Little Craft Pop Up!

Popup Shops, Updates

I will be joining Little Craft Pop-Up to help celebrate Luma’s 5th Anniversary this Friday October 13th, 12:30pm – 3:30pm downtown Santa Cruz.

I will be stocking my Kangaroo Collection of practical but stylish unisex pants, shorts and t-shirts for kids made from up-cycled clothing.

Come celebrate with us!

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The 17th Annual 17th Ave Spring Show

Popup Shops, Updates

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The 17th Ave spring show is fast approaching! 15+ studios across 4 buildings will be open to the public to meet the artist, see their work and get a glimpse into their creative world. This is the 17 annual show for the 17 Avenue studios that house artists of various styles and disciplines offering an variety of goods and services. This is a family friendly and free event.

I will be there both days in building 4, studio 55, so if you can come stop by and say “Hi!”

The day before…

Popup Shops, Studio, Updates

Tomorrow is my first popup shop in the studio! Terribly last minute, it was last weekend the I realized the month was almost done a we hadn’t done our monthly popup. After a quick check to see if anyone else was interested, Ed and I landed on tomorrow (March 25) as the day. Needless to say I have spent the last week frantically trying to build some amount of stock to have on had and forgot to properly advertise.

Here hoping I’m not the only one there.

(for the record the address is 980 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, Ca – Building 4, studio 55)

 

Studio 55

Studio, Updates

Today I finally moved my sewing machines into the studio. Now it feels like I’m really moved in.

It has taken a lot of work to get this far. When I first called about the space and they said it had no roof I went to see it totally expecting not to take it. Although I was happy to find that it wasn’t open to the elements, it was dark, dirty and neglected. I could tell though with a little work it could be really good and after some deliberation ended up taking it. (My landlord promising to install new lights and make modifications, helped my decision).

The artist in the space before me was a welder and primarily used the space for storage since he did all his welding outside for fire safety reasons, hence the neglect. In fact he never even put his name on the door, merely covering over the previous tenants name with painters tape. He did kindly leave some nice flower pots and such behind making our little courtyard even nicer. The artist before him used the space as a gallery and installed the wall, originally a T shape. One of her painting tags is still taped to the closets wall, I think I’ll likely keep it there.

After moving in I painted all but the back and exterior wall (due to water damage), cleaned (they changed colour when I did) and painted the floor. I built the clothing rack out of plumbing parts from Ace using this tutorial. I added chalkboard paint to the edge of the divider wall for note taking and added the head on the door. My lovely neighbour Lynn moved out in February and left me a bookcase and a hand stencilled table. Slowly the space has come together though there are always projects to do.

I currently share our half of the Q-hut with Ed Smiley, Laura Cook, and Mott Jordan, all good company.

Project Post – Super Simple Sundress (Pillowcase Dress)

Projects

I have been using the project feature of the Threadbias.com site and really enjoying being able to track my projects. Periodically I will be posting copies here.

As a primarily knitwear designer and a non-quilter I rarely get to play with the interesting and fun printed cotton I see around. But some times, on the odd occasion, an idea for something grabs hold and I have the perfect excuse to play. The heat wave that hit the west coast has been such an occasion, whats better for hot weather the loose cotton! Since I’m not about to make something for myself, (too much fabric needed and too close to being done with pregnancy) the wee girl was the perfect candidate. Some super simple sundresses (inspired by some I had seen on etsy) seen to be a good project and a 50% off sale at Hancock Fabrics seem to be a good opportunity.

The main fabric prints were picked by the wee girl while I picked the coordinating print. I used 1 yard of main and 1/2 yard of coordinating fabric for each dress.

Pattern, what pattern? This time I winged it and just went off of a few basic measurements by the width of the fabric. I measured from her shoulders to her knees for an approximate length and just ripped the fabric to the appropriate length. I then folded it in half and then in half again keeping the centre fold about 1/2″ from the edge or at the edge of the selfedge. Next I cut what will become armholes, basic j-ish shapes out of the outer edge and centre of the fabric. The neck is a drawstring so I ripped a length of coordinating fabric apron. 4″ – 6″ wide and another 3″ – 4″ wide for the hem. That would be about the extent of the the pattern, real precise eh?

Sewing is equally as simple as the “pattern/cutting”. I seamed the open selfedge edges together at about 1/2″ seam allowance or whatever the selfedge was and pressing open. I then finished the armholes with bias tape and folded the top edge down and topstitched it to make a casing. To give the hem a longer life (ability to be easily lengthened) I finished it with a facing on the outside that can be dropped and refaced to make the dress longer if necessary. I seamed the facing the hem with right side to the wrong side. I then understiched the seam allowance to the body and fliped the facing to the front and topstiched it in place along it’s top edge. Voila! after making the draw string and treading to through the two casings I’m done!

She now has a few in variety of prints, even some of her dollies have matching dresses.

Project Post – Swaddles to dream

Projects

I have been using the project feature of the Threadbias.com site and really enjoying being able to track my projects. Periodically I will be posting copies here.

More up cycling for my Aden and Anais swaddles. This time I’m making dream blanket. I have one for my daughter and she loves it so I figured since 4 swaddles = 1 dream I’d make one for the wee boy from our extras.

