Jan 052016
 

I was super excited about my mom’s, Reiko’s, and my matchy match Christmas outfits! We wore them for the first time on Christmas day, and I’m a lazy photographer, so I only have day-of pictures. In order to not make it feel toooo much like I’m inflicting my Christmas album on you, I’ll just list details and limit myself to two pictures. 😀

Renfrew top, Veronika skirt, Uptown Downtown tank, DanaMadeIt skirt

Items made:

matchy matchiness!

Nov 192015
 

Today I’m posting over at imagine gnats about the Darling Ranges dress I made in double gauze.
darling ranges dress in double gauze

I went through about 14 muslin versions of the bodice — my floor was covered in discarded bits! And this was right after I read a post on Sew Mama Sew advising sewers to avoid muslining in order to be less wasteful. >_< It turned out that the first 12 or so versions were due to my shifting my darts incorrectly; once I followed an actual method (instead of winging it), I only needed one muslin to get the darts in the correct place and a second one to adjust the dart height. gahhhh.
darling ranges dress in double gauze

The coral stripes are a little outside of my comfort zone, so I was nervous about using the fabric well and actually sketched a bunch of options for the stripes to go on the dress. Could you tell that I tried to make the front chevrony? 😀 The back is pieced to be chevrony too, but I regret that a little because it’s always covered by my hair, and now I’m worried that the bias edges at the waist will stretch out funny.
darling ranges dress in double gauze

I wonder if next time, I should lower the neckline a skotch? It maybe looks like I was a little too aggressive in raising it… In any case, I definitely like it better belted. 😀
darling ranges dress in double gauze

Oct 302015
 

Sunshine wanted to be Yoshi for Halloween, which I was excited about because there are already a lot of costumes to “be inspired by” (copy). 😀
yoshi costume

Just like with Cosmo’s hydreigon costume, I made the basic hat with the template I made following Stitched by Crystal’s dino hat tutorial — it was even the same template as Cosmo’s because their heads are practically the same size. Yoshi’s features are all stuffed circles or ovals, and I guesstimated the sizes to make them by making round shapes with my fingers and holding them over the hat. heh! (oops, I took pictures on two separate days, and the lighting was obviously quite different.)
yoshi costume hat

The shell is made of a large white circle that I gathered and stuffed around the edges to form the shell ring, and then a red circle (I can’t remember if it was larger or smaller or the same size as the white circle, oops!) that I gathered into a sphere, stuffed as a ball, and then squooshed down to stitch onto the white part to form the poofy shell.
yoshi shell

Yoshi’s clothes are the Oliver + S field trip raglan shirt and Peekaboo Pattern’s Coastal Craze Baggies; I like that he can just wear these normally after Halloween! Husbo especially requested the brown boots so we bought them just for this costume; he also wanted to get long green socks, but those were surprisingly hard for us to find (so we didn’t hahaha)!
yoshi costume clothes

Sunshine kept asking for Yoshi’s egg (and tongue and tail! — but I refused those), so at first I was planning to make him a trick-or-treat bag in the shape of and decorated like a Yoshi egg, but that was stressing me out too much so I just made a regular stuffed Yoshi egg. I was super lazy and bought PlanetPlush’s Yoshi egg pattern, which makes a perfectly nice, throwable egg. (The kids have been having a lot of fun playing catch with it.) I don’t have an embroidery machine, though, so I had to figure out my own green dots. :D:D
yoshi's egg

I’m super thrilled with this costume, mostly because Sunshine loves it and wore each piece constantly as soon as I finished them! 🙂
yoshi costume and egg

Oct 272015
 

I didn’t ask Glowbug what she wanted to be for Halloween because I didn’t think she’d have an idea (though now that I think of it, she probably would have said Dora, oops!), so I tried making her a costume that was twirly but not princessy: Rainbow Brite! I also found old episodes for her to watch on youtube so she’d (hopefully) get excited about it… and now Sunshine asks to watch Rainbow Brite. hah!
rainbow brite costume

I used Hey June Handmade’s Edelweiss dress pattern with just a few modifications. I wanted Glowbug’s costume to have a slightly higher neck, so I cut straight across the highest point of the bodice (the pattern scoops down a little). The sleeves are half circles with cotton batting inside, and they’re holding up nicely at least for this Halloween! I think they might droop a little after the dress goes through the wash. Finally, I took up the skirt an inch, in addition to making the hem deeper.
rainbow brite, running

The button closure for the back is nice for adjusting the fit. I made the 3Y size and it was a bit too wide, but it was easy to have Glowbug try it on first and then sew the buttons further over than it was marked on the pattern. I sewed the buttons on a little crooked, but I was too lazy to fix them because I’d already sewn them on twice. 😀
rainbow brite buttons

For the star applique, I used Wild Olive’s you are my lucky star pattern printed at 200%.

