Sunday, August 26, 2012

Oh Noes! Holloween Costume Ideas?

Hi dears,
I guess I'm temporarily stumped in the sewing category. I got the new bobbin case in that was supposed to fix my sewing machine and oh noes it didn't! It just did the same thing with the new bobbin case...sooo...I have to take the machine in to be serviced and hope they can fix it, I just don't know what the underlying cause of the problem is.
I will admit it's sort of heart breaking to not have it up and running but I can do other things I'm sure.
I am making more hair flowers for my Etsy Shop some jewelry and I need to put up vintage clothes, linens and jewelry I have scattered everywhere for it.
 On a completely separate note, does anyone have any good costume designs for an active toddler?
I've looked at some for Bird and they just aren't him...this will be his first real Halloween since he can now walk and eat solids. I'm not sure if I'm going to take him out around the town but I definitely want to take him down main street through the businesses! I want to make this diy Maternity Skeleton outfit for me, maybe just the shirt since I'll wear that by itself anyways and black pants are precious in my wardrobe! ;p
I would make Bird an Andy the Android costume or Cid the Android costume (new mascot for CyanogenMod) since my husband is a Android developer for CyanogenMod but I don't have the right colored fabric and haven't been able to find some locally :( that and I'm not sure anyone would understand what he was lol Andy is big and green with antennaes

 and Cid is a cyan sort of blue-more blue then cyan really-with squinty angry eyes and sort of looks like an Iron Man silhouette

...hmmm...maybe if I could find a cheep Iron Man costume online and painted it the right color?
Or maybe refashion some of my older son's clothes into it? He has a tee and track pants outfit that is the right color that I think he may have outgrown this for thought definitely!
I hope everyone is having a great sunny day!
Bonnie MS

Friday, August 24, 2012

Project Run & Play

Hi guys!
Time for Project Run & Play Season 5! I'm so exited to see that they announced the contestants and weekly challenge themes! I'm not a contestant but I am very much hoping to participate weekly in the Flickr Sewalong pool with all the other fantastic sewing mom's out there in blog land.

Week One: 
Pattern Remix---For this challenge remix Katy's ( No Big Dill  )  Very Biased Skirt tutorial. 
For this I'm not completely sure what to do...I've never done anything on the bias but it looks interesting :) Since I have two boys I was trying to think of a way to remix it without being....well...girly and ruffled! So maybe a bow tie and regular little man necktie made of neutral colored bias strip cut linen? Small but I'm thinking it might actually look nice! Or maybe a reverse applique on a shirt or vest...hmmm...dinosaurs? Bears? Skulls? Stars might be too girly I think. 

Week Two:
Fashion Icon Challenge---For this week choose a favorite, notable, or famous fashion icon and design an outfit inspired by your choice.
I think I may have already chosen my icon on this one right before seeing the challenges-I was looking at current and past seasons of Alexander McQueen's fashion collections-his work is very odd and sculptural but there are always looks I love mixed in using interesting fabrics, details and patterns that I can see actually being worn in the day to day world. Most of what I see coming off the runways and such really is...not wearable for your everyday life especially for children. And more then anything I want what I make to be wearable, comfortable and I guess use-able for my kids more often then the one time it took to take the pictures.

Week Three:
The White Sheet Challenge---For this challenge you can only use one white sheet (up to a King size) as your primary source of material. 
Ooooh so exited for this one! The white part kinda sucks boys + white = mess (that and I have a maroon sheet that needs to be retired and could be used instead) but white it is so I was thinking about hand printing a pattern on some parts, maybe try this Etsy Fabric Printing Tutorial for smaller details-I know it really reduces the size of fabric I have to work with and there will be visible seams if I piece it together for something bigger but I think a cool funky print would go great on that toddler tank pattern I've been working on for Bird that I showed with the Houndstooth Hounddog skater shorts. Or maybe a button up for my older son with printed collar, pockets, and cuffs? 

Week Four:
Boys Week---You know how this one works---just create an outfit for a boy!
Boys week pppfffttt! I got boys week every week! :p I'm always delighted for boys week, that is actually why I started following Project Run & Play in the first place. I really want to get some cute shorts made for the boys while it's still warmer-our air conditioning units just arrived yesterday morning and of course the temperature dropped a good 15-20 degrees last night! I really don't mind at all I love Fall and all the holiday decorations, the cooler temperatures, how the foliage starts looking,  the smell, everything! I'm sure we still have some heat left, it is Oregon after all-if I count of cooler it will boil! I also want to make some overalls out of some huge thrifted knit polos and some pants out of some of my dad's old jeans. Gotta love refashioning! I have piles of clothes to refashion in our room (we share one room, the DH, me, both our boys, our cat and our Boxer and come December another baby) so I need to get my sewing machine fixed and sew some whirlwinds!

