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Part of the SewNovember challenge. I will be posting all my journal entries and photos for this here.


[1] Printed pencil case - warmup.
Potential Christmas present.

[2] B-Movie costume - suddenly a wild project appears. [COMPLETE]
One of my friends is doing a B-Movie party theme for his birthday in November and I wanted to do something a little more than wear my B-Movie dress. I landed on something that I vaguely remember seeing when I was younger that won't be too expensive to make and wearable over my dress - dark blue velvety robes, lots of hair plaits and white/silver flower beads for my hair. If anyone can guess the character from that, they deserve a reward!

[3] [Mystery Item] - what could it be? [COMPLETE]
Christmas present for someone that is actively on CI, so will have to be pretty vague about the details until after the big day. There will be smaller bits that I'll make/sew out of felt to attach that I may be able to upload inconspicuously however, so I'll do my best to stay informative.

[4] Meowth cat coat - that's right!
She'll hate it, but it'll be adorable <3, with stuffed plush coin attached to a hood and whiskers, similar shape as -

[Extra] Totoro dice bag - if there's time!
Because it'll be adorable! Zipped up the back with an inside pocket to store dice. Have never really made a proper plushie, so wanted to keep it simple/feasible. Based on -

When I went through my material box to look for some spare blue for the pencil case, I came across some old pokémon print fabric that I've had for over 10 years and some red and black Chinese print fabric that I've probably had for a similar amount of time. If I don't find a good excuse to use these this year, I might try and come up with projects for next year - it's about time they get put to some use! Similarly, I still have a small chunk of the tartan that Sharp and I used at our wedding - which could be turned into something cool!

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Progress Journal

28th November 2013

Day 13+: Illness Strikes

So my lovely husband decided to pass on his horrible sinusy cold to me and I was bedridden for a week and took another week to fully recover setting me back on my Sew November work - bah! Now I have lots of other stuff to catch up on.

Instead, I will probably round off the projects over the next week or to (at least anything that needs to be done for Xmas) and maybe set aside the second half of January to finish my blogging/some new stuff. I'll still keep people updated on the current projects over December in case anyone is interested, but the month is a bit too haphazard in order to dedicate continuous time to sewing.

A little disappointed that I ended up ill for a large chunk of this.

12th November 2013

Day 12: Outlines v2

Drew out the outline for the base of the leaf again, tbh having done the practice one I've probably learned a few lessons which can be applied to the new one.

Tomorrow I recommence with the stitching. I still have plenty of time and may run bits of this project concurrent to project 3 as I don't want to rush it. Also, mildly tempted to use the spare material to make a second one at some point for myself as I'm growing quite fond of it. ._.

12th November 2013

Day 11: Urgh!

Having issues with the material curling the more I do on the leaf, I might just take this as a prototype patch and start again with the section. I don't have any sewing hoops small enough to hold it down straight and was a little concerned with whether I would have un-ironable-out lines if I got hold of one.

Will start with a bigger section of fabric this time, and then cut it down to pencilcase-size afterwards. Grr Grr Grr.

10th November 2013

Day 10: Lines and Lines

More embroidery lines, more trying to figure out how I will sew things into the fabric in an awesome way, more taking a pattern of the pencil case and drawing out the lines (on the pattern) for where the paint will go. Hoping to have the embroidery bits done by tomorrow (depending on how much I have to unpick - I keep redoing bits) and the painting done on Tuesday (after Animu) Plan is to have this project finished by Thursday at the latest so that I can make a start on project #3.

[EDIT] WHOOP, finally up to date with my notebook. Have a little more time to maintain posts now which should mean less paper wastage. <_<;

9th November 2013

Day 9: A Robe in a Day...

Yup. Spent the morning/early afternoon sewing it all up, managed to position everything such that the old fabric ends were edging the robe as I didn't have enough time in order to properly hem it. Robe sleeves were actually much easier to make than I expected.

The collar was initially cut in a semi circle and I added bias-binding to it to keep it from fraying around my neck underneath the actual collar and then used the rest of the material (it is expensive and I am poor T_T) to make the wrapped collar on top.As the fabric used was no where near as sturdy as the reference robe, I used some thicker black material to shape and sit inside the neck wrap which would then help hold up the edges, then the central sections were gathered and sewn through to attempt to somewhat re-create the effect that the original had. Then it was all hand-sewn down onto the main body of the robe.

Probably one of the comfiest costumes I've every worn! :D

8th November 2013

Day 8: Templating the Robe

So the costume is effectively a dark blue robe with an extra bit of blue material that props up around the neckline. The fabric I had, for ease, was a chunk of blue stretchy velvet which was lovely and soft, but not quite the same material as used by the character in the film, however I couldn't really find a matching material type when I went shopping last week for fabric and it's a costume party, not a costume competition so it didn't really matter that much.

I started by using my dressing gown to estimate the back section, but then discarded this idea as it doesn't floop as much as it could and decided to trace it all out by hand... lots of trial and error. Worst part was all the pins slipping out every time I tried bits of it on to judge the size, and that my scissors don't cut the fabric very well... guh.

7th November 2013

Day 7: Project #2 Panic

Got back a little bit later than usual as I was spending time getting some last minute marking done, continued to work on embroidery when I got home, then got distracted by my 3DS and crashed.

Realised right before bed that project #2 was still a sitting chunk of material on the sofa and that I had two days (including the day itself) to make it. Haha, panic time. Decided to put the pencil case aside and return to it afterwards.

6th November 2013

Day 6: More Leaf Embroidery

Long day of work and was feeling a bit unwell, so probably only spent about 10 minutes or so doing a few more lines on the leaf.

5th November 2013

Day 5: Start of the Leaf Embroidery

Didn't get a lot done yesterday other than deciding to switch material and sketch out some outlines so I decided to get the embroidery outline stitched down and make a start on that, my lines are a little wonky but I'm hoping that it won't be too noticeable when it's all sewn together.

Considered which bits I would paint and where each line would go, briefly considered painting before stitching due to the concern that I would get paint on the thread but decided that if the fabric had hardened in places, it would probably be harder to sew.

At some point I'll dig the photos off my phone, I tried to get a photo a day but some of them are pretty dark.

4th November 2013

Day 4: Fabric 2.0 and Embroidery Sketches

Decided that it would probably be a little more colourful to add some blue to the main body of the fabric but I didn't have a lot in so patterned out some two-tone designs that could incorporate extra bits. Rather than painting on some detail, decided that it would be neat to try to hand-embroider a small section (which I've never really done before) as I have plenty of cross-stitch threads, mostly back from when I did a lot of cross-stitch and I liked to collect the colours.

(Will probably type up some entries intermittently from my notebook logs, so sorry for any spam at points!)

3rd November 2013

Day 3: Zipper Accessories

Some days I have more time, others I don't have as much. Spent a little bit of time trying to sort out the zipper dongles, which consisted of an attached key ring and an extra section. Had to remove the actual key ring hoop and attach the chain to the zipper pull directly and work out an alternative for the extra bit, I tried to reshape some rings from some spare chain I had, but eventually gave up and decided to incorporate it into the outer fabric itself and leave the key ring by itself. Pinned in the zipper.

2nd November 2013

Day 2: Choosing Fabrics

I had initially hoped to use a nice grey slightly-patterned piece for the outside section, but I wasn't sure that the colours would work so may fumble about a bit and see what other options I have tomorrow. Sewed together the lining fabric.

1st November 2013

Day 1: Templating

Sized up the templates for the first project, didn't manage to get much further than that because of a Halloween party I was finishing things up for at the same time - which did involve some sewing! Pictures to come.