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!!!

Doctor Who Coat – Vogue 8346

Doctor Who Coat

The coat I have is roughly 18 years old. I’ve had it since I graduated high school, which means it has lived a long and good life protecting me from the brutal Winters of Northern Virginia and the somewhat-not-so-cold Winters in Texas. It was time for a new coat. I saw these awesome coats by Hot Topic in November. I wanted them, but when I saw them in the store, they felt flimsy and not well-constructed. I decided to make my own with a Victorian flare to it.

Doctor Who Coat

The perfect pattern for this project was Vogue 8346. It’s a fitted coat with a bit of a flare thanks to its circle hem design. Sizing was weird for me. I ended up making a muslin of the pattern per my measurements (36-27-38) which ended up being a Vogue 14. It was surprisingly accurate. Normally with the big-4 commercial patterns I drop down a size due to the copious amount of ease. This time, not so much. That’s ok though, I wanted a good fit, not an ego boost 😉

I streamed the whole construction of the coat from pattern tracing to finishing touches on Twitch (past recordings available here: http://www.twitch.tv/fiercekittenz). The instructions were VERY clear. I was able to put it together without doing much with the instructions. The only regret that I have was not serging the interior seams. I let them go since I thought the lining was stitched to the outer fabric. Not so. This pattern actually wants the lining to hang loose from the coat’s exterior. I had to tack the lining to the interior at the seams to ensure they weren’t exposed.

For the collar, I designed the embroidery patterns in Viking’s 6D software package. The right collar says “The Doctor” and the left says “Tardis.” The velveteen is still somewhat plush, so I made sure to use a water soluble stabilizer on the top to make the embroidery pop.

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