And it’s time for the second installment of Karavan Kloset! In the first part we saw a tank top in the pink/tobacco colors. Today we’re staying in the same colorway, but moving to a swirly sort of print for a maxi-sundress.
This dress uses a technique called “shirring” where you put elastic thread into the bobbin of your machine (hand wrapped! PITA!) and sew lines across the width of the dress. I used this technique previously on the death grip on summer sundress.
Here’s yet another Hello Kitty post.
I’m not the only one who’s fallen in love… I found that Mega Bloks and Liberty London have as well.
So when I found out that someone I knew was having a baby GIRL (it’s been nothing but boys around here for what feels like forever!) I cracked out the Hello Kitty again.
Man, I wish I’d had time to iron that… oh well, first wash will work that right out, and from what I hear about babies it isn’t likely far away. It’s backed with a fuchsia minky dimple dot.
The bibs are backed in the same minky – everyone I’ve ever done this for just loves how soft it is and loves that they can attach and unattach the bib single handedly withe the velcro.
Finally, I backed micro-fiber cloths in Hello Kitty, with a loop to hang it by.
And then roll it all into a Hello Kitty bag. (I almost got one of these for myself… too cute!) Notice how the bag has exactly the same images as the bib on the far right? Total co-incidence… happy accident. 😀
When ninjas find something that they like, they do it a lot. Inspired by the Scoodie I drafted something that looked more like a hood from a snowsuit.
The process is easy: Make inner, make outer, sew right sides together matching seams as closely as possible, turn and top stitch! Those orange ‘W’ looking things were my attempt at a visual break… the scarf pieces are quite long. After I cut the left and right hood pieces out, I used the rest of the width for the scarf parts.
The great thing is that they’re reversible – if you don’t feel like cute owls today, you can turn the pylon orange side out – also good if you’re lost in a blizzard.
It’s also upside-downable – if the scarf ends are pointing down you have more face-room, for chinooks, but if the scarf ends are pointing forwards you have more face coverage, for sub-arctic days.
So here are some fine specimens, thank you to Tigger for modeling.
G is taking off for Japan this Christmas (read: “took off”) so I had to finish her gift early. I saw these and actually watched the video to see the instructions and thought they’d be PERFECT for my stitchy family and friends this year… I mean, I love them, so they must too, right? My father always tells me that the best gifts are ones that you would like to receive yourself… perhaps that’s why I get a lot of tools around Christmas some years…
Anyways, I made a few, so here they are! This one is G’s:
It consists of a cotton exterior stuffed with fiberfill, with a small oval piece of balsa wood on top of a candle holder for a base, a wooden sphere painted in glitter to top it off, and a piece of fuchsia tulle to finish it, and a couple of pretty pearlized pins for good measure. And a whole lot of hot glue – my favorite is the kind with glitter.
Here’s my mom’s:
The front and back are a safety pin pattern and the sides are a zipper pattern. This one has the top in silver glitter and has a scarf from Martha Stewart’s new glitter eyelash yarn.
This one is my MIL’s:
Notice the orthogonal placement of the measuring tape pattern between the sides and back. This one has gold glitter and gold organza that I dug out of a closet.
Since the Canadian postal service finally decided to go back to work (read: were legislated to get delivering!) I figured it was finally time to get this project out the door!
Here is a shot of each of the potholders while I was layering them. I’ve had a lot of trouble with layers slipping in the past, so I over-pin. I pinned two lines: around the edge of the embroidery and around the edge of the batting. I used Insul-Bright which I’ve had kicking around for a while for the center layers. Then I measured 2 inches around the embroidery (awesome that it was so square, it made the measuring of the entire piece very easy to square) and machine basted along that line all the way around. I pulled out the pins and cut my final edge about an 1/8th of an inch away from the stitching.
Finally, I bound the edge with bais taping in contrasting colors and stuck in a loop for hanging. YAY! All done!
I sure hopes she likes them! I’ll be throwing in a few “Calgary” mementos and then it will be on its way to Atlanta!
I’ve been working away at the potholder swap for my sewing buddy. I’m really good at envisioning beautifully embroidered finished pieces, but the amount of work and sheer time that goes into stitching them out just never gets captured in my daydream. I basically finished one of these per night for two nights (today is May 26th), a night being from about 19:00 to about 21:30. You have to keep a close eye on the machine the entire time, watching for little tangles and loops in the thread, watching from pulling or fraying at the needle, watching for huge tangles at the fabric. But here they are, all that’s left on them are to actually cut out the other pieces of fabric and stitch them all together!
I just love the way they turned out! The pink on black and the black on pink are so beautiful! I really hope my buddy likes it as much as I do!
I’ve decided again to use the WordPress “schedule” functionality again to my advantage. I’ve started working on a swap that I agreed to with my sewing buddy, and I really want to talk about it, but I don’t want her to see it, so I’ve written it (Wednesday May 18) and scheduled it for sometime next year, and then when she receives it, BAM, I’ll reschedule them to be released right away!!! Ingenious, I know. 😀
So we decided on a pot holder swap. I really don’t know anything about her, so I decided to just do something that I would like… that’s what my daddy taught me about giving gifts.
She’s asked me about my embroidery machine and said she wished that she had one, so I decided that whatever I did had to have embroidery. I settled on some mola designs from emblibrary.com, which I also managed to get a smoking deal on!
Here are the fabrics I’ve picked: black, fuchsia, and black/pink/fuchsia flames. I also dug out some pink, fuchsia, and black bias taping, I’m not sure which I’m going to use where. I’m thinking of making two, each with flames on one side, the other side pink on one and black on the other. The designs would be pink on the black one, and black on the pink one, but I’m still trying to decide if I want them monochromatic, or to use several shades. If I’d known which fabric I was going to use (I just started digging through my pile last night), I probably would have picked the flamingo mola, I think that would have been sooo cute in pink and black! As it was, I picked the turtle and the lizard.