Categories: Getting Crafty

  • Disney Sketch Crawl #2

    Well, I should be on my fourth Disney sketch crawl by now, but various projects have kept me from braving the traffic down to Anaheim. I finally did it though, and yesterday I chose California Adventure for subject matter. Once again, I’m not entranced with any of these, but as Dory from Finding Nemo is wont to say – “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming…”

  • Vampire Gloves

    Well, no longer being gainfully employed leaves me plenty of time for sewing. I was given a piece of soft, fuzzy red fabric of the sort you would usually see made into Christmas stockings and made it into soft, fuzzy fingerless gloves. To try and play down the “Santa” feeling, I embellished them with salvaged black crochet trim and black, subtly sparkly buttons I got at SCRAP. I know they’re a bit sloppy here and there, but I’m just happy [...]

  • Fingerless Glove Prototype #4

    I’ve been beating my head against this fingerless glove idea for a few months now with limited success. There’s a reason so many people are making them out of old sweaters or knitting them – it’s far easier than using regular fabric. I made the whole process harder of course, by choosing a salvaged velvet with absolutely zero give and that ended three separate times in utter failure. I’ve made alterations to the pattern I bought but they are still [...]

  • The Plaid Spats Experiment

    I found a pattern online and this is my first attempt at making use of it. Already I can see problems with the pattern and had to make adjustments. The way it was drawn, the side panels are the same width, which doesn’t make any sense if you want a side closure on the spats. In the future (after I finish the three more pairs I’ve already cut out using this pattern) I plan to draw my own pattern – [...]

  • iPad Cover 3.0

    Well, this is the third try I’ve made at this iPad cover thing and it’s finally looking half way competent. For comparison, here’s the third version (on the left) next to the second one. This time I thought more clearly about assembly and I added more fusible to all the pieces which gave it a smoother appearance. One issue with that however – it made the seams very bulky which isn’t good. I also learned a hard lesson about when [...]

  • Sewing Project – iPad case 2.0

    Well, this is my second attempt at an iPad case and although it’s better than my first disastrous attempt, it still looks a bit like the Little Rascals made it. I’m not even 100% sure it’ll fit an iPad since as I was trying to even out the seams (which still aren’t), it got progressively smaller. Ah well. What’s cool is that I made it out of Goodwill finds. The material comes from a wool scarf I paid a couple [...]

  • The Great Dickens Christmas Fair 2012

    Well, even though my costume for this year’s Dickens Fair wasn’t as sophisticated as I’d hoped and I can see all kinds of errors on it, I’m still pretty happy that I managed to fulfill my goal of making a costume. I got a couple of compliments on it, a couple of pictures snapped by strangers and overall, I thought I looked not too shabby. My husband’s costume required much less work, but he looked pretty good too I thought, [...]

  • Corgi Christmas Capes

    In addition to using my new-found sewing skills to make costumes for me and my husband, I’m using them to embarrass my dogs. My first attempt was a fez for little Maisie (the plan was to make one for Milo too but I have yet to make the other). My second attempt entailed making Santa capes for both my fur kids. Maisie was once again less than pleased. Milo however, seemed to kind of enjoy it. What with all the [...]

  • Yay for sewing class!

    Well, three months ago I started taking sewing classes at a little boutique called Ricochet in San Mateo. It’s owned and run by designer Jill Pillot, who’s an extremely creative and warm person and a great teacher. I started with the intention of making costumes for my husband and I to go to the Dickens Fair in. We’re big fans of the event and have gone for years, and every year we lament the fact that we aren’t dressed up. [...]