Monday, November 26, 2012

Skirts for the Little Ones

Sewing for kids is fun and quick!  One day I was breezing through Hancock's and spotted a few bolts of super cute corduroy fabric that just HAD to come home with me.

Scottie Dogs!  How could I resist?

This is what the fabric became this weekend:

I was excited to find this plaid on grain and matchable at
the seams.

These are simple skirts with elastic waists - no frills, no pockets.  I just drafted up a skirt pattern in a jif.   The only difference between them is the red skirt has a smaller hem and is slightly shorter for the shorter of the girls.  I like the beefier hem better.  Hubby was kind enough to lend me his thigh to adjust  the elastic for the waists.  (His thigh measured the same as the girls' waists, oddly enough.)

The plaid fabric was originally intended for pants for the boy, but I had second thoughts and cut out a plain blue corduroy instead.  Those are in the 'soon to be sewn' pile.

The kidlet crew lives in another state, and we don't get to see them often enough.  It was great having them here for Thanksgiving (and they brought their parents, too)!

I have done a crapload of mending, made ever so much more enjoyable by my new sewing machine, the Babylock Crescendo.  I love it!

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving (or just a great weekend if you aren't in the US!) with friends or family, and of course got some sewing in!

Happy sewing,


Monday, November 19, 2012

Cosplay Sewing!

Hey there!  I hope it is going to be a wonderful week for everyone!  For my American readers, hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving with family and friends.

I know I haven't been around much lately, but there has been some sewing which I'll blog later.  Tonight I wanted to show you all what I spent Saturday doing with my girl.

First, for those of you not familiar with the term (probably most I'm guessing), let me define the word 'cosplay'.  Follow the link for the wikipedia page.  Cosplay is short for costume play.  There are conventions that people go to dressed as their favorite character.  Some costumes are incredibly intricate and involved.  

My daughter asked me to help her with her costume.  She gave me an animated picture, since her character is from a wecomic. DD made the chainsaw prop and horns, and bought the logo t-shirt.  I made the skirt, cummerbund, and large bow and tail.

Here is a basic sketch of what the skirt looks like:

We dug through the stash, and chose a red cotton knit and 2 1/2" wide black elastic for the waistband.  I drew up a pattern, cut the fabric, and did a few in-progress fittings.

For the bow, tail, and sash, we used a purple woven cotton, and Shirt-Crisp interfacing from Pam Erny's site.  It turned out to be the perfect amount of stiffness.

The black long sleeves were legs from black tights, to avoid wearing two shirts and being hot.

Here she is in her costume!

That's my beautiful girl!
Did I mention she made the horns?

Her character knits, and so does she.  My mom taught her one summer. 
The drapes in the left of the frame I made a few years ago.

Posing with her chainsaw.

Hard to see the detail of the skirt, but you can vaguely see the side sections in this picture.  

In other sewing news, I made the bodice to a dress for the fundraiser last weekend, but life got majorly in the way and I did not finish it in time.  It will be finished though, after Thanksgiving.  I have some sewing to do for the nieces and nephew kidlets coming for turkey!

It will be at least a week or two before I'm blogging again, so stay well, have a wonderful holiday if you're in the US, and I'll see you soon.  Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, November 1, 2012

A New Sewing Machine!

Meet my new sewing machine, Babylock's Crescendo. 

Just a few stitches.  The stitch on the lower right the hubby calls the EKG stitch.

Random characters - Japanese?

I really love the chains.

After trying out many of the stitch settings and generally road testing my new Crescendo, I attached the walking foot that came with the machine.  It actually plugs into the machine by way of a short cord and what looks like a camera connection.  I had some fleece blankets for a charity event that I needed to sew up.  I've previously sewn similar blankets on my old machine, and by comparison, my new Babylock sewed the thick fleece layers like a hot knife cutting butter.  The blankets are pictured below.  When I was on the second blanket, the machine beeped, stopped sewing, and a note popped up on the screen that the bobbin thread was almost empty.  Loved that!  Winding a new bobbin was NBD, because there is a separate motor for that purpose.  

The most boring sewing ever.

The Crescendo has features I haven't even tried yet, but is extremely user friendly.  I browsed through the extensive manual, but the cool thing for visual people is on-screen instructions and instruction videos.  The screen size and brightness is fantastic.  The lights are very bright and plentiful, good for my aging eyes.  I'm in love!

I have been an absentee blogger, but I've been keeping up on blog reading as much as possible.  Life is busy these days. The fundraiser I am involved with is coming up soon, and we have begun attending college fairs and visiting colleges.  I've got several things lined up to sew, but haven't found the time or energy.  Nothing like a brand new, booty-kicking sewing machine to fuel the mojo!  

My heart goes out to all who were in the path of Sandy and suffered loss.  It was surreal watching it - we are so often affected by tropical weather systems here in Florida, but this time we were the ones calling relatives and friends up north to make sure they were ok.  I hope all of my blog friends and your families are safe and well.

Be well, and happy sewing,