1 post / day Day 19: The Present Robe

Half decided to make these as presents this Christmas.

Halloween costumes are not done yet, but it is good to have plans.

The hardest thing ever is to choosing clothing for friends. People really do have different tastes. Don't even bother to try.

So scarfs are handy for gifting. Boring but safe. No fitting issue with scarfs. They can always be re-gifted.

These I made during the summer, also easy fitting. So it will be--a present robe.

terry cloth or fleece.
long or short.

Very important to know people's favorite colors. 

It is fall. It is stormy outside and I can't even pretend I am living in somewhere south.Pictures have been staying inside the camera and the phone for a long time.

Good to imagine there was a summer just passed by.
Fence is no longer the back drop.

Time.Just. Went.and Gone.

1 post /day day 18. The huge skirt and the elegant top

I am happy to post before it is midnight.

This is not my design, I cut and made this set for a student designer. I think she did a great job drafting the pattern, the top, especially.It has at least 25 pieces. elaborate.. I'd really love to make another top, but what for?

Sewing can be a great pleasure. Just sometimes, I think it is a waste to make something that nobody is going to really wear. I am not a special occasion fun.

The skirt is huge. I had no time and no way to style it. It is too long for my dress form; and the top is too small for it, so it wasn't zipped up at the back.

This post is not like a instagram. Now I know the difference between them is blogging is harder but you can put more pictures in one post. Great find, I guess, after 18 days of blogging.

1 post / day Day 16: Backless Mexican Dress

I made this for a girl for her trip to Mexican.

A few things about dressmaking that I gathered over the years.

Clients's side:

* You'd think people with irregular body shapes would like to get things made for them. No. They are very regular shaped and usually extremely beautifully shaped.

* Girls like long dresses when take vacations elsewhere. They want to flow..to be flowy.

* You expect a pattern they have in mind. Not really.

* They think some dresses that are very very simple... Often not so. It is hard for them to know many layers are there in the simple dresses.

* You think they would send a picture to you...No.

My side:
* Very hard for me to ask for pictures. My own issue about asking.

* I like dressmaking for people. Definitely, Infinity.

* I want a better place for taking pictures.. A place without cars in the back ground:(

1 post / day Day 15 : Penguin Costume Pattern -- a Free Download

I finished my daughter's costume, and am putting this pattern for download.

She decides what she wants to be every year and I am happy I can handle a penguin, a bat, or a chicken.

At some point during the summer she said she wanted to be a tornado, and that did put me to worry about it for a while.

Luckily she changed her mind.

Hope there will be more penguins around, and all covered up faces.

I said why don't we make a hat separate from the body so it will be cute, and easy for you to take on and off and easy for you to breathe?

But no.
She wanted it to be covered up.

It really did the job. I don't think anyone will recognize her when she wear this to school.

I took some pictures during the sewing process. Hope they would be some help to you if you decide to sew up a penguin. Actually it can be a lot of animals, depends on what kind of fabric you use, the color is the key. I think if you use pink and put a snout, it may look even like a pig.

(I will be remake this into a hoodie for her right after Halloween. I like this fabric, warm and comfortable. the top 2 things on my lists when I sew for my own kids.  And I am always saving the planet;)

About the pattern:

* A4 or Us Letter paper print

* Designed for 8 years old girl. (130cm tall)

* 8 pieces given

* 2 files included . 
One is 25 pages, no overlapping pieces.
the other one is 14 pages, some pieces are overlapped.

* Fabric is stretchy. If use non stretchy fabric, enlarge arms and head pieces.

Download the pattern here.

How to make it.

Click here to see her bat costume.

Noelle Top Sewn by Elizabeth

I am happy to share Elizabeth's Noelle top.

To know more about her Noelle top (pattern hack and etc,.)and her other sewing projects click Sewn By Elizabeth

Check her reviews of patterns from almost all the independent pattern makers around the globe and a lot of free sewing patterns also listed and reviewed by her on her blog.

She has another way to sew the arm hole and I am going to borrow and post on the Noelle Sew  Along.

Thank you so much Liz.

1 post / day Day 14 : Naomi's pants/ the Goose Feather Pants for story teller Naomi

Today's post is about a pair of Pants I made for Naomi.

She is Vancouver’s famous storyteller who is  going to travel around the whole planet without taking an airplane starts this November. She will be stopping at various countries to perform and giving out workshops, making a living using her words and her telling of words. 

I had the good luck to attend one of her workshops to learn the skills of storytelling, and me, ended up performing in front of a few hundreds of people including the mayor of our city. Imagine what a good teacher she is. “Great teachers produce good students”-one of our old sayings. 

I offered to make her a pair of pants to go with her corset that made from her grandfather’s ties.She gave me a piece of canvas and her ideas was something that connects French, Sailors, Clowns, Goose, Big Pockets, Male?.

It was very hard for me to grasp her mind at the beginning. But I did enjoy her stories about meeting Dalai Lama and her staying in the Himalayas. 

We agreed to look for pictures.

I found pants like these.

then doodled something like this.

She said my design looked "fun".

then I  made a sample like this.

(......sorry pictures lost)

And We spend more than an hour to decide the length. It came out the sample was the right length. (Again, I enjoyed her telling of her all kinds of stories. )

She found 12 buttons from her button drawer..and some very cute fabric as the lining. so, these are the pants for the story teller Naomi from goosefeather.ca who is going to take her stories around the world.

I went to her show at this year's Vancouver Fringe festival and enjoyed her story tremendously that connects French, sailors, goose, clown, grandfather, measurement, and life.

This is the dim pic I took using my phone. so you can see the buttons are there.

Right now she is" packing, cleaning, visiting, leaving her home of 6 years, beginning a voyage around the planet, and her heart is filled nostalgia and vague melancholy...however, adventure calls! game on! "

Naomi is an inspiration. Fearless for one thing. If I were about to go around the planet I would have to have tons of gold coins and thousands of princes and queens waiting for me in all the countries. 

Her next show will be occidental California November 29th.And she is looking for “ connections to folks in Australia (Melbourne and up the East Coast) ". "who might have a place for me to lay my head or who would be interested in producing a show or hosting a workshop. I will be there for the month of January. :)email!

So please If you know anybody who would like to host her, to set up a show or some workshops in any country around the planet, email her or follow her adventure.

She will be posting 3 lines and 1 photo each day during her trip according to her plan. Very stingy I have to say.

But she is mysterious and poetic in a way.

Good luck Naomi.

Talking about Melbourne . I will do another post about Elizabeth .

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