Friday, October 26, 2012

Skirt From a Sweater... Second Time's the Charm

This is my second attempt at a sweater skirt. My first one was a flop, but I did learn a couple of valuable lessons along the way. And knowing is half the battle, right?

Lesson number one: When sewing a sweater, it is MUCH easier to work with a fine gauge knit than a chunky sweater. The first sweater I tried to work with was made of a thick cotton yarn that easily fell apart when I cut it.

Lesson number two: Sweaters tend to stretch when you sew them. I was able to prevent the stretching by increasing my stitch length.  I also used a "straight stretch" stitch for this project, which is one of the stitch settings on my machine.

So, after losing one sweater and painstakingly learning the above lessons... here is what DID work...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Wonder Woman - The Tutorial

I have had so much positive feedback about the Wonder Woman costume. Thank you so much! As promised, here is the tutorial.

I must warn you that I could not find all of my pictures. So I am going to do the best I can with what I have. ***deep breath*** And I am really OK with that (insert half-smile here).

Here's what I did:

Friday, October 12, 2012

Wummer Woman

wonder woman costume kid
This may be the most fun thing that I have ever made. When I was a kid, I used to have an awesome Wonder Woman bathing suit.  So when BB told me that she wanted to be "Wummer Woman" for Halloween, I was so excited!

I knew that I wanted to make a costume for her. But as it turns out, there just weren't a lot of Wonder Woman costume ideas that I was happy with.

I showed her examples of some that had tu-tus, but she wanted the "real Wummer Woman bottoms."

Monday, October 8, 2012

My New Vintage Workspace

Last week my sewing machine died mid-project. My initial reaction of sadness was quickly replaced with the excitement of buying a BRAND NEW SEWING MACHINE (insert angelic sound here).

I'm a Singer girl. I grew up with Singers and they are what I know. And I'm a sucker for marketing. So when the marketing folks down at Singer dreamed up the antique looking Singer 160, I'm pretty sure they had me in mind.

Now I know that many sewing enthusiasts would prefer to buy an ACTUAL vintage machine, rather than a machine that just LOOKS vintage. But.... let's face it, I could really get into some bells and whistles.

And let me tell you. This beauty sews like a dream. I am so in love with her. I love her so much in fact, that the thought of lugging her in and out of the closet every day just seemed cruel and unusual. Clearly she needed a proper home... And so I went antique shopping.