This week I got a request for the most unusual sewing job I’ve ever had. Based on a tattoo his girlfriend has, a client needed a Scott Tracy outfit made for a Hello Kitty doll. Scott Tracy is a fictional character from the TV series Thunderbirds, which I had never heard of but was happy to take on the job. I’ve never made an outfit for a Hello Kitty doll; while I always enjoyed making clothes for my Barbies when I was younger, apparel for dolls is not exactly my forte. Hello Kitty’s proportions are fairly strange, which posed some interesting problems to be solved. It’s safe to say that this is one of the most unique jobs I’ve ever done, and I enjoyed the change in pace.
I’ve been very interested in designing prints this year. I’ve been thinking so much about my concepts and inspirations that it just seemed like a natural progression to develop prints based on what I’m collecting and looking at.
I started collecting porcelain animals for no reason other than that I just loved looking at them. I also started to collect doodles from my daughter and her friends to go along with my “About A Girl” collection which is all about revisiting the things I missed out on as a teen. I put the 2 together to come up with scarf designs.
These are the first 2 that I ordered to test the colors and the quality of the images. I’m trying not to be too perfectionist about it and let it be more organic and fun. I think this is a good start…
These were printed at Spoonflower onto cotton voile and measure about 22″ square.
I made this little collage right before the Holidays and used it as the image for some postcards and tags for the holiday craft show I did. I also added part of it to my Etsy store as a new banner.
My daughter and I love The Walking Dead and one of our favorites Quotes from Rick is “…I’m doin’ stuff Lori, (long pause) and things”. So with that in mind, I made some jars to hold your precious “stuff and things”.
And these are the Lost Souls rescued from obscurity and ready to be taken home.
I love making little things for a craft show every once in a while, it gives me a chance to just play and have fun.
My wall of Patterns and my doll necklace. Starting to run out of room here again.
I wear my headless doll necklace when I need to be reminded to stay focused, stay true to me.
A stack of fall hats waiting to be run through the serger. Shades of fall, white, blue, gray and brown.
A stack of done hats ready for labels, photos and posting to Etsy. This part takes longer than making them!
After the neckerchiefs are cut out they need to be tea stained by soaking in coffee.
Three new collars are cut out and ready to be sewn. I like to make several at once.
The main sewing is done, collar is attached to stand and the opening at the bottom edge needs to be closed.
Time to pick out a vintage button and sew the button hole.
Right now I’m making collage rings that can double as pin cushions. I’ve been eyeing ring type pincushions for awhile and found some nice ones, but decided that I wanted one that could also be worn as jewelry. It’s a sweet little (or not so little) way to show my love of yarn, old buttons and bits of vintage fabric. I am planning to do a tutorial of this ring soon but for now here are some process shots of a productive day.
P.S. I took these photos in the middle of a power outage during a thunder storm, they turned out pretty good considering….