Numbers

This is kind of the perfect fabric for school-age kiddos.  This is a pre-order up at The Fabric Cottage with numbers and letters is various colorways.  I was a bit late to choose a sample to sew up, so I ended up getting the numbers in white and black.  I probably would have chosen the alphabet, so I could do this quote again (cut file in the linked folder on the sidebar):

I had to think of something else to do for the numbers, so I searched for Math Memes and found this one (also in the cut file folder):

The girl is fairly good at math, and has been in advanced math at school, but she’s not a big fan of it.  I was hoping that she might see the humor in it, and still give the outfit a thumbs up.  You never know with a tween.  Seriously, they have multiple personalities.  Sometimes everything you make is fantastic, and the next time you get eyerolls so hard they hurt themselves.

She liked it this time. 🙂

The shirt is just a basic block that I have made for her.  She needs shoulder coverage since the school here doesn’t allow strappy tank tops.  The skirt is a skort that I have somehow just mangled the pattern drafting.  I had to redo it on the fly, so I will have to redo several pieces.  It all turned out pretty cute, though.

The pre-order is open until June 16th, so go check it out if you like the numbers and the alphabet.  They also have a ruled paper print that would be cute, too.  Kind of perfect for a back to school outfit in the fall!

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What’s your sign?

This was kind of fun to sew up!

The constellation fabric for the skirt is on pre-order at RP Custom Fabrics.  This sample is the 58″ round on bamboo lycra.  She has a few other round panels, and they come in various sizes.

The girl claimed it when she saw it, so I had to make something for her with this pretty fabric.  I decided to make a tank top dress, with the circle as just the skirt part.  The top is from a pattern I drafted for her, and I just didn’t have the right white fabric.  All my whites were see-through.  I ended up choosing this swim knit and used the matte (not shiny) side.  I lined it with a white swim lining I had, so now it it not see-through!

The constellation sign is a Taurus for her birth month.  I found a picture of the constellation online, drew over it in Photoshop and then created a cut file for my Silhouette Cameo.

The bamboo fabric has a beautiful drape to it, and it makes a very twirly dress!

The Estellar constellation print will be available to pre-order until the 30th!

Rock on

When RP Custom Fabrics offered up these strike-offs for sewing up, I knew my time would be at a premium.  Unfortunately, this past week and upcoming week, we are in the thick of games and tournaments.  My poor kiddos are tired, tired, tired, but luckily school is almost out for them.  It is hard to have all these games, PLUS homework.

I got this sample to sew up last Thursday or Friday, so I washed it up and then didn’t have any time to sew.  Last night I got home at 5:15 yesterday from work and proceeded to cut, make and photograph these two pieces before leaving for my son’s baseball game at 7:45 (yes, it was a late one for the boys last night).   Photographing these at 7pm wasn’t fun, since the sunshine was bright and not low enough and then my remote was dead.  Being in a hurry, you will always, always have issues!

These are my two pattern drafts that I love the fit.  The top is here, and have a one size pattern for it.  I actually moved the front top part out from the seam a few extra inches to get more of a drape on it.  You just keep the bottom pattern piece against the fold line and move the top part of the pattern out at an angle.

This fabric had a great drape for this type of top.  It was a bamboo lycra, which incidentally, is now being offered in these prints for this round of fabric at RP Custom Fabrics.  It is one of my favorite fabrics to work with since it feels so nice.

The skirt is this pattern draft, just lengthened by 5 or 6 inches.  This is a nice heavy cotton lycra, so it works really well for a skirt.  Definitely not see-through.

The colors on this cotton lycra print are so pretty and vivid. This print is called Piedra and is available to pre-order at RP Custom Fabrics through the end of June.  I have a few more prints in this line to make and photograph, so more will be forthcoming!

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Roses and thorns

I like a good theme-centric project to get my wheels turning.  This one was related to the intended fabric, which was inspired by the 1996 movie, The Craft.  The plotline was centered around a group of girls that aspired to be witches, and luckily it was actually on Netflix so I could reacquaint myself with the plot-line.

They dress very goth-like, so that brings joy to my little inner black-clothes lover.  Bonus, the fabric had red and black in it, so it was right up my alley.

RP Custom Fabric – Craft Roses in cotton lycra

I pondered several different designs, and finally settled on this one.

This is my draft of a tulip hem, 4-gore maxi skirt with some embellishments.

The back gore is cut in half, and I added a bit more swoosh into that piece.

Nope, not doing a mini skirt.

I also added to the seams a pleather bias tape that I had purchased some years back.

The Craft Roses fabric is cotton lycra and the black fabric is ponte.  I wanted to integrate my rose drawing into it, so that was something I added to the side panels.

I drew a vine out and added some randomly placed roses.  I added the Silhouette cut file to the Google Drive folder on the side, along with the picture of the cut file if you don’t have a Silhouette (sorry no .jpg of the thorns, since that was somehow corrupted).

