Orientation Week Blues

Work in Progress Wednesday

I had my college orientation this week, and I got a Wii U, so I’ve been busy and not doing a lot of crafts.

Knitting

Hyrule Warriors Scarf

I’m still plugging away on this. I got quite a bit done at my college orientation, and I’ll be working on it at the RWBY showing I’m going to tonight, so hopefully I’ll make some noticeable progress (the thread it so tiny!)

Spiral Cowl

I haven’t been working on this as much as I should – otherwise it would be done! – because its not as mindless as the Hyrule Warriors Scarf. But I’m almost done! Maybe this afternoon I’ll finish.

Sewing

I finished my Belle Bomber so you should check that out! And I finally got up decent photos of

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Sprout

sewing

This is a fun cape crossed with a sweater that I made based on this thing here. I stumbled across it on pinterest and fell in love with it even though the pattern (what little there was of it) was written in Russian.

A Study In Scarlet Caplet

finished project, sewing, Sherlock Holmes

img_4949Initially, this was going to be called the “Red Nancy Drew Jacket” because it looks like something the infamous sleuth would wear, however, I began to realize, as I was piecing it together, that it also looked like something that Sherlock Holmes would wear (or at least, if he was a female). So I changed the name to reflect one of Sherlock’s most infamous stories (and his first).

img_4947I’m so totally in love with this coat that its not even funny. I want to wear it all the time which isn’t even possible right now because of the weather (when I photographed this thing it was over 80 degrees fahrenheit outside). I’m a bit afraid that the sleeves will be annoying or too bulky to wear under my backpack straps this fall, but I’m going to try and pray that it works, because its too nice not to.

Links:

The Pattern


Materials: 

  • 3 yards red fabric
    • It was stretchy in one direction and there were times I wanted to MURDER it
  • 1 yard black fabric
    • I lined the sleeves rather than do a rolled hem
  • McCall’s M7291 Pattern
  • Buttons (mine were steampunk themed)

img_4948For the most part I followed the pattern exactly, only altering a few times (either because I didn’t want to do a certain technique or because the pattern was unclear so I decided to run with it and do my own thing).

Its a pretty simple pattern, although, for being a “Learn to Sew” pattern that was supposed to teach things, I found myself having to google a lot and the main thing that it was supposed to teach me – using bias tape to sew an underarm sleeve, is a pretty specific skill. I don’t see myself using it often enough to have made this just to learn that.

Alterations & Problems

  • I didn’t make the belt they called for
    • Instead, I’m using a black belt that I already owned (it looks better and I’m too lazy to make theirs)
  • I wish it had a liner though the whole thing.
    • It itches at the neck where I sewed the collar on, and I had to pin that seam down to prevent it from showing.
    • If I make it again, and I’m planning on altering and using it for Its Too Cold to Go Alone, Take This! I’ll line the whole thing.
    • I lined the sleeves with black fabric, rather than doing a rolled hem at the edges.
  • It falls open in the front
    • So whatever I’m wearing underneath shows. That wouldn’t be a problem, except that I’m one of those people who enjoys wearing a comfy shirt under something nice to look dressy.
    • When I do it again I think I’m gonna do a zipper front.

 

Blame it on Nintendo

Work in Progress Wednesday

Work in Progress Wednesday

I’ve been pretty busy lately, largely because I just saved up enough money to get myself a Wii U, so I’ve been playing that a lot. I’ve also not had much to work on, because most of the projects I have to do are in their final stages.

I’ve also been working a lot on a special post for the blog. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you like Zelda and Cosplay you’ll love it -wink-

Sewing

Belle Bomber

This is basically done, in fact, I posted a wrap up for it, but I still need to do a bit of messing with the zipper, because, as it stands right now, it rubs at my neck too much.

Rapunzel Bomber

It’s too thick to close it the way I was planning to (the snaps won’t go through the fabric), so I’ll have to figure out something else. I may do some sort of reverse button and then put something decorative (like the pearl snaps which I still really want) down the front.

Knitting

Hyrule Warriors Scarf

I’m done with the stranded part and onto the main body which is plain blue, so hopefully it will start moving along at a faster rate here soon.

