Saturday, October 25, 2014

kcw + sew geeky part 2= rocket!

I warned you.  We are ALL going to be a part of Halloween this year.  We are ALL going to be the guardians. You've seen my Star Lord, now here is my Rocket!


When I was thinking about how I wanted to do this I used my normal formula: how to make it warm enough for 20*F + a 6 year old to move in + not a ridiculous thing to sew.  I knew I wanted to give it the appearance of a raccoon in a jumpsuit, without making 2 complete outfits to get into (remember, 6 year old...)

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my collage of inspiration

I came up with the Bimaa Hoodie and the Hosh Pants patterns from Lou Bee Clothing as my base. My fabric wasn't a knit, so for the hoodie I added a stripe of black to the sides in rib knit, and made the sleeves a little looser. This works well, because he will need to wear another layer under this top part.  I appliqued the top to represent the buckles and straps, and there is top stitching to accent that.
I combined the orange utility fabric with the raccoon fur in a simple color blocking.  Thus giving us the illusion of a raccoon in a jumpsuit!
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Eventually, and before Halloween, there will be black gloves, and the gun will be black.  Its been raining a lot though and I couldn't leave the gun out to dry unattended while I was at work... that's weird for me to say.
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It actually went together really quickly and other than the crazy amount of fur all over everything in my sewing space it wasn't a difficult sew. I was telling my mom last night that I am actually ahead of the game this year! I am not frantically sewing minutes before we walk out the door to a festive party! I have time to consider how I am going to put together our most difficult costume for the hubs.

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Amazon came to the rescue with a mask, as that was probably the hardest idea.  I had a plan, but then I found this and thought well, that makes things a whole lot simpler! 

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This is a true costume, and won't be worn everyday like Star Lord's coat is currently being used, so I didn't go to great lengths in finishing seams or anything.  They have raw edges, and will fray a little if washed, but, I expect it will be fine.

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do you like your costume Murphy?

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yes mom!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

kcw + sew geeky = halloween prep

Yesterday kicked off another Kids Clothes Week, and its Sew Geeky time! together those two items mean Halloween prep!

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This year, we are going to be Guardians of the Galaxy. I put together a little collage of star lord images trying to get an idea of what to do...

Hawley is first as Star Lord:

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I knew we could keep this easy to wear for everyday as well as costume, I also didn't really want to put in the time if it was going to be a one time use.

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For the jacket, we needed a brick red/maroon pleather.  However it is surprising difficult to find.  The heavy weight vinyl upholstery material is available, but I wasn't sure about sewing with that. In the end, we got a thinner marine grade vinyl. so its now a rain coat, bonus.
Hawley really wanted it to be a duster, but I just couldn't do it. Aesthetic preference and the desire to be able to use this more than Halloween and dress up.
star-lord-costume by casa crafty

star-lord-costume by casa crafty

I used the Study Hall Jacket pattern as a base, only altering the collar a little and the hem. I lined it in green flannel, added the zipper pocket option and thanked my lucky stars I made it through without too many problems. You can't seam rip on this vinyl without it being a permanent hole and showing the white supporting layers of the fabric. I added topstitching to keep the arm details and break up the solid vinyl. There are still a few little things that may need to be finished (topstitching the zipper), but he desperately wanted to wear it to school today.

star-lord-costume by casa crafty

star-lord-costume by casa crafty

In the movie, Star Lord's pants are the basic Cargo pant but all "spacey" with knee pleated pads and duel colors in angled color blocking. I immediately thought of the Kudzu Cargos. They worked brilliantly.  I made these a little big, because the denim I used had no stretch.  As it turns out, there is a fair amount of growing room now. So, we can enjoy these much longer!

star-lord-costume by casa crafty

star-lord-costume by casa crafty

I had grand plans to make a mask, but, its a little easier (and cheaper) to go this route.  I got lucky and found a dead walkman at the Goodwill, and we had the old head phones... so there you go:
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my crazy star lord. 
star-lord-costume by casa crafty

Friday, October 17, 2014

Perfect Pattern Parcel #6

Sew I herd you had a problem in shades of gray and green...


hardy har har... 
Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

I couldn't resist. really. 
It's Perfect Pattern Parcel time!!!
This time around, for the perfect pattern parcel, we were encouraged to use the pieces in outfit combinations.  So I give you: the Bronte top, the Hudson pant and the Julia Cardi! (the pics on the top of the collage...)

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The Julia Cardi and the Hudson Pants are done in French Terry. I love french terry. It is so cozy, that I have a small stock pile of it.  I knew when the Hudson finally came across my in box, it was going to go this way. I am in love with this style of lounge pants.  It may be even more important to me now that I do not get to be in lounge wear all day, everyday. Granted, I don't have a dress up job, but I don't wear my pajamas to school.

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The Bronte Top I kept basic.  I have been wanting to make a top with this knit for awhile, eye balling it in the fabric stores, eventually getting it, and then undecided it sat in my stash.  I love the wrap over sleeve connection, and plan on making another of these very soon.


I would like to add pockets to the Julia. It's on the cutting table, just has to wait until I finish KCW/ Sew Geeky : Halloween. All of these pieces are fast sews, that are very rewarding in the end.

