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

New designs and Thoughts On Project Runway

It’s been almost a month since I last posted. It feels good to finally be writing to a new post! I have a very big (sponsored!!) post coming up on the 21st of September, but I’m not allowed to share any details…I’m super excited about it, though! I’m working on the muslins for this project currently, and I cannot wait to show you what it is!

Oh, and guess who’s birthday is on the 26th of August? I can’t wait for that either! I’m trying to be paitent, but I’m counting down the days!

I’ve been doing a lot of designing to keep myself occupied, so I thought I would show you a couple…

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The first design I’m showing you is a back to school look. They’re kind of ugly, I was just expirmenting, but I like the plaid skirt on the design on the far right.

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I love this design, though! It’s a plaid trench coat with a mini dress underneath. I have a new obsession with trench coats all of the sudden, which is weird, since I don’t even own any trench coats and I would never wear one anyway.

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I love this as well! It’s a jumpsuit with a faux fur vest.

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Lastly, my favorite. A dress with a really long floor-length coat/cape/dress/what do you call this? Anyway, I like whatever it is. I have a poll for you now, just because I can:

 

Did any of you watch the new Project Runway Season 14 episode?

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I never like when there’s a new season of a reality tv show, because I get to used to the characters and their personalities, so I don’t like new seasons. It’s going to take me a while to get used to new people, new challenges…it’s so weird!

I’m interested how this new season is going to play out. My favorite is Ashley, she was the one with the purple/pink-ish hair that won the challenge. Instantly, my least favorite is Marlene, because she never seems to stop talking! That’s annoying! The next episode looks interesting–they have to make clothes out of cards. It looks like this is going to be a very unconventional season! Have you seen the new season?

And now I have to close this post with another poll. I sometimes post about sewing, and sometimes designing, and I’m not sure which I’m leaning more towards.

Thank you, have a great week!

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.

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

10 Things About Sewing That I Learned The Hard Way

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I’ve learned from my mistakes this past year of sewing, and I wish I knew some of the stuff I know now. Here are my tips.

1. Make sure you have enough fabric for your project. 

Sometimes I’m so caught up in sewing something that I forget to check how much fabric I need. This has happened to me a million times, and it’s frustrating!

2.  Clean your machine often.

Need I say more? Check out this link where I am reminded painfully of this.

3. When cutting a pattern, make sure you have cut all the pieces before you throw away the scraps.

Last year, I was sewing a dress, and I cut all the pieces without checking for the back bodice piece. It either didn’t come in the pattern package, or I threw it out, but it caused a lot of trauma and stress. Eventually, I drafted my own pattern with my mom.

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This was the dress I made–it’s hard to tell that I drafted my own back bodice pattern.

4. When buying fabric at a store, be sure to check how much the fabric is per yard.

I think everybody knows this, but once I get to the checkout counter, it’s shocking how much fabric supplies I buy! Just walking into Joann’s instantly makes me want to buy stuff.

5. When buying fabric, have an idea of what you’re actually going to do with it.

This is similar to the 4th and 1st tip. I always buy fabric and don’t actually have an idea of what to do with it. Then when I wan to make something out of it, I either don’t have enough or it’s the wrong type of fabric, etc.

6. Remember to change out your needle for the right fabric.

I’m always so lazy about this, and the other day I was sewing really thick fabric with the standard needle. And what do you think happened? The needle got caught when sewing, and it wouldn’t sew or come up. I eventually had to take the bobbin out, turn the machine off, and cut the fabric out until the needle finally came up bent. So I had to throw it away! You would have thought I learned my lesson, but then the next week the same thing happened!

7. Use the right stich length and tension for the right project.

I can’t tell you how many times this has happened, and again, I was lazy and didn’t change it. Oh well.

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8. Don’t use a million pins.

I’m pin-crazy, and I use tons of pins when I don’t really need them. Once it’s time to sew, though, I get annoyed at having to pull out the pins.

9. Don’t sew over the pin.

Okay, so maybe this one is like the 8th tip, but it’s happened to all of us.

10. Last, but not least, read all the instructions on the pattern.

More often than not, I skim over the instructions, and it comes back to me later when I sew the wrong pieces together.

I would LOVE to hear your funny sewing stories. Either let me know in the comments or tell me here. I’ll post all the stories on the blog in the next post. Thanks!

love abigail

Tulips!

Hello Fashionistas! Normally my blog is about sewing and design, but today I can’t resist showing you some pictures of tulips from the Tulip Festival in my town.

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My ouffit wasn’t too dressy. It’s 80 something degrees today, so comfy shorts and a cute top works fine for me.

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My outfit: Shorts from Target, Top from Old Navy, Shoes from Payless, Cami from Forever 21.

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We took about 50+ pictures of all the beautiful tulips.

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It’s hard not to…there are so many different kinds and colors. I got lots of inspiration for designs.

Have a happy weekend!

love abigail