Floral Kimono

Hi!

I am so excited for today’s post. I actually sewed this a couple months ago, but I’m lazy and forgot to upload it. As you can probably guess….I made a kimono! Kimonos were really on trend last year. I really wanted one, even when they weren’t “in, but when I saw this silky fabric on sale at Joann’s, I grabbed two yards.

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Let’s ignore the fact that this is an odd facial expression.

Ok, so let’s start at the beginning. Sewing this baby. IT WAS REALLY HARD. Let me just get that out. This fabric frays like crazy and slips around everywhere. It took a whole pincushion and ten wonder clips to keep one piece of this together. Most of sewing this kimono was hemming. There was SO much hemming. And the needle wasn’t very happy about sewing this. But it all turned out.

This fabric is gorgeous–but why is it that gorgeous fabrics are the hardest to work with?? I’ve worn this twice, and it’s ripped three times. Yikes. It rips a lot.

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But now for some good things. 🙂 The fabric drapes beautifully. The print really does stand out and the sleeves fall perfectly. Also, the fabric is really light and blows perfectly in the breeze.

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This odd photo was just to show the print of the fabric. The more I look at the fabric, the more I love it.You probably have noticed that some parts are unhemmed. I didn’t use a pattern, I just kinda winged it, but the length turned out odd. I didn’t hem the back and the part at the neck because of that.

I had a lot of fun taking these photos. Enjoy! 🙂

 

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My nose ALWAYS manages to end up in the neck-down pictures. Sorry about that. 🙂

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Aah! I love this! The kimono really stands out.

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This is another one of my favorite photos.

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I was trying to show how big the sleeves are.

Here are the things I would change:

  • I really want to change the length. I’ve said this earlier, but I just feel like the length should be longer.
  • This curve (below). It drives me insane! Instead of flowing out, when I wear the kimono, it swerves out and then back to where it’s sewn on to the back piece; it doesn’t go in front of me. I made some lines below where I wish it went out to.

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Well, there you have it! My kimono! Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. Let me leave you with my last photo:

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This photo is my favorite–I’m not even sure why, I just love it. And I love my followers. And my kimono. Obviously.

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂 Until my next post,

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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

Craft Fair & Throw Pillow

Hello Sewing and Fashion friends,

My blog has been quite boring recently, I know. I am trying to figure out a good time to get my machine fixed, but my whole month is busy. My cousin is coming over for this whole week, my birthday is coming up soon…and I’m getting my braces off! It’s been two years, I can’t wait to get them off. I’ve been getting started on tons of projects, and once my machine is fixed, I’ll lock myself in my room and sew until all my projects are finished! I did finish one project, though, with the power off…..handsewing!

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(Sorry for the weird picture, I took my comfortor off the bed because it was too hot to leave it on.This is my bedroom, if you can’t guess.)

I made a pillow case and small throw pillow for my room a while ago. I started on a bigger throw pillow, but couldn’t finish it because I ran out of stuffing. That throw pillow sat in my closet for a while until I got more stuffing. Then I just sewed it shut and added some lace detail.image

Voila! A great throw pillow.

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Here’s a little sneak peak on my Fancy Tiger Craft’s One Hour Top. I’ve worked so hard on it, I can’t wait to wear it! I’ve been making a list of things I’m going to make once my machine works again.

1. Faux Fur Vest

2. Union St. Tee

3. Dress (or two or three)

4. Shorts (I actually started making these!)

5. Pajama Pants

6. A kimono-ish cardigan

7. Some skirts, because you can never have too many

8. More bunting flags

Um, does that count? I’ve already started on some rounded ones.

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So, basically, I want to make every kind of clothing imanginable. I just feeling like I’m disappointing/boring all of you because I haven’t posted about a REAL sewing project in a while. I’ve been hand-sewing little projects to satisfy my sewing cravings, but once my machine is fixed, it will all be better. It will get fixed at some point I assure you.

You’re probably wondering where the craft fair part comes into this. Every year, my church has a huge craft fair in October, with a bake sale and book sale, and everything you could think of. Last year I thought of getting a booth, but wasn’t sure. This year I’m considering it–my sister is trying to talk me into sharing a booth with her; she would sell crochet stuff and I would sell sewing stuff, but I just don’t know! The boothes sell up quickly, and they just started putting signs up for it, so I need to make a decision soon. I’ve already self-consciously been coming up with ideas for things to make, like throw pillows and drawstring bags and tote bags, etc. My mom came up with the idea that I could make little baby tulle skirts. Do you think I should get a booth?

Selfie of the day:

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Or maybe another one:

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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.

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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.