Friday, December 18, 2015

Crafting Con - Justice League

This post originally appeared at Crafting Con and today I'm bringing it home! Looking back, the number of Ladybug Girl stories we were reading at the time clearly impacted this post!

Hi! I'm Kate from The Fairy Dust Bin, back again for the Justice League! Both of my kids love superheroes, and my daughter has a huge love of princesses as well. Since Wonder Woman is both a superhero AND a princess, she gets to have two of her favorites all rolled up into one character. Ellie isn't much of an Amazon, but she has the attitude of a warrior princess. I started with some Bonny Leggings out of blue rib knit, since she needs a bit more coverage than Wonder Woman's bottoms. The top is a Poppy Bubble Tank from gold cotton/lycra and a red rayon knit, to echo the gold detail on the top of Wonder Woman's red bodice. Instead of red boots, she has red mary janes, and this princess wears pigtails instead of a crown.The gauntlets are from the same fabric as the top of her tunic, and just winged it after measuring some BabyLegs.

Her superpowers are much too great to be kept inside, so she went to the park to see if anyone needed her help. First, she made sure no one was looking, and climbed into the spinner to make her transformation from Ellie to Wonder Woman.

She spotted someone in trouble, so she ran over to help!

Fortunately, she arrived just in time to rescue her friend from the jaws of a dinosaur. That was a pretty close call! She fought the dino and won by climbing up his tail until she could reach his head from behind and defeat him.

Once her friend was safe, she flew off for a victory swing. Saving the day is hard work!

After the swings, she surveyed the park and was satisfied that everything was as it should be. Thankfully, the bullet proof gauntlets weren't needed today, but a superhero must always be prepared for anything.

Thanks for checking out my Wonder Woman inspired outfit!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Golden Rippy Remix the Stitch Tour (and giveaway!)

Today I get to participate in my second ever blog tour! I was so excited to get the chance to be part of Rachel at Golden Rippy's Remix the Stitch blog tour to celebrate her 2 year anniversary. I signed right up... And promptly ran dry of ideas on how to remix a pattern. Eventually I gave up staring at my screen full of patterns and totally blank sketch pad to go play some Dragon Age: Inquisition, hoping the break would help me refocus. I was not disappointed. While playing, I came across the shokra-taar armor, and suddenly thought that I could absolutely make a Cinnabar Sky dress that was inspired by the armor design. I made a sketch and excitedly showed it to my husband. Somewhere in describing it, I used the word "crossover" to describe the front, at which point my clever, clever husband looked pointedly at me and said "You said it's a crossover dress?" At which point the Dragon Age/Mass Effect Crossover dress was born.

Although I measure an XL, I made an L for a slightly tighter fit. First, I chopped the front and back dress pieces at the shorten/lengthen line to make separate top and skirt pieces. I cut the front and back pieces out of gray, and the sleeves and cross pieces from red to echo the general color scheme of the shokra-taar armor. After assembling the back and cross sections, instead of hemming the edges I made bands out of the gray. I added in clear elastic when finishing the lower front piece, to help hold up the weight of the skirt. Since I'm no longer nursing, I sewed the bottom of both cross pieces down, but didn't sew the top of the cross pieces together since the band keeps them in place and there is no popping out of the top.

The black in the skirt works well for both the Dragon Age and Mass Effect inspiration. I assembled the N7 armor stripes in the same way as the arm stripes on the Omega Angel Jacket, but the drapey rayon proved insanely difficult to applique with and onto, so I chopped out a section of the skirt and blocked it in, which worked out just about as well as I hoped.

I love being able to customize my clothing, and it's super fun to be able to make pieces that are inspired by my fandoms, but aren't just graphic tees. Don't forget to check out the rest of the tour for more inspiration!

Meet the bloggers who will REMIX the Stitch for Golden Rippy's 2nd Anniversary! They have some fun mash-ups in store for you. Here's the full line-up, in case you missed a day. Don't forget to check them out and send some love!
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