Some winter sewing with Poe

This was a sample sewed up for Fabric Anthropology, and the theme of this round is Horror and Halloween related.  Edgar Allen Poe is not really Halloween-ish, but he was a bit of a darker writer.  It fits the theme.  One of my favorite works of his was The Telltale Heart.  He was probably one of the first well-known horror writers.

One of his more popular narrative poems was The Raven, published in 1845:

The Raven

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“‘Tis some visiter,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
            Only this and nothing more.”

 

This print is a rendering of Edgar Allen Poe, along with ravens on a blue and grey background. The fabric base is double brushed poly with a good weight to it, so it will be warm in the fall and winter.  The sleeves are made from a fleece backed poly for warmth.

I wanted to put some feathers into my top, so I drew up some feathers and put them together into a design (cut file in the folder linked on the sidebar – added one that looks like wings).

I adhered them to the fabric with my new heat press.  Wow, does that go on so much faster than an iron!  The bad part is that it takes forever to heat up.  I will make sure I do batches of HTV, so I don’t have to reheat it too often (it is also a bit smelly).

I added some strips of blue, grey and the print to the bottom of the sleeves.  I thought it would add a bit of interest and tie the print and it’s colors into the sleeve.

The pattern here is the Sneha by Wardrobe by Me (shocker, I know).  I added a little length to the top part, and instead of cutting as one piece, I added a strip of black ponte in between to break it up a bit.  The cowl is black ponte and a grey sweater knit.  I made it to fit into the neckline with no stretching, and it ended up about 32″ wide by around 12″ long.

The pre-order with this print includes several prints related to horror and Halloween geared movies.  Go check it out if that is your thing!

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Beautiful Sunset

This print is part of the RP Custom Fabrics – Fun Rounds pre-order.    The image is of a sunset skyline in a circular format.  Really pretty!

(click on picture to go to the pre-order for it)

I received a few of the smaller round panels, and two that were the same size.  I think they were the 12″ size.  I decided to use those panels for a round sleeve on a dolman shirt, using this Pinterest pin as an inspiration.

The shirt is a pattern I have drafted, but you could do this with any dolman pattern you would have.

To make the sleeves, just measure the arm opening for the circumference of the circle.  Make the circle opening the same distance.  It is helpful if you have a circle cutter template tool.  I generally make the circle a little smaller, as they tend to stretch out more.  I did the same for the stretch lace piece, only making it a little longer.

To add more interest to this top, I did a strip in a coordinating lace in the front and back.  This strip was about 4″ wide.

The main fabric here is a Calvin Klein stretch shirting fabric, that is really nice.  I’m not sure this shirt is completely “Me”, but it was a fun experiment!

This pre-order is open until August 15th, so go check out the pretty panels!

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Koi cape top

The new rounds are up for pre-order at RP Custom Fabrics, and she called this round the “Fun Rounds“.  I have to agree.  There are some really pretty and fun prints in it.  I have several to get sewed up, so hopefully I will get them done soon.

We are entering the week of the state baseball tournament and the girls’ national softball tournament, so I might be a bit busy.  BUT, then we are pretty much done for three or four weeks, and we get precious, precious Free Time.  Oh Free Time, how I have missed thee!

So, cape tops are pretty cool, aren’t they? Here is a bit of discussion on how I made this top.

There are several patterns that you can use to achieve this look.  Or, if you already have a tank top or long-sleeved pattern, a circle skirt or cape pattern, you can just mash them together.  You just need to measure the neckline and adjust your cape/circle to match up to the measurements you want.

This cape top was open for several inches, and I also had a pretty thick hem (about 1″).  I didn’t want the hem to curl in, so that gave it some extra weight.

I made the basic pattern for the cape, which is basically just a circle skirt.  The front will fall at different lengths front-to-back depending on how robust your bust may be.  If you want to to be higher in the front, just shave some inches off that part of the cape.  You could also just keep the entire thing as a circle with no opening in the front at all, which is what I did for the Koi circle top.

