Thursday, 2 October 2014

Project Project Runway Challenge #10: Muse on The Street

This week's challenge:

"On the show the designers were sent to a park where they had to pick someone to be their muse and convince them to have a complete makeover. For our purposes, we are asking you to pick a muse from your life, it can be a friend, family member or even yourself, anyone you think could use a fashion makeover. Then design a new look for them." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

I was thinking about how difficult it would be for someone like me who is terrified of talking to strangers at a park let alone asking them to be my muse for a fashion challenge.


So I thought about the people I would meet in my local park across the street from my house. I would definitely run into my neighbour Elaine. She is such a sweetie. She would be walking her two dogs (one at a time unless she wanted them to walk her hehehe).

She has a bohemian 70s style that I dig, so I chose her for my muse.

This is what I came up with for her. Sorta 70s style. Sorta nautical.

A flared navy blue pant, an easy knit top with bell sleeves and big chunky red infinity scarf.

I think this outfit would do well on a runway. The judges would be impressed with the sewing. Nina would probably call me on making another pair of flared pants and say that no matter how many of them I send down the runway, they are NOT coming back into fashion. I would take the criticism with grace all while screaming in my head that I hate hate hate skinny legged pants so much. hehehe

And even the back turned out pretty well. The pants snap and the t-shirt is stretchy knit so it pulls on well without any tiny closures needed. Yay! Lane appreciated this look but really wanted me to make a dress - a pink one - again. hehehe.

I wonder what my neighbour would think about this look since I made it with her as a muse? I guess I'll post it on my Facebook page and find out. *nervous*

To check out all the projects by the Project Project Runway designers this week, click over to the Flickr Group.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Autumn Evenings

There won't be too many more evenings like this for 2014.

I'm enjoying them while they last.

Autumn is my favourite season!

The food! The colours! The fashion!

What is your favourite season?

PS: That bag that Terry is about to pop in Logan's ears in the middle photo actually ended up fizzling before it could scare the bejeezus out of anyone... you know... in case you were wondering ;)

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Project Project Runway Challenge #9: American Girl Doll

This week's challenge:
"Create an age-appropriate, modern and fashionable look for a young model (8 -12 yrs) based on the American Girl Historical Dolls. Chose a doll and use her story, outfit and time period as inspiration." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

I tried to convince Lane to let me use her as a model for this challenge, but it just came at the wrong time. Lane just got a pile of hand me down clothes that she's been really excited about. So she says, "I already have enough clothes mommy. You should make clothes for Emma."

Emma is Lane's knock off American Girl doll. I'm not sure that American Girl dolls have come to Canada yet (although I seem to remember something about Toys R Us introducing them soon).

Anyhoo... we bought Emma from Michaels and my regular blog readers know Emma from the various clothes (including the Lane and Emma's matching Easter outfits) and spa days we've had with this particular doll. She was a great model for this challenge also because she has the proper little girl proportions unlike Barbie who can be a little... um... womanly.

Here is what I came up with:

Apparently Liberty London fabrics are all the rage with everyone so I chose some of my precious stash to make this outfit.

Adorable I think!

I used to work at a Dry Cleaners before university and spent many an hour hand pressing pleats (this was back in the 90s when those school girl Clueless skirts were so popular so there were many a pleat to press!) So I brushed off my pleating skills and made this top.

I chose the doll that is from the 1970s for my look. I remember that I had this awesome butterfly pleated top when I was a kid back in the 70s and I wanted to make one similar but more modern.

The sleeves poof up a little more than I wanted, but they still look playful. And maybe a little Japanese - I'm getting a huge Asian vibe from this look. I'm sure it's just the fabric.

To complete the 70s inspired look, I made some wide legged palazzo type pants. Fun and easy to wear for little girls who like to run and move.

And even the back looks good. I'm so pleased with this look and am itching to make it in a larger scale for Lane. Although I'm told from Lane that Emma prefers dresses and the colour pink - you know for future reference. *sigh*

To check out the Project Project Runway designers' interpretation of childrens wear click on over to the Flickr Group.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Iron Craft #19: UFO

This week's challenge:

"The year is two-thirds over and we are soon heading into that busiest of crafting seasons, the holidays! If you are like me I bet you have a whole bunch of UFOs (Unfinished Objects) sitting around. Let’s get those babies finished before we find ourselves singing carols." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

So yeah... I have a few of those kicking around. I decided to go with this project:

It's a 28 strand tied micro-macrame bracelet.

