Tuesday, November 25, 2014

You know nothing Jon Snow

its that time again! sew geeky, lets go Epic Fantasy!
honestly I wasn't going to jump into this one.  I've been overwhelmed with adjusting to the new schedule, job and all the snow. We've had really cold temps too which turns the garage sewing studio into a frigid work place. But, the weather has turned, the snow is melting, and Murphy really wanted pleather pants.

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Enter: Murphy takes The Black.

In case you are unfamiliar with Game of Thrones, the brothers in black are mostly criminals sent to serve out their time (forever) at "the wall" protecting Westeros from the "Others" and the Wildings (any body from the other side of the wall). They take a pledge, to serve forever with pain of death, etc etc. The most well known brother is Jon Snow.

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In the story Jon takes the black to get away from a family he doesn't feel really love him and to create a place for himself as a high born bastard. While Murphy doesnt need to worry about such things, he fell in love with the pictures of Jon Snow and his direwolf. A fighting dude in leather pants with a giant wolf companion? What's not to love??

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I made murphy a faux fur vest using the schoolboy vest as a base. I kept it pretty basic though. The pleather pants are Hosh pants and Murphy hasn't wanted to take them off since I made them a few days ago. He is a serious hipster.

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I couldn't find a giant direwolf to pose with however, we had the snow...

I could have stopped there, but one of the things the HBO show has going for it is the intense costumes. Daenerys Targaryen is a queen without a country that has a bit of a rough beginning in the books. She eventually comes into her own with her ability to hatch and care for 3 dragons. In the third season of the show, she has a dress that is much loved by cosplayers and the average Jane a like.

So I took some inspiration from dragons and keyholes.

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This is my "mother of dragons" fierce look...

I used the Go To Patterns knit pants for the leggings (glam pics in yesterdays post). The fabric is a metallic snakeskin print jersey and its pretty awesome. They fit like a glove much like the pleather leggings. The top is an edited Plantain tee.

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To make the hole, I just cut out a circle and then made a facing to match. It was that simple. the hardest part was making sure the circle was placed so my bra straps didn't show. I added about 8" to the base to make it a tunic.
While I have watched the show, in its entirety, I prefer the books. I am excited for the next installment as it has been a few years since the last book was published.  They take a while though. Maybe if you start the series now, you'll be up to date by the next one's publication.  Come on Martin! get on it!
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I purchased all  of the fabric for these projects at JoAnn's, which is kind of unusual. 

Monday, November 24, 2014


I made some more Go To Patterns knit pants leggings for a post for tomorrow, and as I was getting ready to take the pics, I decided to do some shots that made me feel pretty, sexy, and strong. I played with light and filters.  I did these all with the self timer...

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I think sometimes I get lost in the jeans and tee shirts and Mom outfits of my country life.  I don't define myself by what clothes I wear, but I do believe that sometimes what I wear does demonstrate how I am feeling about myself. Occasionally I need to listen to Lana Del Rey and put on heels and make up and feel a little more... like a hot chick.

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So I let my hair down, and let the sun shine in my eyes, and relished the way my calves looked thanks to the heels. Enjoyed the frivolous feeling of lip gloss instead of lip balm. I feel that these self portraits are definitely true to me. A little out of focus. A little gritty. But there is beauty there.

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And I made those pants, with my own hands. I made them and they fit perfectly. That adds so much to the feeling of empowerment and sex appeal.  Like I said, I may never wear those heels out.  But knowing that they are there and that I look and feel that hot in them makes a world of difference. When the kitchen is dirty and the laundry is everywhere.  Stepping on Hot Wheels through an obstacle course of ramps and jumps I can remember that the boys loved seeing my smile as I walked about the house like this.

Monday, November 17, 2014

This week in Knitting 11-17-14

I have been knitting up a storm. Lots of holiday knitting, sewing and crafting, and not enough time!!!

The Bo Peep scarf:  I am participating in a gift exchange, and this scarf is part of it. It is a surprise though, so I can't tell you more until it is all over !

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The beginnings of the Piega Cowl:  This is a gift, and I am making it nearly exact to pattern directions.  I am hoping this will be a well loved piece, because it is so soft.