At first, Glowbug haaaaated her costume and cried when I wanted her to put it on. But we’ve been wearing her down, and the other day she wore it without complaining for her grandparents, so yay! :D:D
rainbow brite star

Oct 212015
 

Cosmo told us that he wanted to be a hydreigon for Halloween, which I thought was crazypants at first (too hard!), but then google and awesome cosplayers came to my rescue. Yay! Here’s Cosmo’s you-have-two-siblings-so-nothing-is-going-to-be-super-complicated hydreigon costume:
hydreigon costume

I used Stitched by Crystal’s dino hat tutorial to make the basic fleece hat, then attached fleece shapes for the nose, teeth, and frill thingy, and then used felt for the eyes. The frill thingy has Soft & Stable sandwiched inside to keep it upright.
hydreigon hat

I didn’t do anything fancy to attach the frill — I just stitched it onto the back (kind of wonkily). While I was working on this hat, I found out that one of our kiddie-sized basketballs was the perfect size to act as a hatstand!
hydreigon back

Cosmo’s clothes are the Oliver + S field trip raglan shirt and Peekaboo Pattern’s Coastal Craze Baggies (which I found out about through Handmade Boy‘s fantastic versions on The Pattern Exam).
hydreigon costume, grawhr!

I worked on his gloves last — they’re extra heads; see ’em? I used 30 Minute Craft’s hand puppet tutorial for the basic idea, then added an extra layer for the mini frills. They’re not as fancy as fireflytwinkletoes’s mittens, but Cosmo’s been having fun with them!
hydreigon costume: mittens

Mike’s thinking about making cardboard wings for Cosmo, but my part is done! …except for the pokemon ball trick-or-treat bag. >_< hydreigon costume

Oct 032015
 

I’m posting over at imagine gnats today about my favorite things to wear: basics! I just realized that I forgot to mention the sizes I sewed on my imagine gnats blog post, so I’ll note them here. :}

I made a Deer & Doe plantain tee (size 36, Art Gallery strawberry, no alterations) and Sewaholic’s Thurlow shorts (size 4, Kaufman houndstooth twill, increased crotch depth and length by 1/4″ on both the front and back pattern pieces, but that didn’t really work out).
plantain tee and thurlow shorts

And then I also got to make Jamie Christina’s Mission Maxi tank (size 4 bust graded to size 10 waist and hip, Art Gallery air brush flight) and Megan Nielsen’s Brumby skirt (size S, Kaufman Swiss dot chambray, version 3 with version 2’s pockets).
mission maxi tank, brumby skirt, uptown/downtown tank

Finally, I made Glowbug a matching outfit with leftovers! 😀 😀 😀 For her tank, I used Sew Straight & Gather’s Uptown/Downtown dress with no sleeves, and I straightened out the sides since it flares out going into the skirt. Her skirt is a simple gathered pair of rectangles… somehow, I thought it would be more flarey if I put two layers of Swiss dot and one layer of lining, but you can’t even tell that the extra layers are there. hah!
matchy matchy!

More information (and nicer pictures) are on the imagine gnats blog, so maybe go take a peeky… 🙂

Sep 172015
 

I’m posting over at imagine gnats today about the Vogue Ralph Rucci top (V1437) I made recently with Rachael’s awesome rayon challis!
ralph rucci top vogue v1437

I made a wearable muslin beforehand using cheapie stuff from Fabric Mart, and this is just the straight size 6 with no alterations. The upper back was quite tight, which made it hard for me to reach forward. Fortunately, I had planned to wear this at work, and I don’t move around much there! 😀
blue Ralph Rucci top vogue v1437

Even though I feel a little impatient while I’m making practice garments (since I don’t bother with proper muslins, hah), it sure is nice ending up with two wearable items instead of just one!
blue Ralph Rucci top voge v1437

