Tuesday, December 8, 2015

six degrees of separation - sew the show blog tour

Welcome to the next stop on the Sew The Show blog tour called "6 Degrees of Separation" - it's a loop of shows or movies connected by a common actor, director, or significant other. And the whole tour will start and end with Kevin Bacon! If you're inspired to sew to any of the shows, feel free to share them with the tags #sewtheshow and #sewsixdegrees (or the cheeky alternative #baconsewsexy) on social media.

The movie before me (with posts from Jennifer and Melissa) was Whip It.  How does that link to Ever After?  Through Drew Barrymore, of course!  Drew Barrymore has been in a ton of movies, but choosing one was easy for me because my girls LOVE Ever After!  They watch it with Grandma all the time, so I'm pretty familiar with the clothes in the show.

However, even though I love the clothes in the movie (and would honestly love to walk around dressed like this every day!) they aren't exactly 21st century friendly except as costumes.  So I needed to come up with a modern version similar to this outfit while staying somewhat true to the late 15th century.  No problem, right?!?

I love this look on Drew's face!  I'm pretty sure I've seen the same look from my kids a few times ;)

As I watched and rewatched (and rewatched again) Ever After, the things that stuck out the most were the layers and the square necklines.  There was also a fair amount of trims and braids used as embellishment.  So I tried to use those elements, while pretty much ignoring everything else, such as floor length hems and detachable sleeves, neither of which seemed like a good idea for a four year old!  Also, I wanted every piece to be versatile enough to wear separately, so I wouldn't be making an outfit that only gets worn when we're in a 15th century mood, which, just in case you were wondering, is actually quite rare.

Both the dress and the tunic underneath are patterns from two of my Japanese pattern books.  The dress is a combination of patterns C & L from this book, and the tunic is pattern 2 on pattern sheet A from this book.  The book says it is pattern A and then has an uppercase B next to the directions, so it actually took me a while to find the correct pattern for the tunic.  I guess B and 2 are interchangeable when translated from Japanese to English.  The faux leather leggings are made from the Abby's Footed Tights pattern by The Wolf and the Tree which I already blogged about here.

This outfit was quite fun to make since it is so different from what I usually make, but it was something of a pain.  First, the fabric used for the cream tunic was awful.  It was impossible to find the grain, and then once I did, I couldn't keep it from twisting all over the place.  Then it liked to slide all over the place as I sewed.  I ended up trimming the fabric a whole lot more than I normally do just to make seams line up properly.  I originally bought the fabric to make a shirt for myself, but I'm seriously rethinking that plan right now!  And then for the dress, I chose one of the easiest fabrics to work with, pima cotton broadcloth, which irons and sews like a dream.  But I screwed that up by using metallic bias tape which frays, slides all over the place, and has no stretch to speak of.  I probably won't be using that again either!

Dress - Pima cotton broadcloth, metallic bias tape
Leggings - Stretch faux leather from Joann's
Shirt - Twill weave rayon challis from Cali Fabrics
Boots - Target

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Monday, December 7, 2015

holiday debut blog tour

The Holiday Debut Blog Tour celebrates the end of their debut year for three new designers: Saskia Smith of The Wolf and the Tree, Gabriela Longfish of Chalk and Notch, and Holli Coats of Hello Holli. To help celebrate, I created an outfit using three of their patterns - the Fishtail Kimono, the Blue Ridge Dress, and Abby's Footed Tights.  Although I had made the Fishtail Kimono from Chalk and Notch before, the other two patterns and designers were new to me.  And I love them both!

Make sure you scroll down to the end of this post to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway before you go!  You can also get 20% off all the patterns featured in this post with the code HOLIDAY in any of the shops listed above.

The theme of the blog tour is simply to create any holiday outfit.  Since Mae already has a Christmas dress handed down from her big sis, I decided to create more of a winter/New Years outfit.  Honestly, we don't do anything special for New Years, so it will probably end up as more of an every day outfit.  We rarely differentiate between special and every day clothes, so pretty much anything works for us.  My kids have worn "fancy" clothes to some very odd places in the past ;)  You should see the looks I get when they go down the slide in an Easter dress!

The first pattern is the Fishtail Kimono - previously blogged about here.  This time I used a heavier quilted knit and some faux fur for the cuffs and the neck band.  The fur was a real pain to work with, but I like the wintery look, and it was almost worth it.  Almost.

The dress is the Blue Ridge pattern with a few modifications.  I used a faux leather look fabric (performance knit, similar to a stretch lamé) and wanted a clean look, so I eliminated the bias binding and lined the bodice instead.  Plus, I didn't want to make bias tape from this fabric since I couldn't even iron it!  I also changed the shape of the back bodice into a subtle racerback.

The tights are made from The Wolf and the Tree Abby's Footed Tights pattern.  I didn't think Mae was going to like the tights because of the seam along the toes, but she refused to take them off and wore them for the entire day after I took pictures, so they must be pretty comfortable.  And the fit is perfect!  I made a size four according to the size chart and they fit exactly as I expect them too.  I can see myself making many more pairs of these since Mae refuses to wear socks, and our tile floors are pretty cold in the Winter ;)

I wish I had more decent pictures, but Mae was in no mood for picture taking. She was so mad at me by the time we finished that she didn't even want the M&Ms that I bribed her with.  Of course, she came to her senses a little bit later and came to collect!

Dress - Plaid shirting flannel and black performance fabric from Joann's
Tights - Black performance fabric from Joann's
Kimono - Cream quilted knit and Grey faux fur from Joann's