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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Halloween Costume

Alright, it's extremely belated, but I finally sat down to write this post with all you beloved readers in mind...*sniff*...every time I get another view, my heart is touched. 

The concept for this costume was kind of loose. I've wanted to make wings like this for a very long time, but haven't been able to come up with a good enough excuse to do so...until Halloween! The excuse for all things!! (hey, I think that almost rhymed!!)

I found the most perfect fabric at the store and just had to get it. You know how it is. 

This is what I started with, but later took in the sides, hemmed it and shortened the sleeves. 

The bodice and sleeves are from the tunic I made for my mom, with a 1/2 circle skirt attached. 

The fabric is thick and sturdy, so the skirt has a great shape it and moves beautifully when I walk. 

All the top stitching was done in gray thread to make the dress match...

...the wings!

Originally, the wings were going to have more gray in them, but I just couldn't find felt in a shade of gray that worked with this, so I stuck with blue. 

To pattern the wings, I measured my armspan and then from the nape of my neck to the small of my back (mom had to help with this part). Super simple and easy to recreate.

You might recognize the floral fabric from a dress I made earlier this year.

I put elastic on the end of the wings to slip my hands through to keep them on and it ties around my neck with some silver satin ribbon.

So, there you go! A quick, comfy Halloween costume, and I'm definitely recycling the wings and dress for other things. 

Stay tuned, everyone! There's some Winter Break crafting projects coming up soon. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Thing 1 T-Shirt

When my family went to NYC last summer, my brothers and I found matching Thing 1, 2 and 3 shirts at a street fair. But of course, they were of the "unisex" variety, so I got mine a couple sizes too big so I could do something with it.

I decided to use the t-shirt pattern that I patterned from an old shirt a while ago. Unfortunately, there wasn't quite enough fabric in the Thing 1 shirt, so I added panels of another fabric to the sides.

The fabric I used for the panels was this nice, stretchy black knit, which was nice since t-shirts from street fairs aren't exactly famous for their high fabric quality and comfort. 

I decided to do a contrast binding on the neckline to give the shirt more pop. I really liked the way the different color sections turned out!

My brother started high school at my school this year, so we decided to go matching!!

There we are! (Mom, don't cry when you see this photo. Also, I downloaded it off your Facebook page, so this is a lesson to everyone! When you put photos online, anyone can take them!)

Winter break is coming up...so be expecting some extra posts as my holiday present to you!
Love, Taft 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Blue Alabama Chanin Tank Top

Here's your late Thanksgiving present...an extra blog post! Yay!

Remember all those Alabama Chanin clothes I've made? Well, Natalie also has a beautiful tank top pattern that I love to wear. I've made a white one and a green one before (didn't blog about them, but I might post photos later), but this is the very first one I ever made (well, first one I started). 

The entire garment is hand-stitched, including the fancy stitching on the neckline and around the armhole. 

It's called a rosebud stitch; I learned it from that Alabama Chanin book I love. 

Here's the back:

The fabric is soooooo soft. I got it at Britex for my first Alabama Chanin project. Expensive, but damn. So freaking worth it. 

And the inside:

I think I should go in and clip the tails on the threads shorter so they're not poking out along the neckline and armhole.

Can't wait for the next Alabama Chanin project!
-Taft WK

Saturday, December 6, 2014

New York Fashion Week (...wait for it...)


Whew. Really just had to get that out of the way in the beginning. You'll thank me later.

But in all seriousness, I really am going to New York! My dad gave me a plane ticket to NYC, as Fashion Week happily coincides with our President's Week Break (more commonly known as Ski Week). He, being the jokester that he is, laser printed the message, so I had to wait ONE AND A HALF HOURS to find out what the tickets were for. I have never felt so much anxiety!

ASDFGJKLGKDSLSL. I just lose all capacity for speech every time I think about it. 

However, this is where you guys come in. I have a plane ticket (and maybe a buddy to come with me), but I don't have a place to stay and (through research) I have found out that you need to be invited to the shows or pay an $80 fee just to apply to maybe get invited (I'm a broke teenager and that ain't happenin'). 

So I need your help. Does anyone have contacts in the fashion industry who could get me into a show? Youth hostel recommendations? Excellent museums to visit? The best taco truck in Brooklyn? Your favorite street murals? The most banging thrift store in the tri state area?

Let me know. You can leave a note in the comments or email me at makingtembo@gmail.com. 

I'm counting down the days, my loves! 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Altered T-Shirts: Swim Cover Up

As you know, I went to summer camp a couple months ago (and went into sewing withdrawal) where I did a LOT of swimming. Before I left, I needed a new swimsuit coverup, because my other one was white (not going to fly at camp, where everything gets dirty) with some mysterious stains (just doesn't fly in general). 

The day, no, the night before I left, I decided to make my own. At this point, I'm considering naming my brand "Procrastination" (if I ever have one, that is). So, at 9 PM I pulled out this NYU shirt I got to remake to turn into a coverup.

(Apologizing in advance for poor photo quality. Like I said, late at night and bad lighting.)

Just your basic "unisex" t-shirt, oversized of course for maximum crafting possibilities.

I grabbed a t-shirt whose sleeve I like and traced it onto the NYU shirt:

I ended up adjusting it a bit later and rolling the sleeve up a bit, but this was the basic idea.

The sleeve's just tacked in place so it doesn't go anywhere.

I saw a picture of a technique like this somewhere and decided to put my own twist on it. I cut strips at the hem and tied them together in a pattern.

But of course I decided that wasn't enough and tied more t-shirt scraps onto those.

They're the hems cut off of other t-shirts, so each one has its own story. 

And this went on and on and on until 11 o'clock at night. 

It looks a little messy, but it was so fun to wear on the lawn! It's colorful and has movement and I love that so many projects are represented in this piece.

There wasn't an even number of second row knots, so the front has a gap, but I kind of like it that way. It meant that the hem didn't hinder running/playing/etc while I was at camp.

I also cut a lot of fabric out of the neck so I could pull it on/off easily before and after swimming. I ended up cutting too much, though, and sewed a strap across the back at camp (cut from the bottom of a t-shirt I had there). 

I loved wearing it at camp and I got some great compliments. Can't wait to wear it again next year!

-Taft WK