I used two of the vine pieces, along with a large rose in the middle, medium roses on the ends and two small ones in the middle.

I needed a matching top, of course, so I searched Pinterest for some goth-worthy designs.  So many options!  I also went to the fabric store and bought pretty much every knit that was black.  I love the great variety I find when I go there.  I purchased some rose fabric on a 2 way stretch sheer base.

I decided to use the rose fabric for some full half sleeves and then ponte and the Craft Roses fabric for the main part.  This was my own pattern draft of a princess seamed shirt.  I made it at least 5 years ago, and just tweak it a bit as my sizing changes.  I think this top pattern would be interesting as a dress.  I might have to work on that drafting.

I messed up the neckline.  It was supposed to go across the breastbone like this, and instead it is high enough to choke a person.  Sooooo…I flipped it to the back, added some hardware and called it a “design feature”.

I need to paint my nails black while wearing this methinks. 😉 Midnight was not as into pictures as one would assume. 😉

The pre-order for this fabric is up at RP Custom Fabrics.  Here is the order form for it.  It will be open from May 20-June 7.

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The annual birthday outfit

I generally try to sew something up for the girl for her birthday, since it is a special day.  Having my birthday 2 weeks before Christmas makes you appreciate people actually remembering that you have a birthday. 😉

This was a last minute, start at 10:30pm and finish at 1 am, outfit.

The fabric is a brushed poly-type of knit, though not what you would think when describing this type of fabric.  This is not the LuLaRoe legging fabric, but a quality thick poly.

The skirt is a full circle and has shorts sewn underneath.  No problem in spinning in this one.  The top is a simple top, HTV design of my own making and lace sleeves.

I made the outfit to match her shoes that I designed for her, and the fabric does match.  It is a little yellow on the pictures above.  Quick pics before school and not the best focus!

My next project is a strike off sample that I have been mulling around in my head as to what direction to take it.  It will be pretty fun!  Then, I really, really need to get that gun holster made!  I hate having things sitting over my head for other people.  I also have a zipper to replace on my Dad’s jacket, but he won’t need it until the fall. 😉

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80’s revival

A few years ago I sewed up my girl an outfit inspired by Kira from The Dark Crystal.  She still wears it, too, and wants more like it.

Naturally, when Moonbeam Textiles created an 80’s movie inspired round including The Dark Crystal, and this order came up to sew up the samples, I jumped on it!

I received an infant/toddler panel of the crystal, an adult panel of the gelflings and a fat half of the coordinate.  The multiple panels had me stumped a bit on how to incorporate everything.  I decided on a design using the small panel for the tunic top and the larger panel for the skirt.  I added in some poly lycra, as there just wasn’t enough to do the whole skirt with the fabric I had left.

The pleat on the poly lycra was completely unintentional, since I cut the pieces too large.  Then, I serged one of the arms together incorrectly, which I noticed after top-stitching.

By brain is not thinking so well lately.  Sleep…need more of it!

I had to watch the DVD while sewing this up, because OF COURSE I have it.  It looks quite antiquated compared to the movies of today, but I still enjoy watching it.

I had to piece the back, so I added a pair of wings and some topstitching to camouflage the seam.

The leggings were very much pieced together using up bits of the fat half of the print and adult panel that were remaining.  The rest of the leggings were a jersey lycra I had that matched the browns.

She also has prints inspired by a few other 80’s movies, in addition to a group of coordinating colors.  Check it out on Moonbeam Textiles.

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We are made of starstuff

Oh, Zenith & Quasar Fabric, how much do I love thee?  It’s not just because Lilly gives me free fabric, though that is kind of cool.  It is because her panels look like this:

You can actually make a matching back to your shirt out of her panels!  It is a whole yard (for adult panels), so yes it is more expensive, but IT MATCHES.

I also love the STEM fabrics geared for girls.  She has some Code Like A Girl panels in this round, too, so go check out the pre-order before it closes.  It is just all very cool.

I was sent the above panel and a nebula print.  Two yards of goodness right here, that I turned into a fantastic outfit for my girl.  I should really be sewing summer stuff, but I made sure these were a little extra long for next fall.

Besides…it is still cold here.  I saw snowflakes on Thursday.  Brrrrrrr….

Round 20 Space Prints Pre-order


In case you haven’t noticed (I am sure you have), I have volunteered myself for sewing for a few fabric groups.  They are only ones that I like and would actually buy the fabric (most of them I have purchased fabric from in the past).  I just get the free fabric I am showing for my troubles, so I am not getting loads of cash from advertising for them.  I don’t do affiliate links on any fabrics or patterns, since I don’t like to be beholden to anyone’s expectations.  I would rather be honest than get a free coffee.

