Mask Medley

Well, this post has become a real accumulation of the events of the past few weeks, starting at the end of February.

I had a work trip to San Francisco at the time for a conference and before I left I started to get worried about being on the plane with possible covid19 exposure. The morning before the flight, I dipped into my fabric stash and pulled out a really cute swatch of cotton from Tokyo. I then took to bra straps from an old bra and cut them up to make elastics. Last, I used a really soft cotton flannel from mood as the liner. Ta da my first mask was born.

From here, I sent a text to my mom to ask if this made any sense or if I would just be causing public alarm. She called me back and explained since this isn’t medical grade fabric I couldn’t necessarily rely on it to keep the virus out. I felt a little silly but brought it with me and didn’t wear it because I didn’t feel sick.

From there I returned home and things started to get more intense. Out of an abundance of caution I went to our local F+S Fabrics and picked up some elastic and quilting fabric. I figured if we didn’t have medical grade fabric it could still be nice to have something for a worst case situation.  From here we then moved on to mask style 2. And 2.5. At first I had the elastic sewn in like you see below but then I started to run out. With the elastics I tried to make them reusable with button side attachment and a more custom fit.

Honestly these elastics really hurt our ears. I didn’t buy enough of it originally to give us more slack.

That has brought us to mask style 3 and the new advice that now we should actually wear these in public all the time.  I started to add these ties and now I’m making them for a friend who is a doctor and trying to make enough for our family such that if someone gets sick we will be able to have enough to take care of them for a few days with some washing.  I have made a few for local family and it is pretty weird that this is something that I’m able to do and it’s considered helping.

And here’s a math mask for my math guy 🙂 (Britex fabrics)

These are heading out west to a friend that’s a doctor.

I hope you all continue to stay healthy and safe!

First day of online school sewing

I had a work trip to San Fransisco and a client meeting was right in front of Britex fabrics!!

I stopped by after and found a lovely math fabric!!

My husband is now teaching his highschoolers through online video conferences and this became the perfect outfit!

I sincerely hope everyone is staying safe and continuing to social distance for the greater good.

Holiday Mashup – Halloween Costumes for Christmas!

My father in law made a vampire cape 40 years ago and over the years it was accidentally misplaced, but since then he’s talked about it sometimes. My sister in law remembered it mainly from the terror it caused her as a child and finally it was time to be reborn!

I hunted around Mood for about two years and finally at Halloween I was able to pick this up when I got the fabric for our One Punch Man outfit. I am also posting this all on quite a delay – but overall here is this wacky and incredibly successful project lol

I used cardboard to make the collar and cut some triangles out to give it a slightly rounded shape and taper.

From there, it was time to take the sparkly stretch jersey to hand sew around the collar, basically like a pillow case:

I then sewed the fabric wrong side to right side around the cardboard and flipped it inside out a final time to hide the seams. I then gathered and tucked the top of the cape into the bottom of the collar and sewed it all shut. I then attached the little neck ties. There was a point where I thought… Is this too much? too high of a collar??

I don’t have a direct reaction picture, but it was VERY well received and was worn around the house and throughout all Christmas present unwrapping! Even trips to the fridge!

We also had some family photos taken and we had a few fun extra pictures!

Happy Halloween 2021 and Merry Christmas! (And Happy New Years and Presidents Day)

Also featured here – my brocade separates

Oliver + S — Sew & Tell

Today is a very exciting day! My guest blog post for Oliver + S is live today! Click here!

A really nice staff member contacted me through Instagram and asked me to do a write up of all the shirts I’ve made for Davidson over the past two years!

I felt so honored and I agreed nearly right away!

A big thanks to my brother-in-law who helped us take some pictures that are much nicer than my usual cellphone photos 🙂 .

It was a really fun day and it very exciting to have this live. I won’t spoil everything I said, please click through and read it on the site!

