Bunny number two is finished, and I was right about felt from Jo-Ann's not being such good quality. I found lots of color options for wool blend felt at this Etsy shop and I'm very happy with the feel and thickness of the National Non-wovens felt.
Another little bunny dress is on the way for this rabbit too. I wouldn't want her to be naked for too long in this weather.
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!
i finished something! this skirt has been on "the pile" since last summer. i turned off my screen this afternoon and told myself i needed to complete at least one thing. i found this fabric- actual RAYON! you never see that in the stores anymore- in the clearance bin at Joann. i love the 40's hawaiian print. i actually don't have a huge love for rayon, but it's easy to work with and coupled with the print it makes my skirt feel more authentically retro to me (it also has a weird, "grandma's closet" sort of smell when you iron it). this is simplicity #2512 and i've used it twice before, but made version "b" both of those times. i thought the front drape of version "c" was sort of old hollywood/Shaheen/sarong-ish. it's an easy pattern to use, no missing steps. i think i will add about a 1/2" to the waist next time i make it though. won't be eating too much poi in this one. sorry the picture is so bright- i always feel bad asking the hubs to retake them. also, what is the model on the pattern picture wearing on her feet? she looks like she has trash bags on her ankles. also, also, the more this climbing habit continues the more my upper body looks like a man. sigh. oh well.
it has been far too long since i posted something here. as usual, spring arrives and i get more productive in the craft department. my friend, emily, got married back in april and i made a new skirt to wear to her wedding. nothing fancy, just a cotton circle skirt with a gathered waist. i used Simplicity #8743 (God bless the 80's). i think i bought this one from etsy... the pattern didn't call for enough fabric, but thankfully i'm short so i fudged the hem a bit and it's not noticeable. i'll definitely use this pattern again and next time the hem will be a full circle since now i know that i'll need extra fabric. i did the decorating for the ceremony and the reception so the sign behind us on the head table is my handiwork as well (thanks pinterest). i've got a hawaiian skirt and a hawaiian dress on the work bench right now so hopefully i'll have two more posts coming up soon.
i made these two costumes for some friends back in october, but never blogged about them. sadly i was so busy getting them ready on top of work etc. that i didn't take very good pictures. i don't have a picture of carl and hannah wearing them either...i'll have to track down a copy. i got most of my help from Kay Dee's costuming page. she's insanely detailed and a great resource for Star Wars costumes. thankfully she had made both Leia's Ceremonial Gown and Han's costume which doesn't change a whole lot throughout the trilogy. these are the patterns i used for the basic foundations of the costumes:
i had to raise the waistline a bit on the dress, lower the neckline and add the big cape sleeves. the dress is matte poly chiffon with sheer chiffon for the sleeves. i used lightweight silver vinyl for leia's belt. han's shirt is woven cotton (apparently there's some debate in the costuming world as to whether the shirt is a knit or woven) and the vest is cotton duck. i made a mandarin collar for the shirt and added all the pockets and ammo sheathes onto the vest as well as shortened it. for han's pants i used stitch witchery to stick grosgrain stripes onto a pair of dickies. all in all i think they capture the essence of the movie costumes pretty well.
as all good Christian women do, i carry my Bible to and from church in a purse-like tote. carrying a bare Bible is for men and heathens. (strangers to my personality please note this is sarcasm.) ;) my old cover was probably almost ten years old and looking pretty crusty. i dug into the stash and found this tribal-ish print and some black canvas for a new cover. i made a zippered pocket for stashing a pen, tissues, lip balm etc. and an inner flap for storing bulletins that will no doubt stay smashed in there for at least a year before i clean them out. i used some paracord from my work supplies to make braided handles. my Bible just slides in and out, i don't like the kind of covers that zip all the way around and then flop open like a book. at this point i really need to use a cover because my Bible is over 20 years old, Thessalonians is falling out, but i refuse to get a new one.
i've had this skirt on the "to do" pile for at least a year. i had some time on saturday so i finally sat down and finished it. it started out as this vintage skirt that i found on ebay. i shortened it at one point and still wasn't thrilled with it so i chopped it up, used simplicity 2512 for the umpteenth time and here is the result. i loved the print so much that i didn't want to just get rid of it. i love this pattern-pockets! gathered waist! there's another skirt on the way using option C of this pattern. hopefully it won't take me a year to finish that one.
project 1: work aprons for dad (i may have blogged this before)
my dad is a machinist and needs heavy duty aprons with multiple pockets. i make these denim aprons for him with reinforced pockets- one long triple pocket at the waist and two smaller pockets on the chest that swing free so that tools don't fall out when he bends over (his design). apron also has webbing-reinforced grommets for the ties.
project two: pillows for dave's mom
dave's parents live in a log cabin in upstate new york. it's exactly what you're picturing: woodstove, long front porch, bedroom loft, barn out back. mom-in-law just bought a new cover for their living room futon (also made of logs). the store was selling matching fabric remnants so she snatched those up and sent them to me to make matching pillows. ($40 for enough fabric for five pillows or $59 for one already-made pillow. bargain!) i used this tutorial as a guide- made piping instead of pom poms.
here are a couple of easy sewing projects i completed a few months ago, but never posted:
the last time dave and i went to disney i made myself a snow white tote. you can refer back to this post if you'd like to see it. our friends, the blairs, had an up-coming disney trip and rick asked me to make one as a surprise for jean. then jean asked me to make a "princess" bag for their niece, emily, who was also going on the trip with them. both bags have black canvas uppers and shoulder straps and two outside pockets. i found both the snow white fabric and the princess fabric on good ol' ebay.
i made this little apron for baby niece because she likes to "wash" dishes when she's at my house and always wants to wear my too-big aprons. i got both the polka dot canvas and the hello kitty fabric at joann's. ithe apron was self-drafted, seemed silly to buy a pattern for it. i cut the kitty out and appliqued it to the polka dot. the waist ties and neck trap are also kitty fabric. put a snap on the neck strap for easy on and off. here she is showing off her bubbles.
i'd like to think that i'm not abnormal and that all seamstresses keep/save/hord their scraps. i just can't bear to throw out all that "good" fabric, ya know? my scrap heap is getting a bit out of control though so i thought i should figure out something to do with it. i use bits of it hear and there on my chalk bags, but not enough to put a dent in it. i found this tutorial on instructables and made my first crazy quilt square today. actually, this picture is of the second square i made. the first one was a fail because i didn't properly read the instructions- you'd think i would've learned by now. i'm making my squares pretty small- 5 inches- because my scraps are on the smaller side. the only thing i'm doing differently from the instructions is i'm not doing any sort of top stitching. i'm sure this will be an ongoing project and i don't really expect to see the end of it for at least a year. it's nice to just sew without worrying about fit. just plop down the pretty colors and stitch!