Saturday, October 11, 2014

DIY Dias De Los Muertos Mask

Happy Fall!!  Oh how I miss it. Hawaii is an amazing place to live, but come October  I start to get homesick for some orange leaves and crisp air.  Nevertheless, the people in Hawaii know how to celebrate Halloween - one of my favorite Holidays!  In fact, we have quite a few parties/costumes to attend to this year.  One of which is a Dias de Los Muertos party.  

I don't like gory and super scary, but I do really appreciate the Day of the Dead masks and face painting.  For some reason, I think they are beautiful works of art.  My husband and I plan to paint our faces, but face paint for our son wouldn't last one hour.  So, I decided to make him a felt mask.

I began by using an old eye mask for a template.

I cut the straps off and traced it. 

I then began to sketch out the skeleton.

Once I got one side drawn, I cut it out and traced the other side. 

You can see that it took me a few sketches to get the shape I wanted.  Also, I cut out eyes.

Here I sketched a decorative design so that I could get a sense of what I was going to create.

I then traced it onto yellow felt.

I cut two - front and back.

 Next, I traced the eyes onto black felt using a white colored pencil. 

I drew a trim around the eyes. 

For the blue flowers, I first traced the eye.

Then I drew a flower shape around the eye.

I used one to make the other one. 

Here we are so far. 

For some decoration, I cut out some drops in purple and orange and a little black skeleton nose.

Before stitching on all the decor, I put the front and back together with a strip of elastic in between. 

I zigzag stitched around the outside edges.  The elastic strip was sewn in between.

I made some felt roses and flowers, using this tutorial.  After I hand stitched the eye flowers, black eye pieces, and drops using a whip stitch, I hot glued the flowers on.  Later, I added gold seed beads to the inside of a few flowers.

My little guy loves his new mask.

Stay tuned for a few more Halloween tutorials.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Polka Dot Period.

I'm calling this my polka dot period.  I can't stop making things with polka dots.  I made the above two dresses using a pattern.  Just can't get enough!  I love these two dresses so much...  

I can't say the same for this dress, however.  Yet, again I couldn't pass on the polka dots, and the stretchy fabric is perfect for a pencil skirt.

I cut the top off.  

And used my favorite Top Shop pencil skirt as a pattern.  

I thought I'd be extra crafty and make the top right side a little scrunchy.  So, I cut it a bit taller. 

Then, I pinned pleats and sewed over the top.

Hmmm....  I didn't plan so well because the back side ended up being higher than the top.  

Easy enough.  I just trimmed it up.  Next, I pinned the sides together and stitched each one. 

Lucky I have a serger.  I serged the sides up, and now it looks so professional : ).

I used an inch wide piece of elastic for the waistband. 

And I pinned it around the top.  

Loving this serger!!  I serged the elastic to the top of the skirt - on the wrong side.  If you don't have a serger, you could use a zigzag stitch.

When you flip it over, you have a nice elastic waistband. 

I stitched along the side seams to keep the waistband down.  Super easy. 

Ok...  So... The bottom didn't turn out exactly like I had planned. Neither did the side pleats add anything that obviously creative.  But all hope was not lost. 

I found a skinny piece of elastic and sewed it into the side of the skirt.  Sorry, I don't have photos.  I was so focused on making this work that I forgot to take a photo of the installation.  I was planning on "re-enacting" the photo with another piece of elastic, only to find out that I had no more. 
Here's a pretty good tutorial for sewing elastic. 

Nice and scrunchy.


Now I have a lovely pencil skirt to add to my growing polka dot fashion collection!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Snorkeling, Curtains, and Apps

Labor Day weekend at the beach.  My little one learned how to snorkel, making his dad very proud.  He really wants to be a scuba diver, so I guess he's on his way.  

I also spent part of the weekend playing around with some new photo apps.  A friend gave me an app gift card, and I  went a little crazy.  Some of my favorites are Paper Camera, which turns your photos into sketched or painted prints, Path On, described as "swipe to type" and allows you to add text to photos in unique ways, and PicLab, a great tool for adding art and font to your photos.

A while back I made new curtains for my guest/sewing room, using some fabric that a friend gave me.  I decided to blog a brief tutorial, testing out PicLab.  I have to admit that the font is a bit hard to read, but I'm learning.

Here's what my"curtains" looked like before.

Made in the U.S.A.

Cut into two equal pieces.

Turn over about 4 and 1/2 inches.

Sew a hem at the bottom and sides.

Turn the first hem and sew.

Stitch about a 1/2 inch hem from the bottom.

Sew half way between the top turned edge and the bottom stitch.

For the bottom, I sewed a small hem along the bottom edge and then turned it up about 5 inches and stitched, creating a larger hem.