Showing posts from November, 2012

Pokemon: Pikachu

Pokemon Pikachu  Completed 2008
Items Made: Ears, Tail.
The tail is made from soft faux fur and measures approx. 30 inches long.  It was made to hang although the fur is probably sturdy enough that the tail could be hooked to the wearer's back and it would remain upright.  The ears are are made from the same fur and filled with poly-fill.  They're really lightweight and attached to a no-slide headband.

Oklahoma: Saloon Girls

Oklahoma! Saloon Girls Created March 2004
Items Made: One-piece bodysuit with detachable skirt.
These costumes were built for my college's production of Oklahoma. Each girl is basically in a onesie made from red crushed velvet and purple glittered velvet.  Over that there is a very large circle skirt with lots and lots of of purple satin ruffles.
I did not build the purple dress in the picture below.

Busy Busy Busy.

So, I've had the past couple of days off and I've been pretty productive.  

First off, I cleaned, organized and rearranged my sewing corner...

Here's the old layout.  I used to have the end of the den...

I separated the area with some sheer curtains hung from the ceiling -- which kind of made a wall.  In front of the curtain wall was a dresser with my machines.  Next to that was a portable clothing rack... on the wall opposite the dresser was my work table... and then opposite the clothes rack and next to my table was a shelf of supplies...

But I've been downsized and had to give up half of my end of the den...

So here's the new layout.

Not much changed now that I look at it...  I just shifted the dresser to the opposite side and moved my table... I also took the rolling rack apart and put it away... Also my dress form is in another room.

Did I mention my sewing area was really messy and that moving all this first required thorough cleaning?  Maybe that's why it seem…

Hello, my name is Jason and I'm a t-shirt junkie...

Yes, it's true... and would you believe I have more tees than this?  There's a box of Hard Rock tees and another box or two of other tees kicking around somewhere in my house.  

Oh, and all of them have some kind of nostalgia or video game or anime or tv show on them...

I also have about 12 pairs of jeans... all in various conditions from new-ish... to REALLY worn in.

So yes, I'm a t-shirt junkie... and I'm also addicted to jeans...

But it's okay, I'm going through my 12 step program... except it's maybe not 12... I'm not sure how many it will be...

Step 1:  Admitting you have a problem.  check.

Step 2: Deciding to take a course of action.  check.

Step 3:  

Actually, I'm going to drop this 12 step analogy.  haha!

But I've decided to go through all of my jeans and t-shirts and inspect them... if the t-shirts are getting to worn, or getting holes or whatever, they're going into the t-shirt quilt pile...

I figured this would be a great way to keep my t-…


So you know how I've been racking my brain trying to figure out a pattern for Diamond... Look what I had in my pattern library.  I don't know why I didn't think of it before.
Butterick 6844.  It's a clergy robe, but with a little tailoring and a few modifications, I can make it look more like this...

Here's what I have in mind so far...

Probably gonna go with view A and possibly keep the button down front.  Extend the collar so it closes at center front.Omit the cuffs on the sleeves.On the back there are 3 pleats, which I'd draft out. Remove the side pocketsShorten just below the low hip Add in side seam slits like in the second pictureI also might add just a tiny bit of a sleeve cap, like in the pic aboveAdd in a full lining since the pattern only has a partial lining.
That sounds like a lot, but actually all of those things are pretty simple modifications.
I also took advantage of's Black Friday Sale and picked up this.

It's much longer th…

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Sally the Ragdoll

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Sally the Ragdoll Created March 2011

Items Made: Dress

The silhouette of the dress is simple... just an a-line dress with flounce sleeves.  Most Sally costumes are straight a-lines which neglect her curvy figure so I chose a pattern with princess seams to not do that.

What's really cool about this dress is that it was made entirely from scraps and remnants I had in my fabric stash.

The rest of the dress was tricky.  I spent about 2 hours playing with fabrics on the mannequin to get the placements of each fabric to look good with each of the surrounding fabrics.

Then each panel of the dress had to be assembled from the designated fabrics... Finally the panels were sewn together like normal.... it was kind of like making a quilt.  Although the chunk of Dark Blue/Light Blue stripe was really hard because it was two different fabrics that had to be pieced together and it wrapped around several of the panels. 
But I absolutely love the final product.  It turned …

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Jack Skellington

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Jack Skellington
Created October 2009

Items Made: Jacket, Trousers, Tie.
A LOT went into the costume.  It was one that I've wanted to make forever but I could never find a fabric that I thought suitable... and I really didn't want to hand paint all of those pinstripes onto every piece of fabric.

Luckily I came across this awesome uneven pinstripe in Dark Charcoal from an online fabric store.  It was on clearance and I bought all they had... 11 yards.
The base of the pattern came from a Burda pattern for a women's suit/tuxedo.  It took a lot of altering to change the shape from a normal woman's figure to a man trying to emulate that of a disproportionate skeleton puppet.  I also had to change the collar from a shawl collar to notched collar.  Also the tails took a bit of work to make look tattered but tailored all at the same time. 

The tie uses stiff felt for the wings and the bat head brooch is made from Sculpty which has been painted.

The glov…

Naruto: Sexy Jutsuu Naruto

Sexy no Jutsuu Version
Created November 2007

Items Made: Jacket, Trousers.
This costume is a modified version of Naruto's traditional outfit. Since we were doing Naruto's female persona, the cosplayer wanted to make the design ultra feminine. So we went with a more modern, feminine cut trouser and loose cropped jacket.

Both the trousers and the jacket are made from stretch corduroy in slightly muted/darker colors. The stretch allows the costume to be ultra comfy while the corduroy gives it a nice softness.
 The collar was knitted on a knitting machine then sewn into the jacket.  The patches were painted with glitter fabric paint -- again adding a touch of femininity to the costume.  Lastly, I added a couple of decorative frog buttons on the trousers for a bit of whimsy -- plus the also tie in to Naruto's summoning ability.

A Man For All Seasons: Norfolk

A Man For All Seasons
Created March 2005
Items Made: Doublet, Pantaloons, Cloak.

This was made for a college theatre production set in Europe during the reign of Henry VIII. So I got to make a doublet and some pumpkin pants.  It's all made from great upholstery fabrics and the cloak is lined in gold faux silk.  I wish I remembered all the pattern numbers that I used but I think they're out of print.
Actually, this costume is was never finished. The costume crew that semester was very small (3-4 people) so we ran out of time and the show opened before any of the costumes could be finished out with trims and such.   It's still a lovely costume... just kind of plain.

Tutorial: Prince Diamond Brooch

Alright, so now that I’ve successfully finished 2 of these lovelies, I can share the step by step process with you.  I made sure to take lots of pictures and write down everything I did as I made the first brooch, so that when I started making the second, it would look exactly the same.  So here we go.

First the supplies... In no particular order... (by the way, this is the stuff I used, feel free to modify it as needed)

A. Acrylic crystal teardrop beads (you can use real crystal also, I just couldn’t find them)
B. Round glass seed beads in Gold
C. Scissors or Wire Cutters.
D. 2 3/4” Diamond -- This is a glass paperweight, but there are also acrylic versions used for wedding tablescapes.
E. 28 Gauge jewelry wire in gold -- This isn’t real gold wire because that’d kind of be a waste of money as the wire isn’t seen.
F. Pliers -- I just used needle nose pliers because I don’t have the kind for making jewelry.

First measure out a length of wire just a little smaller than the face of your stone.  …