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!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Zebra Emerson


A little while ago I decided to look on eBay for some fabric, and since I don't really buy brand new fabric all that often I just searched for my two favourite brands: Alexander Henry and Robert Kaufman. The first thing that came up with this cool black zebra print fabric, and while it's probably not normally my style I wanted it anyway! I think I was in a 'must buy something anything' mood!


It arrived almost the same day I got this sweet pattern to test for Ginger House Designs so it was pretty much meant to be right? It's called the Emerson Dress and it's brand new and super cute! My favourite is the bodice feature!


The fabric is by Alexander Henry, and I lined the bodice in just a blue broadcloth because I wanted that pop of colour. The Emerson Dress has several options for the front, but instead of ruffles and (gasp!) pompoms I made some piping in the same blue. I really want to do pompoms next though!


 There are also options for sweet flutter sleeves, but I opted to keep them off because I knew the fabric was pretty busy enough and with the contrast piping I just didn't want it to be TOO much ya know? I stitched up the 2T size but the length was the 18month I think. Maybe it was the 18month with the 12month length lol. Either way I still would make the skirt shorter again just because I prefer little girl dresses being above the knee. It's just my thing! I'm just not really a fan of longer skirts but it's something that is so easy to adjust!


Construction was a total breeze. It was straightforward and just flowed so easily. The diagrams are clear and very professional and it was just one of those dresses you don't have to overthink with what you're doing to get it to come out right. I know black is supposed to be one of those colours you don't put on kids and it is quite severe on Edison's glow-in-the-dark whitest-white skin, but I love it. Black rules ^_^


This little two year old is starting to have very clear ideas about what she does and doesn't want to wear. And when she wants to wear it. And if you can take photos. She LOVES this dress, but yeh photos were just not going to happen. She ended up sleeping in this dress because sometimes you just have to pick your battles right?

She spent most of the time collecting rocks. Next dress might need pockets for her to carry her stash in!

You can buy the Emerson Dress pattern right here, trust me it's a good one! Follow GHD on facebook too so you can see other pretty dresses made by others for inspiration!



Monday, 25 August 2014

Sew Geeky Episode V: Deadpool vs Aquaman!


So excited to bring you guys this month's offering of Sew Geeky! We now have a blog especially for SG, view as a hub of sorts! You'll be able to go there to see all our past Sew Geeky episodes in one place, as well as linky parties, giveaways and our pinterest boards! If you have ever sewn anything geeky please send us the pin to our Pinterest account, or email us or hashtag us on Instagram (#sewgeeky) or share it with us on our facebook page! The five themes we have done so far all have linky parties on our Sew Geeky hub blog and we would love for you to link up your projects! So far we have done: 8-bit babies (arcade games), Star Wars, Tank Girl, Classic Anime and Marvel Vs DC! You can also check out our next 5 months of themes here.

So if you haven't already, bookmark Sew Geeky to your favourite blogroll (we use Bloglovin'!) so you don't miss a thing!


Okay! Now all that is out of the way I'm stoked to show you what I sewed up for this month's theme! Marvel Vs DC, now it wasn't that difficult really. I mean I don't exactly LOVE Marvel, but I do have an appreciation of the Xmen, and also Deadpool. I know a lot of people think that Marvel is superior, but I don't really care if people tease me for liking DC because (a) I'm used to being teased for being a nerd and (b) I don't ever conform. I like what I like!

For this month's Sew Geeky I gave myself the additional challenge of using only FREE PATTERNS that you can easily download and follow online! How neat is that? (pretty neat!) I'll be detailing which ones I used!



Vincent had the choice, I was going to make Deadpool and Aquaman and he could decide which one he wanted to be. I was mildly surprised that he chose Deady! Real quick, here's my little disclaimer: Deadpool is TOTALLY not a rolemodel for kids. In fact a lot of superheroes and stuff are pretty violent even if they are fighting 'bad guys' and I really don't condone that kind of aggression in my little guy at all; but Vincent is just dressing up as Deady, he's never read a Deadpool comic or seen any footage of the guy (or heard him talk lol), he's just seen a few comic panels online that I was using as reference pics and he has a Deadpool lego minifig.


