February 2012 Archives

IMG_0718It’s been such a warm winter I thought I’d finally share something wintery with you. This is my handsome husband, Richard. You thought his big beard was the wintery thing I was going to share with you, didn’t you? But alas, no, it's his wool peacoat I completed last month! It snowed a few weeks ago so we ran out to a park nearby to get shots of him sporting his coat in the wintery weather. Of course it’s all melted now.

His coat took a lot of time planning and prepping as I’ve never really made men’s wear before and that I was quite stumped for a pattern. It’s a shame that there are so few men’s sewing patterns. So I used a women’s peacoat pattern combined with many pictures of men’s peacoats to come up with his coat. Then I cut a muslin to alter and fit to Richard. After weeks of prepping I nervously cut into the final fabric to create his coat. I’m quite pleased with how it came out! I also have to add, he made the knitted hat and the gloves he is wearing! He’s doing an awesome job at knitting!

The outer shell of the coat is made with 100% black wool fabric. It has a small twill pattern woven into it.  Richard and I spent some time looking through all the buttons at the fabric store until he settled on one he liked. The front of the coat is adorned with traditional sailor peacoat buttons. They have an anchor on them.

I’m actually quite proud of the job I did on his pockets. I did classic welt pockets. Since there is no going back once you slice the fabric, I made a few practice ones until it was just right before attempting on his coat. I made his collar so he could prop it up and fasten with a button around his neck. I did this on my coat and like using it when it’s cold out. I had a hell of time getting the back pleat of the coat right. After many times of trial and error I finally got it. Please ignore that it’s wrinkled in the photo.

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Inside I lined the coat with a quilted rayon lining. I quilted the lining to merino batting to make it extra insulated. Richard actually picked out the rust color thread to quilt with and the puzzle piece pattern. The quilting was done by The Beast on the computerized set up for the quilting frame. Who says lining has to be boring? I think it’s an unexpected fun touch to his coat!

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I hope you enjoyed seeing his coat and staying as warm as my husband has been!

Cheers,

Kyle

My Little Friends

11May_21108Another friend’s baby announcement. Another baby quilt to make on the pile of to do’s. I’ve come to an age in my life where everyone around me is procreating… and well I’m not. To be upfront, I’m childfree. My husband and I have decided we don’t want to have children. There is a long list of why but mainly because we just don’t feel or have the interest of having kids personally.

And I’m really not partial to babies or very young children. They hold no interest to me. I like when they are old enough to do crafty projects with and can tell me about their day and if they are well behaved. Then these few become my little friends. These amazing kids have just as amazing parents but today I want to share with you the children in my life I do love. And in something or with something I made them!

First up is the Redpath clan. This is a picture of the three blondies with their dad in Hawaiian shirts I made for them. Since moving to Denver I realize I really miss these munchkins a lot. My husband and I spent many days at their house cooking with their parents and playing with the kids. They have all been featured in my blog many times. Carl on the far left, is the creative artsy middle child, who loves Star Wars. I dressed up as princess Leia for his birthday last year. Veronica, aka Ronni, is the rambunctious super smarty older sister. Nothing gets by this child. Ronni is my headband model for some current items in my shop. She’s so photogenic with that cute smile and blonde hair. The little one, Étienne, is the charmer. He has one of those personalities that makes the ladies love him. He’ll get far in life with that natural allure. I made him a book bag this past summer since he was starting kindergarten.

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Up next is the Jastine family! Since Christine kept her maiden name, my husband thought it would be funny to make a combined name to refer them by, so Jastine was born. The little guy in the picture above is Jackson. He gives really great hugs. I miss those the most. He just turned 4 years old on Valentine’s Day. This photo was taken at his birthday last year with a Cars quilt I made him. He’s not so interested in the quilt here but when I got The Beast this past summer he and Étienne actually took it for a test drive on the long arm quilt set up and did really well. Jackson will be expecting a baby brother this spring! (Another quilt to work on)

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Lastly, is new family, the Resnick’s! This is baby Eliana! I have not met her yet to tell you more about her personality but I think she looks like her daddy. I do call her “The Owl” though since she keeps her mom up at all hours. I knitted up a few hats to keep her head warm since she was born in November. Here she is in the fuzzy purple one. (She’s still waiting on her baby quilt that will have elephants on it!)

This year I’ll have lots more little friends to tell you about as they come into the world and the projects I make for them!

Cheers,

Kyle

IMG_0707 (Medium)I realize it’s been awhile since I last posted a blog entry but I’m just not much of a blogger. This needs to change as I’ve had so many great things happen since we’ve moved to Denver. I have been lucky enough to meet some of my idols and participate in some great events!

Mondo Guerra from season 8 of Project Runway, who should have won, hosts viewing parties in Denver. Since he is currently on All Stars, he has been hosting viewing parties themed to the challenge that week. This week’s challenge was clothes off your back. They had to go around Central Park and ask people for their clothing to make into something new. And guess who’s outfit won, Mondo! Yay! So last week Mondo asked his viewing party fans to partake in a similar challenge. He supplied us with some of his t-shirt merchandise and we had a week to create a new garment. Of course I signed up!

I have to say that I hate T-shirts. I’m talking about the standard T-shirt. I just don’t think they are flattering on women unless they are fitted.  I also hate the shredded, ruffled, unfinished look of re-purposed T-shirts that are so popular. I knew right away that I wanted to do something clean and unexpected. I have enjoyed making outwear lately so I thought, why not a jacket! My instant thought was a racer jacket as I have a habit of telling people, “Project Runway is my sport,” when they start talking about football. And I needed something to sport “Team Mondo.”

Here are the shirts I started with. I loved the teal Day of the Dead shirt and wanted to do something that featured that print. I also knew I wanted to do some piecework to incorporate my quilting. As for the pattern for the jacket, I used the T-shirt shape as the basis and then fitted it to my dress form and myself to get the right fit. So it’s an original pattern!

The diamond pattern was created by fusing the T-shirt material to some Heat and Bond Lite. I then cut the shape to fuse to the back of my jacket. I stitched around each diamond with the same colored thread to add extra hold. Then I stitched with white thread to create an argyle pattern and finished the back by fusing and stitching the Day of the Dead Skull to the middle back.

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The front of the jacket used the back of the teal shirt. I cut out Mondo’s signature to make a front emblem with the different colored T-shirts. Instead of doing a center zip I thought it would be way cooler to do a side zip and have the zipper exposed. I love how it came out! On the collar I fused and stitched the screen print of Mondo’s name to the back. The collar snapped on the front with glittery button details. The sleeves were pieced together and stay stitched on top. I also added the same glittery button detail to each cuff edge.

Mondo Jacket (Medium)

 

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I’m a bit anal retentive about details and have to have things lined and stay stitched. I think it just makes everything look finished and professional. Inside, the jacket was fully lined with a black cotton stretch material. The same material used in T-shirts. I also used some of the T-shirt logos to add a bit of pizazz to the lining!

At the viewing party they had all the entrants get up on stage and the audience voted on their favorite. I made it past Round 1. Then the winner of Round 2 and I went up against each other. The other girl made a hoodie dress! Because Mondo has been in the position of being judged, he didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings and awarded both of us with the prize. We got tickets to next week’s Goodwill Fashion Show!

IMG_0699IMG_0708Afterward, I asked Mondo to sign my jacket. I was very flattered when he mentioned he had to own my jacket! I gave his assistant my card about it. I don’t know if I want to sell it because I LOVE it! Maybe he’ll let me create a second one just for him. We’ll see!

Cheers,

Kyle