Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hats Galore!

Hey, it’s been a while, so I thought I would post a series of hats that I have made in the past. Some of these I made using a pattern, some not. They are not very ornate: I opted for sturdy construction over decoration. Some I gave away, some I sold. My most memorable is the beige Paper Boy hat which I sold to a women in Egypt who gave it to her fiancee.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tim Burton like doll


It’s been a while since I’ve posted although I have been doing a lot. I wanted to share with you this figure I made last week. It took me a while to make because I got busy dinking around with other stuff between each body part.
DSCF3059I borrowed the pattern from a book I have called Creative Cloth Doll Couture by Medaris Culea. I tweaked the pattern just a bit, but next time I will probably make the legs and arms thinner. What I like about this book is the patterns are in the back, and she makes her dolls all the while admitting that she borrows from this artist and that artist. She shares so much in the book, and also gives credit to the artists that have inspired her. I like the book because it’s all about sharing creative ideas which is what art allows us to do freely.
Anyway…I left the doll parts sitting around for a while because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them: what kind of figure I wanted to make. I could have gone pretty, or weird, but instead I felt I would do a sort of witch, zombie, macabre sort of thing, you know, pretty and weird.
DSCF3071I made her out of regular muslin, then airbrushed her with diluted acrylic paint. I then painted on the stitches, and sewed her together. I painted the face, and made the hair out of brush black Lion Brand Wool-Ease yarn. The dress sort of just came to me. I took a long piece of bias tape, and gather a ton of mesh or tulle, and sewed it to the middle of the tape. I then made an apron out of fancier material and sewed loose ribbon along the edges. Her fingers are pose-able, and her finger and toe nails are painted black.
Next time I won’t use acrylic paint because it makes the fabric sort of crunchy. Not that these figures will be handles a lot, but it bothered me. Like I said earlier, I will make the legs and arms thinner, and the feet flatter. I might make a shorter, fatter old man.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Doggy Bed

I made this on a whim one day.I didn’t have a pattern, but fashioned it after one I saw at the pet store that was selling for $50 bucks. I simply made a circle out of felt big enough for my dog. I then had the idea to cut out the paw appliqué out of black felt to which I simply sewed onto the circle before sewing the circle seams together. I then cut out a double sided rectangular piece of fabric that I knew would encompass the circle. I left a little extra fabric at the end just in case. I stuffed the pillow lightly, then sewed the top of the rectangular fabric pieces together, then sewed the rectangular piece to the circular piece leaving just a small amount open to stuff. I stuffed it, then closed the seam by hand stitch. I then turned the circle/rectangular seam inside the bed. My dog loves it and it’s machine washable and very soft. My dog loves to sleep in it during long car trips to the beach.

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Cost...about $8 bucks. $4 for the fleece, and about $4 for the stuffing. Super fun to make!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Corset Project and Eyelets


This weekend I finished making a corset that I started a week or so ago. Okay, two weeks. It’s not a difficult project it’s just that other things got in the way.
I used a Simplicity Halloween costume pattern for this corset which also came with a tutu pattern, but I haven’t made the tutu as of yet.  I could have draped the design using  my form and muslin, then made the paper pattern, but I figured why reinvent the wheel.
There are about six pieces to the pattern, and they are relatively small which make it easy to cut out on a medium sized ironing board or counter top. This was an easy project for the most part, but the challenge came when it’s was time to do some of the finishing work mainly the eyelets.
The pictures are of my first attempt at this design. The second attempt turned out the same except that I used a better eyelet tool instead of the cheap Dritz eyelet tool I had on-hand when I made the first version. Eventually I ended up with a big hole in the last eyelet I applied (isn’t that how it always happens).
On Amazon I found an awesome well made eyelet tool that came with tons of eyelets, and when I bought a grommet tool together I got a great deal. Check it out!
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My second attempt at this design took about four hours from cutting to finishing. I am pretty happy with the results. The tutu will really make this corset look awesome.
Instead of using the placement guide in the pattern directions I place boning in all of the side seams and half way up the base of the seams in front. I used basic plastic boning because the material is semi stretchy and this isn’t an authentic corset with regard to stiff support, but more so medium support. I wanted support more so for the shape of the garment oppose to support for body parts.
Instead of using black bias tape to finish the bottom as suggested in the pattern, I used the same material cut on the bias. The second version does not have the black cording embellish.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Women’s Blazer


Here’s a pic of a woman’s blazer a made a few months back and sold on line. The fabric was very shiny, and hard to sew, but it was a lot of fun. The button on the front was that of the sun and matched the fabric on the back.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sewing on the Web

If you are looking for a great place to learn how to sew About.com offers tons of step-by-step instructions for the beginner to advanced sew fanatic. About.Com offers a machine buyer's guide as well a machine threading guide. You can also sign up for free sewing lesson via email in addition too several other sewing resources. What's nice About.com sewing page is that it is created by fellow crafters who love to sew now commecial marketing teams geared at selling you fabric or notions.

Burda Style offers tons of free patterns along with a huge on-line community where you can create your own wall and share your creations with people world wide.

YouTube has tons of how-to videos as well as machine reviews by real people who sew every day.

Sewing.Org has tons of free patterns, blogs, and even pictures of reader's sewing room.

SewNews.com offers tons of articles, classes, blogs, and educational material that always gets my creative thoughts soring.

Have fun!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Martha Stewart Doll Patterns

I long time ago I discovered this pattern. There is really no creative limit with this pattern. I have slimmed down the legs and arms, and made the head separate from the body. I've also made some dolls and inserted pipe cleaners in the arms and legs to make them posable. Check out the patter at Martha Stewart's website.




Also from Martha's web site is a fun and easy bunny pattern. Check it out!

Friday, February 3, 2012

New Sewing Machine

So, the other day I took my Brother 420 into the shop to be repaired because I shook  it like a baby when it seized up on a pair of pants I was making. I came away with a brand new Janome! I love it. For so long I've spent my money on so many red-headed step sister sewing machines, but this time I thought I would invest in a new machine and spend some money.
At $1,499 the Janome Memory Craft 6500 is a bit of an investment, but once I got it home and got into all the feature I realized it was totally worth every penny! It weighs a ton and is built solid. It has a lot of stitches and comes with a huge extension table. It has an auto thread cutter, and two spool holders in the back which come in real handy when switching thread. I can tell it is a machine that I am going to have for years and years an years. Yea!

Montana here I come!

I drove from Portland to Montana yesterday. I made it in about 8 hours. The drive was awesome and Montana is beautiful. More later. ...