Monday, November 29, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Black Friday Cyber Monday Sale in Etsy store starting today!

So I'm starting my Black Friday/ Cyber Monday sale a little early. I figure I'll be to busy eating turkey tomorrow to set it all up so starting Now through Monday November 29, 2010 sale prices are in effect!
All youth/child size tshirts are marked down from $21.95 to $19.95! Buy 3 or more and take another $1 off each!
So stop by and take a peek...

http://www.thesewingfool.etsy.com/

Thanks and Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Etsy treasury and Michigan Renaissance Festival

Two weekends at the Michigan Renaissance Festival completed! We had rain and more mud than we knew what to do with one day, 50 mile per hour wind gusts another, and a couple of pleasantly cool days. I sold a few tshirts, unicorns being the most popular, the goth pirate dresses all found owners (save one), and I handed out many business cards and talked with lots of great people.

I also have been updating my Etsy shop at www.thesewingfool.etsy.com
I was included in a treasury for the first time. A great selection of Rochester, MI artists.
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4caa66498f586d91e8e009a3/shop-local-rochester-michigan-part-1

Now to get to Halloween costumes.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Michigan Renaissance Festival booth this weekend 9-18 &9-19

So this weekend I will have a booth at the Michigan Rennaissance Festival in Holly, MI. I will have a small selction of garments and kids tshirts for sale. As well as I will be there with my portfolio getting my name out as a fashion designer and custom clothier.
Here are a few photos of Pirate dresses or Goth dresses I will have for sale...

All are floor length and have a small train in the back. They are adjustable in size with ties on the sides, about size 12 to about size 18 maybe 20. Polyester panne crushed velvet paired with a sheer and a lining.

I actually have fabric for 2 more black dresses and 1 gold dress. Maybe they will be done by next weekend my other weekend at the Ren Faire.

I'll also have child size tshirts. I'll have pirate ships, dragons, castle w/ dragon and unicorns. You can see more photos at the etsy shop...

:)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Dragons and Unicorns Oh My. More tshirt designs.


Fun Winged Dragon



 With a tail that wraps around.



Unicorn also.



Backside (literally).


These are just a few more new designs. I have some more in the works. :)

Friday, July 23, 2010

New Birthday tshirts added to shop


Wrap around Pirate Ship with optional birthday year.


Pirate Ship backside.


Pirate Ship without optional birthday year.


Wrap around Fire Engine with wrap around Flames on the sleeve and optional birthday year.


Backside of Fire Engine.


Wrap around Castle with winged Dragon.


Castle backside.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

I haven't given up on the blog just been very busy with my family. I have more tutorials I want to share and I'm working on new items for the shop. So keep checking back for new posts. Thanks. :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

More applique tshirts....


Rrrrribit.
Fun fullsize frog.


Cute roly poly fullsize Penguin.

Still more designs to come. Keep checing in here or at the shop


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Applique tshirts now at thesewingfool.etsy.com

Several cool new tshirts added to thesewingfool.etsy.com. More to come!


Wrap around train.



Monkey business.



A Pirate says Rrrrrr.

More designs to come!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Train Birthday Cake

Well it's not sewing related but I did make it myself. For my sons third birthday this year I got ambitous and made him a Choo Choo Train birthday cake.
I used a selection of disposable aluminum bread pans to create the base. Then decorated with homemade butter cream frosting and  M&Ms, they hid a multitude of sins along the color line change. The headlights are Hersey Kisses, the grill is pieces of a hersey bar and the wheels are Oreos.


I think it turned out very well. What do you think?

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Holiday sewing tally.

So the holiday sewing season "wrapped" up almost 2 months ago but here is my sewing gift tally. Pictures will be added later; they are on the laptop which currently doesn't have an internet connection.