Fabric needed: A drapey knit is best, though I did use cotton lycra on the Koi one.  Generally, a heavy cotton lycra won’t have the right amount of “fall” to it.  You need a bamboo lycra, rayon lycra or jersey type knit.  I did make sure I had a slippery poly knit underneath the Koi so it would not stick to it.  I think that worked out pretty well.

When I make circle skirts/cuts I use this handy little tool.  I measure the opening, divide it in fourths and then use the corresponding measurement on this tool to make the pattern.  If you are keeping an opening in the front, then subtract that from the measurement, making sure to include a hem allowance for the side seam.

To add this onto the pattern (I used the Wardrobe by Me Builder T-shirt):

  • Hem the bottom edge and the side edges (if open).  The side edge on the top above was a 1″ hem.
  • Baste it to the neckline, without stretching it.  Make sure it hits at the same spot on either side of the front neckline if open, so it won’t be uneven on you looking straight on.  The basting makes sure it won’t shift when you add on the neckband, so don’t skip this part.
  • Add the neckband, and continue on with the rest of the pattern.

It is a really cute and easy way to use round printed panels.  The length on this one is about 7″ and I used the 24″ panel.

This panel comes in a variety of sizes from small to large, and some of the ladies in the test group made dresses from it.  They turned out lovely.  I really was happy to be able to sample sew up this panel, since the print is so pretty.  If you want to make a cape top like this, I would recommend ordering it in the bamboo lycra for a bit better drape.

Now to sew up the rest of the rounds!

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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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Another gamer shirt

When I saw that Sugar Ink Fabric was planning a Skyrim/Elder Scrolls round, I knew at least two of my peoples would be interested in this fabric.  I was correct!  The owner, Christie, asked for strike off seamstresses, and I happily volunteered.

Pre-order for Skyrim

Upon receiving the panel, the design looked a little long.  After some back and forth with Christie, and seeing it sewn up, she is going to reduce the length by about 3 or 4 inches.  The actual ordered panels will then be a little smaller for the design, but still plenty awesome.

This is the Bram Raglan by Wardrobe by Me.  I did lengthen it by 2″ to try to get most of the design on the shirt.

He loves it, like I knew he would.  The back of the shirt is a game map with symbols from the game.  I used a grey jersey knit for the sleeves.

The pre-order for these and several other gamer fabrics (Mario, Splatoon and Plants vs. Zombies) will open on June 1 and close on June 18.   If you have a gamer in your family, check out the prints.  You may make them very happy by sewing up something they love.  This is why I can still sew for my teen boy…I make his clothes with his hobbies in mind!

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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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Damask

I love damask, which really shouldn’t be a surprise since I draw it quite often!

This damask print is part of the current round open at RP Custom Fabrics and it is inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  The other prints are closer to a Tiffany blue, though.  This one seems to be closer to a turquoise color, which is still very pretty.

I know this because I got a gift at work for Christmas one year that was a silver bracelet from Tiffany’s.  I still have the box, though the bracelet was stolen when I was a dumb dumb and left it out at a hotel in Vegas.  Yep…it somehow “disappeared”.

So, this top was a bit of a challenge.  In fitting and getting the HTV vinyl on the front (nope, not a panel…that is my drawing).  The HTV was actually a different, far longer design.  I had let a piece overlap the edge of the cutting mat, and it caught and messed up the cutting.  I stopped it before it went over everything again off design, and just dealt with what was cut.  I wish there was a vinyl store that I could get things from locally, but I don’t.  This vinyl was from Expressions Vinyl.

I will try to remember to load the original cut file into the folder linked on the sidebar.  The design overlaps so it is longer.

The top was a highly hacked Sneha Tunic from Wardrobe by Me.  I basically  used the top pieces and the length of the skirt.  I should have used something more fitted, since it is a bit wide.  The skirt was longer originally, but it was not flattering at all.  I cut it to the sweet spot on my hip.

Overall, I think this turned out pretty.  I was questioning whether I would wear it when I finished it last night, but I think it works with skinny jeans.

Now I have another fabric on it’s way to me, and in the meantime I have a few dresses cut out to go to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for the girls for summer.  I really want to get them sewn up and on the way to them, along with a few dresses that my daughter grew out of and were barely worn.  Hopefully, I have time to get it all done this week!

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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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