Week Five:
Holiday Wear---This challenge is to  design an outfit for any fall holiday of your choice.
Oh for this one hmmm...they say Fall Holidays but it's got to be wearable more then once so no costumes. We wear pajamas for Christmas for the most part so maybe some comfy pajamas for the boys, matching? And a teeny tiny set for the baby. Those would definitely be worn even though it's not exactly a Fall Holiday. Possibly some of these Suspender Trousers (really genius!) out of a nicer fabric or jeans and lined with flannel or a fun cotton?

Week Six:
Signature Look Week---Design your signature look.
Something cute with color, a pattern, lots of knit, and is really comfy to play in. 

So thoughts? Am I being to ambitious in this Sewalong? I doubt I will get a complete outfit for each of my kids but maybe a piece for each boy at least the works with their existing wardrobes and one complete outfit each at least. And as for the baby :) There will probably be much sewing there as well, just a bit quicker to come together being such a little thing and not needing so much fabric or detail quite like the boys. 
 We found out a couple weeks ago what we are having are are thrilled there is only one in there! We both have twins in previous generations on our sides so to be honest I was a little worried with how active this one has been that there might be twins in there-he joked about it and thought it would be cool if we have twins but me....not so much. Bird and this baby will be 17 almost 18 months a part and that is close enough for me I think. That being said the big "Reveal" will be pretty soon with some outfit posts since I know I will be sewing for this one as well during PR&P. I'm so happy about all this! We both are it really is a blessing with the complications my husband has been having after his surgeries having this baby is a complete miracle. 
Anyone want to guess what we're having?
Bonnie MS

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Vintage Men's Trousers into a Pencil Skirt Refashion

    Hi there Guys!
It all started at this new Thrift store that opened up called ChristWalk here in my town.
They have the most amazing odd selection of clothes, shoes, and sewing supplies I could ever hope to find!
My first trip there I bought tons of vintage patterns and some clothes to refashion the most memorable of which being these black and white hound stooth vintage polyester men's trousers that looked like these here that VintageTrends is selling.
I somehow lost my before pictures so I have my in process and after picture to show you! :) I completely fell in love with these trousers-they were quite hideous as is on me but the possibilities! I could try punky hounds tooth skinnies for me or for my 5 year old...or some cute skater style shorts for both him and his little brother, shorts or a skirt for me-everything seemed so exiting I actually had to put them aside and really think about it forever before I could even try something.
At first I measured my legs and tried creating skinnies for me without using a pattern (I don't actually own any skinnies at all haven't since I was ohh 8 or 9) I tried them on and while the legs fit I didn't like the feel of them so decided to buy a good fitting pair of skinnies to wear and use as a pattern in the skinnies were a no go. My older son saw them as skinnies and couldn't imagine wearing them after one of the kids in his class made fun of a shirt I made him...aagh then what do I do with this fantastic fabric I adore? The waistband and rear had some looseness to it so I thought aha! A Pencil skirt! I know once my belly expands I will have to add a stretchy waistband or give them up but for now they are fantabulous!  I went ahead and followed Crafty Pirate's Fantastic Rock n Roll Skirt from Trousers Tutorial


The inside of the trousers had these yellow stains that wouldn't come out. From something spilling on them in storage maybe? They weren't in the usual stain spots if they got stained while being worn.


But they don't show on the patterned side of the fabric! I love this pattern :) I've already got my scraps turned into something it exited me so much! So many fun options...


I trimmed off the crotch parts like the tutorial said to, pinned the sides, and cut the legs off a few extra inches longer then I really want the finished skirt to be for an extra wide seam allowance.
I then sewed the sides up and tried it on to see what adjustments were needed.

DSCN0214 A bit loose around the tummy and high waisted but that's always good knowing I'll be getting bigger (and hopefully considerably smaller after the baby is born) This was before hemming. I also took the sides in a little more in a tapered curve in towards my knees trying to get that sexy silhouette :) When I hemmed it up I used a HUGE hem allowance 3-4 inches so I have extra to work with if I want to later, especially if I add an stretchy belly panel later on.


The completed skirt front, it hits right at my knee standing and rises an inch or two while sitting.


And here is the back. I didn't realize the back of my knees look so funky.

All in all a really cute pencil skirt! I wore it yesterday around the house and really liked it, I think I will add a slit in the back for walking easier. I normally wear pants or loose skirts so I'm a "Strider" as my Grandmother calls it. I would imagine if I wore it with heels instead of flats I wouldn't need the slit and it would be nice with heeled boots maybe this fall I think-and leggings!
What do you guys think? Okay for my first posted refashion for an adult?
Have a wonderful day dears!
Bonnie MS