Thursday, September 27, 2012

From White Sheet to Bright Blue Aviary Dress

The White Sheet Challenge.

I had so many ideas for this week's challenge over at Project Run and Play.  My mind was bouncing in a million directions; I may or may not have cut out three different dress patterns (all my own patterns) before I eventually decided on this little number.   But I'll never admit that. : )

I decided to make my white sheet totally unrecognizable (the anti-white sheet). With some fabric paint, freezer paper, a hole punch, and an embarrassing amount of time later that white sheet became a thing of the past.  ; ). I'm well aware that the same effect could have been achieved by dying my fabric and reversing the hole punch, but my curiosity got the better of me and I wanted to see how painting the majority of the fabric would work out.  Much to my pleasure, it worked quite well.  The fabric is stiffer then what I normally work with. It ended up being similar to canvas or duck fabric.  And it surprisingly washes just fine. 

I'll show you how I did it below.  

What I love about this technique is that it opens up a world of possibilities.  Because I'm a little lazy and the fabric wrinkles very easily, I'm pretty sure I won't use this technique again for such a large article of clothing, but this would be perfect for a quirky pillow or a little boys tie (tutorial here).  

Because the fabric was so bold, I opted for a traditional and simple silhouette with white accents (all from my white sheet).  I added some gold buttons to dress this up a bit and I called it good. 

Want to make your own painted fabric creation?

You will need:
  • Freezer Paper
  • Hole Punch
  • Iron 
  • Ruler
  • Fabric paint (or acrylic paint and a fabric paint medium) If using the medium, see my notes below.
If you use acrylic paint and a fabric paint medium, use more medium then the manufacturer recommends. The medium I used said to put 2 parts acrylic paint to 1 part medium. The fabric ended up being waaaay too stiff (like unusable stiff).  The next trial I used 1 part medium to 1 part acrylic paint. The fabric is still stiff but usable.  So I thinned it out more with more fabric paint medium until I was happy.  I recommend playing around with the ratio until you get it right.

Here's what you do:
1.Take your freezer paper and using your hole punch punch a lot of shapes.  I ended up punching a ridiculously large amount those little birdies.

2. Iron the hole punched freezer paper onto your fabric. Be sure it is evenly spaced.

3. Using fabric paint or acrylic paint with a fabric medium paint your fabric.  Don't put gobs of paint on the fabric or it will be too stiff. Just lightly paint until you see only the color you want. 

4. Let it dry for an hour or so. It should be barely sticky to touch. Peel off the freezer paper.  Let dry 24-48 hours.  I recommend washing your fabric according to the fabric pain manufacturer instructions before you sew or add any notions. You don't want to have any color bleeding.   : )

You're done!


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Project Run and Play Fashion Icon Week

I have loved sewing along with Project Run and Play.  There is just no way I would be sewing this much if it weren't for these little challenges.  Much to the dismay of my husband, I am officially addicted to sewing.  ; )  

This week's challenge was to create a look inspired by a fashion icon.
I chose Katharine Hepburn as my fashion icon because she represents a strong, powerful woman who isn't afraid to take risks (she wore pants when women just didn't wear pants). 

I had some polka dot chiffon in my fabric bin and decided to go with that.  I knew I didn't want to do an exact replica of Katharine's looks because I wanted to put my own spin on it. 

Katharine was known to have a more tom-boy flavored wardrobe (which I love!), because of that I opted to add the black yolk on the dress.  High necklines were very popular in the 40's so I wanted to make a mandarin collar with polka dot ruffles peeking out.  I would love to do a tutorial on adding the yoke and the mandarin collar but I just kind of made it up as I went.  Honestly, I consider myself lucky that it worked out.. haha! Maybe next time I'll document my steps, for the sake of anyone interested as well as my own. ; )

I made the black coat from some boucle-looking fabric I found at the Walmart dollar-a-yard section years ago (man I miss that!).  The coat is fully lined!!! Woot, woot!

This is my first time drafting a coat;  I'll be making lots more coats in the future. 

Enough with the jibber jabber, here are way too many shots of the Little Lady. ; )

Spying on the neighbors.. oops!

A little bribery goes a long way. : )

Here's the get up without the Little One..


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pure Sugar...

Halloween is soon to be here. 
I'm a fan of non-traditional costumes for babies. Particularly food costumes. : )

This little Vintage Sugar Sack costume was used for my little lady's first Halloween, some three years ago, but it is still one of my favorite things I've sewn of all time.  Since I didn't get very many photos of my little lady wearing it, I put it on my little man and snapped a few photos. 

I just love it.  


Leave it as is (for those living in the hot south) or pair it with a white long sleeve tee and some white tights and you're good to go.  It's the perfect costume for a boy or a girl.

I have enough fabric to make just one more Vintage Sugar Sack costume. If you're interested in purchasing it, email me within the next week (first come, first serve) and I'll put a custom listing on my Etsy account.

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Paillette Crush.

Crewcuts, you kill me. This top is perfection...  I'm have a major crush on glitter, sequins, paillettes, or anything shiny at the moment. 

What do you think, will this trend stay?  

Girls' sequin sweater-vest

Here's a bit more paillette/ sequin lovlies for your enjoyment... 
paillettes :)

animalier and paillettes
Remera paillettes

paillettes or


Shine on!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Pattern Remix, PR&P

So Project Run and Play is having a little sew along.  I decided to join in. : )

This week's challenge was a pattern remix of Katy of No Big Dill's Very Biased Skirt. Which is adorable, yeah?  It think she is brilliant for coming up with this technique.  

I made a promise to myself I'd only use fabric from my own stash for these challenges, so I sifted through my two GIANT bins of fabric and found a tan polka dot print.  The tan fabric color was just too, well tan and because of that it sat in my bin for years.  For this Very Biased Skirt I envisioned layers of a peach and cream, but the tan was just not cutting it. 

So I bleached it.
And it worked!

Tan Fabric + Bleach =Peachy Pink Perfection. 

With this little discovery of bleach, I now look at my stash of fabric in a whole new light. Oh the possibilities!

For details on how to make the flutter sleeved shirt you can check out my tutorial by clicking here. 

I did follow Katy's pattern directions (which are fabulous by the way!) with a few variations, which I documented below. 

Click below to see how I made my version.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

DIY Flutter Sleeve Shirt

I love basics. Don't you?  I love basics with just a touch of edge; and I can't really find that in stores for my little one.

So I decided to make a simple top for the little one myself. I picked up a fabulous white jersey knit, a zipper, and some bias tape and went to work. 

I must say that my little one LOVES this top and skirt apparent from her working-the-camera-super-model-poses. (No, not one of these poses were prompted. : ))  I also made the skirt which I'll share more details on later. 

Unfortunately, I can't say she loves everything I make. She has quite a mind of her own so I never know if she will wear what I make. But this shirt she would wear everyday if I let her.  

Want to make a flutter sleeve top for yourself or for your little one? Here's how... 

Gather your supplies. You will need:

  • Jersey Knit fabric, about1 yard for an adult or about 1/2 yard for a child (3 T). 
  • 1/2 inch single fold bias tape in a coordinating color.
  • Coordinating metal zipper.
  • Small amount of iron on interfacing.
  • Well fitted t-shirt to use as a guide.
  • Fabric Marker.
  • Pins.
  • Scissors.
  • Thread and Sewing Machine.
Click below to expand the instructions!

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