Monday, 20 May 2013

The 12 Parsec Dress

Good Evening/Morning!

Head on over to the Shaffer Sisters to catch my guest tutorial I wrote for their "Make for Mom" series this year!

Make a shirt in less than 12 parsecs; the key is to remember that Han shot first.

{too many Star Wars references? Said no one ever}


Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Moon Glory: Roly Poly Along

 I had this Roly Poly tunic half-planned, and then when Rachael of Imagine Gnats asked if I wanted to be a part of her pattern tour I *leaped* at the offer. Funny story, the tunic I had half-planned I didn't actually make.

See I had an idea to make it into a cat face with ears, and then make a hooded shirt with cat ears on that. BUT there are some cool developments in a pattern I really love by a pattern-maker I also really love and I am saving the cat ears thing for that. That's all I'm going to say on the matter!

Instead we have this! Little Moon Glory!

Using all recycled materials, I made a second Roly Poly reversible pinny for Edison. The first side of the dress is made from a purple business shirt I had bought from the op-shop when I was trying to figure out what I would make for the Men's Business Shirt theme for Project Run & Play. I used the lower front of the shirt, incorporating the placket. The back of the pinny is made from the sides of the shirt, so I still have sleeves, collar, upper front and an entire back of the original shirt to use up.

I made this up in the 6month size, but it wasn't until I put it on her that I realised my little girl isn't that small anymore. Plumpkin is 10 months old now! Time to trace out the next size of this pattern!

The reverse side of the dress is made from this pretty pale blue broadcloth that were scraps from a dress I made a few years ago for a pin-up-model-turned-tattoo-artist I am friends with {I really need to try and find the photos of that}. It does have the centre pleat, but that is hidden by the cowl of the sweater of course. I apologise, Edison has not been a happy camper today and I didn't really think things through with the photos!

I added a big cloud pocket to the front. It's a kangaroo pocket so she can put her hands in the sides. Completely useless and pointless to a baby, but pockets are cool and this looks cute! I just noticed that Crafty Kitty also did a cloud idea for her Roly Poly! Great minds and all that ^_^

Sorry I didn't iron it *properly*. I know that my girls are going to be all snarkin' at me for that!

You can see the side-seams of the original shirt in this photo. The hat I made before Edison was born, it's an Enid Gilchrist 'helmet' pattern. I added ears to it. I've made this before when I made Vincent a fake-mohawk hat. Haha.

I also made a second Bimaa Sweater in the smallest size for Edison from two t-shirts in my stash. The underneath of the cowl is a purpley-blue(?) colour you can kind of see peeking out there. It fits really well, a little long in the sleeve for this baby but she's so porky it fits her tummy!

Want to win this pattern for yourself? 
Let me know in the comments what your favourite bug/beetle/insect is! 
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My favourite bug is one that I love to hate, Christmas Beetles! Oh they're so beautiful but in December they come out in HOARDES and ATTACK ME. It's terrifying. I can't deal with it. But they're really pretty. The ones we have here are iridescent  but they're legs snag onto my hair and clothes and they're like drunk when they fly. They don't mean to be scary, but I just.. I just can't.

By the way, the weather is pretty cold & cloudy over here! Love that I can layer Eddie up in this tunic, and she STILL looks cute AND warm!

You can see other Roly Polys in the Flickr Pool, buy the pattern here, or Catch the rest of the tour and more chances to win a Roly Poly pattern!

5.13 Jill Made with Moxie / Stephanie The Crafty Kitty
5.14 Stephanie NeurosesGalore / Cherie you & mie
5.15 Ari Max California / Caila Caila Made
5.16 Veronica SewVery / Tara Girl like the sea
5.17 Nancy owen's olivia / Adrianna Crafterhours

5.20 Ajaire Call ajaire / Sarah EmmylouBeeDoo
5.21 Laura Craftstorming / Jessica a little gray
5.22 Frances Miss Matatabi / Nicke kiss kiss quilt
5.23 Amy formwork design / Kat Sew Chibi
5.24 Joanne Rose & Dahlia / Amanda Kitschy Coo

5.27 Celina Petit a Petit and family / Delia Delia Creates
5.28 Christy a.Amelia handmade / Carolyn Fake It While You Make It
5.29 Bonnie Fishsticks Designs / Maria La Inglesita
5.30 Jane Buzzmills / Kate Things for Charlie
5.31 Polly Jack & GeeGee / Molly Rose & Odin

Special thanks to Kat's husband Jon for helping inspire me with the name!


