Project Prepping

One of the worst things is when I start streaming and we spend a crazy amount of time cutting and fusing interfacings. Depending on the size of the project, this can be anywhere from an hour to two hours of preparation before we can even start sewing! That’s quite annoying and not terribly interesting for my viewers. There’s something I like to do though, and that’s to prepare projects ahead of time, then set them aside in storage. When I’m ready to do a project, I reach into storage, pull out the project, and we’re ready to go. Storage is as simple as a 1 gallon plastic ziplock bag!

First, cut out all of the pattern pieces:

Stack them all up and off to the side. You can use chalk to mark the pieces so you know what they go to for each pattern. I wouldn’t suggest packing it with the pattern pieces themselves if you’re going to cut out several projects at once.

Finally, I gently fold it up and stick it into a giant ziplock bag. Now, what I do NOT do is fuse the interfacings. You don’t want to do this, then put it in storage, because it could wrinkle and crease where you have to fold up the longer pieces. Instead, I will take the project out and fuse just before the stream. It doesn’t take long, depending on the project.

This is an excellent way to get a lot of little projects setup and ready for the Twitch stream!

Better Late Than Never?

Ok, so it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I get that’s not ideal, but hear me out! My Twitch channel kind of took off and got crazy in the past few months. I have an average of 30 viewers most nights, so I’ve been putting a lot of time and energy into that effort and less into blogging. That said, I need to do the blog thing more often as I feel it would be a great extension to the stream, including tutorials!

So with that, let’s show off some eyecandy for some of the things I’ve made over the past couple of months:

ID Card Wallet

ID Card Wallet

Darth Crossbody Bag

Darth Crossbody Bag

Squirtle Wristlet

Squirtle Wristlet

Galaxy Wallet

Galaxy Wallet

Galaxy Wallet

Galaxy Wallet

Tardis Purse

Tardis Purse

Sailor Moon Wristlet

Sailor Moon Wristlet

Etsy Coming Soon!

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This has been a long time coming. It took a while longer than I thought it would, mostly because I got carried away with the Spring/Summer wardrobe for my daughters, but here we are. Finally, I’ve been able to dedicate some time to getting together the first batch of goodies for the Etsy store. I’m going to gradually continue to stock it up, but I have 8 solid items to add to start. My goal is to stock with handbags, embroidered towels, iPad sleeves, and wristlets. We’ll see how things go to determine how often I stock. I’ll always take custom orders! Many have also expressed an interest in patches, so that could be an option as well.

Here are some product photos!

Certifiably Insane: Spring/Summer Wardrobe

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I may be certifiably insane at this point. To justify the purchase of the Husqvarna Viking Designer Epic (retail $14,999 — note: I didn’t pay that), I decided to take on the grand quest of making at least half of my eldest daughter’s wardrobe. That’s a lot of work, but it was made quick via decent patterns! I’m still not even done. After discovering Patterns for Pirates, I’ve been whipping up Sugar Pie tees. The images above are just a sample of what I’ve done, but I wanted to put something here to indicate that I have actually done something since my last post in March 😉

Patterns used:

  • Patterns for Pirates Sugar Pie (top left)
  • BurdaStyle 144 5/2012 Elasticated Shorts (top middle)
    • I’ve actually made 3 pairs of these, two just aren’t pictured yet!
  • Geranium Top – Made by Rae (bottom middle)
  • Top right, bottom right, and bottom left are a self-drafted pattern of my own design.

I have so much more done than is pictured here. I hope to get some really good pictures in the next few weeks and post them here!!!

Made by Rae – Geranium Dress

Made by Rae Geranium Dress

I picked up this gorgeous little pattern called the Made by Rae Geranium Dress from my favorite local shop, The Cloth Pocket (where I also pick up designer fabrics at a very reasonable price!). I initially intended to make a dress for my friend’s baby from a different pattern I found on Etsy, but went with this instead, as I had heard good things and it came in printed format. I don’t mind PDF patterns, but sometimes they’re a pain in the butt, since you have to print it out, assemble it, then trace. I never cut my patterns, because my kids grow too fast to justify $15 every time I need to make something. I’ve stated on stream before, that I much prefer tracing onto interfacing or tracing cloths since it’s sturdier, adheres to the fabric with static cling, and prolongs the use of the pattern.

The dress came together nicely. Normally I wouldn’t have gone through all the care of hiding seams this way, but it made for a much cleaner result. Could I have slapped it together faster by just letting the interior seams remain exposed? Yep. But it wouldn’t have looked as nice, plus since this is going against a 6 month old’s skin, it may have irritated had I used my normal methods.

I did interface the bodice, which I fear is not entirely necessary. It is a little stiff, but it will definitely hold its shape over time and use. I think next time I make this I’ll only interface the button placket in the back.

Made by Rae Geranium Dress