i have a backlog of projects that i never blogged about so this will be sort of a whirlwind tour of the last three or four months of sewing.
1. baby nephew's first birthday hanbok and bokgun. an authentic outfit starts at around $100. ouch. this one cost about $15 for the materials. i can't figure out where i put the patterns that i used so i can't give your their numbers. it was a basic, elastic-waist pants pattern, a button up shirt pattern that i made into a split neck shirt with mandarin collar and a vest pattern that i lengthened. i drafted the bokgun and his belt myself.
2. birthday pillows for my mom. she likes snow.
3. giraffe halloween costume for little niece. at first she said she wanted to be cinderella, but then we went to the fabric store and it was all over when she saw the giraffe pattern. cutest giraffe out there. she's not really a princess kind of girl anyway. i made her a matching treat bag too. you can see it hanging on the chair in the background. i used poly fleece and Simplicity #0861.
4. dress to wear to my cousin's wedding at the National Museum of the Marines. i used a poly/cotton polka dot brocade and McCall's 5519 which is the same pattern i used to make my space girl costume a few years back. the pattern is sized for knits, but i put in a 22" invisible zipper up the back so it would be easy to get on and off. i'm really happy with how it turned out and it fit perfectly. the photos from the wedding are all camera phone pics and didn't turn out so well so here's a pic of it on the dress form.
5. knit night caps for a friend's three boys. i used a midweight cotton knit and drafted the pattern myself after looking at some other hats. i made two of the boys similar hats when they were around 5 yrs old and now that they're a little bit older they wanted new ones. i call them "mr. smee" hats. i love it that there are kids out there that want night caps.
6. zippered mickey pouch. we are disney fans here in the opalka home and listen to a podcast called "mousestalgia". they did a secret santa gift exchange through their FB site this year for any listeners that cared to join in. we could all leave our santas hints as to what our disney interests are on the page. i made my lady a zippered mickey pouch with a grommet and wrist strap. i used some of the left over fabric from the above dress, mickey fabric from joann's and this tutorial as a guide. i know she's received it, but she says she's waiting until Christmas day to open her present. hope she likes it!