Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dress Like Your Grandma Sewing Challenge

I just wanted to let you all know about a fun sewing challenge my friend Tanya is hosting on her blog, Mrs. Hughes. It's called the "Dress Like Your Grandma" vintage sewing challenge. Here's the idea:

"This is a vintage sewing challenge where family history can inspire your wardrobe.  Take a photo of your grandma (or your grandpa, great-grandma, mom, aunt, someone else’s grandma —  you get the idea!) and re-create an outfit or piece that they are wearing.  Many of us don’t have vintage garments to remember our loved ones by or perhaps we can’t fit into what they left behind.  Re-create that image with vintage patterns, reproduction patterns or modern patterns.  If your style is different from a family member’s or you want to evoke a different era, find a vintage photo with a garment that suits you and re-create that.  The idea is to study a vintage photograph and transform that photo into a garment or outfit that you’ve sewn yourself."

You can get the rest of the details here on her blog and get some buttons for your own blog.

So much fun! I'm off to find some old family photos!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Free Download- Valentine Illustrations

I made you all a little present for Valentines day! It's a set of digital illustrations you can use for cards, emails, or anything you like!

You can download the set of PNG set here:

Download Valentines Graphics Set

(Personal Use Only)

Enjoy and have a wonderful Valentines Day!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sewing Project: How to Enlarge a Vintage Circle Skirt

Hey guys! I'm back again with another post about re-sizing vintage skirts. Today I'm going to show you how I enlarged this great vintage skirt I found on our mini-honeymoon in San Francisco last year. Like the last skirt I shared that was much too small, this one was also not wearable as-is. Luckily, these are also a (relative) cinch to re-size so you'll ever leave a great skirt behind again.

 I put together a little diagram below with the general outlines of the process I used:

The nice thing about circle skirts is that you really only need to take off a small amount from the inside to make the circumference much larger, and it usually won't affect the length much. Just be careful and measure twice before you cut because it's harder to size down than up!

How awesome is this print? I just couldn't leave it behind despite the bit of work I had to put into it before I could wear it.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you found this post useful. Let me know if you have any questions.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sewing Project: How to Re-Size Vintage Gathered or Pleated Skirts

So, a few months ago I got SUPER lucky at the swap meet. I scored this amazing chicken novelty print skirt for a mere $3! I was seriously giddy for the rest of the day and I probably used up my good luck for the rest of the year. Not surprisingly it was way too small for as it was, but never fear... I can sew!

A lot of people don't realize how simple and straightforward it is to re-size a skirt like this with just some really basic sewing skills. It can open up so many possibilities for your wardrobe and means that just because an amazing vintage find doesn't fit you as-is doesn't mean you have to leave it behind.

I removed the waistband and replaced it with a new one, which was easy to do since it's plain black. I then re-pleated the skirt to fit the new waistband and added a hook and eye closure above the existing zipper.

For those of you who might be wondering, I created this handy-dandy little graphic with the basics of how to go about re-sizing a skirt like this. I tried to make it as clear as possible but please let me know if you have any questions.
Next time... how to resize a circle skirt! Stay tuned!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Sewing Project: Moneta Madness!

I think I can officially state at this point that the Moneta dress by Colette Patterns is my favorite pattern. I find myself wearing this and this so often that it's basically my uniform. It's so comfy that even in the recently rainy and cold weather here in California I can just throw one on with a cardigan and leggings underneath. I have a tendency at times to gravitate more toward making less practical items over things I'll actually wear on an ordinary day. So when I had a little bit of time to sew over the holiday season, I decided to make myself some more Monetas I knew I would wear over and over again.

The great thing about this pattern is that it is really easy to sew and comes together quickly. I invested in a serger a couple of years ago and it really makes sewing knits a breeze.

The first one is with this adorable knit fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics. This is the second piece of clothing I've made with this fabric, though the first one was with the woven version.

This one I made with a fabric from JoAnn. I couldn't find the exact one on their website, but it's a somewhat heavier weight and seems to be a synthetic. I liked that it was basic but also a but more interesting due to the space-dyed weave.

This last one is another Art Gallery fabric which you can find here. I was absentminded when I was making this one and completely forgot to put pockets in, which was a bummer- I love me some pockets on my dresses!

The essentials:

Pattern: Moneta by Colette Patterns

 Size: Large
 Alterations: Added 4 inches to hem.
Trims: n/a
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fabric Design: The Completed Portfolio

Now that I've shared my fabric designs with you, I want to finally show off my handmade portfolio! I'm really proud of this project as it was the culmination of months of work designing, printing, cutting, and assembling. I ordered fat quarters of two of my "Up and Away" designs from Spoonflower. I had just barely enough to cover the two portfolios. Since I completed this project as part of an independent studies class, I was able to print out and trim the pages at the school and use their mat cutter for the book board, which was great!

Here's the outside of one of the copies. I made two of them just in case, which was helpful because I got to practice putting one together first before I made the second.

The title page. I also printed some paper with a coordinating design to use for the inside covers.

The table of contents and "About Me" page.

I designed a title page for each collection and then a sampling of the designs in two colorways.

I created mock ups in Photoshop to show what they would look like on products and also added some swatches of the fabrics that I had ordered on Spoonflower.

The great thing is that the screws that bind it together can easily be removed so I can add new pages later on and add more collections to the portfolio.

I inverted the fabrics for the second copy of the portfolio:

You can flip through the digital version below:

I learned how to make repeating patterns on Illustrator and to design a cohesive collection with Bonnie Forkner's classes on Skillshare. I designed these as part of a workshop she held on Skillshare where she walked a group of students through designing focal point fabrics. If you'd like to check out any of of Bonnie's Skillshare classes, here are the links to them:

Design and Bind Your Own Creative Portfolio
(this is the one where she shows you how to put together a portfolio like this) 

And, if you're interested, these fabrics are all available in my Spoonflower shop!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Fabric Design Part 5: Morning Brew

This is the last collection I made for my portfolio. I based in on the vintage dishes I love so much!

Here it is in the alternate colorway:

Here are some digital mockups I made:

A tea towel...

Kitchen curtains...

And a tote bag.

Thanks for stopping by! Just in case you're interested here are the links to Bonnie's Skillshare classes. She does the Focal Point workshops every so often and I highly recommend them as well.

If you'd like some more info on how to mock up designs with Photoshop, check out these classes:

Also, you can find all of these fabrics in my Spoonflower shop.