7.21.2014

blueberry dip dye jacket

A new jacket for girl child!  The design is a heavily modified version of my Fair Weather Jacket pattern, designed to fit over full skirt party dresses.  From the Fair Weather Jacket, I kept the hood but ditched the belt.  From there I flared the bottom hem and arms.  The whole shebang is made out of a raw linen duvet cover I found in the thrift store some time back with a bedsheet lining.  Ha, I suppose it's a bit like taking your bed with you where you go.

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The exciting bit for me is the dip dye we made out of blueberries.  I was wondering out loud at my friend about where was the best place to buy dye for this jacket and she said, why don't you just make your own?

Funny how it never occurred to me before.

I used a tutorial from Alina's Adventures and it was super easy, not to mention delicious smelling.

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Blue stew!  Instead of mashing the berries I just took a hand mixer to them, which I later regretted since I simply could not strain the blueberry sludge properly and had to use the whole lot, sludge and all.  But it all turned out okay still, like most things do. 

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That's the jacket in the slow cooker for the fabric fixative.  It seems I have only one large pot in the house, something that has never been a problem up until this particular time.  The slow cooker worked well, even though I couldn't fit the whole jacket in.  Good thing I had already decided on a dip dye.

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The jacket hung out in the dye for about, oh, eight hours or so.  I would of left it over night but a weird effect of the fixative on the jacket made it turn a bit brown from the linen colouring and I panicked. 

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The brown stains washed out just fine, however.

You can see on the jacket where the fabric was a bit folded in order to fit in the pot.  It doesn't bother me but if I was going to do this again, I might try to find myself a more suitable container, maybe a wall paper paste holder?

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Although the blueberry dye isn't nearly as vibrant as a commercial dye would be, I really like the subtlety and appreciate the lack of chemicals.  Plus also I got to have my house smell like blueberries for a whole day.  Yum!

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7.19.2014

upcycled shirt to apron

A new apron for girl child who sorely needed one.  She has been using the one I made for her when she was just three years old for all these years.  Since she'll be ten in just a month and a bit, something that actually covers her clothes seemed long overdue.

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This apron was reconstructed from a button down men's shirt I thrifted.  The applique spells out 'courage', something I think we can all use when we bake or craft.

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For this one, an extra large pocket was requested for holding... stuff.  What exactly girl child failed to specify, except for a scissor sleeve for hanging onto when she crafts.  The pocket is stitched into two compartments, one about the right shape for a pair of scissors.

You'll have to excuse my atrocious bow tying; one art that has always eluded me.

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For the top pattern I traced out one of girl child's tank top's neckline and arm opening, extending the arm opening down to wrap around the back and attach at the waist.  The bottom of the apron is the bottom portion of the back of the shirt.  I kept the bottom hem and hemmed in where I cut the side seams.  A slight gather brought the whole thing to size.

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And then there was a mile of ruffle from black broadcloth to make for the bottom edge of the apron.

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And there we have it, girl child ready for any mess she can throw at herself. 

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7.17.2014

cooperative drawing

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Cooperative drawing boy child and I did.  It's in a Reader's Digest Condensed Book that absolutely no one but the dump will take.  Now it's my new art journal 

7.13.2014

babydoll fleshie

This past week I decided to try a more traditional doll pattern from a book I found at my local library, Storybook Toys by Jill Hamor.

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Don't worry, I won't leave the poor doll nekkid, embellishment is coming.  Although, not necessarily by me.  Details to come sometime soon...

(I love being all mysterious.)

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I did very much enjoy this Hamor's pattern and the instructions were clear enough.  I would recommend you to check out Hamor's book, if you are inclined to make dolls.

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In the meanwhile, I have several other mysterious projects to get a move on this week.  See you again soon!

7.10.2014

the strange beauty of jumping

Gravity is a quirky master.  Since we have failed to remove the trampoline, I still get to take bazillions of photographs to make what I consider a oddly beautiful yet creepy pictures of suspension, when inertia and gravity play their tricks. 

Here is a few from today, with our young friend over for a visit. 

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