I had the pattern printed out and I even had the colours chosen and the strings cut out. It was just a matter of untangling all the strings and giving myself a pep talk to get motivated to attempt this difficult pattern.

I started tying and had the strings in an absolute mess for the first few rows. But once they started going in a certain order and I could keep track of them it turned out to be easier than I imagined in my head. I even had the confidence to add a pretty bead in there at the correct intervals.

This one was not one of those that I could tie mindlessly while watching TV. I had to keep my eye on the tie pattern the entire time and I'd get lost if I didn't remember which row I was on. There was a lot of frustrating untying of tiny knots with this project. But it's done and it's beautiful!

If you want to see what the tie pattern looks like, check out this link to the pattern I used for this bad boy.

It certainly is pretty and I'm glad I got it done now because it's so autumn-y.

To check out all of the unfinished (now finished) projects by the Iron Crafters this week, please click over to the Flickr Group.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Crocheted Yoga Socks

Earlier this month - I think it was September long weekend actually, we decided to make one last trip to the beach before the season changes.

We discovered Crescent beach at Westhawk Lake recently and decided that was our destination.

It takes about an hour and a bit to drive out there. Perfect time for a crochet project!

Hence the photo of my new yoga sock on the dashboard of our car.


Pretty aren't they?

Oh!? You thought I meant my new yoga socks? No!

I meant my feet of course! :P


(I used this pattern to make my new yoga socks. And here is the link to my project on Ravelry).

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Project Project Runway Challenge #8: Rainway

This week's challenge:

"Create an avant garde look that can stand up to rain. The look needs to be cutting edge and forward thinking. Can your model handle the rain?!" (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Ooooh I get to work with oilcloth!

I love all my pretty patterned oil cloth and it's the best thing to stand up to rain in my opinion.

So, here's what I came up with:

OK... OK... so it's not very avant garde.

It's really just a pretty dress.

I had the idea to make it into a huge flower looking thing with stems and vines kind of sticking out of it and a huge skirt in the shape of petals. But I just wasn't feeling it. I don't know, I just think that it's been done before and probably better than I could have imagined it. So I admit I played it safe.

It is a really pretty oil cloth dress though. Want a trick for sewing oilcloth? Use all of those fast food napkins that you've collected (you know what I mean, most restaurants put tons of those things in the bag with a take out order). Wrap the seams in the napkins and sew. Your machine will glide without getting gummed up and stuck with the stickiness of the oilcloth. Then when you're done the seam, just pull the napkin off. Easy peasy.

Sea World Barbie was the perfect choice for this special type of Runway show. She didn't mind the rain shower at all.

And the skirt is sparkly and fun. I added sequins in the shape of leaves to the bottom of the hems.

All in all I think the judges will give me a pass. The dress is at least pretty and fun and stands up to rain. It's not really avant garde, but it's shiny so it might distract Heidi at least.


And the back isn't as bad a mess as last week! Yay!

To see all the Rainway designs, check out the Flickr Group.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Snorlax Pokemon Pencil Case

Logan's class didn't include a pencil case this year. I thought it kinda strange, but didn't bother with getting him one if he didn't need it. Some teachers take all the supplies and pt them in a "classroom" container and students draw from it when they need to replenish supplies.

Turns out that the teacher made a mistake and forgot to put a pencil case on the list of supplies. Logan had all of his pencils, pens, etc in a Ziplock bag in his desk since the beginning of the school year.


I got right on making a pencil case for him. I took some boring green canvas and made a zipper pouch. It would do I guess, but it wasn't very special.

So I decided to dig out all of my felt and make something a little better for my little guy.

Here's what I came up with:


Hehehe. I looked through Logan's Pokemon book and decided that Snorlax was easy, recognizable and big enough to fit over the entire pencil case.

I think he turned out pretty cute (although I do admit that those feet kinda look like boobies to me - and a few others I'm sure. ACK! Boobies with claws! NOOOOOOO!)

Anyhoo... Logan took it to school and Snorlax has been busy munching on pencils, pens, markers, erasers, etc. I think it's a good relationship. Snorlax can eat all he wants and Logan has a place to store all his school crap. Yay!