Cup of Joe

Starting the blogging year off with my last strike-off of 2017, for a round opening today at Moonbeam Textiles.  The round is called Fantastic Creatures and it featured this adorable coffee drinking unicorn.  Luckily Kris gave us enough time to get these sewn up, as December was just crazy busy.

No outside pictures of these…it is arctic cold outside now!

She likes a very creamer-laden coffee occasionally, and she is definitely not a morning person.  Who doesn’t think coffee is magical?? 😉

I used various knits on this pattern that I drafted.  I have a loose fitting top I drafted for her last month, so I traced a copy of it and cut it apart to have this style.  All seams are topstitched so they lay flat.

I asked for an adult panel of the print, as it gives you a bit more fabric to work with.  This is a fat half of fabric.

She was pretty happy with this comfy outfit.  The black and white supplex was from Zenith & Quasar Fabric and the black is a bamboo jersey from Nature’s Fabrics.

The pants are a nice comfy sport polar fleece.  I bought it several years back, and I think it was something like Nike brand.  It is really nice and thick, and it should not pill at all.  It should wear very well.  Pattern is my own.

I actually thought they would be several inches too long for her, but they were just about right!

This round is open from January 1-15, so go check out the cute creatures. 🙂

Rays

I was excited to get this fabric, since the Manta Rays from the movie, Moana, were so pretty.  When I got the 2 yards, they were 2 SEPARATE yards, so not a continuous cut at $26/yard (pre-order price even).  That’s kind of spendy to not get what you ordered.

Not real happy.

She did say I could contact her for a 10% discount on my next order, which, yeah…there probably won’t be a next order if this is an expectation.  Everyone in my house is over 5′ tall by several inches, so I can’t get away with just one yard of fabric for leggings.  I had to piece her leggings to get them to work for her height.  I could have just purchased one yard of it, since I have the other yard leftover now.  I was able to get the bottom part of the legs from the extra leftover on the side of the 1 yard.

My next challenge is that girl is apparently cold at school.  I purchased this bamboo fleece, and it matched fairly well.  The pattern for the top is my own, and the artwork I snagged off a google search.  They are tattoo designs, that I modified a  little bit to better be able to weed them.

I did a fold over cowl thing at the neckline.  I basically just cut it to length and overlapped it at the V-neck.

She was pretty happy with the outfit, though she didn’t notice the shark in the manta ray until I pointed it.  She had worn it all day long at that point.  She’s my shark lover!

Now to try to get some last minute holiday makes finished up!

Posh Top

This is such a cute top!

Releasing today is the George and Ginger Posh Top.  I made a size 14 tween for the girl out of cotton lycra from Fabric Anthropology.  Kristi did shorten the pattern a few inches after this version, but otherwise the fit is the same on the final.

It has these big sleeves that are just so cute.

The shoulders are pieced with a bias strip in between.  You can dress that up by adding some buttons to them (I didn’t).  It is meant to look like there is a closure there.

I told her she looked very cute in the top and skirt and that she should wear it to school like this.  Apparently this is way too much for middle school!

Kristi is currently having a sitewide sale for George & Ginger’s 2 year anniversary. For 24 hours only, save 25% sitewide, including the new Posh Top! Sale ends Saturday at 8:00 am CST. Use code: YEARTWO at checkout.

Black and white and a little dressy

Back in the summer I made my girl a dress that I thought would work for her choir concerts this year.  Nope!  The girl needed a black bottoms and white top for her choir concert, so back to the sewing machine I went.

She said she wanted a “flowy” top and I got to choose the type of bottom.  I decided on a cape top and fitted pencil skirt with a flounce.

These two pieces were actually fairly easy to draft up and make.  I got it done in about two nights.

I thought the top turned out pretty cute.

She didn’t like it.  She was not a fan of the cape, and she wanted it not fitted at all, like this:

So…next time it will be a different top.  For now…she had to wear this.  Poor thing. 😉

At least she loves the skirt!

Pretty purple jacket

Here is my last sample piece for the current round open at Fabric Anthropology (whew!  I made 5 this time!).  This is the purple watercolor and it is another very pretty color.  The watercolor feature makes it have some pretty gradients going throughout the print.

I drafted up this jacket and sewed it in about 6 hours.  It went pretty well, only a little time with the seam ripper.

Here are the pattern pieces and it all cut out.  I used the purple french terry, a black scuba suede and a black ponte (last two I bought from Joann’s Fabrics).   

When coming up with ideas and drafting patterns, I generally spend a little time on Pinterest to try to figure out the details I want to include.  This jacket is what sparked this design.  I have a collection of fun clothing details on there that helps give me some inspiration when I go to draft.

The front inside panel is one big pocket.  The back has a facing for the top piece, so that seam across the back is enclosed  I sewed the little belt down to the middle of the back so it wouldn’t flop around at all.