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Parcel #6 includes: 

Syrah Skirt by Lauren Dahl (exclusive release!)
Bronte Top by Jennifer Lauren
Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations
Hudson Pant by True Bias
Zsalya Dress by Kate and Rose

BONUS PATTERN: Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll

Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #6 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That's only $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll. Vintage inspired silhouette is had two flattering necklines and a gorgeous skirt. The Odette Dress pattern goes from a size 4 through a 24!

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

a simple yet shiny blouse


a few months ago I joined up with the pattern members at the Sewing Rabbit. Now, I have been a part of many pattern bundle sales, and there are more on the horizon, but the pattern members service delivers a surprise to me every month. 3 patterns, $10. It's pretty reasonable and I can choose as I like. Most of the time there is at least one pattern I am really excited to make.  Other months all three are on my wishlist already!

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This month I got the Simple Blouse in my pattern bundle. Created by Running with Scissors, This pattern comes with a multitude of customization. I kept this one simple though, because this sateen is really a wow all on its own!  I did do french seams throughout, and it added a little time, but was nicely finished all through.

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I got this Sateen from Imaginegnats and I was a little worried about the yellow, but I love it. I really do. It is a beautiful lightweight print and the shine makes it feel luxe without the cost.

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I have made many a Scout Tee, and now I have a secondary favorite in the broadcloth tee department. Love it.
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See? Grinning so hard.  what a goofball.

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PS these are my own opinions. I am not affiliated with the Sewing Rabbit. I just think she's cool.

Monday, October 13, 2014

how to hem your jeans...

My friend Sarah and I always talk about hemming jeans. It always happens.  We talk about sewing and she says," I need to hem these jeans I have! " I just finished hemming a pair of fancy pants I got, so I took pictures! (and of course, we didn't get Sarah's jeans hemmed... one of these times we will...)
The idea is to keep the original factory hem, but make it the right length for you!

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First you need to decide how much your hem line needs to change. This is easier to do with a helper, but not necessary. Put your pants on,  I put on a pair of shoes that I wanted to wear with my pants, and then turn the cuff to where you like it on one pant leg.  Then measure that after you take off the pants again. mine needed to change by 3".

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Straighten out your pant leg and turn back by 1/2 of your number of inches change, so mine went up by 1.5".
I use clips on heavy materials, but you can use regular pins to keep your hem at the right spot. Be sure to get any stitch lines lined up, unlike mine in the last photo...

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Sew along the edge of the original hem as close to the stitch line as possible. (these jeans of mine had been hemmed before, the fold was a little tricky, but not impossible)

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Try them back on to make sure you got the length right.  If it is at the length you desire, trim the excess denim. It is a good idea to use pinking shears, or finish this edge with a serger or zigzag stitch.  This will stop it from fraying. However, if you trim close to the stitch line, it will only fray to that point. You may need to iron your hem occasionally to get it to lay flat, or be sure to flatten it when you are folding your laundry.
(it helps if it is straight out of the dryer, the warm fabric is easier to put in a  shape you want it.)

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There you go! Original hem!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

alder meow shirtdress

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over the weekend we went to a celebration of the union of my baby sis and her beau hunk. They are a very eclectic pair with a love of cats and board games.  I felt as though I needed a good semi casual dress for this event, and finally used my scardey cat Cotton and Steel:

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It was a great party at a brew house in NW Portland. There were board games on all the tables and everyone had a wonderful time.

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I had a lot of people I didn't know asking about my dress. Not surprisingly it was in reference to the cats all about my person!

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This is a color blocked version of the Alder shirt dress from Grainline. I didn't get to participate in the Alder sew along.  But I finally got my Alder together! I really like how this came together.  I wasn't sure about the black until I got it done and could really see how everything played together nicely. The pattern went together quickly and with ease.  I really love this. I think I am going to add the sleeves from the Archer, for a more cold weather version.  Although, with our weather lately....

Monday, October 6, 2014

pattern anthology: go to knit pants

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I was on the fence about the Pattern anthology 8 days a week bundle, until I saw this post from Max California. All the inspiration posts are great, and Katy at No Big Dill's pleather McCartney jacket is awesome. But it was seeing how well Ari's leggings fit that sold me. So, I quickly got the patterns, printed out the leggings portion and cut into....

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pleather. yes, I made myself a pair of stretchy pleather leggings. They are tight, but not uncomfortable. The pleather has a pretty good stretch to it, it's just a workout stretching it. I didn't actually think this was going to work out, and then it did, and I am super pleased and surprised.

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I know these pics don't show the calf portion, but I made the leggings an extra 3" long. I wanted them to scrunch a little at the cuffs.  They whip up super fast.  I had these done in under an hour. Very happy with them.  The best part is, they don't slip down and the rise stays high enough to keep my crack hidden. hurray!I suspected Murphy would ask for a pair after I put these on, he did. what do you think? a 6 year old boy in pleather pants? Is he hipster enough to pull that off? probably.

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I am not affiliated with the pattern anthology sale, but I will say the package is worth it. I have several more ideas for the other patterns, but I'm out of printer paper, so, maybe tomorrow...

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Please forgive my Dolmas munching! We got to stop out our favorite Eastern Europe Deli: Anoush on the way home from Portland, I couldn't wait to eat the dolmas!