04 May 2013

This Is New

Helloooooo my lovely friends.  It's been a long time. 
Since I left this blog five months ago, I've been aimlessly wandering from one project to another.  I thought I needed more purpose so I volunteered to be reaquainted with an old friend - live theatre - and answered an ad for a production of Hairspray.  They were looking for a seamstress and I said why not?
This is why not.

Yes, that's a giant man-dress.
While I fancied myself sewing some flashy 60s numbers made of tulle and whatnot, I was asked to help create a wardrobe for the man-dressed-as-a-woman, made famous by John Travolta in the movie version of Hairspray.


06 December 2012

You Gotta Know When to Fold 'Em

A big thanks to all of you for the years of creative inspiration! 

After three years of blog posts the kids' closets are full and my idea jar is empty. It's time for me to get outside (hello exercise, old friend!) and spend more time with my family.  I will leave the blog archives up for a little while and maybe I'll pop back in now and then with a project.   It's been soooo nice knowing you all. 

                                    xoxo Cynthia

02 December 2012

Grinchy Panels

 Back in the summer I acquired a row of grinch panels, each about the size of a piece of paper. 

Turns out they were the right size to decorate some Christmas gift bags.

I like the vibrant colors, and Cindy-Lou Who is pretty cute too.

27 November 2012

The Architect Skirt - an Easy Tutorial



You are the architect for this skirt.  No two skirts will be the same as you can choose any combination of fabrics to form the front panel of this skirt.

For the back panel:       fabric 42 inches wide by 17 inches high

For front panel:            several scraps of fabric

For waistband:             22 inches of waistband elastic

For hem:                      62 inches of double fold bias tape (optional)

STEP 1:  THE BACK PANEL (pink polka dots in the first photo)
For the Back Panel, cut one piece of fabric 42 inches wide by 17 inches high.  This piece forms the back and sides of the skirt. 
STEP 2:  THE FRONT PANEL (the fun part)
To make the front panel, collect several fabric scraps.  You are going to make a panel that is 17 inches high and 17 inches wide in total once your scraps are sewn together.  Anything goes! 

 STEP 3:   Arrange your strips and squares (option shown below) in the order you prefer.  *Note:  don’t put your favorite squares at the top or bottom as they will be partly folded into the hem and waistband.  Your overall arrangement will measure larger than 17 x 17” because of seam allowance.  Once all the pieces are sewn together, your panel will be appx. 17 x 17”.  If it is a little larger, we'll just trim it to fit later.

STEP 4: Stitch all the pieces together

(Finish the raw edges on the back so they don't fray)

Press your panel.  (Doesn't look 17 inches square does it?  Yeah, it's not.  This was an early prototype that was a rectangle).   Carry on.

STEP 5: Take the (white this time) back panel and insert the front panel into it, sewing the seams along the insides.  Now you have a tube-that-wants-to-be-a-skirt.
Topstitch where the two fabrics meet.
STEP 6: Trim the bottom so it is even

Apply double fold bias tape to the hem of the skirt.

STEP 7: Make a casing for an elastic at the waist.

Thread in that elastic
(Finished view of the waistband)


Back when I had the (un)brilliant idea to make this into a saleable PDF pattern, I made about a billion of these prototypes .  Silly me.  I know I'm too lazy to make a PDF pattern and market it.  Seriously.  I'm even too lazy to go get out the other 1,999,997 skirts and arrange them in a photograph for you.

24 November 2012

That Secret Sewing

The 30 day countdown to Christmas is on.  Are you working on that "secret sewing" that happens while the littles are asleep?

20 November 2012

Did Sailors Wear Pink?

A classic style, the sailor dress - but I dunno about my choice of pink?

17 November 2012

Sleep In Sunday Craft

Glue.  Lotsa glue.

I fill a muffin tin with tidbits that appeal to a four year old and set it out Saturday night.

Feathers, pompoms, ribbon and paper.

Did I mention lotsa glue? 

She pours over her crafty creations for a good half hour which means I get to sleep in until at least 6:30...6:45 a.m.
(How on earth did Caroline Ingalls cope?)