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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How To Draw A Figure Sketch/Fashion Design

Hello Fashionistas! Happy Saturday!

I haven’t posted in a while….the truth is, I haven’t had much to talk about! For some reason, I don’t like sewing or designing during the summer, since it’s so hot and there’s so much to do outside that I don’t want to be cooped up indoors.

So, I was scrolling through the comments for my New Design post, and I got an idea from Sewloveable’s comment:

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I’m sorry, Sewloveable, but how can I resist? In today’s post I’m going to show all of you how to draw a figure sketch!

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Step One:

This is super easy. Just start by drawing a normal circle for the head and draw a line under it for the neck. In fashion design, you basically make the skeleton of the body before everything else.

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Step Two: 

Draw a medium-length line under the neck for the shoulders. Then at each end of the shoulder line, draw the arms, which are just two lines. This is basically lines the whole time! Lastly, draw the torso, which is a line connected to the neck. Don’t worry yourself with a ruler, it’s okay if the lines are not perfect and there’s always room to improve later.

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Step Three: 

A line under the torso should do for the hips/waist. It needs to line up with the shoulders. I’m designing a dress for this, so I’m not going to do the legs. Email me if you want me to do legs in a different tutorial.

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Step Four:

Time for the curves. These are pretty easy to draw if you know what you are doing. Pretened the curves are smiles, so when you turn the paper sideways it looks like a smile. Make the curves come up to the armpit area. Bear with me, we’re almost done!

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Step Five:

Arms! Probably one of the easiest steps, they’re like sticks. You’re just going to add an extra line to the other skeleton arm shape you have so far. For the hands, I normally just draw little diamonds. I added my skirt here too, which is long and flowing. You can choose whatever you want.

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Step Six:

Whoa, I skipped ahead! Technically, you’re already done! You just have to draw your shirt, some hair, and erase your pencil lines (And color it in if you want, but I didn’t do that for this sketch). Now that you have your basic body shape down, the rest is up to you! You can draw sequins, pleats, long sleeves, high sleeves…play around with it! I almost never draw a face, since I don’t want it to be drawing away from the outfit. Also, I’m bad with faces.

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And this is my sketch! I hope this was easy enough for you to follow. Thanks for reading, and have a good weekend!

love abigail

P.S. I’m still collecting sewing and fashion stories and I now have a offical page where you can tell me your sewing and fashion stories. I want your stories and I cannot wait to put them on the blog! Thanks to those that have sent me their stories!

Design Of The Day

Hello Fellow Fashionistas! Last night I managed to get in a design before I fell asleep.

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The main look in the three outfits is the interesting pattern made by triangles and squares mixed together. I chose not to color it in, because I’m not really sure what colors would go with it.

What do you think? Give me some feedback in the comments.

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Pop/Whimsical Design Collection

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Happy Weekend, Fellow Fashionistas & Followers!

A month or so ago, I was working on a collection of designs that was super whimsical. Then they went a little pop, so I renamed the collection of drawings to Pop/Whimsical. I’ve been finished for a while now, but life got super hectic and I never had time to post the designs. You may recognize some of them from “Which Sketch Is Better.”

Speaking of “Which Sketch Is Better”, I’m not sure when I’m going to do another one. If you really want me to do one, comment below and I’ll consider it.

Anyway, moving on, here’s the collection!

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1. I’m super happy with this design. The top has lots of little sequins, and the bottom has a semi-flared out skirt with ruffles and pink and gray fabric. Since this is the first design I made, it turned out completely whimsical. I wrote “Re-Invented Alice In Wonderland Dress” at the top.

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2. This design is my second favorite (they’re all pretty much my favorites, but I wouldn’t admit it). I am crazy about bows in designs, and the huge bow at the top of the design makes for a super out-of-this-world pop look. The asymmetrical hem and different colored boots also add to the design’s feel. I would say it’s a bit of pop and whimsical, but maybe a pinch more pop.

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3. I just had to take a closer picture of detail to show the different colors and features of this design. From far away, it looks like a dress, but up close you’ll notice it’s a top with straps going over the stomach to the skirt. I think of all the colors I used for each design, the colors I chose for this one are my favorite. The purple, gold, and blue go together more perfectly than one would think, and the bright red hem adds cute personality.

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4. Before you scroll down to the next design, let me tell you, this design had potential. Honestly. It would be cute, if I hadn’t chosen the colors that I had chosen. It looks like a 70s homage with the awful purples and tacky pants–yes, you can tell I’m not a fan of this design, especially since her skin turned out super bright in the picture. However, since this piece is part of the collection, I have to show it. As for pop or whimsical–it’s neither.

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5. Luckily this design didn’t come out horribly. It was a risk with the bold skirt, but I’m crazy about it, so maybe it was a good risk. However, it turned out a touch plainer then the other designs and it doesn’t really make as huge an impact on the collection as I hoped, but I’m still very happy with it.

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6. This one turned out just the way I had hoped–the hair, the skirt, the neon colors–it’s the picture of pop itself, except the sequin boots-I don’t love those, but otherwise, this is just super cute.

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7. The purple and orange are more subtle than the rest of the fun colors in the collection, but I like its simplicity. Overall, I am very happy with it.

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8. Like the design before this one, I think this outfit is super cute, but maybe too simple. Orange is a color I normally don’t use, but I hope I pulled it off with the high waisted skirt. This design is more ready-to-wear, while some of the other designs are crazier.

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9. I just LOVE this one. My only concern would be the right arm; it turned out a little thick. I ran out of pink ink for the end of the dress, so I just used purple, but I ran out of that too! I think this design is spot on–it’s a bit of both pop and whimsical, and the bow, pink hair, sequins, and mini top hat all add to the fun dress.

Which design was your favorite? Let me know in the comment box.

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Project Runway Part Two

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Hi Fellow Fashionistas! On Wednesday we had our second Project Runway meeting at the library. I spent the WHOLE time cutting all the tulle that I had. Once I got home, I started working on the tulle skirt–or, at least, the front of it. I ran out of tulle because it’s so puffy. image

Each tulle strip had to be cut in the same width and size, which takes even longer. image

My bedroom was COVERED in tulle strips.

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It was super fun to make the tulle knots.

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The hard work paid off! I now have a have puffy tulle skirt! I tried to make it long enough so it won’t be considered a “tutu”, although everybody is telling me that since it’s pink, and it’s glittery, and it’s made with tulle, that makes it a tutu.

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I’m in love with it nonetheless. I wanted it to look like cotton candy, since it’s inspired by the book The Candymakers by Wendy Mass, and it has a very whimsical feel that I adore.

I have to go back to Joann’s soon and buy more tulle for the back of the skirt, and some stretchy bright yellow fabric for the tank top. And more embellishments. Not only will it look great with the tank top down the runway, it will also look awesome with fancy sandals, a cute top, and a denim jacket. What do you think of the skirt? Would you call it a tutu?

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P.S. If you missed the Project Runway Part One post, be sure to check it out!