1 recycled denim bag
1 magicians cape
1 pirate vest with sash
1 reversible cowboy vest
4 tutus
5 flannel pajama style pants
5 super hero capes and one for a Christmas birthday
5 nightgowns made with a recycled tshirt top and flannel skirt

And "a partridge in a pear tree " as the song goes.
A busy sewing season. It seems that no matter how far ahead I plan or start sewing it just is never enough time.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Tutorial- Birthday Tshirt with Fabric Applique

I thought I'd share how to add a fabric applique to a tshirt. I've used this technique for years to add a little color to tshirts to go with handmade PJ pants given as gifts. This is a simple technique and works well for large simple shapes. I have done letters and numbers also but they are more difficult so I suggest starting with simple shapes, like squares and circles.

You'll need...

t-shirt or other item to be appliqued
a piece of fabric for your applique, size will depend on applique desired
fusi-knit a piece equal to your applique fabric
matching thread
scissors
sewing machine needle for knits; ball point if you're sewing on a t shirt
pins
iron and sewing machine

to add a number or letter detail you'll need...

a scrap of tshirt knit the size you want the letter or number to be
a piece of Heat n Bond equal to the size of your scrap (available at your local fabric store.)
thread to match
iron and sewing machine

Soon to be 3-year old helper is optional

So lets start with the fusi-knit. This is a lightwieght 100% polyester tricot knit interfacing. You can find this at your local fabric store, it comes in black and white.

Your applique fabric can be what ever you like. I have had the best luck with woven broadcloth fabrics; your run of the mill calico prints are great.
You can create your shape freeehand, copy a shape from a book or print something from your computer.

1- Create your shape. Cut it out of your fabric and fusi-knit.


2- Sew these two pieces together, right sides together. That would be the right side of your fabric and the fusible side of the fusi knit facing each other.


Sew all the way around. Do Not leave an opening.


3- Trim any curves, clip corners or trim seams as needed. Be sure to leave an  adequate seam allowance.



4- Seperate the fusi knit form the fabric.


and clip the fusi knit


Cut an X shaped opening in the fusi knit. Don't make it to large and stay away from the seams. 


5- Use the hole to turn the applique rightside out. Smooth out all corners and edges.


6- This is your applique.

Front
Back

Notice that all edges are safely, securely and neatly hidden in between the two layers.

7- You are now ready to place your applique on your tshirt and fuse it down.
Use pins sparingly as they can scratch your iron.


8- Now topstitch your applique to your shirt.


You're done or you can add a number or letter detail to personalize the shirt.




9. Create your number or letter pattern on a piece of paper. If you follow these direction you do not need any seam allowance, so cut it the size you want it to be on the shirt.
10. To add the number or letter. You'll need to fuse a piece of Heat n Bond to the wrong side of your tshirt knit scrap.
 11. Pin your pattern to the right side of the tshirt knit scrap that has Heat n Bond on the wrong side and cut it out. Be careful and exact these edges will be visible.
12. Now just peel off the paper from the Heat n Bond, place it on your shirt and press according to the manufacturers directions.
13. Since you are using a knit for the letter or number it wont fray with washing. I do suggest to topstitch around the letter or number. I go about a 1/4 inch in from the edge all the way around; if your letter or number is fairly small you could just do one stitch down the center.

Thanks for reading my first tutorial I hope you have fun making all kinds of appliqued tshirts. Please leave any questions in the comments and I'll answer them as soon as I can.

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"Rain Spout" Skirt


Polyester Flocked Black Brocade
Accented with 100% Poylester Satin
Lined with 100% Polyester Lining
Falt Pattern Method
Created for "Flat Patterning" Wayne State University 2006


Wayne State University Student Art Show
2007


Inspiration rain spout on porch of building on Wayne State University Campus.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"My Purple Suit" with "Rose Window Skirt"


"My Purple Suit" with "Rose Window Skirt"
Created for "Flat Pattern" Wayne State University 2006
Flat Pattern Method
Jacket 100% Cotton Denim
Full Circle Skirt 100% Cotton Print
100% Polyester Lining


Inspiration: Circular Rose window of St. Josaphat Detroit, MI.