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Happy Late Halloween!

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A little late, I know but I had to wait for results! Hooray! I won 1st place in my company’s Halloween costume contest with my handmade plush sandwich costume. Made from Eco-felt, poly quilt batting, lots of stitching and a fair amount of glue, it took forever to make and it warm as heck. It’s won 3 costume contests to date and has garnered a couple of buy offers (not for sale, to answer that question). Runner up was Mike the nun.

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And the sandwich in her natural habitat, processing online orders for a photo lab.

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Hope everyone had a great holiday and an even better two weeks in between! Now to go shopping with my $25 Target gift card prize!

Happy Corduroy Appreciation Day!

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11|11|11 – the date that most resembles corduroy (ever).

Today is Corduroy Appreciation Day and I have to say, I just love corduroy! I would encourage anyone interested in texture, luxury, class,  wales, and/or scholarly fabrics to try creating something with corduroy. My everyday messenger bag is made in part with this golden fabric of the Gods. It has moon faces on it as well because, well, it’s just out of this world. I think I will soon be making myself an autumn skirt with one of the many choice corduroys available to me. Perhaps the Plum wide wale, it’s delightful.

 

I thank you for sharing this beauteous day with me and I implore you to never underestimate the power of dressing in a classy fabric and remind you to remain wary of velvet.

 

HAIL TO THE WALE!

All Wales Welcome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Halloween, my friends!

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This Halloween unfortunately landed on a Monday which meant I couldn’t have very many late night plans. Too bad, so sad you might say. The Sunday prior, however was quite a delight at Dana’s house! She dressed as a sunflower and was just the cutest (I mean spookiest?) little plant there ever did grow.

I was in rare form the few days before… dare I say prepared?? I Made James’ costume on Saturday and my costume the night before. James was the ever charming, oh so handsome Commander Riker and I had a Halloween spirit manifesting itself as a creepy forest dress. And awesome witch boots.

Cuties!

I made my dress from a cool fabric from the Haunted Mansion collection by Sanae and used my own design. It has pockets and ruffled elastic for the straps, so cute! James’ I mean the Commander’s uniform top is made from organic cotton spandex and organic cotton soy fabrics. Our friend bought a star trek shirt online and I traced the pattern pieces from that to make one for my hun. Pretty Dashing, wouldn’t you agree? Commanding, even. Below you will see him in Danger Mode, ready with his phaser, aka my stun gun (it’s for safety when I come home from sewing dates late at night. Can’t have hooligans trying to jack my Singer).

 
Tough guy Riker

On Halloween night proper, I watched a scary movie at Julia’s but before that we needed to wait for our pizza so we wandered down town and costume spied. We saw some awesome costumes, there was the American Gothic couple with their giant picture frame on wheels, a few characters from Adventure Time, a great Doctor Who and TARDIS and then there was the Telescope Guy! He had a super cool homemade ball joint telescope and we got to look at the moon and at Jupiter with it’s moons. It was raaaaad! Julia (dressed as Red Ridinghood with her wolf fur lined cloak) is seen here in this “action” shot.

Lookit tha stars!

Kind of amazing, I know.

All in all, we had a pretty rad Halloween weekend. Boo!

Tell me what you love about Halloween!

Craftacular Photoshoot!

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In case you didn’t hear, Hart’s Fabric is having a super duper Craftacular Wonder Fair on August 28th. It’s gonna be pretty much the coolest thing ever! We’re having an article written for the Good Times Weekly and the writer we’ve been talking to needed us to take pictures for her to use. Dana, Chelsea and I were modeling and Julia was our photographer, it was so much fun! We went a little crazy and ended up with a ton of pictures so we don’t really know which ones will end up in the paper.

This one is a cute picture of us peeking out from behind Dana’s old Sovereign machine, I hope they use this one.

Dana, Chels + Megan
peek-a-boo!

Chelsea really wanted to do a jumping shot too so we took a few of those. What can I say? We’re just that excited about crafting! You can really see the delightful dresses we’re all wearing in this picture. super rad. (Psst, we each made our own dresses!!)

Chels, Dana + Megan
peek-a-boo!

Stay tuned my friends, I’ll be posting some details on some of the crafts I will be selling at the Craftacular (including a free pattern or two…) and I’ll post the Article that gets written for us too. Too much fun, I can’t stand it!! I better get crafting for the Fair 😀

Fabric Covered Buttons

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Some of you may know this already but for those of you who don’t, I’ve got news for you: fabric covered buttons are THE GREATEST THING EVER!!! My new passion (as of a couple of days ago) is tracing little circles, cutting them out and punching them into tiny molds. It’s like crack except it’s probably a little healthier. Seriously, I’ve found my calling.

 

sooooo cute!

Nap time at Chez Dino

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So this afternoon I was crafting away with a couple of my cool cats and Skadi got a little tired from all the stitching and snipping and ironing and she needed to rest her eyes. Even when this crazy kit is relaxing, she still lives on the edge (of scissor blades, that is)!

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Apparently a pair of Ginghers make a nice pillow. She’ll probably help me trace pattern pieces when she wakes up later.

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The Captain requires a new coat

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A friend of mine just so happens to be a pirate captain. He lives on a boat, drinks rum and sings sea shanties. He sails on a regular basis and invented ‘Pirate Fest’ in Santa Cruz, Ca. Maybe you’ve heard of him, Captain Groggy Swagger. A delightful and jolly fellow, he just plain needed a new coat.

Ain't he official?
Captain Groggy Swagger

So I made him one. As per his request, it was made from a J. P. Ryan pattern for a1750s style coat for the military officer. I used a navy chenille upholstery weight fabric for the base, lined it with gold cotton silk and adorned it with a gold cotton velveteen. Each pattern piece was giant because there was so much pleating to do for the skirt of the coat but once I got everything cut out it went pretty quick. Definitely one of the more advanced things I’ve made, I certainly can’t say I’m not proud.

So handsome!

I love love love it and I think the Captain found it acceptable for his daily adventures.

What else is there to do in your pirate coat than to get drunk?