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!

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!!!!

What to make next? Project plans!

I have been listening to the Love to Sew podcasts for a few weeks now and I continue to really enjoy them. One thing they reference a lot are our fabric stashes or aka fabric collections. These are all of the fabric we’ve bought ahead of time with something planned, but haven’t planned yet.

I try really hard to keep my collection of fabrics reasonably small and manageable but right now I do feel like I have a few more things than usual. I am planning to work through these with a few quick wins and then I’ll hopefully be ready to move on to some exciting fall projects (and new fabric!) Some may also get moved out towards the summer of 2020.

First, I am going to finish a wrap dress for my mom by taking in the arm holes. I fit this with when I was in Vancouver and it was too big. Stay tuned for a dedicated post!

Then I have these random PJ pants planned in fleece for D. I think this will be really easy because I’ll make a gathered waist with a pull string.

Then I have a sewing team project! This is totally TBD but my neighbor and I are going to make colorful culottes! Stay tuned.  I may use this striped cotton.

Then I have other pending items

Red shorts for D in a nice cotton

Small circle dress shirt

A shirt for my dad without- I need his measurements though so this has been on hold.

Possible ruined white fabric for dress shirt (photo not included – I may dye this with Avocado pits or tumeric!)

New Chicago plaid short sleeve dress shirt & silk for something…

Then I have my remaining Tokyo cottons which as still TBD for a project

And last but not least I have this linen from Vancouver!

Time for some fun!

Another purse from Tokyo

This was my second purse created from some fabric I purchased in Nippori. The blue chain fabric is actually the “wrong side”. The right side was more blue and beige, but i liked the more washed out blue. I have been watching some videos about Sashiko and I wanted to give it a try. I choose the water droplet style and created a few circles on sections of the bag. I also made an inner pocket with the original orange and green scrap material from my first bag. I really loved that fabric and wanted to have a way to incorporate it into something for myself too.

You’ll also note the first good picture of my logo in the bottom right of one side of the bag.

A silk scarf too nice not to share

This is an Anna Sui silk that I purchased in three panels (maybe four). I created one for a coworker for our holiday party gift exchange. She’s an incredibly fashionable NYC lady and as soon as I saw the fabric I thought it would look great with a lot of her clothes. Additionally, I knew that flower print was quite fashionable this fall and winter, so I thought I would be on trend there too. After that initial purchase, I kept thinking about that fabric! I went back and purchased three more sections for a few other special people that I think will like it. While in Tokyo, we visited a family friend and his mum a little ways outside of the city. This was the first time we met them and I wanted to make sure I had something nice and heartfelt to give them too. Thus, Scarf #2 was born! They were wonderful hosts and it was an absolute pleasure getting to meet them and visit.

These have hand rolled hems and I embroider a little “Coli” in one of the corners.

Starting out with some projects from Tokyo

This is my first attempt to create a purse with hard handles. This fabric is a cotton from Okadaya Shinjuku which we found on a whim after the Nippori stores were all closed on January 2nd, 2019. Earlier that day, we spent a little over 4 hours waiting to see the Emperor and by the time we got to Nippori, all the stores had closed early. All we could do was eat some wonderful Ramen and head home 🙂 We made it back to Tomato Fabrics two days later and I bought a bright colorful cotton to make the lining (and some other fabrics that will be described in future posts). This purse was a gift for a dear friend. I experimented a little boldly with the shape and trying to create the box pleat. I wanted this to be fancier than a standard tote, but in hindsight, I’m not 100% sure if I got the proportions perfect. The gift receiver actually attached her own long gold chain strap to either side and now it looks great!