Jul 302015
 

I’m posting today over at imagine gnats about the Deer and Doe Chardon skirt I made.
blue and moss chardon skirt

I actually made a test version, first — I still rarely make actual muslins, but I like making wearable test versions!
purple chardon skirt

This purple chardon skirt is a size 38 sewn with 3/8″ seam allowances, rather than 5/8″ seam allowances as instructed. I did this because my waist measurement is about 27.5″, and size 38’s waist measurement is 26.75″. However, the waist ended up looser than I liked, so I realized that just a regular size 38 worked well for me.
purple chardon, pleats

I like the length of this version — its hem is a little higher because I sewed View B, but left off the contrast hem for a shorter skirt.
purple chardon skirt, side

I didn’t take a picture of it, but I did line this skirt, too. Instead of a picture of the lining, here’s a picture of the zipper! 😀
purple chardon skirt, zipper

Even though this version is a little bit big around the waist, I’ve been wearing it a lot. I like it with my octopus tank and grampa cardi, hehe!
purple chardon skirt

Jul 022015
 

I didn’t think it would happen anytime soon, but it did — I made a gigantic blanket-not-in-disguise-at-all grampa cardigan! With pockets!!!
burda cocoon cardigan

This is the BurdaStyle cocoon cardigan #107, and it was the first Burda pattern I’ve sewn. I read that this pattern is seriously gigantic, so I copied Very Purple Person and printed the pattern at 92% (I don’t think I have any evidence for this, but I keep thinking we’re around the same height), cut out the size 36, and didn’t add any seam allowances. I think it fits perfectly! :D:D:D
burda cocoon cardigan

I made this from a printed (the wrong side is white) French terry from a local shop, which makes this soooooo cozy. Then I exercised severe restraint and only wore it to work twice this week, even though I love it so, so much. Yay for air conditioning, since I lack sense and made myself an enormous sweater in the middle of summer. hehehe.
burda cocoon cardigan, back view

I tried my best to match up the stripes, and I succeeded about half the time; I could definitely tell which seams I’d pinned later in the day. I left off the interfacing for the all-around hem band since I didn’t think this fabric needed it, and I only serged the seams instead of using bias tape like the instructions wanted. Finally, I added wide sleeve cuffs because I read about someone else getting a trumpety effect when they first tried hemming this cardigan’s sleeves in a knit. The sleeve-to-cuff seam did end up stretching out a little bit, but the cuffs still help my sleeves stay up when I need them to, so I think overall it ended up okay.
burda cocoon cardigan, close up

I also cut out a little felt heart and sewed it on — I’ve wanted to make myself a grey, black-hearted cardigan ever since I saw a grouchy guy wearing it in a Korean drama. It was so cute and funny!
heart sweater - Ho Gu's Love ep 10

Pockets! Also, showing off some successfully matched stripes (don’t look at my sleeve haha).
burda cocoon cardigan pocket

On a different note, I’m still trying to figure out the fit on my Eucalypt tanks — I made this octopus version in a medium at the bust and a small at the waist and hips. I like that it no longer has pull lines at the upper bust, but it really is too big at the top. The neckline is too low and the arm holes are definitely too big. Luckily, this cardigan covers up almost all of that, so I can still wear my fun octopuses!
burda cocoon cardigan

I just love my grampa cardigan so much! I’m going to make my mom one too, so she can horrify my dad the way I’m probably horrifying Mr. Yazoo as I go around in my humongous sweater. muhahahahaha!
burda cocoon cardigan, side view

Jun 162015
 

I posted yesterday at imagine gnats about the Deer & Doe Chataigne shorts I made for this year’s shorts on the line. (Now I can finally retire my old maritime shorts that I didn’t adjust enough and make me look like I have halfawedgie. 😀 😀 )
deer & doe chataigne shorts

Despite my worries about crotchular fitting issues, I’ve been wearing these a lot! They seem to be resisting wrinkles and they’re very comfy. Of course, a big part of why they’re so comfortable is that they fit below the non-flatness of my tummy (hehehe), which isn’t the most flattering thing in the world. Like I say, though, most of the time I can’t see myself, so it doesn’t bother me then!
deer & doe chataigne shorts