Sunday, 12 October 2014

Free Pattern: Skeleton Pants

Hey guys! Remember this outfit I made Edison last year for Pattern Anthology? Well I gave you a tutorial for painting some skeleton shoes like Vincent's, and today... today I am giving you a free pdf pattern for you to download so you can make your own skeleton pants for your little one!

The Skeleton Pants feature a flat front with an elasticated back for easy sewing and easy wearing! They have a stencilled front (you could also do the back if you like!) and will suit both the boys and the girls!

 You don't just have to make BLACK skeleton pants either. Oh no, those are a true classic and everyone should own a pair (I do! And so does Vincent!), but you can also switch it up and use a different colour pants. OR. Patterned fabric. I used a granny floral for this pair for Edison, although the fabric is thin it still works!

The back has enough room for nappy butt!

It's in size 12-18months only, and it is free, forever! It's only been tested by me, so if you have any problems let me know, okay?

Edison's flower circlet was custom made for her by my sister Betty. If you would like one, flick me an email and I can get her to contact you!

(just right click anywhere on the tutorial and you will be able to select the PRINT option)

Please do not redistrubite this pattern & tutorial as your own, that's kinda lame, instead you can pin & bookmark anything on this post!

Friday, 10 October 2014

The Amelie Cape: Harley Quinn Inspired

I don't know how I stumbled upon the Amelia & Atticus blog, but it was awesome and I was happy and right away I knew I wanted Thouraya as part of our Sew Geeky fun when I saw her Wonder Woman capelets. It was pretty much a love at first site thing! Awesomely enough Thouraya was on board for some Sew Geeky goodness and came to the party with these Soot Sprite & Princess Mononoke dresses!

Now I am super honoured to repay the favour, but I'm not sure how much of a favour it is because this cape is the BOMB. Such a sweet little pattern, easy to sew up and doesn't really use that much fabric at all!

Of course because I'm in geek mode with the Geek Spectacular coming up, I knew I was going to do something superhero-ish. I contemplated a Robin inspired cape, black on the outside, yellow on the inside, but my lack of yellow fabric is becoming crippling to me! (Better get that fixed) Harley was the next choice, and a very easy one to do. Instead of having the main cape on the fold, I sewed a red and a black section together. The lining is one piece like the pattern.

The hood was also sewn like the pattern, except one red and one black was used for the main outer hood. The Amelie Cape pattern gives you several options! A hood, a collar, and also optional ways of fastening it, ie a button or a tie. I chose to use both the collar AND the hood, sandwiching the sweet collar between the cape and the hood and then sewing it as instructed.

It's fastened with a loop and a big black button. The lining for the cape is some black & red checked drill from Spotlight that has been haunting my stash for a very long time. I have made SO MANY things from this when I was first sewing, it was like my most favourite fabric ever. Partly punk, partly ska? I loved it. Now it just makes me laugh a little because it's just checks really. Perfect for a Harley Quinn inspired piece though!

This pattern comes in two sizes, 1-3years and 2-6 years. I sewed up the 1-3 years size for Eddie, and it's just so, SO cute. This is going to last her a really long time, because even when her head outgrows the hood it will be a super cute little capelet even as she grows!


She got distracted halfway through taking photos to go hang with her boyfriend Percy

You can buy the Amelie Cape right here on Etsy! It's a super simple pattern to cut and sew up, I made this one in an evening! Check out the other girls who've made really adorable capelets on the Amelie & Atticus blog here (especially check out this post for my girl Rae Gun's cool Bat Girl cape which totally works with this Harley one!)

Guys check out that artwork. Thouraya did THAT. It's on the cover of the pattern and it's uh-mazing!

Oh an this little session was sooo full of le derp! Here are my favourites:

Her shirt is a hand me down, her leggings are resized Burned Velvet legs from Black Milk Clothing 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Kids Clothes Week Contributor!

Hey guys! I'm a contributor this season for Kids Clothes Week! This is a HUGE honour because I've been a mega fan of this sewing series since I started blogging (way back in 2009!). Anyway, this season's theme is STORYBOOK which is pretty amazing and there is A LOT of cool ideas and inspiration to get you thinking if you'd like to sew to the theme (remember that it's optional!) over on the KCW blog.

While you're there, check out my post on how turn a book into fabric: IE use the colour palette from a book and be inspired from that! I've chosen four of our favourite books to get you started on how to get inspired. Please check it out and leave me a comment if you like it!

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Pattern Anthology: DIY Mermaid Leggings

Hey guys! Happy October! I'm pretty excited to show you my brand new leggings!

