Friday, October 3, 2014

Completed: Eliza's Fall Ensemble #1

First up on the list for Eliza's fall wardrobe is a pair of jeggings. She has a polka dotted pair that she's worn threadbare, and a lightweight knit pair that she loves despite their being two sizes too small.

It was time for a replacement pair.

Here's what I started with:

also, my feet are jacked up. but seeing that flaming duct tape that holds my cutting mat together makes me SO HAPPY.
I started with the polka-dotted pair, which I ripped apart and used to draft a new pattern. When I cut the new ones too short, I decided to add an angled detail at the ankle. For the ankle pieces, the pockets, the yoke, and the front pockets (which I didn't photograph), I used the reverse side of this denim-look knit. It's super shiny, but of course shows up as a dull gray in photos. There's a sheen to the knit that doesn't translate into photos either.

But it does translate into pants that my all-things-shiny-loving daughter will wear. Score.

I used navy thread for all the topstitching. Why? Because I didn't have silver.

And now the Bimaa. I've made this shirt several times (four times, actually), but this is the first time with the shawl collar. I used an old dress of my sister's for the collar, sleeve bands, and waist band. When it came time to find coordinating fabric, I had a tough time choosing from my stash. I knew Eliza would only wear it if certain criteria were met (shine!), so I finally landed on this teal fabric with metallic stripes.


Patterns: Bimaa Sweater by LouBee Clothing (shawl option). Self-drafted jeggings.
Fabric: Upcycled knit for sweater bands and shawl. Other fabrics from Jo-Ann. 
Thoughts: I would like this outfit in my size. Really.

I need to bring the neckline up on the Bimaa. I know this and just keep forgetting. Also, I need to shorten the sleeves a tad. Then the 3T will fit her perfectly. There are a few more Bimaas on the list for the Fall, including a hood version and a maxi dress. The Girl loves long dresses.

The jegging pockets are a little big for her tiny tush.

This look was inspired by the "'80s Cartoon" theme for Project Run & Play week one. (I was thinking "Jem" with the zig zags and metallic fabric.) It also fits the upcycled theme (week two) and the denim theme (week three).  Too bad I didn't finish it in time for any of those sew-along linky parties. Ha. And. . . meh.

Up next: a denim skirt with tights and (another) Bimaa. Then my practice version of The Bridesmaid Dress. I'm saving some awesome t-shirts for the boys for Kids Clothes Week (October 20-26).

Friday, September 26, 2014

Completed: Paper Piecing for Halloween Basket

Just jumping in to show you a basket I made up for the Halloween Basket Swap on Instagram. (follow me on IG here) It was a fun little change from my usual apparel sewing.

For this project, we used the fabric bins created with a free tutorial from Birch Fabrics. My assigned partner said she liked lime green, orange, and black cats. From the beginning I wanted to have a paper-pieced feature on the front of the basket.

After hunting around, I found this free pattern for a paper-pieced black cat. It took a few failed attempts to get the hang of it, but then things went together easily after that. It helped when I finally found a tutorial that explained it wonderfully.

I'll definitely be trying paper piecing again. Look at these sewing-related paper-pieced blocks. And this Polaroid camera! And these witch's shoes are adorable. These ballet shoes would be perfect framed on Eliza's wall.

I could go on and on. The possibilities are endless! (Lego Star Wars!)

with the lining folding down

without the lining folded down
Have a great weekend!

This Moment {September 26, 2014}

Friday, September 12, 2014

Completed: Renfrew Giselle Mash-Up

Here's the second project I've been waiting - oh, three months - to photograph and share. It started with this Renfrew Remix from April 2013. I just didn't like the skirt on the dress. It was too short for my comfort, and the gathers were right at the center front (belly) and back (rear end), which made me look like a) I was pregnant and/or b) I was a reversed mushroom.

I liked the Renfrew top enough to rip it apart and use it with another skirt.

Enter the Kate & Rose Giselle Dress pattern test I tried earlier this summer. My initial version of the Giselle didn't fit up top, but I loved the skirt portion.

Add a Renfrew top to a Giselle skirt, stir them around, toss in a little thread, and Poof!

The t-shirt is twisted in these photos. Someday I'll figure out how to pose for a picture, run back to the camera to check it, and adjust things.

I added a thin black belt, and it's the perfect length skirt to wear with black ballet flats. This fabric is busy so it's tough to see, but the skirt has two tiers. 

Ryan took these photos. I told him to make me laugh. It worked, but I'm permanently scarred by some of the things he said. 


Modifications: Cut off the Renfrew and added a band to the bottom of it. Used just the skirt bottom of the Giselle. Gathered the top of the skirt slightly, and then attached the bodice to the skirt with 1/4" elastic. 
Fabric: Skirt fabric is from the clearance table at Jo-Ann. It's a silky synthetic that's very nice.
Tips: When adding a woven skirt to a knit top, I've found the easiest method for me is to mark the center front and sides, gather the skirt top slightly, match the centers and side seams to the top, pin the elastic (you've already measured according to your waist+seam allowance) at the centers and sides, and stretch elastic as you go.

Um, I think I just found my next tutorial. (Especially since I committed to doing one when I first did a woven/knit combo dress back in April 2013.)

This dress has been in heavy rotation this summer. Because there are so many different choices in woven fabric, and because knit is so comfortable, it's just a Super Duper Combination.
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