Sunday, June 26, 2016

I Won!



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I still can't believe it. When I entered the Bra Makers Supply Contest I thought that maybe I'd win third place... maybe. But, to my surprise, I won first place! There was some stiff competition as there are so many insanely talented sewists in the bra making world. Check out the other winners here

I got the inspiration for this bra from very.co


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I used the Pin Up Girls Classic Bra Pattern and modified the pattern to make an external powerbar (because the lace was not wide enough the cover the entire cup pieces otherwise). I also reduced the underarm side of the band and centre bridge by 3/8s of an inch to account for the fold over elastic. I cut the lace for the bridge in two pieces. The two pieces extended past the bottom of the brain a V shape and ended on the bottom band ½ and inch (elastic allowance) from the bottom edge. I cut the lace for the upper cup pieces ½ shorter than the finished height of the bridge. Then cut the duoplex for the uppercup ¼ of an inch shorter than that. I sewed the duoplex the the wrong side of the lace, wrong side the right side and upside down. This ensured that I could flip the duoplex down and the seam was encased between the two fabrics. I glued the lace to each up piece using 505 spray adhesive. I sewed the cups together.

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Next I sewed the bridge lace pieces together. I glued the lace to the sides of the back band and then sewed the back band to the bridge. I sewed the first pass of the bottom band elastic onto the band ensuring that the lace was pulled out of the way. On the second pass I sewed the lace down to the bridge using a three step zig zag.

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Then I sewed the cups to the band wrong sides together. I sewed the channeling following pattern instructions to the right side of the bra. Then, I sewed the first pass of the fold-over elastic onto the underarm and top of back band. I inserted the underwire and then sewed the second pass of the fold-over elastic using a three step zig zag. I sewed the thinner scalloped 3/8 inch fold-over elastic onto the top of the bridge using a zig zag stich. And then sewed the second pass with a three step zig zag. I sewed the straps to the cups ensuring that I caught the thin fold-over elastic in the strap seam.

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I finished the bra with straps and hook and eyes attached following the pattern instructions.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Cherry Blossom Jeans Tutorial

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I was scrolling through Pinterest one day and these Cherry Blossom Boyfriend Jeans caught my eye. I became obsessed. I found a tutorial for Cherry Blossom Jeans. Then I started pinning source material- cherry blossom photographs, prints, and paintings. Talk about a through back to my art school days. I started looking for the perfect jeans to transform. The catch was that I didn't want to spend more then $10 on jeans that I was potentially going to destroy and never wear. The plan was to go to Value Village and pick up a pair of jeans. And while the thought of wearing previously owned clothing skeezes me out, I figured hot water and soap would kill and pathogens lurking  in the denim. But, I was saved by Old Navy. I was browsing with a friend when I spotted boyfriend jeans on the clearance rack. $8! The perfect price, and they were new! I reviewd the cherry blossom jeans tutorial I had first seen on Pinterest, but was dissatisfied in the lack of depth and detail the flowers. So, I created my own. 
 

Here's how you can make your own DIY Cherry Blossom Jeans:

Materials:
-boyfriend jeans
-fabric paint
-acrylic paint
-fabric markers
-paint brushes

Step One:

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Using a large stiff bristled DRY brush and white acrylic paint, paint haphazardly on your jeans. 



Step Two:

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Using a smaller brush add more paint to areas that you want to have more depth.


Step Three:

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Water down the acrylic paint so that it will drip off of a brush. Then drip paint droplets all over your jeans.
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Original Old Navy Jeans and paint transformed jeans

Step Four:
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Using the brown fabric paint, paint branches on your jeans. To create a sense of depth/3D, mix green and white fabric paint on the edge of a flat brush. Paint it onto the still wet brown paint on one side of the branches. On the other side of the branches, paint black into the still wet brown paint. You will need to work quickly before the paint dries. make sure that the light green side is on the same side of each branch. This is where the light source is coming from. 


Step Five:
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Mix pink and white fabric paint with water. Using a wine cork create flowers. Five dabs of the wine cork positioned in a circle will create one flower. 


Step Six:
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Using pink and white paint mixed together, fill in the flowers.


Step Seven:
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Using pink paint, paint a star shape in the centre of each flower. 


Step Eight:


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Using watered down orange fabric paint, paint u shapes on each petal.


Step Nine:
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Using watered down white fabric paint, paint the tips of each petal. This paint should be mostly water.


Step Ten:
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Using a pink fabric marker outline each petal. Use a light uneven pressure and some of the lines should be broken or dotted. 


Step Eleven:
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Using a small dry brush paint small black dots in the centre of each flower. Use as little paint as possible. 


Step Twelve:
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Using a small dry brush paint small white dots in the centre of each flower. Use as little paint as possible. 

*follow the heat set instructions for your fabric paint and markers to set the paint/markers. 


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Spring Dress


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Showering my lovely friend with love at her baby shower


A baby shower is a great excuse to make a new dress. This dress started as a dress to wear to a friend's wedding in January. I cut it out and sewed the front and back together. It didn't look the way I wanted it to so I abandoned it and wore a RTW dress instead. Then as May rolled around and I was less stressed at work, the dress popped into my mind again. I had a baby shower to attend and I could wear a new dress. So, I sewed on the facings, sewed the front and back together and then hit up pinterest for some hem inspiration. I settled on a scalloped hem. I feel like is a cute springy hem suitable for a baby shower. I used this tutorial from the Collette blog to create the hem. So, while watching Law and Order: SVU on Netflix, I carefully clipped, turned and pressed my scalloped hem. I think it was an episode and a half of this tedious work. But the end result is worth it.  


I used a blue-violet suiting from Fabricland. The pattern is a modified Simplicity 4408, the same one I used to create this dress

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A Walk on the Wild Side

I recently made this animal print bra. The most well fitting bra I've made. The problem I encountered is that I did not check the stretch of the power net before I made it. And while the black power net that I used on other bras wasn't very stretchy, this beige power net is super stretchy. This means that the bra has stretched out after a month of wear. I will have to pick off the hook and eye and reattach it making the back smaller.

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All bra supplies are from Bra Maker Supply except for the animal print lace, which I bought at Fabricland. I used some of the new techniques I learned from the Craftsy class Sewing Bras: Designer Techniques. The Gothic Arch  and downward hike have made this bra really comfortable to wear.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

My newest creation

It's been a long time... work and life have taken over and I haven't been sewing. I'm hoping to sew a lot on my sewcation in December! I'm thinking of taking two Craftsy Classes: Sewing Bras: Designer Techniques and Sewing Lingerie. Has anyone taken either of these classes? Do you recommend them?

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I made started sewing this bra in August and took a 6 week break and finished in October. It is the best fit yet! I utilized Emerald Erin's bra theory post to help me move the apex up 1/2 inch. I also added external powerbars to each cut. I like the added support they add. All fabric and supplies are from Bra Maker Supply except for the burgundy lace which I bought from Fabricland. I love this bra and am hoping to make many more in the coming weeks. 


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P.S. Does anyone have any tips for photographing bras of larger cup sizes?

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Good news and bad news

The good news is that I'm on Instagram! You can follow me at @isitreallysewstrange. You can see my current Instagram feed in the box on the right.