To finish off her outfit, I made a pair of Jalie Eleonore’s with the black scuba suede and a tank top to go underneath out of an Affordable Fabrics and More print I purchased last year.

Now, I finally have some time to work on that choir concert outfit she needs in about a week!

The watercolor solids pre-order closes on November 15, so if you would like it at the reduced prices, don’t delay!

Pink and black

I love how this turned out!  I am a big fan of pink and black together, so when I got this pink watercolor french terry to sew up I knew what I wanted to make.

This is the pre-order from Fabric Anthropology that closes on November 15.  I paired it with a ponte I got at Joann’s and the top is bamboo lycra from Nature’s Fabrics.

I used the Domi sweatpants from Sofilantjes for the bottoms.  I only had a yard of the pink, so I had to block it up a bit for her height.  I used pretty much every bit of the pink between the top and the scrappy stripes.  I cut long strips 2″ wide and sewed them all together, then topstitched.  Next, I cut out the pattern pieces.  This was a lot easier than cutting up the pattern pieces and doing the strips that way.

I was going for a fun dancey-vibe with the pants with the moto-like look at the knee area, a zippered pocket and a htv design.

I added one of my drawings on with HTV.  The cut file and jpg is in the Google drive folder linked on my sidebar.

The top has a crossover in the front.  I actually ran out of the band length, so it kind of stops in the middle underneath.  Luckily no one can see it. 🙂  When putting together this pattern, you have to partially attach the band to the piece that goes on top, sew up the side seams and then finish attaching the band.  I first attached it all with a zigzag stitch, serged, then topstiched it.   The cuffs on the shirt fold over, kind of like a petal sleeve.  I didn’t really get a good shot of them.

Now…I need to draft a really fun jacket…hopefully it turns out. 🙂

Blues

The girl is on a blue kick recently, so far be it from me to not buy tons of fabric in those colors!

I had already purchased this Cascade Supplex from Zenith & Quasar when I volunteered to sew up this sample fabric for the current Fabric Anthropology round.  They look pretty perfect together!

The print file on the website looks more turqoisey-blue, but the cotton lycra is more of a royal blue mix with a little light purple.  It was hard to photograph, but trust me…very pretty.

I decided to make another Foliis Jacket from Sofilantjes, since she wears the other one I made her this fall all the time.  Might as well make some leggings to match, along with a top underneath, too, right?

This will be another tip of don’t-do-what-I-did.  I forgot to make sure the zipper was even all the way to the top before sewing it up.  This is especially needed on knits that stretch.  Yep…doesn’t match at the top by about an inch. *facepalm*

I wanted to jazz up the jacket a little, so I added an HTV design to it.  I drew three birds and then used the warp tool to make them different sizes and such.  Then placed a bunch all together and a few separately.  I put three down one side of the leggings and two smaller ones up on her shoulder.

The back wing design I drew a month or so ago.  Glad I got to use it finally!

Summary

Fabrics:

Blue Watercolor from Fabric Anthropology (Pre-order)

Cascade Blue Supplex from Zenith & Quasar (hurry…not much left in stock)

White Bamboo Spandex Jersey from Nature’s Fabrics

Patterns:

Foliis Jacket, with modified collar instead of hood

Shenanigans Leggings, with modified formed waistband

Self-drafted Top

Anti-heroes

The boy doesn’t get much sewing done for himself lately, since he basically just wears t-shirts, a hoodie, and athletic pants.  Not super exciting for mama to sew.

When this new pre-order round came up at Fabric Anthropology, I knew he would love to get Venom sewed up for him!  This pre-order is full of anti-heroes (Venom, Deadpool, Spawn, Raven and Ash from The Evil Dead), along with some great coordinates and watercolor solids.

I have a few more prints to sew up from this round.  I just need my sewing room back, as it is currently occupied for a few days as a guest room.

I used the Bram Raglan by Wardrobe by Me, and I lengthened the arms a little bit, which I didn’t need to do.  It is PLENTY long on him.  He said it was fine, though.

I added the slash marks on the one arm, just to add a little something fun to the shirt.  I just cut the black to size and sewed some long enclosed slashes to the red fabric underneath.  I opened them up with a scissors (carefully) and then trimmed off the excess red fabric underneath.

I also color blocked the bottom.

The color of the print does veer more towards purple.  The watercolor coordinating fabric is more grey by itself (not sure why it looks so purple here), but together with this print I think brings out the purple aspects to it.  They look more grey/black on the print file, and they may print that way on brushed poly and French terry.  Natural fibers tend to take color differently.  This is cotton lycra, so a higher natural fiber content.  If you join the group you will see them sewn up by others.

The pre-order is open until November 10!

 

Slash Tunic

This was a new test for George & Ginger Pattern Company, where she extended the sizes on the bottom and top of her size range.  She added tween sizes (12 & 14) and sizes in the upper range (goes up to size 26/5X).