I wanted to get this project done quickly since it’s one I have been meaning to do since before we moved back in February so I opted to do what I call “cheater” knit binding instead of the cleaner typical technique. Cheater binding is nice enough and much easier and quicker to do, great for a beginner. The one I’m doing doesn’t require a serger but I will note another one that does.

Materials: 4 swaddles (I used ones by Aden and Anais but any brand will do), knit jersey for binding.

Prep:

  1. Undo the hems of all 4 swaddles. (Not mandatory but I find it easier if I do)
  2. Iron the swaddles.
  3. Match up swaddles along two edges smooth out.

Sewing:

  1. Baste swaddles together along matched edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  2. Since my unmatched edges do not meet they will need to be trimmed. The easiest way to do this is snip the edge of the swaddles at the shortest length and rip (scary but effective).
  3. Baste ripped edge at 1/4″ SA.
  4. Snip and rip the last edge.
  5. Baste at 1/4″.
  6. To trim corner: find something that is the desired size of curve. Place on fabric and cut around it. The blanket is now ready for binding.

Since bias tape doesn’t come in a knit I made my own. Normally I’d use a rotary cutter and quilting ruler but since I haven’t unpack those yet I improvised. Using a piece of 1 1/2″ wide elastic as a pattern piece I cut out strips of the jersey. The nice thing with jersey is it doesn’t need to be cut on the bias so it doesn’t use too much yardage to make.

Tip: it is much easy to cut jersey (or just about any fabric) if you use underlay.

Adding cheater knit binding: 

  1. Seam binding to blanket at 1/2″ SA right sides together.
  2. Fold binding over SA covering stitch line at the back.
  3. Edge stitch the binding along the folded edge on the right side, careful to catch all layers.

Jersey doesn’t really fray so edge finishes are not as necessary as with a woven. It does however tend to curl which in this case helps clean up the finish on the under side of the blanket with washing (see example in photos below).

Cheater binding with a serger: This is basically adding ribbing to the edge and top stitching it down and can be seen in my Baby Stuff project (Teal and white burp cloth) or in the photos below. It is also super fast so great if time is an issue.

  1. Fold binding in half and serg to blanket edge right sides together.
  2. Press binding out covering SA.
  3. Topstitch binding to SA.

 

Ironing plastic bags

Projects, Tutorials

This week I picked up a quilting panel to be made into a cloth book for the wee boy (The Pokey Little Puppy). He likes crinkly pages so instead of using batting to line the pages decided to use plastic bags, but I had to iron them first.

No, really, I had to iron them first. I found a tutorial years ago (my link is long gone) where someone ironed plastic grocery bags together to make a stronger plastic fabric and figured this would work perfectly for my needs. Thicker (better crinkle), more durable (it’s going in the washing machine at some point) plastic interlining that doesn’t require a trip to the fabric store.

Here’s how I did it:
I used two bags flattened and smoothed out together. I placed them between two pieces of scrap muslin (the inks used to print the backs can sometimes transfer so I recommend using scrap fabric) and turned my iron to the cotton/hottest setting and turned off the steam. You want the iron hot since you are actually trying to melt the plastic.
Slowly iron the bags through the fabric trying to use consistent speed and pressure. You will likely be able to hear the plastic melting and contracting as you iron. Give it a minute to cool before moving the fabric to check on it otherwise the plastic may stick a bit. If it isn’t melted thoroughly just cover it back up and try again. It’s pretty forgiving that way. The end result is a paper like plastic that now can be used for what you want. In my case a baby book.

Project Post – Leftover Skirt, a tutorial

Projects, Tutorials

I have been using the project feature of the Threadbias.com site and really enjoying being able to track my projects. Periodically I will be posting copies here.

After finishing the Sweet Pea Dress I had bit of swaddle left so I decided to make a skirt for the little girl.

Fabric: leftover Aden & Anais swaddle and leftover brown slug jersey from the A&A Sweet Pea Dress

Pattern: a bunch of rectangles. Not very exact or anything but this is what I did.
Waistband – Hip plus ease wide x desired (what looked right) hight. I folded the whole thing in half to make the elastic casing.
Skirt – max hight x max length I could get out of the remnant of swaddle, I then cut it in half so pocket could be added in the side seams.
Pockets – what I could get that would fit a child’s hand folded in half.
Skirt lining – same hight as skirt minus about 1/2″ x hip plus ease.

Sewing: Prep sewing – instead of serging I folded the short edge of the skirt and the pocket opening edges of the pockets for a clean finish. (I don’t have my serger set up yet and didn’t what to have to do so). I then did a french seam on the bottom of the pockets ending 1/2″ from the open edge.
Adding pockets – I seamed the open edge of the pockets to the side seams with at 3/8″ SA and the under stitched the SA to the pocket. Next it sewed the side seams with a 1/2″ SA.
Waist band – I seamed the single seam with 1/2″ SA making a tube. I then folded it in half. And place the seamed elastic inside.
Joining the two – I used a double line of gathering to match the skirt to the waist band. I then basted the two together with a 3/8″ SA. This just kept things more stable and manageable to put the lining in.
Lining – I seamed the single seam making a tube. I then seamed it to the waistband/skirt combo with a 1/2″ SA. I kept the SA facing down towards the lining and under stitched it in place.