I rather like the sewing for fabric (as long as they give me time to sew!), since I get to be more creative with the fabric.  In doing pattern testing I have to follow the pattern exactly.  Not a fan of doing that!

I will try not to be too spammy with my blog posts, but, as always, I am just sewing what I like to sew!

Disney Villains

I have joined another seamstress team for sewing up samples of custom fabric prints to advertise for their new rounds.  These are from The Fabric Cottage, and this round includes Disney Villains.  She sent me a 1/4 yard of the coordinate and an adult panel of Maleficent.  I didn’t think that the coordinate went as well with this panel, so I made two different things.

First, I made a peplum top with the coordinate (my pattern draft).  It is a 3/4 sleeve, and I put one of the portraits in the center front as an applique.  I backed it with Heat n’ Bond, and fixed it with a satin stitch on the edge.

I don’t know why this is so blurry!  Ugh.

The peplum is two layers of a light-weight athletic mesh.  Unhemmed, as I didn’t think it needed to be hemmed, and I offset them a bit.

She needed bottoms to go with this top, and this turquoise metallic mermaid print went very well with the background of the villians coordinate.  Not sure they really match subject-wise, but they look cute together!  The pattern for the leggings is from the 5 out of 4 Shenanigans skort.  I should have gone a little wider with them, though, since this fabric doesn’t really stretch as much as a knit.  They are a bit tight!  If she is uncomfortable wearing them, I will likely just cut them apart and do blocked leggings with some black knit.

The panel needed to become a tunic for the girl.  I could have made something for myself, but I knew she would wear it more.  I made a cosplay for her of Maleficent a few years back.

I had the greens already in my fabric stash (I just needed to find them!), so I just needed a pattern.  I drew this up, and it mostly worked.  I just needed to add one more layer on the bottom of the side seam, since it ended up too short.  An easy fix.

This turned out so cute!

She can wear a pair of her black volleyball shorts underneath during summer if she wants to do cartwheels or handstands (she will).  Here she is wearing it with some black leggings.

The pre-order for these fabrics will open up in the group on April 28th if you want to order some of these villains.

I personally love Maleficent and Cruella.  There is also some other prints that are adorable.  I like the Monsters, Inc. ones, and the Sully fur is so cute as fabric.

Check it out!

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Time for some softball!

While I was waiting for the pre-order to come in for Sports Stitches at RP Custom Fabrics, this strike off sample came up on a charity auction.  I just couldn’t wait, so jumped on the chance to buy it.  That was at least a month ago, and I just didn’t have time to tackle it.  I got the impetus to get going on it, so it is finally sewed up!

I drafted both the top and the skort.  She wants the skort a little longer next time.

My serger is having some “issues” right now with constantly breaking the lower looper thread, which is oh so much fun to re-thread.  Why does it always have to be the hard one??  I am hoping that I don’t have to bring it in to service it, since I have a lot that I want to get done!

I made some mistakes in sewing up the skort, but you can’t tell.  I serged a few layers together that weren’t supposed to go together.  The bottom is supposed to be a little wider than it is.  Still works fine, though.

So cute!

The Sports Stitches are apparently coming in this week, so hopefully I will get the rest of the fabric I ordered in the next few weeks.  I ordered softball, baseball and volleyball.  It is really hard to find softball and volleyball fabric, so I am happy that I was able to find these.

I applied to be on their strike off tester team, and was accepted, so you will see more from this fabric host in the future.  I like that she doesn’t do a lot of “inspired prints”.  I think we are starting to get out of the animated characters phase, so sewing up stuff for the kids can be a challenge.  There are still ones that they like, though, so that is good at least.

I have a few more strike-off samples to sew up this week, along with 2 baseball games, a night out with the neighbor ladies, several softball and baseball practices, along with the last volleyball tournament of the season.  Should be easy to get them done amiright??

Over-committed?  Nah! 😉

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Cute little swimsuit

I purchased this galaxy swim fabric last summer from Zenith & Quasar (no longer available) with good intentions to make my daughter a swimsuit with it.  I didn’t end up getting to it, so I wanted to make sure I got one made in time.

She said she is over two pieces where she is showing her belly.  I guess she thinks it is too big??  I always thought that way growing up, so I get it.  I told her she is not fat (like, really??  I have to tell her that???), but I made her a design of her choosing so she is comfortable.

I showed her several suits on Pinterest and she chose a design that had flounces in the middle.  I drafted up this design with the halter and split the front and back pieces to be able to insert the flounces (which were cut in a continuous circle).  The flounce fabric is a sample that is not available to purchase yet.  I will blog about it if it gets stocked.  It was cute for this!

It is fully lined so the seams are all covered.

The bottoms are fully lined, too, and have elastic at the legs.

This is a good suit, since all 6th graders have a waterpark outing at some point before school is out.

This will have good coverage. 😉

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