Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Nerd T-Shirts: Marvel Edition

Thor's Hammer & Captain America's Shield T-Shirts

I'm a nerd, so of course I experiment and practice making t-shirt designs with superhero themes!

Black Widow's Symbol T-shirt

Agents of SHIELD Symbol T-Shirt

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Adirondack Park T-Shirts

Adirondack Park T-Shirt: Porcupine (Available on Etsy)

I love to do fun local-themed t-shirt designs. Also, I'm a giant nerd. Wasn't sure if this one had been done before, but I just couldn't resist! The original design I made was with a porcupine (or 'bark eater') since Adirondack is a anglicized/bastardization of the Mohawk word for porcupine ('bark eater') and was what the Mohawk called the peoples who lived in the area. 

Adirondack Park T-Shirt: Moose (Available on Etsy)

 Moose are obviously a big symbol of the Adirondacks and have an interesting silhouette.

Adirondack Park T-Shirt: Bear (Available on Etsy)

Bear was a custom request that I added into the variations I have on offer. They are another common animal representation for the park. I think this silhouette is more 'brown bear' than black bear (the latter is the species typical to the area), but the black bears have a less recognizable 'bear' silhouette.

Friday, November 2, 2018

STEAMPUNK DISNEY: Tinkerbell & Captain Hook

One of my many awesome friends (awesome because they love to dress up and be 'silly' with me) ditched her husband and dog (read 'baby') to come spend Halloween with me. She had made this awesome Steampunk Tinkerbell costume over the summer, so I figured I should make a related costume, and settled on Captain Hook.

Okay, primarily because I'd been itching to try out some Worbla (thermoplastic used by cosplayers for swords, body armor and the like)... And a Steampunk Hook seemed like a good project for it. Of course, I regretted this as it took much more time than I had anticipated (and didn't have) in the week leading up to Halloween Party! The plastic itself is pretty neat to work with, softens easily with a heat gun, adheres to itself and takes whatever shape you form it when soft. It cools to a hard, durable plastic. The priming, painting, sealing are extremely monotonous. I could've done better, but not bad for first (rushed) project and the result was passable. I put the hook piece on a dowel, rigged with wire that I could pull to raise the hook by moving my hand downward. 
Butterick 6114

I used Butterick 6114 for the Underdress and Jacket. I found that the underdress was way, way too long (what a waste of fabric) and had to take over 7 inches off. I even double-checked to make sure I had cut on the correct line, rather the longer variation, but I had! Usually I only have to take a few inches off, up to four or five for my not-tall stature. I also had to take the jacket in several inches in the waist. I liked the pattern overall, except for it makes one look puffy because the underdress is very voluminous and it's crammed into the jacket, lending one a decidedly frumpy look. I am about two inches smaller in the underbust/waist than this costume's end size. (Just something to be aware of if one wants a more fitted look.) Otherwise I like the style of it.

I purchased the white cotton fabric for the underdress. It has an embroidered medallion motif that you can't really see in these photos. Otherwise, I completely 'shopped my stash' for the rest of the sewn components; red taffeta with black flock polka dots, gold lame, black french gimp (braid), assorted brass buttons, interfacing, underlining for dress, gold basket weave pleather for sword belt/sash, black pleather inserts/tops to make my Victorian boots look more pirate. I also already had my tricorner hat with feathers, goggles, gold stopwatch necklace, kraken necklace, brass bangles to complete the ensemble.

Anyway, we had some fun taking photos in the sleet!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Jurassic Park Bag

So the t-shirt supplier I use sometimes sends freebies with orders. A couple orders ago, I got one of those cinch nylon backpack things. And it needed a classic Jurassic Park logo... because... it just did.

Also, perfect opportunity to test out specialty variety of heat transfer vinyl that works at lower temperatures. It's a little more labor intensive, as it takes prepping the nylon surface with rubbing alcohol and preheating between layers. But the design adhered and the bag didn't melt!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

1920s Flapper Dress

So this post is very, very late... I made this dress for my birthday party over a year ago. We did a fun 1920s themed murder mystery.

The dress is a simple four piece design with a hem that comes to points, done in black satin. The designwork is dark gold and light gold spandex, actually (hard to get a good antique gold fabric). I cheater 'appliqued' it on by backing the pieces with heat-n-bond and then laying them out into the pattern, which is weaved in some places and otherwise meets up in points. There is a center front and center back seam as well as side seams that all required proper laying out of the pieces to align. The neckline is outside-faced with the gold fabric. The hem is trimmed with 12 inch gold fringe.

If I had to do it again... I would (now having the capability) use vinyl and my heatpress... 
Still would need meticulous laying out, but not so much ironing! And it might lay a little smoother than the thicker applique (with the layer of heat-n-bond holding it together).

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Dottie Angel Wrap Dress (Simplicity 8186)

I've had these two fabrics (a red and white cotton damask, and a black and white check) for quite awhile and really always wanted to do a layered look with them, so when I came across this Dottie Angel Pattern (Simplicity 8186) it seemed perfect for them. Also, I didn't have a lot of either (about a couple yards of each, not even) and surprisingly this pattern doesn't require a whole lot fabric, as far as clothing goes.

As you can sort of see in the pattern photos and 'views', the underdress is very much a sack dress. The little darts at the bustline are quite minimal in providing any sort of fit. So if you're curvy at all, you're looking at a horrendous outcome. I made it to a size to fit my bust, which meant the waist was literally 8 inches too large and the hip was a couple inches excessive as well. 

I did not take a photo of the original before fitting (it's really difficult for me to stop mid-project to take photos, even though I know that it would be helpful if I intend to blog about it). 

Anyway, to mitigate the monstrosity of the sack dress, I first too the side seams in about an inch on each side, tapering from bust (where the dress fit was fine). Then I put in some classic front darts (from but through waist... making sure I didn't make them too deep or fully fitted, as this dress is a pull-on and has no fastener. I also threw a band of casing and elastic in the back to pull up some more of the slack while still allowing the dress to have enough give to be pulled on over bust.

(Sidenote: My lovely bicycle tan is clearly visible here, with racerback tank lines and pale lower legs, tan knees/thighs. Also, giant calves)

Some shape is lost with this dress, as the wrap dress is only minimally fitted. I can't imagine having the true sack form of the underdress bunching up beneath it, however. Definitely needs fitting or modification unless you have a very straight line figure, like the model in the pattern photos. Then it looks great as is.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Take Your Heart Baseball Tee

This was a commissioned piece by a friend for her husband. It's from his currently favorite game, Persona 5: Take Your Heart edition. (Got to love having nerdy friends with unique requests).

This is the piece in which I really realized that the vinyl shrinks when applied... Black outlines with a lot of detail are very hard to line up. And often require an entire new black layer to be cut (or a couple) until I can figure out the shrinkage percentage. It might actually be worth some experiments to figure out this ratio percentage so that I can automatically shrink any black outline/detail layers and not waste vinyl or frustration trying to make it work.