Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sew Geeky Episode 1: 8 Bit Babies

So this is actually the first Sew Geeky we ever did, but somehow it was deleted off my blog. There's no way that i could find of restoring it, which sucks so hard, so here it is rewritten! Enjoy the not epic odd-sized photos and vintage Eddie & Vin! (A throwback if you've seen this before!)

in the days before Eddie could even stand up omg

For Sew Geeky Episode 1, Kat & I decided on the theme (cleverly named by her husband Jon) 8 Bit Babies! We thought it was a good way to start off the series, and Sonic the Hedgehog was one of my favourite games/tv shows when I was younger! While I was making this, like every Sew Geeky, I threw the inspiration up on my laptop and Vincent spent hours and hours watching Sonic the Hedgehog videos on youtube. 

Vinnie is, of course, Sonic the Hedgehog. His outfit consists of an epic hoodie, navy Hosh pants and a resized shirt worn underneath! Let's break it down!

 I had the Sega Shirt in my stash for a really long time. I scored it from an epic thrift shop adventure and hoarded it for ages until the perfect moment. It was a simple resize from an adult's tee down to a Vin sized tee (cute story: Vin came up to me just earlier today with a maternity shirt of mine and said 'It's too bad you can't resize this for me'. Well I can and I will, son, but I'm more stoked that you just drop 'resize' into everyday speech and know that I have the capabilities of doing stuff like that for you!).

His pants are made from my boo Sarah's amazing/go-to-pants pattern Hosh Pants! I used this vintage navy fabric in my stash that has this cool raised squiggly pattern along it.

yeeehhh... that's the best photo I have of the back....

 The blue blur!

I had grand plans of making Vin some Toms, but the size pattern for him was like a boat on his foot. They really didn't turn out well at all. I do want to try this out again, but I might seriously change the sizes to custom-fit them to Vin's feet.

The hoodie was truly epic and a labour of love. It took me a few little muslins to get the hood pieces right, but I'm really really stoked with the outcome! I didn't use a pattern, just used a hoodie that fit him already as a guide. The Hood was made in several pieces, each little spike was sewn together like a little shark fin then sewn into the hood. The hood had several panels that the fin/spikes were sandwiched between.

The main spike can stand up all by itself because it is stuffed with fabric. Not just any fabric. No I made a little 'shell' that is anchored just inside the hood. It's hidden in the lining of the hood, which opens with a little velcro at the front - giving it enough space to reach in and tug out the shell.

It's edged in elastic, and is just big enough for a little boy to curl up into and go into super speedy Sonic mode (where he looks like he's a little ball!)

Although it is easy to lose your balance..

And to go with Sonic the Hedgehog is his pretty little friend Amy Rose!

 She looks like such a piglet oh my goodness.

Eddie's Amy Rose outfit consisted of a pink hoodie, a red Doli tank as a dress and some pink tights!

The hoodie was also drafted up from a hoodie that fit her well. I made little pink ears but I think they are too close together and too far forward. They look like little piglet ears! I also stitched a red band around the hood, like Amy Rose's headband. I was debating adding spikes to the hood, but I figured for the hoodie to actually be useful to Eddie it probably shouldn't be terribly annoying to the poor babe

Her tights were made using Made by Rae's tutorial, so easy to make. I make all Eddie's stockings this way now! I used pink ribbing fabric from my stash (everything I used was stash-busted, except for the main pink & blue fleece from the hoods. Those were bought from Lincraft)

Her dress is the Doli tank made up in the 12month size. It was just too perfect not to use! I just used red cotton with white contrast!

Really wish the TOMS shoes would have worked out! Eddie feels the same way!

And the bloopers: What is going on in their little heads I don't even know!

And when Vincent got stuck around the wall..

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Kids Clothes Week Prep!

I haven't really participated properly the way I used to in the Kids Clothes Weeks, but this time I already have a stack of fabrics piled up on my desk with little pieces of paper pinned to them to remind me of what they will be. I've trawled my pinterest boards, drawn sketches, had little Vinnie help me choose what he wants me to make (and he's done some sketches too).

While it's supposed to be 'summer' KCW, I'm sure one day people will start realising it's sometimes a different season on the other side of the globe ;), I'll obviously be doing winter! It's quite cold here, but luckily we have an amazing fireplace to keep us toasty!

kid's clothes week

I love the theme of this season's KCW! While you don't have to sew to the theme, it's pretty fun to have that little bit extra. A lot of the things i have planned for my kids are basic neccessities, lots of skinny pants and a cute little trench coat for Vin with lots of fun winter dresses and stockings for Eddie. When it's cold out Eddie and I stay wherever it's warm, but I try and dress her cute for school drop off and pick up (ya know, depending on how that goes lol)

Here's some things I've got pinned on my KCW Inspiration board. There is more girl stuff there than boy stuff because it's way easier coming up with stuff for the Cenz than it is for the Enz ahha (I default to boys' style constantly!).

