Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Finished project: lobster bib

A quick, hour long project today. Spartacus asked me to make a lobster bib to give to one of his coworkers. He's apparently a messy eater and its become a running gag in the lunch room.

We choose this fabric from the "Ribs and Bibs" collection by Maude Asbury that was at Fabricana.

It probably wouldn't have taken as long to make if I had used any sort of pattern. Instead, I used my compass and drew directly on the fabric. I also sewed the hook side of the Velcro to the wrong side of the strap. It was easier to remove the loop side of the Velcro and sew it on to work with the hook side.

It took a lot of notches to get it to turn right side out nicely.

And a label to complete the look.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Finished Project: Ballet outfit

I finished something!  It's a great feeling after staring at the same project for 2 months.  Itsa started her ballet lessons again, so I decided to sew her a bodysuit and tutu.  I had found a simple one in a thrift store for her birthday, but she outgrew it within a month.  She still tried to wear it, and then complained about it being uncomfortable, which I'm sure it was.

I used Burda 9629 views A and G.  This was a very quick sew, I had the bodysuit done in one evening and the tutu in the next.  I used a Lycra / Polyester from Dressew and sparkle tulle from Fabricland.  I used the star sparkle tulle for the contrast on the sleeves as well.  I think it looks adorable!

Itsa loves it, although I would like to shorten the tutu.

I learned an important lesson while making this: Only gather one layer of tulle at a time! No matter how much of a time saver you think it'll be, gathering multiple layers of tulle at once will just be a knotty, grabby mess.  A single layer will not have anything to grab onto and will gather easily.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The Never-ending Project

Gee Mandykatt, what have you been up to lately?  We haven't heard too much from you about sewing.  You've been working on something, right?



Since early December.

This beautiful coat is no longer seasonally appropriate for my climate.  It didn't snow this year, and has been really mild.  I don't think it'll get cold again as my cats have shed their winter fur already. 

I will take a break from this project and sew up a couple other garments.  Then I'll come back to it, finish it up, and put it away for the season.  *sigh*  I had hoped to get some wear out of it this season, but life just go in the way.

I learned how to make bound buttonholes though.  That was fun.