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from Shibui: finished cowl

The Velma Sweater in progress:  You can see where I messed up the pattern repeat. This frustrates me, because I will NOT take it back out.  So my idea is to overstitch a design right through the section that is out of sync. I can't come back to finish this until I get through the Aidez though, because trying to get the pattern right on both projects requires my attention as evidenced by my oopsies so far...

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from Holla Knits: finished velma

Started the Aidez sweater: This will be for me.  I have been wanting to try a more intense cabling project, but I may have bit off more than I can chew here.  Something in the pattern is not working out well for me, but it is a good learning project.  I am almost done with the back, and then I have the front portions, sleeve, and collar.


from Berrocco: finished Aidez

The Katniss Cowl: I made this for the #happyhungergames blog hop


I whipped up a pair of bulky wristwarmers last night also, I'll get a pic up later, but the basic guide I used was this one.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

winter wonderland?

it's really snowy here. much more than we thought it would be. nearly 2ft... ugh I took this while it was snowing.  Now the murphster can barely get through...

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Perfect Pattern Parcel #7

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It's a Perfect Pattern Parcel that I can really get behind: BAGS!
This is the perfect parcel for this time of year, you get 6 patterns, each one different, each one for a different person in your life! BAM! gifts made by you!

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

I choose to make the Betty Bowler. I had been eyeballing this pattern for a while, and decided I wanted to go with laminate (of course what else would I choose??) in scooters :)

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I had a hard time with the laminate for this bag. I omitted a few layers of interfacing as I usually do when I use the heavier weight Echino, but I used a standard quilting cotton on the lining. I knew I should have stuck with my standard canvas, but I needed what I had for another project.  Hence it looks a little frumpy... I was saving up materials because I am currently snowed in. yup. computers on the fritz, intermittent power surges and a freezing cold garage sewing studio. Its been interesting folks.

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You may have noticed I also omitted the stripe panels and the piping. I really wanted it to be all about the scooter print.
The handles are shorter than I generally like, but I have decided it's the perfect "gym before work" bag, and I will be toting it to and from yoga and the pool a lot, so I want it as a hand held. I need to get this routine going of working and working out, and I decided to start with my comfort zone: accessories. Possibly shallow, but like I said, I am snowed in. Hubs is digging out the driveway so we can go to town for supplies ( at least 2 ft. high).

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So go get your pattern parcel now and get to the crafting, whether for you or a friend its a great deal and great bags! PS you can get laminate in the casa crafty store!

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win

Parcel #7 includes:

Barcelona Bag and Wallet by Pat Bravo

Butterfly Sling Purse by Emmaline Patterns

Evelyn Hangbag by ChrisW Designs

Midtown Messenger Bag by Betz White

Betty Bowler by Swoon Sewing Patterns

BONUS PATTERN: Daphne Bag by Clover & Violet

Bonus Pattern:

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 brand new Daphne Bag pattern from Clover & Violet. The Daphne is a slouchy satchel that can be worn cross body or as a shoulder bag. The zip top keeps your gear secure and the internal pockets keep your accessories where you need them. This is a brand new, never been seen before pattern and is an exclusive opportunity for Parcel #7 customers!

How Pattern Parcel Works:

Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel. We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Its our goal to raise over $20,000 for Donors Choose this year.

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!

Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, November 7

Stitched ||

Sew Exhausted

Saturday, November 8

Made by Sara ||Oliver's Fancy ||

Strawberry Patch Ramblings

Sunday, November 9

from a box ||

Mia's Creations ||


Monday, November 10

owen's olivia ||

While she was sleeping

Tuesday, November 11

Nutta ||

Radiant Home Studio ||

La Pantigana

Wednesday, November 12

Sew Fishsticks ||

Stacy Sews ||

Stitching Insane ||


Thursday, November 13

Needle and Ted ||

Patchouli Moon Studio ||

Sprouting JubeJube ||

The Crazy Tailor

Friday, November 14

Casa Crafty ||

A Jennuine Life ||

'So, Zo... What do you know?'

