Friday, February 20, 2015

All About that Applique

This is the adorable outfit I made for Mr. Man for the February challenge of Project Run & Play.

Here's my version of the Mademoiselle Muscle Tank from Living with Punks. I made it smaller, raised the neckline, and added a Homestar Runner Applique. Who remembers Homestar Runner? Just me? Seriously.

The applique was made using quilting cotton, heat n bond, and the triple stitch on the sewing machine. I hand stitched the eyes. I'm pretty proud about how well it turned out.

In the spirit of the challenge, the pants are modified from Living with Punks Shortcake Knickers. I added pockets, piping, and a reverse appliqued star beneath the pockets. I also graded it slightly larger so that I could use a sweatshirt knit, raised the waist by 2 inches so that I could just fold over, stitch, and insert elastic for the waist, and I let the hem hang for a more boyish look.

Also, in the spirit of using free patterns, I used the Slouchy beanie from HeidiandFinn. I also added a reverse appliqued star on the side.

Monday, October 6, 2014

8 Days A Week

It's been a while, folks. A lot has happened in the time that I've been away. I got to pattern test for Pattern Anthology again. YAY! They really are the coolest group of ladies ever.


Just a short month after I bought the camera, a gust of wind knocked my tripod over and shattered the poor new camera. I pre-appologize for the poor quality of the following photos.

I also got a new, fancier job. Yay!

Which makes me busier... boo

My baby started a weekday school and a basketball program. They grow up so fast.

Then my poor car was totaled. Thus I have to put of purchasing a new camera for purchasing a new car. Whew!

So on to fun stuff. Only a few hours left, so act fast! Behold the terrible photos of an awesome collection.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

MAKE [BELIEVE] - The Imagine Jacket

Last, but certainly not least, from the MAKE [BELIEVE] collection is the Imagine Jacket. This is the first of the collection that I got to sew, yet the last I review. The latest Pattern Anthology Collection is only available until Monday, so get it while you can. It's totally worth it!

As for the pattern, it is a light jacket with 3 piece sleeves and 2 different options. I sewed version A, with cool side patches and three welt pockets. It was surprisingly easy and quick, considering that it had 3 welt pockets, 3 piece sleeves, and was fully lined. An advanced beginner could totally sew this one.

Even though this is intended to be a light jacket, I used thick corduroy and made it more of a thicker coat. I love coats; you know this.

This particular version was modeled after a jacket owned by one of Mr. Man's great grandfathers. He was a Hump Pilot during WWII. For the short time that I knew him, he would often wear an old leather bomber jacket.  Here's a link to a fascinating article about bomber jacket art, in case you're interested.

*Actually, 2 of Mr. Man's Great Grandfathers were Hump Plots during WWII, but I don't remember ever seeing my grandfather's jacket.*

Another fun fact for you, maps were often sewn into the lining of the bomber jackets in case they were shot down in enemy territory and had to navigate back. So, for the lining, I used this vintage looking map fabric. I think the lining ties the whole look together.

 I think that about sums it up! Enjoy a few more pictures and be sure to check out the MAKE [BELIEVE] collection before it disappears on Monday.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MAKE [BELIEVE] - The Explorer Hoodie

Warning! This post is PICTURE HEAVY!

Now for the third installment of my shameless promotion of this awesome collection. The Make [Believe] Collection is only available for a little less than 1 week, so you should get it while you can.

On to more adorable cuteness... BEHOLD THE EXPLORER HOODIE.

I sewed the version with the asymmetrical zipper, using scrap fabrics. It gives off a very 'cool' vibe. If you look closely, you might notice the shirt underneath it as being the previously blogged about See Kate Sew Recess Raglan. Honestly, I had just grabbed a matching shirt from his closet; I didn't realize the coincidence until I was editing the photos later on. Lucky you! You get a double dose of Kate today.

Back to the hoodie. I love it. I only wish it wasn't 100 degrees outside.

I see this pattern as being a Fall staple in my son's closet. It's cute, was quick and easy to sew, and Mr. Man doesn't hate it. Success!

And now I'll leave you with a LOT more pictures.