Pleated Pencil Skirt pattern. I've been eyeing it, and I need a perfect pencil skirt pattern. After one make I do love it. I didn't have time to make a muslin, so I had some fitting issues to deal with. This first one isn't quite perfect, but now I know what to do to the paper pattern to make it perfect. I shaved of some of the hip circumference, will need to shorten the back waist length, and need to take in the top of the waistband. I also need to make the pleat deeper so that I have more room to move. I used fabric from Miss Matatabi that I won from a giveaway earlier this year. It's gorgeous fabric, and I'm sad to say it's not available anymore.
There are so many fun colors and the triangles are great. I didn't have a matching invisible zipper so I used fuchsia. It's noticeable, but I kind of like it. When I sewed up the back pleat, I accidentally matched the triangles so perfectly that it looks like I totally meant to do it. Happy accident! I do have a problem of sewing everything out of printed fabric, so I really need to make some solid fabric pieces to match!
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Labels: Women: Dresses and Skirts
forgetful awesome, I'm apart of two blog series today. I signed up for both pretty far apart without realizing I signed up for the day. It actually works out perfectly because it's all part of the kids' Halloween costumes! This year we are being characters from Toy Story, and this is the only picture I got of both of them facing the camera.
Let me tell you a little more about Bullseye and the book Fun of the Fair. It's a book filled with adorable soft toy sewing patterns. They are SO cute! I have almost zero experience when it comes to sewing toys or softies so I didn't know what to expect when I started. It was explained really well, so the only trouble I had was with the hand-sewing. But that is my inexperience and had nothing to do with the book! I'm really excited to make some other stuffed animals for Christmas gifts this year. I think any beginner could make these toys, so don't miss the other great sewing books!
I tried taking pictures of them on the car similar to when the toys ride on the back of cars. It's not quite the same, but they are still really cute "toys!"
We were right there to catch Claire if she got away, but we did tell Henry to hold onto her so he tried really hard to make her sit still.
Henry is Buzz Lightyear, Claire is Jessie, I made a Bullseye using Fun of the Fair by Melanie McNeice (eBook), my husband will be Woody, and I think I'm going to be Slinky. (I still have to make both of our costumes.)
I did the stuffed pony and I chose to do it in colors just like Bullseye, a light brown body with dark brown hooves. I didn't have the right thread for the hair so I used some brown yard I had it my stash. I didn't cut the ends but left them in loops to keep the yarn intact. I omitted the buttons on the legs and eyes because I don't want them to come off and choke Claire. I also added a brown faux leather saddle just like Bullseye. So far she loves it and loves hugging it!
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Now let's talk about the costumes and the pattern hacks. We found the Buzz Lightyear wings for $1 this summer at a yardsale. Sorry, I don't have a hack for making that! I used the Billy Bright Eyes Tee pattern for the top and added the sleeve details. I drafted a hood and attached it to the neckline. For the pants I used the free Retro Sweatpants pattern and took out width in the legs and then added the leg details. I did the cuffs in the colors that closely matched Buzz's colors.
I didn't use a pattern for Jessie's onesie because I just used a long sleeve onesie, painted part of it yellow, and added some red stitching. For the pants I used the free Go-To leggings pattern and sized up bigger than 12 mos. I used a stretchy denim and a non-stretchy white fur to which I added black felt spots. I drafted my own red cowboy hat which I made a lot of mistakes on so here's a child cowboy hat pattern that will work better than mine. For the boots I used the leather boots I made earlier this summer which are still HUGE on her.
Check out everyone else's interpretations of the Fair animals:
Straight Grain | |
Feather’s Flights |
Feather’s Flights |
Or check out all the other Halloween hacks to see some cool costumes from regular patterns or go "trick-or-treating" to win prizes!
Labels: Baby Sewing Projects