Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Handmade Animal Costumes Part 3

I tried my best to fit all these costumes into just a few posts, so I have one last one for you today.

Dove:



 Details:

Hat - Snow Day Hat from Peekaboo Pattern Shop* in Gray Fleece with added details in fleece and spare buttons
Wings - In felt. To make the wings, I measured each child's "wingspan" from the base of the neck to the wrist. I cut a large piece of gray felt into a semi-circle with this radius. Then, I cut rows of feathers in white, cream, and gray felt by cutting each row into semicircles 4 inches across and overlapping each row by two inches. I used a hand-drawn feather template to cut feathers into each row. Circles of elastic secure the wings at the shoulders and wrist.

Owl: 

 Details:

Hat - Snow Day Hat from Peekaboo Pattern Shop* in Gray Fleece with added details in fleece and spare buttons
Wings - In felt. Made in a similar manner to the dove in orange, cream, brown, and yellow felt.


Mice (2 costumes): 



 Details:

Shirt - Jalie 2805 Girls T-shirt in Gray Cotton Lycra from Purple Seamstress with appliqued fleece
Pants- Lollipop Leggings from Peekaboo Pattern Shop* also in Gray Cotton Lycra
Hat - Snow Day Hat from Peekaboo Pattern Shop* in gray fleece and knit scraps





 Details:

Shirt- Jalie 2918 Boy's Tee Shirt in Gray cotton lycra with fleece applique
Pants- Essential Sweats from Peekaboo Pattern Shop* in gray fleece
Hat - Snow Day Hat from Peekaboo Pattern Shop* in gray fleece and knit scraps


And that's all! Which animal costume was your favorite?


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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Handmade Animal Costumes Part 2

If you saw my last post, you know that I have been hard at work making costumes for the Children's Christmas play at our church. This year, all of the children are animals. Last time, I shared the chicken, duck, and lamb costumes I made. Since I couldn't fit them all into one post, I have more to share. And be on the lookout for at least one more to come. :) 

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Cow:











 Details:

Shirt- Happy Feet Pajama Top from Peekaboo Pattern Shop* in Cow Print Minky from Hancock Fabrics, bands and cuffs in off-white cotton lycra from Purple Seamstress
Pants- Essential Sweats from Peekaboo Pattern Shop* also in Cow Print Minky
Hat - Snow Day Hat from Peekaboo Pattern Shop* in Cow Print Minky with added details in fleece and off-white cotton lycra



Donkey:



Shirt- Happy Feet Pajama Top from Peekaboo Pattern Shop* in Gray Fleece. details in knit scraps and faux fur, all upcylced from old costumes found in the church costume closet
Hat - Snow Day Hat from Peekaboo Pattern Shop* in Gray Fleece with added details in felt and faux fur



Goat:




Details:

Pants- Essential Sweats from Peekaboo Pattern Shop* also in White Fleece from Hancock fabrics
Hat - Snow Day Hat from Peekaboo Pattern Shop* in white fleece with added details in fleece and knit scraps
Also added a plain white shirt (store-bought, eek!)
We added hair bows and a tutu since the goat in this particular play is supposed to be girly and cute and she loves ribbons and bows. These were already available in the costume closet.


What do you think? Stay tuned for more animals next time!


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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Handmade Animal Costumes - Part 1

The holidays are fast approaching and not only does that mean lots of gifts and activities, it also seems to be the time for plays, performances, and programs. Both my kids are doing holiday programs with their schools and with church. And with plays comes costumes. I volunteered to make the costumes for the Children's Christmas Play at our church this year. It is quite a time commitment, but it was fun.

Costumes are fun to make because they stretch your creativity. I also enjoy making costumes because you can focus on the overall look and major design elements and not worry as much about fine details like perfect top-stitching or even hems.

For the play we did this year, all the children are going to be animals. I made ten different animals. They are going to be adorable! Here are the chicken, the duck, and the lamb. Stay tuned as I will be posting the rest soon.

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Chicken:




 Details:

Dress- Cocoon Dress from Heidi and Finn in White Sweatshirt Fleece with feather boa added
edit- I forgot to say that I also added sleeves in white cotton lycra using the Classic Sleeves from the Jocole mix and match series
Pants- Lollipop Leggings from Peekaboo Pattern Shop* in Yellow Cotton Lycra from Purple Seamstress
Hat - Snow Day Hat from Peekaboo Pattern Shop* in fleece with added details in felt




Duck:






Details:
Dress- Cocoon Dress from Heidi and Finn in Yellow Fleece with feather boa added
edit- I forgot to say that I also added sleeves in yellow cotton lycra using the Classic Sleeves from the Jocole mix and match series - altered to add the cuffs instead of hem
Pants- Lollipop Leggings from Peekaboo Pattern Shop* in Orange Cotton Lycra from Purple Seamstress
Hat - Snow Day Hat from Peekaboo Pattern Shop* in fleece with added details in felt



Lamb: 





Details:
Dress- Cocoon Dress from Heidi and Finn in White Sherpa Minky
Shirt - Jalie 2805 Girls T-shirt in Black Cotton Lycra from Purple Seamstress
Pants- Lollipop Leggings from Peekaboo Pattern Shop* in Black Cotton Lycra from Purple Seamstress
Hat - Snow Day Hat from Peekaboo Pattern Shop* in White Sherpa minky with black cotton lycra details
Also added ankle bands in white minky sherpa.



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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Mila Shirt from Itch to Stitch

The Mila Shirt is coming soon to the Itch to Stitch* shop. Check it out because this shirt is awesome. It is coming to the shop on Monday 11/30.

