Showing posts from 2018

Sweetheart Peplum top and Xpress Tank

Sweetheart Peplum top-
I'm working up to making a dress with a circle skirt for a really special "round" of fabric from Rikipedia. I'm trying to decide what bodice style to make. I assumed I'd make the Sweetheart, but I wanted to try it in something else to check the fit since I think I to size up in custom C/L after what happened with my last Sweet Tee. But of course I don't have any custom CL I want to risk on an experiment, lol. I had some Refined Ponte from JoAnn and realized that the peplum top version would go great with the pencil skirts I never wear because I don't know what to wear them with. Some people said to size up with this fabric too. I had some extra room in shoulders, sleeves, and under the bust, so I'd probably want to go back to my regular size and do a FBA to one size up. I also lowered the neckline quite a bit. Overall it's more of a success than I thought it was going to be before I hemmed it. I didn't realize I needed …

Spring Basics- Free Spirit Tank and Mashup

Free Spirit Tank with sleeves and armscye traced from the Sweetheart dress pattern.

Cut on the "dress" line then hemmed to hang evenly. More of a tunic length. Super comfy in the DTY knit.

Full back FST with narrower a-line much as I could fit on the fabric I had left over from the leggings. Between crop and shirt length, simply serged around the bottom edge. I couldn't get a great looking rolled edge with the thread I had available in a good color.

Cricut Knife Blade Crafts

The knife blade for the Cricut Maker is finally available! I used the Cricut brand 2mm chipboard for this Paw Patrol sign and a faceplate for one of Bryan's electronics projects. This is sealed and painted chipboard with adhesive vinyl for the white paw pads. The chipboard pieces took about 8-10 minutes each to cut. It took about 20 passes. You should stay nearby in case you need to clear debris from in front of the blade. I've also done test cuts ok craft foam and the results look amazing.

Knitting FO: Liguria Brioche Cowl

After 12 years of knitting, my first brioche knitting project. It's so smooshy! (And really not difficult at all.) This is Yarn Love Amy March DK yarn from Stitches West 2016. The original Liguria pattern is a hat. I cast on twice the number of stitches (med size) for a cowl. I had some yarn left over, maybe enough for a less slouchy hat, a child hat, or a child cowl.

Spring basics- Nina, Pegs, Bunzies

Feeling inspired to use some of the fabrics I stashed after Black Friday sales. The floral DBP (So Sew English) became a Nina and Bunzies. The pink DBP (also SSE) became Peg Legs (as always, with the contour waistband from the add-on pack) to wear with the Nina (and a Free Spirit Tank in progress). The grey brushed DTY poly from Knitpop is becoming a Free Spirit Tank dress with armscye and sleeves from the Sweetheart dress. (Similar mashup tutorial here.) I made Bunzies with the leftovers. I love this DTY fabric but I'm not sure where to currently get more.

Cricut Crafts- Unicorn Pouch, Baby Gift, Star Wars Day Shirt

Zipper pouch with a sequins behind a layer of clear vinyl. Regular, electric, glitter, and holographic Siser Easyweed HTV on a canvas fabric. This is a mashup of a See Kate Sew tutorial and graphics from Caluya Design.

Baby shower gift set- Baby Bear Joggers from Patterns 4 Pirates (print is Doodles cotton interlock from Joann and solid from Purpleseamstress) and HTV (Siser Easyweed) decorated onesies with graphics from LoveSVG

Shirt for Star Wars Day with free graphic from Thread & Grain.

Me Made May: Dany Sweet Tee and Super G Shorts

Sweet Tee from Patterns for Pirates in Game of Thrones cotton/Lycra panels from Made Whimsy and solid from Purpleseamstress. I was planning on incorporating my pink dragon scales from Threaded Candy Customs for long sleeves, but it's almost summer now. I made the same size that I'd made in hacci sweater knit, but it was too tight in CL...really clingy in the back. (It probably would have been ok in a dark color, but the white is not very forgiving.) I took it apart and added a stripe of the teal all the way from sleeve to hip on both sides. (It's a dolman.) It's a little "sportier" than I had in mind with the side stripes, but I'm pretty happy with it.