Holiday Ornaments

I like to paint ornaments during the holidays and this year my husband’s dad had a branch of wood from their family farm that they cut into slices. These made really cool ornaments!

The top one here has a big foot in it for his aunt who works on the farm. She likes to follow the latest news and tv shows about those.

With the wood, you could do two separate scenes which was a little different than a standard ball.

We also had sone standard ornaments too 🙂

Last but not least I made a Tokyo ball!

It was a really nice holiday with friends and family!

To all a good night!

I made this outfit!! I have eaten steak at Bavettes! As well as a mint julep, a glass of chateau neuf de pape’s little brother, and a amaro ninino.

Yum.

Now it’s time to rock at Phantom of the Opera Chicago.

This was also my first day of work outfit. A brocade from Mood that’s washable.

Merry Be-lated Christmas! Stay tuned for my official sewing post.

1920’s Dress – Finished & Party Time!

Well I pinned and pinned and hand sewed away and then before I knew it all the fringe was in place and one of my best friends was willing to join me to party it up!

I finished the bottom hem of the dress with a hand rolled stitch. Overall this dress included: machine sewing french seams on the sides, machine sewing bias trim finished neckline and arm holes, hand stitched fringe, and hand rolled hem!

I think this is the first evening dress I’ve ever made and it is possibly my best work yet.

I got a bunch of compliments at the party and it was so fun! To make the night even better my plus one was my best friend from third grade!!

The party was super fun and you can really tell because almost none of these are official sewing pictures. I actually put my outfit on in the morning to try and get a few pictures that show the details better. Those are the ones where my hair is not combed lol

Here is a morning video:

Also my jewelry for the night – an old juicy couture pearl and chain necklace and an alexis bittar fox pendant!

Fun times!!!

Happy holidays! Now it’s time to start working on my chanel jacket again.

Planning the non sewing times

Well, my life has changed a little bit lately and so it’s been much harder to sew with the dedicated amounts of time I had earlier.

I have also had some more unusual seasonal events which have mixed up some of my work compared to my standard project cycle.

For November, I have almost lived in San Fransisco so I’ve been far away from my machine. I was not there for approximately only 5 working days. I have had my hand sewing project with me, but I also finished reading all of the One Punch Man internet comic so my down time has not been as dedicated. I’ve also really focused on meeting friends and coworkers for dinner. I think being a little more soc-ial vs sew-cial is worth it – a healthy balance is always good.

Either way! I have been buying some fabric over these trips and it’s time to do a quick check in on my plans of items I want to work through.

Ironically, this is all being written in the plane to Chicago for Thanksgiving!

Here’s my game plan:

– I have a green cotton fabric I planned to turn into a pencil skirt. I would like to do that unless I can think of a cooler project.

– I want to finish my muslin jacket and move on to the official Chanel fabric. I will need to buy a cool trim for the jacket too. That part is still TBD. Question though: Should I try to incorporate some feathers? I think I will not…. but I kind of want to.

– Flapper dress: this has started with a silk charmuse black slip that I’ll drape under a sheer black silk georgette. I will sew the fringe onto the georgette in sweeping diagonal drapes so that it hangs nicely from the hip. Then if I turn around or spin, there will be the sheer outer layer with fringe and then a dark thinner inner dress. I think it will be cool.

– I then have a few summer fabrics in the collection that need to be converted. A pink linen flamingo dress, and red striped and white striped dress shirts.

– I also have a fabric I bought for my dad but I haven’t made yet. This is getting old! I need his measurements.

– Then! Something new! A pair of grey wool slacks for D! These will be interesting. A new fabric and moving into a more intense tailoring and menswear space. I am excited and I will go slow.

– I also want to upcycle an old lace skirt my Nana gave to me. She was SO Skinny (hi Nana haha) I will shorten it so that my waist can fit where her hip bones & bum used to be.

