Video of the Week: Adding Pockets

The lovely Nadira037 has made one of the best tutorials for adding pockets to a garment I’ve seen. I’ve always kind of struggled with doing a hip pocket and this video gave me my AH HA! moment! I hope you’ll find it useful too and be sure to check out all of her amazing videos!

What clothing piece would you add pockets to?

-Mel

What I Made: June Edition

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Hey!

So I’m posting this super early for many reasons, the biggest being I’ve got A LOT of things to sew in the next few weeks. I’m not sure I’ll be able to get them done let alone post about them so I wanted to get my last “fun” sewing project up to share!

It’s made from a lightweight linen that has tiny blue flowers all over it. I love it and it’s prefect for the summer months.

What’s your favorite thing to wear in summer?

Video of the Week: DIY Mini Skirt

Hello!

This is a great simple sewing tutorial for a mini skirt; done buy one of my favorite ladies of YouTube, Tree. She is one of the people I still use for learning tips and tricks for sewing. This was one of the first things I made for a cosplay and I figured I’d share a great way to make one!

What would you make one of these for?

 

What I Made: May Edition

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Ta Da! I made a swim top and it was one of the harder things I’ve attempted to make. I used Simplicity Pattern 1374 and liked it over all. I scored this fabric at Goodwill. (6 yards for $6 WOOT!) I do like the roucheing on the side. It helps hide the mommy tummy. Totally worth the 2 needles I broke while doing it.

I think working with a 4 way stretch knit is just hard in general, but even harder when you’re not really motivated. Swim seasons is not my fave. I just dislike swimming in general. The pools are never clean enough for me and the water is so drying. bleh. I don’t think I would have finished this if my kids weren’t so excited about swimming.

I will say that, for me, making a swim suit is always cheaper than buying one. I have and odd body shape (which I love bc it’s mine) that makes it hard to find things I like in a price I’m willing to pay. So, I guess the anger and pain were worth it. I still dislike swimming, tho.

Are you a fan of swimming? Anyone else have issues finding a ready made suit?

-Mel

PS I wouldn’t recommend this pattern for beginners.

 

Video of the Week: Cleaning an Iron

Ok, so this one is something that I so needed this week and is important in general when sewing. (Your iron is your friend.) Someone in my house decided to iron their clothes but instead of matching the temperature to the fabric they ended up melting their pants. *sigh*

Have you ever accidentally melted clothing?

What I made: April Edition

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Sorry I’m late getting this up, but life! April was a busy month for me so I wanted to make myself something simple. I love skirts and when I thrifted this fabric I knew I’d make another one of these with it. (I may sing Styx every time I ware it.) They are super simple to make plus pockets!

So yeah… That’s it! Lol I have already started working on May’s creation so hopefully it won’t be late.

How was your April? Make anything?

-Mel

Video of The Week: Pillowcase Tutorial

I taught myself how to sew for the purpose of making my own cosplays. This was one of the very first projects I mastered. I know sewing an entire dress from start to finish can seem impossible if you’ve never used a sewing machine/needle and thread* before, but with simple projects like this you’ll build your confidence.

I make these all the time for myself and as gift wrapping for the kids during the holiday season. (Functional and green.) They also make great house warming gifts as well. Bonus you can totally do the smug “I made them” thing.  I will admit that I’ve only done the little accent piece once and am too lazy wasn’t super into it. That’s one of the great things about sewing. You can totally make things your own! Enjoy!

Who would you make a set of these for?

* You can totally hand sew these. Use a back stitch for the main sewing.

Cosplay Starter Kit: Lumpy Space Princess

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Hey Everyone! Ok, I’ve been working on this for awhile. There are just so many options for LSP that I found it hard to stop. For those who aren’t exactly sure what this is, I’ll explain. The starter kit is just that. A kit of things I’ve pulled together that can help you do an LSP cosplay. It’s for if you’re new to cosplaying or just in need of some ideas to get you started. Take as much or as little as you’d like. I include DIY options as well as places you can buy things. It’s all up to what works best for you! I hope this helps and Happy Cosplaying!

LSP Dresses to buy

LSP dresses

1,2,3,4,5,6

DIY Dress Patterns

LSP DYI dress

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,

Tops

lsp tops

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

 

DIY Tops

lsp diy top

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Bottoms

LSP bottoms

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

DIY Bottoms

LSP DIY Bottoms

1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

Wigs

LSP Wigs

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,

Star

LSP Star

1, 2, 3, 4

Jewelry

LSP jewelary

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

 Make up

Ok so there’s no pretty picture for this bc I found like 30 things that could work. From drug store brands to high end ones, I wanted to try to get as many options as I could. I put them all on this pinterest board for you to look at. Now, if purple isn’t your thing and you don’t want to drop a lot of money on makeup I’d recommend the E.l.F quad in Party Purple. I bought it and it worked just fine for the price, a whole $2. lol I can post the look I did if people really want to see. But the pin board has a bunch of different options for you. Also the names of the colors I found are in the description of the pin just in case the color doesn’t pop up.

Places to buy fabric

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Joann Fabrics
Hancock
Vogue
Fashion Fabric Club

Other LSP coplay options (In case this wasn’t quite what you were looking for or if you need more ideas.)
Lumpy Space Princess Makeup by Michelle Phan
Lumpy Space Princess Cosplay by imachubbybunny
Lumpy Space Princess (LSP) Makeup by iloveamyhoney
DIY: Lumpy Space Princess (LSP) Costume by clothesencounters
Halloween Adventure Time: Lumpy Space Princess Makeup Tutorial by karlacosmetica

Aaaaaaand there you have it! This should give you a great starting point for your LSP cosplay! Let me know what you’d like to see next or if you need help with anything!

-Mel

 

What I made: March Edition

Hellooooo!

Ok so I didn’t actually make a wearable piece this month, but I did create a garment design! (I’m counting it.)  A friend sent me a link to a nerdy design contest and I knew I wanted to give it a try. I’m not even sure if I got my application in on time, but whatever. I still gave it my best shot.

The whole idea is to come up with “geek couture”. Basically a geek inspired design that isn’t a costume.  I knew right away that my inspiration would be this lovely:

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It’s no secret that I LOVE her; I wanted to do something unapologetically girly and fun. Pinkie Pie is both those things so it was a match made in heaven!

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My first draft looked something like this. (BEFORE you say anything I haven’t done serious figure drawing in over a decade so I know a toddler can do better. Also, drawing legs and shoes is hard.) I wanted a party dress that was a fit and flare and it of course had to be pink.

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On my second draft I played with the neckline giving it more of a scooped feel but it still felt like it was missing something that would really make it more than just another pink party dress. On the last day to submit I had my “AH HA” moment.

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Pinkie has balloons for her cutie mark and they were what inspired the different sized dots at the bottom of the skirt. I think this totally made the design something special. Do I think I’ll be one of the finalist? Nope, probably not but that wasn’t the point of this for me. I wanted to stretch myself and see what I could do. I think I’m going to actually make this dress or at least the skirt in the near future.

Who/what would be your inspiration?

PS Lupita Nyong’o from the Oscars is what I had in mind for my model.