Wednesday, November 4, 2015

New knits...

Hi all!  I made some quick knits (my favorite kind).

First is Butterick 5753.  I made letter D:

It was super easy and only takes like a yard of fabric.  Here it is:

I like this top because it can work for both hot and cold temps.  The sleeve hems are a little funky but I hope no one notices.

Here's a close up of the fabric (kind of tiger stripes?):

Next, I made McCall's 6161:

Dubbed a 1 hour dress, it was a breeze to put together.  Now I don't do separate cowls, so I attached a cowl like collar to the dress (I do this all the time.  Why won't pattern makers get the hint?)  It sits a little weird because of this but I think it's okay.

It's not a very shapely dress but I can't wait to pair it with some leggins and boots and winter it up a bit.  I just adore this fabric.  It's also surprisingly warm and beyond comfortable which was lucky for 200¥/meter.

Anyway, that's all for today.  I'll have another knit for you another time (soon) and I may just sneak back to the fabric store and get some more fabric.

Monday, November 2, 2015


Wow!  So sorry I'm late here.  I actually revealed my costume on October 29th and then wore it again the next few days.  Sadly it wasn't as recognizable as I would have hoped; however, the few who did recognize it made me ecstatic. 

So here's the full size:

If you didn't guess it yet, here's a side by side:

That's right kids, I was Honey Lemon from Big Hero 6.  Kind of obscure but I think I nailed it.  I even had the bag (not pictured).  That's Hiro in my pocket.

Here's a selfie with Baymax in Harajuku:

To make the sweater I used Vogue 9698.  It's a vintage (80s) pattern which I had originally purchased to make a different costume.

I lengthened it a little bit and narrowed the sleeves considerably. 

To make the dress I used Simplicity 1609:

And I totally cheated and used knit so I wouldn't have to sew in a zipper.  I also shortened the hem.

The remaining accessories leggins, shoes, bag, and socks were purchased from eBay.  Baymax and Hiro are from Amazon.

I'm sad to see Halloween go but the wheels are already spinning for next year.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween sneak peek!

Happy pre-pre-Halloween!  It's almost the most wonderful time of the year.  I just now finished the costume and I have two snaps to share.

I don't think anyone could guess from these shots are some pieces are missing, but hey if you do, that's pretty impressive.

So here are two shots before the big debut:

Look at these lovely buttons!

That's it!  See me tomorrow!

Friday, October 9, 2015


It's that time again kids!  It's the most wonderful time of the year!  This Halloween was particularly agonizing because I dyed my hair blonde this year, so I wanted a blonde costume.  I thought about Supergirl briefly, but it didn't really excite me.  Finally, I decided in September what I would do, and started procuring items for it toward the end of last month.  So far three things have arrived:

Yesterday, I bought fabric to make part of the costume:

The yellow is a little lighter than I would have liked but I think it will be okay in the end (at least I hope so).

So here are your first Halloween costume hints.  Stay tuned for more updates and the big reveal around Halloween time.  I'm so excited for this one!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

IKEA sheets part 2...

You may remember this post where I expertly crafted old IKEA sheets into a lovely skirt.

Well, I've done it again.  In a pretty blue this time.

This skirt is a little longer than its predecessor, but I don't mind.  I think this fabric looks better a little longer.  (Or maybe I'm just wearing it lower?)

Anyway, I used the same pattern and I'm very happy with my two "new" skirts. 

Thanks IKEA!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

IKEA sheets...

Have some old IKEA sheets?  No you don't.  You have this fashionable skirt!

So I'm sure you figured out that I had some old IKEA sheets which make pretty decent fabric albeit a little thin.  Well, I decided to make a skirt. 

With some minor alterations to Simplicity 2207 (because I have like no skirt patterns here):

I ended up with a pretty decent skirt if I do say so myself.  It's the perfect length for wearing just about anywhere.  I'm really happy with it.

Edit: Extra happy because this style of skirt is really trendy in Japan right now and it's unlikely I could find one to fit me.