Bomber Jacket

finished project, sewing

I really love jackets, its kind of a fact of life when you have thyroid problems (because I get cold so easy!) so I’ve decided to start making some of mine. I have a pretty weird taste in clothing – most of my stuff is from junk stores because that’s just what I like – so its hard to find something off the rack (not to mention my arms are abnormally long for a woman).

The portfolio project for this item can be found here.

Ace_(Doctor_Who)I’ve also loved Bomber Jackets since I was introduced to the Doctor Who companion Ace McShane (photo to the left). Hers isn’t exactly my style, I don’t wear that much black (when I can help it anyway, its not my fault all the good fandom shirts are in black!), its a very eighties look, and I don’t like jackets that you have to work that hard to keep on (its much too big for her). So now I get my own bomber jacket, done in colors that are a bit more me.

I stopped by the fabric store and started looking through their patterns for one that I liked – the one that Emily used was French, and although my mom took French in High School she’s pretty rusty at this point and sometimes her help is anything but (love you mom!) – and was finally able to narrow my decision down to one of two patterns: McCall’s M7100 or Butterick B6181. I finally settled on the Butterick Pattern for two reasons; it was on sale (which is always a great thing!) and because the the example for the McCall’s had been sewn in Camo Fabric and that’s always a turn off for me (I live in the south and it is everywhere and gets old very quickly). I’m doing it in two colors like pattern D. Butterick ranks their patterns and claims that this one is “easy.” The jury is still out.

The Jacket

img_4788img_4798I ended up really pleased with what I made. Considering that this is a practice run for the Rapunzel Bomber (because I didn’t want to risk ruining that fabric!) thats cut from an old set of curtains and other random fabric that I think was intended to become curtains that I found in a thrift store (I am NOT joking), it turned out well.

img_4782Its actually pretty flattering on me, except when its zipped up (shown left!) and I have my hands in my pockets, but in the event that I need to do that (its very warm without even zipping it) I’ll be so cold I won’t care about how I look. Theres plenty of room in it – I cut it as a size ten, although I’m actually much closer to an eight – and as you can see in the picture to the right, I can even put a sweater under it (and it looks really nice with that sweater!)

The Pattern

Materials: 

  • Contrast color:
    • The fuzzy blue stuff
  • Main Color
    • The gold fabric
  • 2 yards of 2 inch wide elastic
    • I bought black elastic
  • Fusible Interfacing
    • Sigh. I almost didn’t make this just because of how much I hate working wiht interfacing. Here’s to hoping it turns out better than I’m expecting. (the stuff just never works for me!)
  • Pearl Snaps
    • I already owned these, I inherited them from my grandmother after she passed away and I think they’re beautiful.

Cutting the Fabric

Cut from the Gold

  • Front hem band
  • Front facing

Cut from the Blue

  • Collar
  • Pockets
  • Hem band

Cut from Both

  • Front
  • Back (I cut the liner just a bit wider)
  • Sleeves

Liner

This is an unlined pattern, but I decided that I wanted to add a liner for a variety of reasons including: a little extra warmth (its a pretty thin fabric), added durability, and because it just looks cool.

I bagged the liner, which was the best decision I’ve ever made. It was so easy!! For the sake of being (probably overly) useful, I’ve linked a ton of tutorials below.

Other Lining Tutorials: 

*** my favorite tutorials.

Link Cosplay Jacket: Design Stage

Legend of Zelda

It’s too cold to go alone….
Take this!

I’m super in love with my A Study in Scarlet Caplet (McCall’s 7291), so as soon as I finished it I decided that I wanted to make something else out of that pattern, but I wasn’t sure what. Fast forward a few weeks and I’m sitting on the couch playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and it hits me: M7291 looks like a feminine version of Link’s Tunic.

It was love at first thought.


I’m a terribly indecisive person, so I sketched up two ideas for what it might look like. The first one is based more on Twilight Princess and the second one on Breath of the Wild (although both would be in green).

Version 1

Twilight Princess Inspired

version 1Front: 

  • Held shut by frog clasps
  • Very little decoration

Back:

  • No decoration

Belt: 

  • Brown
  • Triforce on back

Sleeves:

  • Embroidery inspired by Minda’s helmet

Sides: 

  • Slit up the side (show on version 2)

Version 2

Breath of the Wild Inspired

version 2Front: 

  • invisible zipper all the way down the front
  • Embroidery taken from the blue tunic in Breath of the Wild

Back:

  • Embroidery taken from the blue tunic in Breath of the Wild

Belt: 

  • Brown
  • Triforce on back

Sleeves:

  • Embroidery taken from the blue tunic in Breath of the Wild

Sides: 

  • Slit up the side

Final Idea?

