels of silver metal… I didn’t have any gray fabric but do have a stash of old fashion belts. So I just attached one of those.)


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