Masks and More

It’s been a really long time since I’ve posted anything but I’ve definitely been sewing up a storm.

Here is a collection of friends and family in masks and some other projects like some mending, a shirt for my dad, some shorts, a scrunchie, a mask for a high school mascot, and other odds and ends. I think I’ve now made close to 120 masks. I also made a purple dress and matching shirt for D. I will follow up with photos of that.

More recently I have finally started to try and sew stretch fabrics using a serger. These machines use 3 or 4 needles and “loopers” to make an interlocking stitch that can stretch a lot. It was hard at first to but I figured out I didn’t have part of the machine lined up correctly and then it got a lot easier. (The pressure foot should be down when sewing!)

Now I’m going to be able to make lots of activewear for tennis. This isn’t too bad at all in my books for a first try!

There are little shorts sewn in under the skirt too. Another major feature of this skirt is that I tried to add a pocket. Most women tennis skirts do not have pockets and you just shove the ball up the leg of your pants. I haven’t played tennis long enough to not think that’s weird still. I watch the pros and all the people put the ball up their pants. This is not the most beautiful pocket but I am going to keep working on this to find a way to make it work.

Keep taking care of each other and staying safe ♡

More Masks for NYC Friends & Directions to make your own!

This time a batch headed to NYC where we have friends who are doing everything possible to stay safe!

Our friends in Manhattan are looking good!! Everyone is getting their best smize on.

Additionally our long island friend has received his masks! He is staying safe – he got a special math fabric as he teaches math!

Do you want to make one on your own? Here is how I make them:

First cut a shape like this – note the curved nose ridge:

Here is how it fits on my hand when I really stretch my fingers apart- grab your face and see how it will fit

From there cut 4 of these and follow these directions:

Let me know if you run into questions!!

More masks and sewing with the scraps

I have continued to make some masks for friends and family – along with some cooking!

Here is the process I go through to make one of these:

I made a few last weekend:

This left me with many scraps which I have now transformed into a turtle! I added a little sashiko stitching to the top shell and gave him little eyes.

We have also done some fun cooking:

Cuban pork with a parsley, lentil, radish, dill, and celery salad with lemon and olive oil and a famous potato bun!
Grilled souvlaki and vegetables with yogurt/dill/lemon/cucumber/parsley dip and eggplant dip

Continuing to wish everyone the best health and safety.

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.

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.

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!

Chanel Mission – Part 3 Muslin Taking Shape

I made a decent amount of progress this week and weekend! The last step I need to do is attach the sleeves and then double check the fit of each panel a final time.

I’ve taken in the bust and sides a bunch. This has become a little wobbly, so I might cut the extra fabric off and resew it one more time just to make sure it fits well.

I also want to make a small collar that will lay flat on the shoulders… stay tuned!

Halloween 2019 Process & Finished Look

I had a wonderful day going to Mood and picking out my fabric for my One Punch Man outfit. It was my first morning officially between jobs and it was wonderful!

I ran into my friend at Mood and he knew the show and was very excited about my costume choice! He saw me when I was getting about 5 yards of yellow cotton and we talked about the best fabric for the gloves and cape. I ended up picking out a polyester stretch fabric for the cape and a thicker jersey for the gloves so that they will hopefully stay on. I will also make some covers for my boots to make them red too.

I’ve realized my zipper should technically be silver but I’m going to have fun with this and not sweat the details that much.

I have combined three patterns to try and do this – D’s vogue pants pattern, and two butterick shirts.

I am not planning to do fancy seam finishes because I just have other stuff to do… like make cardboard robot arms for D

As the week progressed, I continued to chip away at this outfit. There are many pieces and the fit is actually a little complicated because the shirt has to attach directly to the pants!!

First, I made the jumpsuit which I think means I have officially made my first pair of pants for myself!  I then attached the shirt very carefully and then cut out the proper facing for the neckline.

The polyester seemed like it could be tricky so I decided to prick stitch this whole thing. I am actually getting better at this technique and I like the way it looks.

From there it was cape, gloves, and shoe cover time!!!

The cape was pretty easy – but gloves are tricky!!!! I did it “Thanksgiving Turkey” style but at first I actually made the fingers too narrow and had to re sew them. It was an interesting learning experience.

The shoe covers were also pretty easy -my own original idea! I made a tube for my legs and then a flappy circle with another half circle sewn on the bottom. This covered the tops of my shoes but my heels and middle sole of the shoe were exposed so I would still have some traction on the ground.

From here… it was robot armour time for D! This was made the day of the party and I basically took some of the ideas of samurai armour that we saw in the Tokyo Samurai museum and some cosplay googling to make this out of old amazon boxes we stored up and some acrylic paint. Here is the mess that was left behind:

In the final minutes of getting really to leave to the party – the bald cap was NOT working. It was too hard to put on and seemed like it would get hot. D as the continuous source of supportive sanity told me to tear it off before it was too late. I took his advice and did not look back!

Here’s the final look!

One person at the party recognized us LOL but I did not do this for the fame, this costume is exclusively for myself based on the joy that show brings me. D later pointed out that that is truly the most One Punch Man style costume possible hahaha. I did receive many nice compliments about the details and sewing. It was a really fun night and great to see friends!

Happy Halloween!!!!