Super G athletic tights pattern from Greenstyle Creations. I made a quick short, pockless version to check the fit because this is a new designer and new pattern for me. The shape that Greenstyle drafts for is further away from my shape than P4P's, but it wasn't too hard to adjust. The reason I bou…

Cat Purse Cricut Project

I found the template and instructions for the purse base at See Kate Sew. I used Cricut brand metallic leather (rose gold). It takes 2 sheets but there is enough left over for some bracelets. I used the strong grip mat (smooth side of leather down) and the deep cut blade+housing. I used the setting for that material. It goes over each cut 3-4 times. It worked perfectly.
I had already downloaded this super cute free kitty face SVG here. I just resized it to fit the purse template. I used a mix of regular, "electric", and glitter Easyweed HTV. The bow is cut from the Cricut brand felt with the rotary cutting blade. I've learned it's better to use the "felt, acrylic" setting than the setting that corresponds to the Cricut brand felt.
My old Janome Jem Gold didn't have any trouble with the leather. I don't have a walking foot or Teflon foot or anything. I used a leather needle and regular thread.

Easter painting crafts

Trying something new with my acrylic pouring. These had stencil vinyl applied after a solid base coat. The vinyl was removed after the pour was added on top. (Sort of a modified PVPP method.) More details below.

For this one I was trying to get separation between the green and pink (which worked great, inspired by this video) but I used too much white and lost some of the contrast with the white shimmer base cost). I added glitter paint to the lettering after uncovering it.
This came out great. I think the paint mixture was a little thick and/or not enough paint in the cup (these are all flip cup). I had to tilt the wood a lot to get coverage and lost some cells doing that. For this one I actually used 2 different flip cups at the same time to keep the color groups separated.

OK...alllll the details. The bunny shape is from Target and already had some kind of finish/laminate/paint on it. The egg was a wooden "charger" also from Target. I didn't put any sealer on these b…

Easter paper crafts

Cardstock flowers from Cricut Design Space "make it now" section (Hoppin Easter Bouquet)
I've been trying so many different adhesives for paper crafting, but haven't been happy with any of them. I use textured cardstock, so that might be part of the problem. For this project I went back to good old fashioned rubber cement and it worked great! I used hot glue to attach the wire stems. I bought some new "less mess" glue sticks but haven't had a chance to try them yet.

Candy hugging animals project from Cricut Design Space. The machine draws and cuts. I figured these eggs might be too big for a 3yo to eat in one sitting (and I was right) but the project was so cute! I used glue dots to attach the paper animals to the candy wrappers.

Cricut Suncatcher Preschool Craft

Design Space file link here.

I used clear Contact paper for the suncatcher. For a kiss cut, you can use the regular "vinyl" setting. To cut all the way through the paper and backing (like I did to prep ahead of time), use the "heat transfer" setting. (Don't use that for regular HTV, use the "iron on" setting. Lol.)

A 12" x 12" square of contact paper is big enough for two sets of large + small circles.

I attached the larger Contact paper circle to the flower cutout and covered it with its backing paper. I placed the face cutouts on the smaller contact paper circle and covered it with its backing paper.

At school, I unwrapped the flower cutout + sticky paper (one at each of 3 stations) and  let the kids attach petals and leaves. I asked them which color face they wanted and helped them peel the backing off the face and stick it on top of the petals.

Joggers and Carefree Cardigan

Baby Bear Joggers (elastic waist) and Mama Bear Joggers (modified yoga waist) from Patterns For Pirates in Loungeletics textured knit from JoAnn with cotton/Lycra bands. I made XXL but should have made XL. I took them apart and  trimmed down the hips, made the waistband smaller, and put buttonholes in the waistband for a drawstring. They are super comfy. This time I did the banded pocket hack which made the pocket opening sit nicely compared to topstitching it without a band.
Carefree Cardigan in So Sew English galaxy rayon/poly/spandex French Terry. This is a really drapey/soft French Terry. I made XXL at first (with CL bands) and took it completely apart because it was too big/pajama-like. I  cut the pieces down to XL and used the same fabric for the bands. I pieced the neckband together because I didn't have any more pieces that wide. I didnt do the flat felled seam for the neckband because I am lazy and my grey serger thread was pretty much the same color as the inside of the f…

Cricut craft roundup

Lots of vinyl (adhesive and heat transfer), felt wreath flowers, and a card. Wreath and card were projects from Cricut Design Space, the puppy shirt and mug were cobbled together from elements in Design Space, knitting design and the "Rebel Scum" phrase from Thread & Grain, BB8 from another blog, love cats from LoveSVG, bootleg Lego, Paw Patrol, and Odd Squad stuff imported from images I found online (coloring pages are a good thing to search for) and tweaked by me.

