Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Organizing Ribbon and Lace

This is a project that took a little longer than I expected. I actually haven't finished one of my drawers full of lace yet but you can't see it in the pictures.
I used to keep the ribbon on the containers they came in and that really took a lot of storage space.

So I looked online especially Pinterest on a way to store ribbons.

This is what caught my eye and I have used it since. It takes so little room compared to those bulky ribbon holder containers.

More info from Meari's Musing here
I wrapped mine around those floss bobbins like these below.
These are very inexpensive and if you wanted you could decorate them.
From Queen Bee Cottage -I used this idea. Info here
This is how I wrapped all my lace. I bought a download of some similar ones with a Halloween/Gothic theme on Etsy. You can then print as many as you need too.
This is how I organize my items. There are many other ways to do it but you have to figure out what fits your style and sewing room.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Jack Skellington and Sally Costumes

I didn't do a photo shoot of the progress of this costume. Here's how I made Jack Skellington's costume.
I purchased a black jacket and pants at Goodwill. I taped off stripes with painters tape on the pants and jacket. It took a couple of cans of white spray paint to get it down. I waited for the paint to dry. It took about two days.
  I bought the skeleton hands and I made the bow tie. Here's a link for the bow tie including the pattern to cut it out here

Sally costume was time consuming with sewing fabric quarters together. It is a little big here because my Sally costume had to be able to accommodate layering. It's cold here in Maine. Anyway, the pattern I used was Simplicity 3833

Here are the costumes.

Dracula Van Helsing Costume

I made this outfit for my middle son back in 2008. I wrote some of it up  but not a detailed link.
I don't remember the coat pattern or the shirt pattern but I'm sure they are no longer available so I will put up some alternatives.

A pattern like Simplicity 4762 would be great for the vest. Instead of buttons just replace it with frog closures like the movie.

A great site to learn to make your own is here

I've had these frog closures already so I just added them. They were in blue instead of black but I was in a hurry to finish this so I used what I had.

I don't remember what pattern I used for the shirt. I didn't make a full collar, I used a mandarin collar.
You could  use any shirt pattern and don't make a full collar. I used satin fabric but any black fabric would do.

I also made the coat. I don't remember what pattern I used. I bought my fabric at a discount store including the fleece lining inside. My son used it after for winter since it was warm. The frog closures I made myself and they were time consuming but it came out close enough.

The finally look of the jacket
This picture is with the shirt and vest inside of it.
This coat pattern from Simplicity 2333 could be used for the coat with a little modification.

Here is my son in his costume. I bought the boots and pants at Goodwill.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sewing Room Organization Part 6-Organize Crochet Hooks

There are many ways of organizing your crochet hooks. As you can see from the photo above I have one in a glass container all bunch up together. This front container has all the crochet hooks labeled with the size because they are small and hard to see what size they are.

I used a glass jar and the hubby drill holes in the lid. I then spray painted white and marked the size on the lids. It is so much easier to see what size I need.

Here are some other ways to organize your crochet hooks.

From Yarnacles make this cover here

How to make this caddy here

To buy one of these here

From Polka dot Cottage she explains how she organize her hooks using toilet paper rolls here

From Auntie Em's Studio here- she also shows her studio.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Riddler Costume

This is Frank Gorshin as the Riddler in the 60's T.V. show.(He was absolutely awesome as the Riddler). I love the suit and thought of making it for either one of my kiddos or the hubby for a Halloween costume. I love the vest as I can also use it for the Joker costume that I have already made. It looks like there are no question marks on the vest.

The shirt and tie can be bought and just add the question mark. Same with the Hat. The jacket and pants can also be bought or made. I'll see if I ever do this costume.

Here are some cosplay costumes
Info here about the costume

More info -here

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ribbons Barrettes for Cystic Fibrosis

This is 10 year old Emily. She makes ribbon barrettes to raise money for cystic fibrosis. She has her own website for orders and all proceeds are donated to the cystic fibrosis foundation.

Her website is

This is why she does it.

Please visit her website.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day

Thank you to all who have served and are currently serving and their families.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Wario, Mario, Walugi and Lugi Nintendo Costumes

I've made these costumes a few years back for my middle son who loves these characters. Also, when I made these there was no pattern or costumes sold for these as they are now.

Here is how I did each of these costumes. The hat was the most difficult because of the heavy interfacing. I used an old Sew Baby Newsboy hat pattern that went from infant to adult and I still have it but they no longer sell it. You can buy a pattern for a newsboy hat almost anywhere now.
Here is one
From Whitney Sews a free pattern here

The interfacing for the hat brim is this kind

From Sew Mama Sew -she tells you what needle to use and other useful information -here
You can also use felt to make the logos and either glue them on or sew them on.
I have link on the bottom to print out logos if you want to do it that way.

The shirt can be any long sleeve knit shirt that you can get at most clothing stores. You can also make your own.
Like this pajama pattern from Simplicity 1505
The overalls could be bought too or you could also make them. I made mine because it is hard to find the Nintendo colors. I made these out of flannel but you could make them from cotton, denim, corduroy, or any other heavier fabric. Depends on how heavy you want it.

Here's a pattern for overall from Burda 9464

I didn't spend to much time on shoes but you could cover a pair of shoes to match your character.
From Fabric.com there is a tutorial on how to cover shoes here

One last thing. The mustache! You can always pencil it on or could buy it. You could also make it.
From Mum of all Trades-templates here for the hat and the mustache

Last gloves.
I bought the dollar store knit gloves. You could also buy ones specific for the costume but as long as they are white.

These are the cartoon ones sold at Halloween stores and cost between 7-10 dollars compared to a dollar above.
Enjoy making your costume.