Monday, 6 May 2013

Fancy Up Your Hosh Pants: The Kamino Kid

It's safe to say that I'm in love with every pattern that Loubee Clothing has created so far, and I got a sneak peek of what she is working on now and boy is it BEAUTIFUL. When Sarah asked me if I wanted to be part of her series on hacking up her Hosh Pants pattern, I couldn't reply in the affirmative fast enough! Most of my posts lately have been Hosh pants {1, 2 & 3}, Doli tanks and the one Bimaa sweater {which I need to get onto that and fill Edison's winter wardrobe with more of these!}.

This little guy has a bit of an obsession {Star Wars}, but I am willing to take advantage of it to encourage him to wear pants {it's getting cold!} instead of his preferred bottoms choice of shorts. And so, the Kamino Kid Hosh Pants were created!

Inspired by Boba Fett, the BAMF bounty hunter from Star Wars, I decided to make Vin some pants that were fun and a teensy bit costumey {Vince will wear pants if he thinks it is dress-up!}. They are made from grey stretch-denim, the exact same fabric I made these little skinny jeans for Vinnie from when he was a little bub! {Oh man how badly I sewed!}

From the front, the construction is similar to Boba Fett's actual pants. The knee 'shields' are made from yellow stretchknit. I used vliesofix to fix them in place where the knees are, then stitched around them like patches. Then I did seams straight across the knees to reinforce it, variegating the widths from close together to about a cm apart. 

Underneath the knee pads I attached two thin patch pockets made from the same grey stretch denim. Token lego pockets you know!

The butt pockets are where I decided to party, and move away from the 'costume'-ish look of the front. Two patch pockets decorated like Boba Fett's helmet. Vincent informed me he didn't want to pose for a photo with his hand in them, which is fine because we all know what pockets are for right? So here he is looking casul with his 'blaster'.

The patch pockets were made from green stretchknit that I had bleach-sprayed a few years ago. I reinforced them with the grey stretch denim to stop them from stretching too weirdly out of shape. I cut up an old maroon cord button-up shirt my dad donated to me {I don't even know how it existed as a thing!} and some black scraps. Using vliesofix I made some cool T shapes to turn them into Boba Fett's helmet! Sort of! I top-stitched the pieces on the pockets, then sewed the back pants pieces together at the centre back seam before positioning the pockets and stitching them down.

We have a pretty massive trampoline, and a gym ball is always left inside it. For some reason Vincent has called this gym ball Chewbacca and he has to wrestle Chewbacca almost every afternoon. It was only fitting then, that as Boba Fett he should wrestle a wookiee.

As you can see, these pants give an awesome skinny-leg look, but are comfortable enough to run and jump and play and wrestle wookiees.

Fun Fact: The bleached out green and the yellow fabrics were originally bought two years ago when I was going to make myself a Boba Fett dress! That never happened, and I started to use the fabrics for other projects. Pretty cool that I ended up using them for a Boba Fett inspired piece anyway!

Get your Hosh Pants pattern here!
Keep an eye on the Emmy Lou Bee Doo blog this week for more Hosh Pant hacks!

My Backpack's got jets

Thank you to our friend Chris who GAVE Vincent that Boba Fett helmet!


Saturday, 4 May 2013

May the Fourth Be With You

A very original title for today! Ha. Identical to last year!

 Today is International Star Wars Day and also Free Comic Book Day! Guess where we will be?

Our local library and our local comic book store are combining forces to have a bit of a Star Wars party. It's going to be awesome!

I will be wearing -

Vincent will be wearing -

And Edison will be wearing -

{Details here}{If I can find it!}

I wanted to make Edison a beanie with Princess Leia buns on the sides but I couldn't find anything brown in my stash or in my reconstruction pile!