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20140509_142119

The Facts

Fabric: black knit from stash

Pattern: McCall’s M6556 Fashion Star

Year: 2012

Notions: Thread, from stash

Time to complete: ½ pot of coffee

First worn: N/A

Wear again? Possibly

Total Cost: Um, $2-$3 for the pattern?

City Inspiration. Like many of my challenges, the hardest part of this one was the getting started on the project. I was originally going to make a vest, but I couldn’t find a fabric in my stash fit the criteria that I was looking for in order to make said vest. Maybe I will find something and use it for a future post. Maybe I need to shop for new fabric…

The challenge is city inspiration, but it does not give a specific city. When I think of what people wear in the cities, versus the suburbs or the country, I think of three things. One is an edgy, trend setting look. Two is business attire, tailored and polished. Three is what one would wear for a night out on the town. The vest that I was going to make would have fallen in between the first two categories. It would have been a tailored vest appropriate for the office, but with an edge. Just the thing for one to wear if they were working in graphic design or a similar field.

This pattern was picked out by Mr. Uncommon Geek on a trip to the local fabric store. I was feeding my addiction stocking up on sewing patterns while they were on sale. Since he was bored, I gave him a book and asked him to look and see if there was anything that he liked. He picked this one, but was certain that I would never make it.

The pattern itself is simple. There is essentially one piece for the front and one piece for the back. However, the pieces are so big that each piece is in two parts that are supposed to be assembled before laying out the pattern pieces on the fabric. However, the fabric I was working with had been used for a different project previously and there was not enough to make the full dress. So, the extra drape-y bit at the bottom was not included and instead of making a dress that is its own outfit, I made a long shirt that can pair well with some skinny jeans and sparkly accessories.

That being said, I’m not sure if I will ever have a place to wear this top. Most of my social activities don’t really call for trendy or fashion forward attire. They tend more toward steampunk events or casual get togethers. However, I have noticed that a large portion of my closet looks like it is from 10 – 20 years ago and is in need of an update. I have recently began toying with the idea of having my friends come over and pull out everything in my closet that they hate seeing me wear, like how they do in “What Not to Wear.” However, I fear that I will end up with truly nothing in my closet and I will have to go shopping for new clothes in my steampunk attire. (Come on, my steampunk stuff would not be involved in the purge. I’m not completely crazy.)

To get back at the subject of this sewing challenge, I recommend this pattern as a beginner’s introduction to working with knits. There is only a front piece and a back piece to worry about and there are some simple instructions for modifying the pattern to make different variations. If I ever do get up the courage to wear this out and about, it may give me the courage to try out some of the Japanese sewing books that have been translated and made available in the US. Since they all seem to have pretty mixed reviews, I will definitely be checking them out of the library before I try purchasing them.

Front view:

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Back view:

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Happy sewing!

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20140331_183015

The Facts

Fabric: Curtain from the thrift store

Pattern: From instructions from a panel done by Jessica of Ties that Bynde

Year: 2013

Notions: Safety pins and twill tape

Time to complete: About an hour

First worn: Not yet

Wear again? Hopefully

Total Cost: $10 – $5 for the curtain, $5 for the safety pins and twill tape at the panel.

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spiderframe

The Facts

Fabric: Lace from…various sources (yard sales, estate sales, other crafter’s stashbusting events)

Pattern: based on a thing that I saw on Pinterest (inspiration photo above)

Year: 2013

Notions: Lace, crochet, beads, baubles, scrapbook paper, vintage frames, new frames, found items, previous projects, etc.

Time to complete: Many hours of cleaning, searching, placing, fighting, rearranging, putting together, taking apart, and doing everything all over again. Still a work in progress.

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20140310_203405[1]

 

The Facts

Fabric: duct tape

Pattern: from http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/diy-duct-tape-steampunk-top-hat

Year: Timeless

Notions: tulle, feathers, hot glue, a gear

Time to complete: 2 – 3 hours

First worn: not yet

Wear again? if I line the inside with felt or fabric and maybe add to or fix the brim.

Total Cost: From stash (more…)

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space buffalo family

The Facts

Fabric: 2 ½ felt squares, 2 pieces of 9in x 12in faux fur per plush

Pattern: Plushie Bantha from Star Wars Craft Book by Bonnie Burton

Year: Book published 2011

Notions: Per bantha – 2 buttons, 1 chenille stick cut in two, polyester fiberfill

Time to complete: Longer than it probably should have. Some time ago, I originally checked out Bonnie’s book out from the library and made this for a friend. This time, I remade these from memory and have done more hand sewing than what probably is necessary.The one pictured above that is mostly hairless is one that I had worked on when I made these the first time. The reason it is so hairless is because that was all of the scrap fur that I had left over at the time.  (more…)

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