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The Mila is a long sleeve shirt with a half button placket, relaxed fit, and long sleeves. It includes options for a full color or just the color band, optional chest pocket and sleeve tabs to roll up those sleeves. 

Maybe the best part is the way Kennis has designed the shirt for different cup sizes from A to DD so you can get the perfect fit. If you have avoided buttoned up shirts in the past because of poor fit in the bust, this shirt may be the one to try. You pick your size and your cup size. No pulling or gaping at the bust! 



The longer length, with curved, hi-lo hem and relaxed fit makes this a great casual top for wearing with jeans or leggings. Make it cozy in flannel like I did, or make it up in a lighter rayon or voile for spring.


I love Itch to Stitch* patterns because Kennis's directions are spot on. I have never made a real button placket like this one before and it turned out really well. Her directions are very precise and detailed with clear illustrations. The designs are always well drafted. I also love that she includes detailed finished garment meaurements (which are available in the product description before you buy). I also appreciate that every pattern includes lengthen/shorten lines. At 5'2", I usually need to take advantage of these lines to shorten pieces. (I shortened the bodice of this shirt by 1/2" to sit appropriately at my waist.)


I received the pattern for free in exchange for helping to test the pattern. Kennis does a great job with testing and I think we came out with a great product. I hope you love it too. 


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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Ten Sewing Books for your Wish List

Have you made a holiday wish list? Or maybe you are looking for a gift for a sewist. Here are 10 sewing-related books to check out this holiday season. Some of these I have read and some I want to read.




(*These links are all Amazon affilliate links, because, well, Amazon is a great place to buy books. Although they may also be available elsewhere.)



Sewing Techniques
For those who are looking to learn new skills, check out these books which focus on sewing techniques. 


  The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction* 

Written by beloved pattern designer Christine Haynes, this book details the entire process of sewing a garment, from using a pattern, to cutting and marking, all the way through construction. A great reference for both new and experienced sewists.




The Shirtmaking Workbook: Pattern, Design, and Construction Resources - More than 100 Pattern Downloads for Collars, Cuffs & Plackets*

Shirtmaking guru David Coffin discusses all things shirtmaking in this book - including collars, plackets, and cuffs of all kinds.




The Colette Guide to Sewing Knits: Professional Techniques for Beautiful Everyday Garments*

If you want to learn more about sewing with knit fabric, this book from the makers of Colette Patterns covers all the bases from shopping for knit fabric, fitting techniques, to sewing and finishing the garments on your home machine. The book discusses how to sew the garments on a basic sewing machine, but also discusses sergers and coverstitch machines, so that you will have all the information you need to sew beautiful knit garments.




Pattern Books
These two books are ones I haven't gotten to read yet, but I am anxious to get my hands on them. They are each full of mix and match patterns to make tons of different dresses. With so many different patterns and options, each seems to be a good value for the money.


Boundless Style: A Mix-and-Match Sewing Pattern Workbook*

Author Kristiann Boos is the designer behind Victory Patterns. This book includes a CD with downloadable PDF patterns. 15 pattern pieces for you to mix and match - 5 bodice styles, 5 sleeve styles, and 5 skirts lets you create your own custom dress. Detailed instructions are included, with photographs and illustrations for all the construction details.




Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time: The Ultimate Dressmaking Guide*

This book by Tanya Whelan is another mix-and-match approach to making and customizing dress patterns. This one includes paper patterns in a pocket in the back of the book for 6 skirts, 8 bodices, 4 sleeves, and 4 necklines, which are all interchangeable.




Pattern Altering and Fitting
If you already sew garments, but want to learn new techniques for making them fit perfectly, check out these reference books. 

Pattern Fitting With Confidence*

In this book, Nancy Zieman, of PBS sewing fame, teaches you how to adjust patterns with her pivot-and slide techniques. She addresses lots of different fitting issues and shows you her method to alter you patterns for address these issues.





The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting*

This is another great reference book for your sewing library. There are lots of detailed photographs to teach you how to recognize fit issues and how to alter your patterns to fix them.






Patternmaking
These books can help you learn to make your own clothing patterns.


Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit: Using the Rub-off Technique to Re-create and Redesign Your Favorite Fashions*

I am a big fan of this Rub-off method, described by Stephanie Lincecum in this book and also in her class on Craftsy - Pattern Drafting from Ready to Wear* (affiliate link). She teaches you how to trace an existing garment onto fabric or paper without taking it apart. She then discusses how to alter the created pattern to adjust the fit and add or remove other details. I have used this method myself to copy some of my favorite ready-to-wear garments.



How to Make Sewing Patterns*

If you are really interested in drafting your own sewing patterns from scratch, this is the most comprehensive book I have found. Author Donald McCunn teaches you how to draft a basic pattern block and how to alter that block to fit your body accurately. Then, he discusses how to use that basic pattern to make all kinds of clothing. This book is also a great reference for fitting and altering patterns. This is an older book, so the photographs and styles are less current, but it remains one of my favorite resources because of all the great technical information included.



Just For Fun
This one is not meant to improve your sewing, but I like it anyway. 

The Tula Pink Coloring Book: 75+ Signature Designs in Fanciful Coloring Pages*

Tula Pink is a fabric line for Free Spirit fabrics, so if you love great fabric designs (I know you do!), you might enjoy this high-quality coloring book. Coloring books for adults are the new thing, and it's no wonder, since coloring is a great stress-reliever.




What other sewing-related books are on your wishlist?


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