Vince's outfit is made -almost- entirely of recycled t-shirts! His leggings are from my own pattern, I traced around a pair of leggings that used to fit him and added a few adjustments so that they would fit him. I pieced the legs, so that the outside panels would be black and the inner legs would be red. On the outside of his left leg I added a small band of black stretchknit, it's a holster for him to slip his (NERF) gun into!


His shirt was also pieced, which seemed like a good idea at the time but all that pivoting and right angles man, phew! It took a bit of concentration, a bit of chocolate mud cake, but in the end I managed to get those angles of the front and the sleeves done pretty alright! I did use the Flashback Skinny Tee pattern, since I already had it printed out and it didn't really seem right to be printing out another long-sleeved shirt pattern, but if you don't have it yet (highly do recommend it for a lovely fitting tee!) you can get a free long-sleeved shirt pattern over here at Small Dreamfactory in sizes 18months - 4Y.






The beanie was a happy mistake! I used my Toddler Slouch Beanie pattern and used the hem of a red shirt so that the bottom of the beanie didn't need a hem at all. I reverse appliqued Deady's eyes of the mask onto the front section of the beanie then sewed it up. When I tried it on I realised it was big enough that I could pull it down over my face like a mask. Vincent was SO STOKED that it pulled down over his face too. I love that this is a really versatile little item, it can be his mask for when he plays, or just a cool geeky beanie when we're on missions to the shops.


His outfit was extremely easy, just a little fiddly to make, and all the pieces are super easy to mix and match with items already in his wardrobe: I mean, that's if he ever takes this off!


Eddie's outfit is a lot more subtle, a lot less -obvious superhero- but I really love the understated-ness of it. You know how sometimes you want to make something that isn't obviously a costume? I know some people refer to it as like, being able to wear it out to the shops or to the playground, but I guess those people severely underestimate their kids and their love of dressing up! Vincent would his outfits 24/7 if he could! Anyway I loved making this Aquaman-inspired outfit for Eddie!


For the top I was inspired by the Wellen Tank tutorial written by Shannon of Luv in the Mommyhood. I've always been enamoured by the top, and so when I thought of a DIY scale effect that wasn't going to be too obviously fishy I immediately thought of this tutorial!It gives you a template for the curves, but for the actual top I used the Confetti Dress which is a free pattern in size 2T by Teri of Climbing the Willow.


I altered it just slightly, instead of making it a-line I just folded the pattern down from the armpit straight to the hem then cut out the fabric I had made with the Wellen Cruves from that. This was a simple little tunic top to sew up, just time consuming and all those curves was very repetitive! I started with orange at the topto be like Aquaman's gold scales on the top of his outfit, then sort of ombre-d the colours to some yellows that are symbolic of his golden belt.


 I fully lined it with some scrap material, and I just love how neat it all turned out. it has a slit in the back and closes with a button and a loop of elastic which isjust so easy and simple and I just LOVE this pattern! I'd actually like to sew this up again, but with the additional longer skirt that you're supposed to add to it.


Eddie's little peplum shorts were mad using the Peplum Shorts pattern by Crafting Zuzzy! Also a free pattern in sizes 12-18months which is conveniently Edison's size. They were very easy to sew, although I did make a small alteration when cutting out and just added like an inch at the back of the shorts and sloped it down toward the sideseam. Straight across shorts patterns always make me anxious there won't be room in the finished garment for baby booty!


I also added a lining to the peplum; which basically involved cutting an extra peplum piece, stitching them right-sides together and then flipping it and ironing it all the right way out. I did a decorative topstitch which is a pretty scallop that I thought was a bit scale-looking. I used the same stitch to hem the shorts! And also I epicly did not get a shot of the peplum lining fabric but you might see little peeks of the fabric that I used in this Mermaid Glass Onion Top.


Marvel VS DC?


Can't we all just get along?


Totally wouldn't be a Sew Geeky post without the Derp right?


Less of a derp and more of an aww! She just wanted to hang out with her Dad instead of take photos. And awww matching vans!



Now go back to the main Sew Geeky blog and check out all the guests we have joining in this month! Seriously Geeking out at all the awesome!


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