You know I love leggings, I live in leggings, I get excited over leggings, they're my thing! A few weeks ago I was trying to make something cute to wear to go see You Me at Six and I ended up buying several kinds of mermaid scale lycra (yeh bye bye drinking money?). I made myself a skater dress (there'll be a blog post about that eventually) that I ended up not even wearing (it was too pretty. good thing too because i ended up crowdsurfing that night)(I tell ya, once you hit 30 you go wild). ANYWAY, so I had this beautiful blue holographic mermaid fabric in my stash that I hadn't sewn anything with. I knew I wanted to make myself some leggings eventually and when Andrea popped me an email asking if I'd like to sew up her newest pattern: a leggings pattern... well it was a no brainer what I was going to do!

Now see, I have my own leggings pattern, just for me. I've tweaked and adjusted it until it fits my body just right. I have a little bubble butt and my legs are pretty skinny, my waist is always like 2 sizes bigger than my hips, so my pattern is just right for me and my body (and nobody else!). I was excited to try Andrea's pattern though, for Pattern Anthology, just to see how they measured up! And listen: I spend a LOT of money on quality leggings for myself, and while they're amazing I do have fit issues because I'm not a standard size. Size down for my legs and the waistband is too tight, size up for my waist and the legs bag out around my knees. So DIY was always going to be my shining beacon in the quest for epic leggings! And you know? I'm on the Leggings ARE Pants side of the fence, and I want to show you guys that you can rock leggings too, no matter your shape or your size because if you buy some good quality, medium-heavy weight lycra it's probably the sexiest you will ever feel just running the kids to school!

How did the Go To Women's Knit Pants leggings pattern go against my personal 'perfect fit' leggings pattern? Well, you're about to get a whole lot of gratutious butt shots because I'm about to show you the best pattern for leggings short of tracing around yourself!

I sewed up a size M, with an XS in the legs. Andrea gives you a lovely little guide on how to blend between the sizes.

Adequate rise for maximum booty coverage? Check!

The pattern calls for knit fabrics, anything with at least 30% stretch and while I was a little worried because I know that this holographic lycra is not OVERLY stretchy I ploughed ahead anyway because #sewingrebel. They stretched perfectly, they fit so damn well! I made no alterations, although I think I did have the leggings go back to an M at the ankles just in case I couldn't fit my feet into them. Looking at them now, an XS on my ankles would have been totally fine. However I do like the way they sit on my ankles, less skin-tight and more like cigarette leg pants!

The fun thing is that last week we went to a Pirate Day at the local museum, Vin went as a pirate and I zipped up some leggings for Edison out of the same fabric because her and I went as mermaids! (If you watch closely you can see Pirate Vin -green striped shirt & black vest- and Mermaid Eddie and Mermaid Ari in this video!)

And so every time Eddie sees me in these mermaid leggings she keeps asking for hers. They're a size too big on her because we're heading into a scorching summer here, but she still wants them! Cue cute photo op with my mini me!

Anyway, matchy matchy twinning aside, let's talk about this pattern some more! It's not just a leggings pattern, but I highly recommend it as just a leggings pattern! As the name of them suggests, it's actually a knit pants pattern for women in a variety of sizings and combinations! Included is the leggings, cropped lounge pants and straight legged pants. These look great for yoga, working out (ya know like Zumba!) or just to be super comfortable. I think a pair of sweats is in order, but these are CUTE sweats!

Okay so obviously I know a lot of my lovely readers are not going to feel confident wearing a pair of sparkly shimmery holographic mermaid scale leggings. Maybe you just want black. Maybe you want black lace! Maybe you can just do whatever the heck you want to because you can sew and no one gets to tell you what you can wear but yourself. Go wild lovelies, I know you want to!

You can buy the Go To Women's Knit Pants pattern here, but you should go check out the rest of the collection and think about getting the bundle for a super versatile new Spring wardobe - yeh yeh or Fall ;) . I've got the Neptune tee cut out and half sewn already! I'll show that off maybe next week!

Awww I couldn't forget to give you guys an outtake. Hottie Hubby is still trying to work things out here and I'm just like "Baby why are you taking twenty photos of the ground?" 

Compliment your wardrobe with 4 great sewing patterns.

8 Days a Week Collection is a new collection of women's sewing patterns by Pattern Anthology (I'm one of the designers). This collection includes:
  1. The Neptune Tee: A casual tee with optional triangle cutouts at the front and back neckline as well as the sleeves.
  2. The Marigold Dress: A button down dress with elastic waist, long or cap sleeve options and even a peplum option.
  3. Go To Knit Pants: 3 styles of knit pants including leggings, straight leg pants and relaxed fit pants options.
  4. McCartney Jacket: A zip up jacket with fun options and lots of style.
Buy now!

8 Days a Week is available for a limited time at a 40%+ discount.

You can purchase this collection now through October 6th. Get more details HERE.

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Sew Geeky Episode VI: Spirited Away + Giveaway + Tutorial

This month's theme is Studio Ghibli! And while I do love some of the movies made by Studio Ghibli I really don't know enough about them to be an expert on the matter! This is all Kat's domain (she has a Princess Mononoke tattoo backpiece!) but I was excited to get into it anyway!