The Slash Tunic by George & Ginger Patterns

This was my first version out of a ponte that didn’t quite stretch enough.  I made the tunic length, long sleeve in a size 12 chest graded to 14 hip.  I didn’t do any shorten/lengthen adjustments on it.  It was too tight in the underarms, so make sure you choose a fabric with enough stretch.  I should have known better, since I made myself an outfit with this before.  This is going to be headed out to someone else…maybe one of her friends!

The pants were the Jalie Eleonore’s that also didn’t have enough stretch.  I need to add to the rise and add some length for the next version.

This next one is out of a poly lycra from The Worth Collection.  It was a fabric from the local fabric warehouse.  It has plenty of stretch with a nice brushed interior.

This one is a straight size 14 with the 3/4 length arm and tunic length.  You have to make sure when you are doing the hem on the slit that you are not pulling it at all.  This can make it offset and uneven.  If you have a really stretchy fabric, I would suggest a thin line of iron on interfacing to hold its shape.

The pants she is wearing are from her assassin costume I made.  Figured she could still wear the pants before she grows out of them.  The fabric is a pleather on a scuba type base, so they are comfy.

I also added HTV to this top on the upper arms and middle front.

When I sit down and create the designs in Photoshop, I try to take the measurements of the pattern and make one that will fit within the seam allowance.  Doesn’t always work, but I think this one worked out pretty well.  I have to layer the cut for the front since it is longer than my 12″ cutting mat and 15″ heat press pad.

All the designs I use are ones I drew.  I have tons of them.  My computer is in the family room, so I will sometimes just draw while watching tv with the family.  Once the design is done (I usually just draw one side, so it is even), I will mirror it, finish it up and then create a brush with it in Photoshop.  When you make them into brushes, you can then use any color and size and it is easier to create designs from them.

Once I have the .jpg file the way I like it, I bring it into the Silhouette software, trace it, an make any additional size changes I need.  Then, I just cut it out, weed it and put it on my fabric, usually before construction.  It is easier to put it on then.  I also bought myself a heat press this summer.  Oh boy, does that make application sooooo much easier.  I’ll be using HTV a lot more now that I can easily and quickly put it on.

I will get the files (.jpg and .studio) into the Google drive folder (link in the sidebar) at some point…hopefully tonight.

This top is currently on a release sale for $6.75.  Click on over to get it, if it is something you need in your closet!

My little assassin

The girl has been reading the Sarah Maas series where the lead character is basically an assassin, though she becomes a leader.  (I think…she tends to get wordy and unfocused when she explains it all).

This year she wanted to be an assassin in going to the Renaissance Festival and for Halloween.  That works fine for me, but I had limited time.  I purchased a few types of black pleather and got to work on a costume for her.  I ended up sewing most of the day on Saturday, so we could make the last day of the festival on Sunday.

First up were pleather pants.  I could have cut them up to look more like patched leather pants (since leather hides are not sold by yardage, and have to be pieced), but…I was lazy.  I widened the 5 out of 4 leggings I use for her, since pleather generally doesn’t stretch as much, and used black supplex for the waistband for comfort.

The top is a mystery knit of some kind that I purchased many years back.  I added a strip of pleather to the front and at the neckband.  Unfortunately, the neckband did not play well with the vest, so I ended up cutting it down on the fly before leaving for the festival.  Oh well, I made the top first, so I didn’t think of how the two would work together.  This is the best picture I have of it right now…it’s lost somewhere in Mt. Laundry.

Next, I drafted a vest, and made it have a hood.  I knew she would likely want a hood.  Assassins have hoods to hide their features, don’t you know?

It was a little too small when I gave it the final fitting (urggggg!), so I added a square of fabric in between the two and had it all snap up together.  Still worked and looked neat, so we’ll just call it a spontaneous design feature. 😉

The corset is a larger version of the one I made last year for her.  I just added an inch to all the pieces, on top of doing some cut outs with a mesh fabric.  I didn’t add the boning, just to make it more comfortable to wear.  I still did all the top-stitching, though.  That is the most time consuming part of them.

I also made some simple gauntlets out of vegetable tanned leather.  I had to dye it black and I just punched holes in and added lacing.  She made it about half the day, and then wanted them off since they were hard leather and not overly comfortable to wear.

The accessories were from her Ciri costume last year.  I made a cape for it last year at Halloween for a little added warmth (it was needed at the festival, since it was a rainy, dreary day).  I also had made the belt and pouches for that cosplay costume, so they became used as accessories for this one.

 

The kids both got some nice compliments on their outfits during the day, which is always fun. We enjoyed several shows, some artisans at work, food and drink. We just had to wait out a small storm in a beer tent, which was not really a hardship. 😉

The day before was a beautiful, sunny fall day, and apparently overflowing with people.  It was one of their highest attendance days ever.  I will take the rain and mud over that much humanity!  We barely had to stand in line for anything.  Always pick the crappy day over the nice day, I say. 😉