Of course, I haven’t even bought the fabric yet, so this is all subject to change.

Construction:

  • I think I’m going to go with a zipper up the front
    • I don’t know if the frog clasps will lay as neatly as I want them to.
  • The pattern has a collar, but I’m going to ditch that and make the shaped collar that I sketched up
    • It fits Link’s collar more closely, and will make it even more unique
  • I’m going to do a small slit up the side.
    • No more than four inches high, I think.
    • I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to lace them up or not. His always have laces, and a dark green ribbon would be pretty, I’m just not sure.
      • I wouldn’t do a bow – I don’t want to deal with loose ends – so I would just sew the ends out of the way.

Materials:

  • Outer shell
    • I want something similar in texture to the fabric I used for the other caplet (it was for suits), but in green.
    • I want it to be soft and drapey.
  • Inner shell
    • It definitely needs to be brown and will probably be either something silky or something of the same material as the outer shell

Embroidery: 

  • The idea is to do the embroidery (by hand) in a shade of green that’s either slightly darker or slightly lighter than the material so its very subtle.
  • I think I’m leaning towards doing the embroidery for Version 2, because its probably going to be more recognizable.

 

Other

See the project’s page here.

The Gamer’s Week

Work in Progress Wednesday

We had some friends over last Friday for what we like to call a “crafty day” where everyone sits around and does their own craft and we chat and eat food. I got quite a lot of stuff done then and since its still my summer vacation, I’m still getting a lot done.

But I also started my first job yesterday (eight whole hours!) so that’s been keeping me busy (and sore).

Infinity Scarf

Legend of Zelda, My Tutorials, sewing

Jo Ann’s has fabric with designs from The Legend of Zelda now, so I decided I needed to make myself a scarf.

I think the scarf may have ended up just a little bigger than I intended, and if I were to make it again I’d fix that, but on the whole I really love this scarf and I get a lot of compliments whenever I wear it.

See the scarf on my Portfolio.

Making the Scarf

Materials

  • 1.5 yards of patterned fabric
  • 1.5 yards of complimentary fabric

Its a pretty simple pattern, all I did was cut two rectangles of each fabric (so four total) which measured 40 inches by 15 inches. Then I laid them out, right sides together, and sewed them up following a method a lot like this.

Gamer Quilt Square: Piplup

Embroidery, pokemon

This is for my Favorite Games Quilt that I designed.

img_4745Piplup is my all time favorite Pokemon, partially because he was my first ever (the first Pokemon game I ever played was Pokemon Pearl back when you would walk into a physical Blockbuster’s Store and rent games) and partially because its just a really awesome Pokemon. Skip forward several years (about three months ago) and I was delighted to see that Dawn from the Pokemon TV series agreed with me and picked Piplup as her starter Pokemon!!

This square didn’t take me very long, I did it in about three episodes of Agents of SHIELD (I’m marathoning it with my mom) and two episodes of Ultimate Spiderman (I’m marathoning that by myself when my mom gets sick of watching AoS). Part of that was just checking reference images (for color) and trying to stop the cat from eating my yarn.

I’m really pleased with how it turned out, except for the dark blue on the top of his head. It just turned out a little bit more uneven than I would have liked. I also would have preferred to be able to fill in the beak, but after finishing his feet I was running out of that color, so I opted to stitch around it instead.

 

Credits: 

Prepping a Wedding Dress for Prom

sewing, Uncategorized

My prom dress from Junior Prom last year was phenomenal, everyone said so. My principal even told me that I looked like Grace Kelly (yes I died a little when she said that). So I knew that I would have to top it this year for Senior Prom (as a final farewell to my high school). I also knew that prom this year would be bittersweet after the death of Michael, whom I went with last year (read about how cool he was here).

Materials: 

  • Old Wedding Dress
  • Fabric Dye
    • I used Rit Dye More in Peacock Green
  • Misc Sewing Supplies

I’ve set this up as a bit of a timeline, because I think that’s a fun way to display craft projects that take weeks.