Monday, January 31, 2011

"OWL" Be Yours Forever...

My middle child went through the Guardians of Ga'Hoole (Legends of the Guardians) phase.  She read the books ferociously, and even joined an OWL drawing contest with Aaron Brothers soliciting many to rate her illustration.  She didn't win but she had great fun.
Thus inspiring me to make Barn OWL plushies myself.  I've never made a plushie before but I thought it would be easy since they're mainly basic shapes: rectangle (rounding off the edges) for the body, circles for the eyes, cone/circle for the beak, and heart for the face.  That's how my kids learned how to draw, with basic shapes which I just discovered can be applied to sewing, too!
I used old sweaters/sweatshirts/scraps, nothing bought.  And I stuffed them with used fabric softener sheets. After every laundry (which I do a lot of), I saved those softener sheets--enough to stuff a small plushie.
I also have this iron-on adhesive since forever.  I've made several projects with this one roll.  And I have more.  Just follow the directions in the back of the package.  So, so simple.
Here's my first OWLY (as my son refers to) attempt.  A little on the stubby side.  But cute.  It's been tossed around like a ball, and cuddled a lot.  Poor thing.  Still in one piece to this day.
It also kept my sick girl company last Thanksgiving.
Here's my second attempt.
This one's with a tutu.  It's for a little girl who adores owls. (Hi Jessie =.)
I even added my own label.  I should've placed it under the lace.  Oh well.
 Here's the last one I made for my daughter's good friend. (Hi Camri!)
 She helped me placed the eyes and stuffed it with fabric softeners.  It could be an ornament but it was too big for our small tree =.)
Ok, your turn to make one.  It's so easy! I hope to make more soon.  Fun gifts for little hands.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Costume 2010: Officer Amelia Pond Police (Dr. Who)

Some of you probably know Dr. Who from way back when.  I don't.  Did you know that it's the longest- running science fiction television series ever in the world?  It's in the Guinness World of Records.  Since 1963---the year I was born!  Yes, I'm that old =.)  We don't have TV but it's my girls favorite show...via online streaming.  As barely as they watched it, they know so much about it.  From peers, where else.  So, if you ever hear 9, 10, 11...those are the regenerated Doctors.

At any rate, one of the recent characters is Amy Pond whom my middle child aspired to be.  There's no available photographs so she took them from an episode she downloaded. It's very detailed as you can see.  But it wasn't anything unusual.  I practically have all the materials except for the big checkered scarf and stripes.  
I kept my "bobby hat" from my 20s and thought if I ever had kids, they may like it.  
Well, it's been used and abused, and it's still in great shape (unlike its original owner!)  Excuse the mustache, I was taking a photo of my son's Super Mario hat prior to this, and the face hair just fits.  So I kept it on.
Went to the Dollar Store and found FBI kits for $1 with a mini-baton, radio, etc.
She knitted her own handcuffs. 
For the vest, I used a fleece-type material, and for "POLICE" badges (front and back), I used t-shirt scraps with iron-on adhesive on more remnants from previous projects.  The only material I bought was the checkered fabric for less than $3 a yard, and I have plenty left.
 Here's the complete ensemble with the vest, scarf and hat.  She was very specific with the details.  Doesn't she look tough?  Don't mess with her.
She took off that weekend catching interesting characters.  What a blast!
“Your struggle is futile.” ~Doctor Who

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Blue Jeans Revolution {Ascot}

Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly. ~Epictetus
I've found many uses for my old jeans collections.  One of them is an ascot.  WHAT, in the world, is an ascot?

Per Wiki, an ascot tie, or ascot, is a narrow neckband with wide pointed wings, traditionally made of pale grey patterned silk.  Ascot was worn in the early decades of the twentieth century regarded as an elegant form of casual dress. Ascots of the casual day cravat variety were popular fashion in the UK for teenaged and young adult males from the mid 1960s to the mid 1970s, coinciding with the mod and psychedelic movements.
It was a craze in the 60s along with tye-dye shirts, bell bottoms and peace necklaces.  In Toy Story 3, Ken is shown wearing an ascot when he meets Barbie. 
Now that we know what an ascot is, we can create one.  I found this seriously easy way to make it.  First make a pattern like this one.  Yes, I know I'm not following the bias.  This is called free-style sewing =.)  And instead of pinning the pattern, I used rocks as weights.  It's simpler, no hassle.  My kids collected them when they were little  and painted on them. Now they come in very handy.  I use it all the time.
Cut away...cut 2.  You'll be sewing it together at the narrow end.
You'll need another type of fabric with interesting patterns.  I grabbed this Japanesey kind of fabric/pattern at SCRAP.  Do the same thing, cut 2, sew narrow end together.
Next, place right sides out and sew the outside part.  Pin them first before sewing.  It should look like this.
Found some lace from my "I could use this someday" stack, and I do get to use them =.)  Sew it on the jean side.
Here's the final look. Frays and all.
Tried another time for Chinese New Year.
I got my idea from this book, Denim Revolution. Get a copy. Better yet, borrow it from the library to churn your creativity. I'm sure you have some old jeans laying around waiting to be revived.
Whatever you're wearing, your smile is always the best accessory.  Wear it well.