Saturday, November 15

Stitches by Laura ||

Rebekah Sews ||

Serger Pepper

Sunday, November 16

Blogs Like A Mother ||

Vicky Myers creations ||

Blossom Heart Quilts

Monday, November 17

Shanni Loves ||

So Sew Easy ||

GYCT Designs ||

Tiger In A Tornado

Tuesday, November 18

The Nosy Pepper ||

Keep Calm and Carrion ||

There & Back ||

Sewing Sober

Wednesday, November 19

Sew Like My Mom ||

Knot Sew Normal ||

Stacy Sews ||


Thursday, November 20

Mimi's Mom ||

Our Family Four ||

shades of BOLD ||

Modern Handcraft

Friday, November 21

Shawnta Sews ||

Lulu & Celeste ||

Amanda Rose ||

Robin's Fabric Nest ||

House of Pinheiro

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


H didn't like me telling him not to pose, so he's giving me his I will do nothing for you face.

Its time for some fun! Although the reality of the Hunger Games is not fun... however, to celebrate some of the exciting parts of the Hunger Games it's time for #happyhungergames with Rae Gun Ramblings!
For my turn on the blog parade, I decided to take two elements from Catching Fire, the second movie (book) in the trilogy.

The first is this cowl vest. I used a pattern that isn't available anymore, from Anaid Designs.  I intend to give this to my sister for the holidays.  However, after wearing it for this photo, it is really cozy, I may have to keep it.  There was a lot of excitement over this cowl when the previews first came out and a lot of people made patterns for it. The version I choose looked the closest to the original and didn't require materials that were hard to use or find.  In fact, I already had the yarn in my stash.  The herringbone stitch was a new one for me, and not difficult. Making the i-cords was very fun too.

Katniss wears this cowl in the beginning of the second movie. It appealed to me for it's intense warmth and unique take on a cowl. It also had that post apocalyptic feel. It is loose enough to wear over outerwear, and I think it will be loved by my seeeester.

The second piece for this post is a shirt I made for the Hawlster. I was thinking of something that always sticks in my mind after watching the movie, and its when Wiress keeps repeating, "tick tock, tick tock..."

With that in mind, I used those two words and a mockingjay to print a slightly distressed shirt. Hawlster loves it. And I will admit something here that may make some parents shake their heads in disgust.  Both of my children have watched both of the movies. We discuss the violent elements and the story while watching the show. They understand the difference between reality and a story and are disgusted with the idea of the Games as I am. But they love Katniss and her bow, and go about defending their yard with bows and blunted arrows in hand.


I used freezer paper and black fabric paint.  Here is the best freezer paper stencil tutorial I have found. it is a simple method, and when I am only going to do one, I feel like it's a good use of time.

The specific scene that Wiress speaks these words:

Here is the image if you would like to make one of your own! 

Happy Hunger Games!!!
There is a giveaway if you would like to get in on it!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

The last geeky spectacular post!

We did it! we went out as the guardians last night! it was great.  Nobody got it. Actually, mostof those between the ages of 8 and 12 and went to the movies this summer did. Groot was mistaken for an Ent a few times, swamp thing(seriously?) at least once and sweated pretty good under that mask. But, we had fun!

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Me and the Hubs got to go out after the kiddos fun, and went to see the Gentleman Callers in Bend, and had fun watching everyone try to figure out what Hubs was (seriously??!!).
This post is about sewing though, and I didn't really sew too much of Groot.  It was more tack and glue.  So- Gamora!

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I used my pleather leggings, and then added a color blocked pleather v neck top. I added a little sling belt from the same pleather to hook my sword up. I didnt use a pattern for the v- neck, just sorta winged it. It turned out pretty good for all that though!
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I colored myself, and these pics don't do the green justice.  It took a lot of green just to get to this level! The top has green sleeves so that I didn't have to paint my arms green. It's also cold here, so the idea of going sleeveless did not appeal.

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I made a collar also, and I am glad it was removable because I was only sweaty under that collar!

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I couldn't keep my serious face and I fell over a few times much to everyone's amusement, because we were at a Halloween party taking these pics in the back yard.
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I will say that it felt good to go out and be secure in the way I looked in  lots of pleather. TIGHT pleather. I will keep this one for another year, and maybe we will be more recognizable the next time. After a sequel. Until next time...

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