New Sewing Projects

I guess I have some new projects to show you! I’ve been making little things here and there while I can, but don’t get too excited, it’s nothing fancy.

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I made Marckie some leggings left over from my Art Gallery Fabric top. I have to say, they look adorable but I barely had enough fabric to make them properly! He is so hard to photograph…this blurry photo that I took on the stairs was one of the only good shots! (Marck’s my brother if you didn’t know)

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And…another blurry picture. Yikes. These are pajama leggings, they aren’t really for outside wear. I made them in about 15 minutes. Not my best work, but he likes them, and luckily doesn’t mind the bright “girly” colors. When I wear my Art Gallery Top, we look like matching twins.

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I have a new obsession with zippered pouches and I finally figured out how to make them right.

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I’m super proud of the lining! Besides the fact that on one side the sewing machines are upside down. I made the outside of the bag out of a fat quarter.

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The other one has a cute lining as well. I made this one out of an upholstery fabric on the outside, so it’s sturdier.

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I made some mini bunting flags for my sewing room. My mother asked for some polka dot bunting flags for the kitchen (oops forgot to photograph them!) These were really easy to make….I love making bunting flags. My first try for my brother’s room turned out pretty terrible…

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Thanks for reading!

love abigail

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Summer Goals

Hi Fashionistas!

For some reason, I normally don’t sew in the summer. I always want to, but by the time I’ve cut my fabric and threaded my machine, I’m sweating like crazy and wondering why I’m not outside with the rest of my family enjoying the sunshine. However, I do have some sewing projects for this summer that I want to accomplish, so maybe I’ll get those done on rainy days.

1. Sew a faux fur vest (to wear in fall and winter)

I liked the tutorial above, it was really straight foward and easy. I think a faux fur would be interesting to add to my wardrobe.

2. Sew a Mr. Dinosuar

I fell in love with H’s Handcrafts’s Mr. Dinosaur she sewed. It’s so cute…I need to make one! (Thanks so much for the idea, H!)

3. Make a couple t-shirts

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I like Fancy Tiger Craft’s pattern. It’s free, for goodness sake! I’ll probably have to make it in an XS, though. Check it out here.

Well, those are my goals! Let’s hope I find time in my busy life to make these things before school starts again!

Oh, and it’s my wordpress anniversary!

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Happy Birthday To Me!

love abigail

Copic Marker Review

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Hi everybody! I got back from Cape Cod on Saturday and remembered I had to do a blog post!  (To all my sewing followers, I apologize, this post really has more to do with fashion design then sewing. I try to keep an even balance between my sewing and my fashion design posts, so feel free to skip this post if it doesn’t interest you.)

So, today, I am doing a review on Copic markers! I was having trouble with Sharpies and other markers, just because they don’t have enough colors and they wear out way too fast. Then I remembered Copic markers, which I’ve known about for a while but haven’t really looked into enough. I decided to order some, and I LOVE them.

What are Copic Markers?

Copic markers are a kind of marker that were invented and are made in Japan. Lots of people use them for Manga and Anime there, but they have many other uses, like comics, fashion design, calligraphy, and drawing! They make four types of these markers (wide, ciao, sketch, and original) but I only own the sketch kind, so that’s what I’ll be reviewing.

photo credit deviantart.com

First, let’s start with the pros.

1. They come in over 350 colors! Lots of choices!

2. The color and name of the marker is on the cap, making it easy to grab and draw.

3. They’re so light and easy to hold!

4. You never have to buy a new marker. You can refill the ink and replace the nibs. This is a feature of the marker that I really like! An ink refill is the same price as a marker, but it can refill one sketch marker up to seven times.

5. Tutorials. There are tons of videos on youtube about how to use the markers!

6. Two ends. The marker has two tips, a fine tip and a medium tip.

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Now for the cons, I don’t really have many!

1. They bleed. Only through about two sheets of paper, but they bleed nonetheless. This can be avoided though, but buying marker paper or mixed media paper, which is thicker.

2. The price. One sketch marker can be from six to eight dollars on amazon.com, making it pricier then most markers. The shipping is free most of the time, though. You can also buy copics at Joann’s (online only, though, and the shipping is not free) or at Michael’s (they have tons in the store). The reason the price is so high is because of the quality of the markers, professionals use them, you never have to buy another marker, more colors…what I’m saying is that the price is worth it.

So, that’s my review! Search these markers online and check them out in action. Have a good day!

love abigail

Note: the Copic Marker company did not ask me to write this review, I did it of my own accord because I wanted to let everyone know what I think of them.

What’s Up With Abigail?

Hey Fashionistas! My life is so busy right now.

I’m leaving for Cape Cod on Saturday, so I’ve been packing and trying to get everything ready. Plus, I finished school on Friday (have I mentioned I’m homeschooled?), and on top of that, I have a long list of things I want to sew. Never enough time!

This morning started off rainy. I adore rainy days, because there are so many possibilities! I could read a book, crochet, sew, play the piano, or just sit and listen to the soothing sound of rain. In today’s post, I’ll just be doing a catch-up of my week.

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Here’s a tote bag I’m working on for Cape Cod. It’s great for throwing stuff in. I have a gazillion tote bags already…I’m addicted. I can throw library books, random stuff, textbooks, and other things–and they hold up greatly!

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The earthy print is awesome too. I’ll be getting lots of use out of this.

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Moving on, this is a cork board that I’m covering in inspiration for my sewing room. It’s not finished yet, though. I cut out designs that I like from magazines. It’s so colorful and fun!

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I don’t know if I mentioned this, but my mother found a box full of sewing stuff at a church sale for 4 dollars. It had  20 zippers, 30 spools of thread, hooks and eyes, ribbon, bias tape, snaps, needles, a pin cushion, and more! It smelled musty, so I put it in the sun and fresh air. I’m guessing it came from an elderly lady’s closet who used to sew but hasn’t sewed for a loooong while.

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I got these cotton fabrics at another garage sale! Yard sales are full of treasure. The fabric didn’t show up well in the picture, but I love the pink, it’s such a pretty shade. It only has 1 and 1/2 of a yard left, though.

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I managed to squeeze some crocheting in, too. I’m still a beginner, I’ve been crocheting for almost a year now, but it’s hard to find time to do it…I’m more passionate about sewing and designing.

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Lastly, where would I be without an OOTD picture? I love my black lace top, it’s really comfy. And my cameo ring, too…

Well, that’s my week so far. Thanks for reading!

love abigail