I chose Spirited Away, the first Studio Ghibli film I ever saw and I totally fell in love with it. It's pretty creepy though, so yeh, maybe watch it first before you let the kids see it! I was originally going to do Ponyo because it is sweet and lovely and totally child appropriate but I had legit no fabrics to do the Ponyo dress and Sosouke outfit that I wanted. No red, no yellow, no brown. HOW WEIRD IS THAT? It's weird to me, I have so much fabric stashed but I use red and yellow a lot (hello Robin!) and brown is like, the most hated colour of mine so I would never willingly buy it unless it was for a certain project or something. Anyway, I'd toyed with the idea of Spirited Away while we were coming up with themes, but decided against it because it's beautiful and creepy however I had a sheet in my stash to cut up that was the absolutely most perfect pink for Chihiro's (also known a Sen!) little outfit and bam, Sew Geeky for October was born.

While researching the outfit Sen wears in Spirited Away, the cute little pink one (I really wanted to make the green shirt and shorts one too but yeh, ambitions + time usually result in something a little less than what I envisioned. I am not Kat - I mean look at hers, ugh, she's almost too awesome) there are so many amazing resources on the traditional clothing that she wears. I was seriously considering doing all the layered pieces, but decided to simplify it a whole lot for a little two year old who is always very very enthusiastic about being measured and being shown fabric and helping me sew but skitzes when it's time to put it on. Never mind that she ends up LOVING what she wears. She's Eddie. She's two. Enough said!

I don't know what that face is but isn't it beautiful! I didn't want any closures on the top, and my mind immediately went to the Glass Onion Top that I have sewn up here and here! It just pulls on over the head and the measurements are just spot on for Eddie so I knew we wouldn't have any problems! I did the 12-18 month size, but really I could have sized up for longer wear with this top! It'll fit her this summer anyway, probably into autumn too! I modified it a little bit, extending the front bodice all the way down to the hem (As pictured in the left in the photo below!). I used the existing hem of the sheet! Also I did iron it... after. You should probably iron your fabric before cutting things up #guerillasewing. The back I folded back on the center back seam and pushed that up against the fold (as pictured on the right in the photo down there), doing the same as I did the bodice and making sure the sideseams were the same length as the front.

The sleeves are a few centimetres longer than the pattern, simply because I used the existing hem of the sheet a the hem on the sleeves. This is a very simple little basic top, and I really am stoked about it because Eddie can wear this with little shorts or jeans!

THIS was super helpful in figuring out to tie the Tasuki cord! I failed with the bow, but you know, try tying something to a two year old and let me know how you go with that! It's another sheet you guys! Yeh I cut a strip from a white sheet, folded it in half and half again and then stitched down the middle. Super simple stuff. It kept slipping off her shoulders though because I tied it quite loosely. If she was wearing this to a con I would probably do a few bartacks on the shoulders or just safety pin it to keep the little thing in place.

The shorts! SO fun! I did a little tutorial for how I made them right at the bottom of this post!

I used the Hosh Pants pattern by, yeh you already know who it's by, our lovely Sarah of LouBeeClothing! Should I just rename this blog Max Hoshifornia? I like the way that sounds.

Anyway! I did the size 2, because I wanted them to be baggy and I was using woven fabric with absolutely no stretch to it. Ah who am I kidding? Fabric? It's a sheet.

I cropped them just below the knee, but really if you pulled them down they sort of skim her ankles. Yeh baby has short legs! I elasticed the hems of the shorts, as well as just elastice the entire waistband instead of the adjustable waistband in the pattern. Also, as you can see, I made these huge big pockets on the side of the shorts. They're quite shallow pockets, maybe like an inch deep? Totally impractical but man, I love them!

 That is the entire outfit! I really had a lot of fun with this one, even though I didn't sew it until very last minute! We're talking cutting & sewing that morning, photos that afternoon!

Oh right! Outtakes yeh?

This little guy didn't get to model for me for this month's Sew Geeky! When he realised he was a little put out, but he was a good help anyway. And no that is not a doodle doodled onto his hand. It's a Star Wars ship, I can't remember which one.

That's basically her default face whenever she's feeling silly. You should see the hunch-shoulder shuffle that goes with it.

This is international sign of "I'm done!" Also she was yelling "I WANT TUDDLE!" And so I complied, the last photo we took for this little shoot and it was swiftly followed by many, many tuddles.

Okay yes, giveaway time! Want to win your own copy of the Glass Onion Top pdf pattern? Shauna of Shwin Designs has been kind enough to offer one for you to win! Enter here:

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GUYS THIS IS NOT ALL! Click each picture below to check out the stars of this episode of Sew Geeky!

Totoro by Rae Gun Ramblings

Yes I did write a tutorial for the shorts! Read on!
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