December 22, 2014

Pinterest Christmas - part 2

Pinterest craft #2 this season is slightly sillier than the first. It's a mini fireplace! Living in a city apartment my roommate and I had no place to hang our stockings so I crafted this chalkboard mantle. 
So far it as served as (1) the best conversation starter with our guests and (2) a backdrop for a marshmallow toasting photo shoot.

I hope Santa finds our stockings!

Merry Christmas!

December 21, 2014

Pinterest Christmas - part 1

Each year I spend hours laboriously crafting gifts for friends and family. This year I took a different approach and purchased most of their gifts. Instead I spent my time crafting some pieces for my own home d├ęcor.
Pinterest is of course, my favorite place for inspiration. I'd point you to my Christmas board but I actually keep it private in order to store gift ideas. This pillow was a combination of two pins, this pillow with stenciling detail and this sign with the Luke verse.

I stenciled the verse on with sharpie and added red piping and an embroidered red star.

Merry Christmas!

December 16, 2014

Christmas Gifting

In 2009 one of my favorite movies came out, Sherlock Holmes, with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. I am a complete Holmes fan, but not a purist so this action-packed  adaptation of the classic detective story was perfect.

As a costumer I loved the movie as well. I especially loved the scarf Dr. Watson appeared in right at the beginning. The brown and blue one striped with grey. It was long and warm and looked like a costume piece that could easily get slipped into the modern wardrobe.

So I started knitting. And because I’m such a speed knitter it only took me until last week to complete. I’ve been on a kick of finishing projects lately and all this scarf was waiting on was 20 minutes to weave in the ends of all the yarn.

As I was preparing to list it for sale in my Etsy shop my dashing 18 year old brother walked up and caught a glimpse. He pointed to the Christmas list he had just posted which said “1. Unique Scarf”.

It’s sure unique! I made him pretend he hadn’t seen it and quickly wrapped it up and dropped it under the tree.
Merry Christmas!

November 17, 2014

Hudson Bay Capote

Winter's chill has come to Oregon so my brother has unpacked the wool trapper Capote I gave him last Christmas.
This was a special project that I was thrilled to make for him. He is a boy scout (just earned his Eagle!) and is part of Order of the Arrow, an honor society for scouts. In Order of the Arrow it is common to have coats like this to wear out on winter adventures in the woods.
The blanket is traditionally the cream Hudson Bay blanket with colorful red and green stripes and the coat is cut so it utilizes the entire blanket and shows off the stripes. These days Hudson Bay blankets cost hundreds of dollars and I wouldn't dream of cutting into one, but I had something better. This is made from my grandfathers old grey army blanket--too ugly to put on a bed, but warm and perfectly striped for this Capote.
My brother carved his own wooden buttons to finish the front. The guide I used for cutting and sewing the Capote is available here.

November 15, 2014


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Hello Garret Corner. It's been quite some time since I've ventured up here, this place needs a good feather dusting.

I've decided to venture back onto this blog. I can't promise any consistent posting, or how long it will last. But it's nearly Thanksgiving and my creative juices are flowing with projects and ideas for the holidays.

Also, I have been in a slump lately with my historic costuming. That used to be my favorite hobby but lately has been more of a chore. My closet still has some unfinished things that would be nice to wrap up so I'm going to use the inspiration of other bloggers and motivation of posting to get a few things done this winter!

If you've found this post--two years after I abandoned the place--well done! Thanks for reading.


February 12, 2012

An Introduction

It seems that I have done a lot of introductions here on this blog.  And although I do not typically personify all my objects, sometimes it just makes the work more fun.  This is especially the case when sewing with a dressform, which is why I would like to introduce you to Cora.

This form was a graduation gift from my wonderful parents.  They knew how much I loved working with the school ones during my program and thought I should have one for my future career.

I get asked a lot if it is my exact size (it is not) and why it isn't an adjustable size.  The reason for this is that it is a professional form.  When commercial patterns are drafted, they are usually developed in a medium size (typically 8 or 10) and then graded up or down.  The eight is a little bit larger than I am, and for personal sewing it is easier to take things in after draping rather than enlarge them.

I also get asked a lot why it says "collapsible shoulder" on the hips.  That is because the shoulders are spring loaded and can retract into the body.  This allows for fitted garments to be slid onto the torso.  Imagine if you were getting into a tight fitting garment, your shoulders typically contort to fit through the waist seam.

There is your brief lesson on dress forms!  Random trivia of the day.

February 11, 2012

Too cute not to share...

**I thought that The Three Spinsters might especially enjoy this!