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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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.

 

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.

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: 

Bombs Away

Work in Progress Wednesday

I did a lot of sewing this week, a lot, and barely got any knitting (or anything else….) done. I’m having a craft party on Friday, which is not the best time to use a sewing machine, so hopefully I will get some other stuff done then.

Knitting

Shelly’s Shawl

The first of two Esjan (pattern by Stephen West) shawls that I’m working on. This one only needs cast off. Its a very belated prayer shawl for a friend.

I plan to cast off during the party Friday.

Candy Loops

The other Esjan which is for me in bright, metallic yarn.

Sewing

 

Sprout

All I have left for this capelet is a bit of messing with the collar, and tightening up a seam in the under arm (and then actually posting about it).


A Study In Scarlet

I’m debating if I want to actually finish the very end of the underarms on this or not. I probably should, but they don’t show (at all!) and they really look like they’re going to be a pain…..

Belle Bomber

This I’m making out of scrap fabric that I got dirt cheap at a thrift store (I actually think at least one of the bits used to be curtains), as practice before I get started on the one with the fabric I actually paid decent money for (the purple stuff).

My goal on this is to have the liner and the outside completely finished by Friday, so that during the party I can iron the seams (and maybe tack some of them down by hand). I’m bagging the lining because the pattern didn’t come with its own liner, unfortunately.

Its called the Belle bomber because the velvet and brocade fabrics remind me of 18th century France, which is when Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is set.

Rapunzel’s Bomber

The bomber with fabric I actually paid more for (its in two shades of purple, hence the reference to Rapunzel’s purple dress in Tangled). I think I might buy some flower brocade that I saw the other day and add some flowers on for decoration.