– Finally, a staff memeber at Britex gave me a great idea for my leftover chanel scraps – I could turn them into a little purse. Thinking on this more, this seems like a great way to work through some of my cooler and small scraps. I can also make some pencil cases or whatever. I have enjoyed making purses in the past and so I think this could be a really fun next step. I think I may do this with the extra fabric from my Nana’s skirt too.

Alright! Flight update! This is a bit of a bumpy one! I am glad science works such that differences in air pressure lift up airplane wings. Is that how it works? I dont remember what the slower air over the upper curve of the wing actually does. Right now I can mostly just focus on hitting the right buttons with my thumbs as we move side to side lol. My mom will not like reading this. I will schedule it to publish once she is already in the air. Haha.

Also! Since we’re on the subject: my favorite tip for riding out turbulance – take a moment to think about if you’re actually in physical pain during the bumps. Not really right? The jostling is weird and unexpected – but it’s not the same as stubbing your toe or even hitting your funny bone in your elbow. That always helps me focus in and push away some of my concerns.

Anyway! Lots of sewing fun and an amazing surprise coming in the future!!! I won’t talk about that yet -that will happen in December or the new year 🙂

I am super appreciative of all of you reading this and all the comments and encouragement!!! I am really looking forward to working through these projects and picking out something even harder when they’re complete!

Ps: we landed!

1920’s Dress

Did I post this already? Not sure what is going on. Either way… here’s an update on my 1920s outfit!

I flew back from San Francisco on a red eye and got in on Saturday – I had to do something to stay awake all day, so why not go fabric shopping to start my 1920’s dress? The weather was horrible on Sunday too so Saturday was a perfect time to go to the city and explore a bit!

D came with me and first we got lunch at Cafe China. It was pretty good and cute. We got Dan Dan noodles, wontons, and cumin lamb. Next time we may order a few things we saw other people order lol – there was a really good looking lobster, pepper chicken, and beef shortribs. yummm

Back to sewing! After lunch we went to Mood! It is always fun and we got to say hi to George. We then went to the wool section and got a theory fabric which will become a nice pair of pants one day.

I also picked up a black silk charmuse and a black silk georgette with a 4 inch fringe trim! I studied a bunch of dresses online and decided to make a flapper shift dress.

Here’s the plan:

Yep I know you can totally tell it will be great!

I will make this with french seams.

Update: I forgot to post this… so here’s how the rest of the project went!

I made the slip! And then I tried to make the sheer outer layer to hang wider over it… but it didn’t look that good. I decided to sew the fringe onto the charmuse and call it a day.

Turns out -this is hard to do!

The fringe is really static-y and heavy and so it started to be very challenging to keep in place. I finally started pinning it everywhere!! And this started to work.

Progress began to slowly be made…

Christmas Party Prep – 1920’s Hat!

My office is having a 1920’s theme holiday party this year and at first I thought I would wear a dress that was “close enough” but I’m starting to rethink how much fun it could be to make a more traditional 1920’s outfit.

I have a few ideas… but for now, I started out by diving into my scrap pile to find a velvet from our Halloween Pirate coats.

I watched a YouTube video and then did a little bit of googling for some style ideas.

I decided to make a test pattern out of paper and then I also made a muslin since I had some leftovers from my Chanel jacket.

how to make 1920 hat women

This was my first hat and I think I really enjoyed making it. I feel like I may be able to make one or two more that could be a little more modern and really nice for winter.

Normally, I feel like I have a pretty big head, but if I make the hat myself, then no one can tell!

1920 hat

I had a few extra scraps of silk charmeuse and the black art-deco square brocade which I was able to use to cover a few buttons, make a ribbon, and the little fan flourish.

Here’s the inside incase that is interesting to you too:

Stay tuned for the rest of the outfit. This will be an interesting project to balance with the Chanel jacket. So far, I think they will balance each other out quite nicely. I’m trying to take making the Chanel jacket rather seriously and it should be quite tailored, whereas the dress I have in mind will be very loose and simple.

More fun to come!