Athletic pegs, Isabel/Cassie dress, cat beds

More athletic Peg Legs, this time the main fabric is the Joann "superflex" which is fairly similar to Supplex. I wanted to test the fit before cutting into my Zenith & Quasar Supplex. I heard that a lot of people size up in that fabric. These are probably a little too big. Because I sized up, the gusset looked horrible and I had to take it out. I also ran out of clear elastic and used cotton swimsuit elastic and it didn't work as well. I took the waistband apart, made it a little smaller, and put clear elastic in and they worked a lot better. Next time I'll try a different gusset shape and cut matching slices out of the leg fabric so adding the gusset doesn't add extra fabric. (In that case the main function of the gusset will be altering the direction of maximum stretch.) The multicolor fabric is Yoga Soft Spandex from Zenith & Quasar. I got a bundle of a yard each of the Yoga Soft Spandex, their solid Heavy Supplex and their multicolor Supplex. Which i…

Cricut Maker

Just bought a Cricut Maker cutting machine. Above is what I made on the first day. I bought it mostly for cutting vinyl and felt, but I've gotten sucked into some of the cards/papercrafting projects on the 2 week trial of the subscription service for images/projects. "This is the back" cut files were a Patterns for Pirates freebie...which sort of kicked off my whole interest in getting one.

More stuff I made over the weekend...bootleg BPAL decal for my imp case. 😂

Preschool Weaving

A few weeks ago I was in charge of "special project" at S's co-op preschool. I brought this  classroom tapestry loom and finished a wall hanging during class. I used tshirt loops, yarn loops, and fabric strips with slits on the end for weft so I could lark's head knot them together and keep going. The kids mostly helped by picking which color/texture to go next, but a couple of kids were interested in handing the weft back and forth to me from the other side of the loom.

Sunday Sews- Fleece JRRs, Bunzies, adult WTP

I spent this weekend fighting off a sore throat, so I stayed home and sewed. I had enough fleece left over from S's pajama pants to make matching Jolly Roger Raglans with fleece on the front and solid C/l for the rest of the shirt. I ordered more fleece from JoAnn during a recent 70% off sale and made myself a pair of Walk the Plank pants. I had enough left to make S a matching set of pants and shirt. Unfortunately the elastic on mine is a little too long and it would be a huge pain to undo the stitching to shorten it. I might put in a drawstring.
I also made my first pair of Bunzies (pattern from Stitch Upon a Time on Etsy) with some C/L from JoAnn (print) and Purpleseamstress (solid). These are high waisted, full coverage.

Walk the Plank Pajamas

I made S some pajama pants using some Star Wars fleece I found in the remnant bin at JoAnn. Usually I use CKC's Taylor Pajamas, but I decided to try the Patterns For Pirates pattern called Walk The Plank. The CKC pattern uses a casing for the elastic and the P4P pattern has the main fabric serged to the elastic at the edge, then turned over and topstitched while stretched.
I tried a similar method on the cat pajama shorts and my sewing machine threw a fit trying to sew the stretched elastic (ended up doing a casing instead), but I decided to give it a try with the serger. I previously preferred casings because I could have S try on the pants at the last stage of construction, and also possibly let out the elastic at a later date if I left extra. He usually outgrows by height before waist size, though, and he was around for me to try the elastic around his waist before doing that step of these pajamas.

Skull Nina Dress

Made for Mermaids Mama Nina dress in double brushed poly from So Sew English. So fast and easy. I'm getting better at setting up my twin needle for hemming and using the wash away hem tape. For the bobbin thread I use stretch serger thread wound by hand.
I didn't realize this was a directional print when I ordered it (the upside down skulls are smaller), but I was still fine with 2 yards for size green because there wasn't any stripe matching or anything.

First Sew of 2018- Ragdoll Raglan

Patterns For Pirates Ragdoll Raglan in slub rib poly/rayon/spandex knit from JoAnn. When this pattern was first released I didn't really think I needed it until I realized it would make a great warmup top for the gym. It's a dolman/raglan hybrid with the option for an open back.
This fabric is really soft but the magenta color bled really badly during prewashing. I hope it is ok now! It was part of my Black Friday sale haul.
I used a thumbhole cuff tutorial that I found on a random blog. This isn't the official P4P thumbhole tutorial that comes with the add-on pack for the other raglans.
I used a twin needle on my sewing machine to hem the back opening pieces. I highly recommend using wash away hem tape to help stabilize.
Update: of course I spilled chicken grease all over my shirt while wearing it for the first time. I used Dawn to get the stain out (eventually, after 3 washes). I used Color Catchers and didn't see any bleeding of the red color.