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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A couple of new Knight Costumes

I know that we mostly focus on children's costumes, but lately we have been making a lot of knight tunics. I just wanted to share with everyone some of the newer tunics that we haven't added to our blog yet. 

The first tunic is inspired by history and the video game Assassin's Creed.

William of Montferrat:

Another tunic that we have recently made is one with the Jerusalem cross on it, which is also historical. We drew our inspiration for this tunic from the Orlando Bloom movie Kingdom of Heaven. 

I just loved the way the shield turned out on this one!

The tunics are cut a men's size XL. It is 45" long and has a 54" chest.
They can be made longer or shorter. 

They are made with a very heavy duty bottom weight fabric called Trigger. All the seams and edges are serged to prevent fraying. The William of Montferrat tunic features two rampart lion embroideries, while the cross of Jerusalem tunic has an appliqued shield as well as the embroideries. 
Both of these tunics are available on our website
 What do you guys think? Is there anything we can do to improve them? We are open for suggestions. 

As always, feel free to leave and comments, suggestions, or questions below.
Thanks for reading!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sewing Tip: Keep things Clean and Organized

I know, I know. We are starting off out series of sewing tips with some pretty obvious things. I mean, everyone knows that projects go more smoothly when you have everything clean and organized. But I have to tell you, it is not just a stereotype when they say that creative types are messy. Especially when you are sewing non-stop. You should see my mom's sewing room on the bad days! It gets pretty scary. For my own personal safety, I am not going to share any of pictures of the mess that my mom's sewing room grew into before we buckled down and cleaned stuff up!

My mom's sewing room is huge, which is understandable because she does A LOT of sewing. Sewing our costumes/creations is her full time job. She need the space to be as usable as possible so she can easily find what she needs when she needs it. To do all of this, she has put up some peg boards and shelving. Here are a few pictures of how her sewing room is organize. 

Embroidery hoops and tread, and cone hats.
Lace and other trims.
Shelves and totes for fabric
For me, keeping things clean and organized is pretty easy. That is mostly because the table I use for sewing is also our dinning table. If I want to eat, I have to clean things up... and also, by husband gets very annoyed when I don't clean up my sewing stuff.

When cutting fabric, I also use our dinning table with a mat to protect the paint. Then I have to move my sewing machine and serger so that I can use them, still with the mat to protect the table. On the floor by my chair I have a couple of cardboard boxes that I use to keep the things I need in. Ie. Thread, lace, elastic, bias tape, glue gun, fishing line, and etc. I have a few pictures of my work-space in the different stages of my sewing process below.

So there you have it, that is how both my mom and I organize our sewing areas. 

How do you organize your craft/sewing areas? We want to know! Leave a comment below. 

Please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions. 
Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Costume Spotlight--Cinderella in Rags.

It has been a while now since we have started making the Cinderella in Rags dress. In the spirit of playing catch-up, and also because I just think it turned out super stickin' cute, I have decided that I need to write a blog about her.

We have wanted to make this dress for quite a long time. I honestly don't know what took us so long! Above is a picture of my adorable niece wearing it. FYI--She in not a princess kind of girl. She would rather dress up like Captain America. That is why she doesn't seem to be happy in these pictures. 

The dress is made with cute cotton blend fabrics. The lace trimmed apron is made with cream cotton blend fabric and has machine appliqued patches (the patches are made with fabric scraps that I have laying around, so they can change.) The apron is completely attached so you don't need to worry about losing it! The head scarf is included.

Look! She smiled!!
This costume is available on our website and on Etsy. 

What do you think? If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions we would love to hear from you! Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sewing Tip: Stay Sane--Watch a movie!

As promised, I present you with our first sewing tip. Keeping sane, by watching movies! You may be thinking "watching movies isn't a sewing tip," but we do so much sewing that we have found that it is hard to stay motivated and to keep sane.

I hope you appreciate this horrible and obviously staged picture! ;)
One day I will be out of the dark basement apartment... 
The solution that we have found is watching movies while we sew. Well, maybe not watching movies, but at least listening to them. Having a TV and a DVD playing was always a must in my mom's sewing rooms. As for me, I am in a small, one bedroom apartment, so I sew in our living room--where we have a projector set up!

The Princess Bride projected onto my improvised screen.
What kind of movies do we normally watch? There is normally only one condition for the movies that we watch while sewing: We have to have seen them before. That way, we don't get so engrossed in the movies that we stop working all together.

We typically watch movies to get in the mood or to get inspiration for the costume that we are making at the time, which means we watch a lot of Disney! Disney movies are also great, because they normally have pretty good dialogue and great sound tracks. Which leads us to another group of movies that we love. Musicals! We watch many different types of musicals: Rock of Ages, St. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, Moulin Rouge, Across the Universe, Singing in the Rain, Pirates of Penzance, and so on. We also watch any movies we just love; Princess Bride, Monte Python, Blues Brothers, Lord of the Rings, Marvel movies, most chick flicks, and so on.

Another thing that I've got that my mom doesn't... Our projector is set up with a media computer, so I have access to one of the greatest websites ever: Netflix. This way I can watch some of my favorite movies and TV shows that I don't own!

When I find myself getting too distracted from sewing and just watching the movies instead, I listen to music through Pandora Internet Radio. If you haven't heard of it, you can pick a song, genre, or band that you like, and the website will put together a playlist with similar music. And the best part is, it is free! (Unless you want ad-free listening.)

Recently, I have also started listening to audio books. A great website/phone app that I have found is LibriVox. LibriVox is great because many books on the site are in the public domain, (which includes most classics) so the books are free to listen to! The books that are not in the public domain you must pay for, but they are generally cheaper than what you can buy in other places. (Ex. Lord of the Flies, read by William Golding himself, is $15.00 on LibriVox, and $21.00 on Audible.) The only problem is that the readers are volunteers, meaning that not all readers are of a high quality and you may find books that have different readers for each chapter.

How do you stay sane while do a lot of sewing, crafting, or other projects? Let us know in the comments below. And, as always, if you have any other comments or questions, we would love to answer them! Thanks for reading!