16 Oct

Even More Costuming

I too had been thinking about making the white elastic black with the ever-useful Sharpie pen (or more accurately, a giant Expo marker). Two TV shows and five black fingers later, I think my son’s armor is much improved.

Messy hands

In addition to my two kids’ costumes, I volunteered to make a Fleur Delacour (in picture 4) dress for their taekwondo instructor. I was hoping that one of the pattern companies would have put together a Harry Potter themed collection with something like striped ties, wizarding cloaks, and uniforms from a visiting girl’s school. No luck though. So, I had to find a “close enough” pattern and work out the rest on my own.

Fleur Delacour costume beginings

I used Butterick 4607 (which I already had) for the collar and sleeves and Simplicity 3673 for the basic dress. Using the front and back pieces from the shirt, I created the right shaped neck and then self-drafted the rest of the capelet.

Fleur Costume nearly done

It still needs a little scarf, few more buttons and a hem, but I think it came together nicely, and pretty easily too.

04 Oct

Let the Costume Crafting Begin

Fairy Costume

A fairy has landed in our yard.

Fairy Costume

She’s ethereal and sparkly and so very cute.

Fairy Costume

The design was dictated by Katja and inspired by costumes in the Chasing Fireflies catalog. She drew me a picture as a guide, but I lost it.

The wings are wire from the craft store covered in sparkly green nylon, also from the craft store (meant to make flowers), but a trip to the hosiery department would be just as effective. The wings are sewn to a fabric covered piece of Timtex (heavy duty interfacing) as are two loops of fabric covered elastic shoulder straps.

The bodice is crushed stretch velvet well suited for ice skating costumes. I liked it’s color and shine. I used McCall’s 4246 pattern for the princessy bodice, but altered it with a separating zipper instead of buttons in the back, and iridescent cap sleeves.

The skirt is three layers of light blue tulle, one layer of light green organza, one layer of dark green organza that came with embroidered leaves and a pretty scalloped edge, iridescent “leaves,” and a poof of more light green organza — all sewn into a casing waistband and gathered with elastic.

The gauntlets are of my own design, made with more of the stretch velvet, an elastic cord loop at the fingertips, and elastic sewn into the top seam, to keep them up.

For Trick or Treating and  a Halloween dance, she’ll add brown leggings underneath and brown Mary Janes.

26 Dec

Surprise Gift

I’ve been moderately successful in editing my pottery collection. Enough pieces sold via my blog and eBay to pay for the fees and the postage I underestimated. Most importantly, There are fewer pieces in my house. I will admit that the Franciscan set and the wedding china I listed on Craig’s List were too nice to take to the thrift shop so they got tucked away in the corner of a cabinet. In the end, I’ve probably cut my collection by a quarter to a third, rather than the hoped-for half, but that’s better than nothing. One of the pieces that didn’t sell was the cute squirrel vase. It was also too unique to be tossed aside.

It does however, remind me of my friend V, who has/had a lovely collection of white art pottery and is also pretty crafty. So, I decided to surprise her at Christmas with an art pottery pincushion!

According to her email, she really likes it!

She sent me a pretty awesome gift too. The two fat quarters below are her design, which she printed through Spoonflower. I think they look great and can’t wait to use them (I may even have something that the blue/green one will work in). I’ve been eying Spoonflower for a while and wondered what the quality of the printing was like and how the “hand” of the fabric felt. It’s great! Now I just need to come up with a project that needs my own fabric design.

Other things that have lived up to the hype are Stitch and 3191. My mom got me a subscription to Stitch and if the rest of the issues are as good as this premier one, I’m going to be one happy sewer. The pictures are beautiful and the variety of topics and projects is great.

3191 was a gift from my quilt mom, Gerrie. It is filled with the spare, thoughtful photography of her daughter, Stephanie and Steph’s blogging partner Mav. This is the kind of book I’ll leave out and enjoy a few pages here and there when I have a quiet moment. The last chapter of the book has a month by month “summary” of the photo diptychs and some of the comments from the 3191 blog. This section adds so much to the enjoyment of the book as it brings home, at least to me, how it’s not just about Stephanie and Mav taking pictures, but also about us viewers coming to see them and making those pictures a part of our day.

Thank you everyone for the great gifts given and received.