Love this oversize long-sleeved dress by rocking'skidi
Cute jumper. I love the speech bubble!
I just really love all the layers in this outfit

Again it's all about layers for me!
Going to give these dino leggings a bit of a twist for Vin
You can find more kid style inspiration on my Boy Style & Girl Style boards!

Most of my ideas are in my sketch book, and I'll share mine & Vin's scribbles with you throughout the week! You can find all the details here on the Kid's Clothes Week site! And also dead-smack in the middle of KCW is the next episode of Sew Geeky coming up on the 25th! You can check out the theme for that one on our facebook.

Are you going to participate in this season's KCW?

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Sew Geeky Episode III: Tank Girl - Two Dollars & Fifteen Cents!

Listen up, cause I'm only telling you this once. I'm not a bedtime story lady, so pay attention. 

It's 2033. The world is *screwed* now. You see, a while ago this humongous comet came crashing into the earth. Bam! total devastation. End of the world as we know it. No celebrities, no cable TV, no water. It hasn't rained in 11 years! Now 20 people gotta squeeze inside the same bathtub - so it ain't all bad.

We're so excited to bring you Episode 3 of Sew Geeky! This month's theme? She's just the girl. just the girl, the Girl U Want - it's Tank Girl! Today I am super excited to be bringing you some epic outfits by Kelley of Casa Crafty as Jet Girl and my very own sister, Betty of Betty Again as Sub Girl! As ALWAYS, and it wouldn't be a Sew Geeky without my awesome co-host, Kat of Sew Chibi who is rockin' it as Tank Girl!

Tank Girl is a hilarious and at the same terrible comic book series that was turned into a movie in the mid-90s. It's based in the fur

My outfit was inspired by Tank Girl's 40 Watt Club costume in the movie, it's also in some of the comics but I love the striped pants from the movie. Its pretty much where my obsession for striped pants comes from I think! I used my own leggings pattern to make these amazing striped leggings. I love them! They a great heavy weight when it comes to spandex, and since I am used to buying high quality leggings I was very pleased to be able to make my very own pair!

They're high waisted, not that I ever wear cropped tops but I feel when I have my body ready for summer (avidly working on this!) I might just be able to start rocking some navel-skimming tees! Maybe. We'll see. Don't hold me to this.

Lol. The shirt is an iconic Tank Girl statement I feel. The 40 Watt Club shirt is something I've wanted to make for a really long time. Like ever since I saw the movie for the first time. It's just a basic freezer paper stencil on the front for the "40 Watt Club". I made this shirt up from scratch, but I really should have used the Union St Tee pattern >:| it's a really great pattern and this shirt is not as perfect as I wanted it to be!

The right sleeve I slashed up, the fabric is super duper stretchy so it hangs low. The left sleeve is just assembled as normal, but I cut out a shorter sleeve from a black tee and sandwiched it into the armhole seam when I was stitching. I really like the double sleeve look! Expect this more ;)

With Tank Girl, pretty much everything in her universe boils down to two things. Attitude & Accessories. Attitude? It was hard to do this pics at first! I'm self conscious about my smile and Tank Girl smiles A LOT so I had to bust out some other silly face and antics and after a while I really loosened up. Seriously the pressure to make things truly Tank Girl-esque was high, it even included a roadtrip with my husband, my sister, my brother in law and my niece for 2 hours to where we knew a tank was to dangle off, muck around on and generally be pretty silly!

For the armwarmers, I cut two rectangles out of the bottom of a pink tee, folded them in half and stitched the long ends so I had tubes that were wide enough to slip up to my elbows. Not something I would just wear everyday, normally, but looking at them and wearing them i actually think I should bust this out for picking-Vince-up-from-school-wear. Whaddya reckon?

The boots are my gumboots/rainboots/wellingtons/galoshes/whateverthehelyoucalltheminyourcountry! They were an awesome score for $19 from Kmart, and I literally wear them every second day. I have Doc Martens, but I love my fake Docs more!

Check out my sister's outfit & details on her blog! She's Sub Girl! Didn't make it to the movie (well apparently she did but she was portrayed REALLY weird. In the comics Sub Girl is like a quieter, pink-haired version of Tank Girl.

I got the military helmet from the Toowoomba Show earlier this year, and I am so so stoked to be able to wear it for a Tank Girl adventure! I used Vincent's pink & orange swim goggles to accessorise them, they originally have black goggles on the helmet but I thought that these bright ones would add more to the childish air of Tank Girl's world!

The gas mask I got off eBay ( I bought two) for future post-apocalyptic inspired outfits but at the last second I decided I needed them for the Tank Girl shoot! I spraypainted it with blue, pink and gold spraypaints and then glued pompoms to one side. I really love pompoms guys ^_^

inspired by this photo

 Head on over to my co-host Kat's Tank Girl outfit, my sister Betty's Sub Girl-inspired outfit and Kelley's Jet Girl outfit (that romper, I do need it!) to check out all of the awesomeness! I seriously had A LOT OF FUN brainstorming with these ladies, coming up with ideas for the photos, I was so excited to do something with my sister that was part of my blog world too. I hope you enjoyed reading about the outfits and looking at all our photos as much as we enjoyed making it all!

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