Ideas

So…yesterday, I was supposed to create a post about something that starts with the letter i.  Obviously, that didn’t happen.  I just didn’t have any…IDEAS!

Hey, that’s an “i” word!

Inspiration!  That’s another one!

A few days ago, I wrote that it all begins with fabric.  Well, that’s only partially true.  It really all begins with an idea, an inspiration from some source.  Sometimes fabric is that source.  Sometimes it’s a picture that inspires a creation.  Or a “what if” kind of idea that gets my creative juices flowing.  In a previous post, I talked about using traditional quilt square patterns to ‘square up’ some t-shirts for a quilt.

Ideas and inspiration can be found just about anywhere.  Be on the lookout!  I leave you with this quote from Winnie-the-Pooh, and a little bit of context:

In the book The House at Pooh corner, Owl’s house has been destroyed in a storm.  Rabbit is organizing a search for a new house for Owl, and Piglet thinks Pooh should write a song about Owl’s old house.  Some time passes and still Pooh hasn’t written a song…

“Because Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you.  And all you can do is to go where they can find you.”

And sometimes the same holds true for creations of fabric.


			

Fabric

I mean, what else could the letter F possibly stand for at this blog, right?!  Fabric!  That’s where it all begins.  Without fabric, there is no sewing.  No little girl’s dresses (and matching doll’s dresses).  No little boy’s shirts, nor husband’s shirts.  No quilts (gasp!).  No costumes.  What a sad thought.

But cheer up, because there is, indeed, FABRIC!  Lots of it.  In my stash alone.  And in that bag out in the garage that’s supposed to be going away, only it hasn’t found a place to go away to, yet, so there it sits.  Fabric, fabric everywhere.  I have my fabrics sort of organized by type.  I have colorful plastic bins that slide in and out of a wooden frame.

This is from IKEA. My bins are different colors, and my frame sits with the short side on the left.

Each bin has a different type of fabric in it.  There’s a medium sized bin of cotton prints, a small bin of solids (mostly cotton blends), a small bin of ribbed knit, and a small bin of “special” fabrics—lace, satin, tulle, non-slip (for footed pajamas).  Then there is one large bin to hold the fleece and flannel and all things snuggly, and another large bin for upholstery fabric, brocades, tapestry, leather (and leather-like), and all things stiff.  Hey, it’s my system, and in my system, “stiff” is a category.  = )  There is a last little bin that is kind of the catch-all, like a junk drawer in the kitchen.  This little bin has interfacing, handkerchiefs (for future projects?), some crocheted lace made by my sister-in-law’s great aunt, and whatever else doesn’t fit into another bin’s category.  I also have denim and old jeans, pants, and shorts in the cubbies of another shelf.  I have a lot of fabric.

But I’m going to use it all!  Someday…no, really!

(I can hear you laughing…)

E!

E is for Edna Mode, my favorite character in my favorite Pixar film.  She is a seamstress extraordinaire, using her talents to outfit the world’s superheroes.  I love her!

"I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now."

Costumes

I thought I’d just talk about the costumes I can recall making in my life.  I’m sorry I don’t have pictures, but some of them were from my costume shop days in college, and who knew I’d ever be blogging about them?  (What was a ‘blog’ back then anyway?)  And the rest of the pictures I might have are on a flash drive…somewhere…not where it belongs…  So, here are descriptions of some costumes I’ve made:

17th century French characters (for Moliere’s play “Tartuffe”)

This included good old-fashioned breath-restricting corsets for the 5 gals, calf falsies for the 9 guys (apparently well-developed calves were, um, highly valued by 17th century Frenchmen?), underdresses and overdresses with stomachers, knickers, vests, overcoats, lots of lace and embroidery and jewels and frou-frou everywhere–on the cuffs, the shoes, the hankies, the walking sticks, the wigs–everywhere!

Shakespearean garb

My co-costume mistress and I made pumpkin breeches, tunics, dresses, and a costume for Shakespeare’s only dog character (from “Two Gentlemen of Verona”).  The guy who played the dog wore a union suit with commercial mop heads stitched all over it.  He was one hot dog after each rehearsal and our one performance!  But our professor thought our idea for the costume was very clever.

Wendy Darling (from “Peter Pan”)

This was actually a flower girl dress I made for my daughter for some friends’ wedding, but after the wedding it became her “Wendy dress” (which is actually a nightgown in the Disney movie).

Colonial miss

My daughter was really into dress-up at this stage.  The dress I used began as a bride’s attendant dress my mom wore at her sister’s wedding.  It had a round neck, v-waist, deep ruffle hem, and dolman sleeves.  I converted it once, for a Blue-Gray Ball my husband and I attended before we were married.  Then my daughter started eyeballing it, and I converted it yet again.  It became a square-necked gown with lace bell sleeves, lace-trimmed (mock) bodice, and scalloped ruffle hem.  You’d never know the original and the current dress are one and the same!

Calvin (from Calvin & Hobbes comic strip)

This required only a red t-shirt and a black Sharpie marker…easy peasy.  Boys are so much easier than girls!

Dolly Madison

My daughter and I put this one together with thrift store finds.

Munchkins

See other posts in this blog for more about these colorful costumes.

Peasant for “Aladdin, Jr.”

One of my little Munchkin friends was later in a production of “Aladdin, Jr.” as a peasant, and as part of the treasure in the Cave of Wonders!  That was fun!

Renaissance gal

Apparently, my daughter is still into dress-up.  = )

Female Hobbit

Yep.  A must-have for seeing “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in the theatre.

Rapunzel

When “Tangled” is your favorite Disney movie, and you’re going to meet Rapunzel at Disneyland, you simply must have a proper dress for the occasion.  This one was really fun to make!

Have you made any fun costumes?

Here we go…

So…

I mean, sew…

This little blog is the result of my realizing that I have no record of countless fabric creations that I have made over the years.  Baby quilts, big quilts, doll clothes, people clothes, purses, bags, etc.  I can picture in my mind most of the items I have made, but no one else can see them (except for their recipients)!

I decided it was time to start documenting my little adventures in the world of fabric.  I plan to take pictures of my progress throughout my different projects and post them here. Unless it’s a gift for someone who is likely to read my blog, it will likely end up here.

Currently, I have a few projects in various stages of completion.  I’m making a t-shirt quilt, restoring/repurposing the quilt that I used in college, making aprons from pillowcases, and–always–finding cute fabrics to make shopping bags.  Other types of projects that I have tackled in the past and that may appear among these posts are purses and bags made from old jeans, pants, or neckties; doll clothes and fun stuff; teddy bears and other animals; projects for non-sewing friends; cross-stitch projects; and whatever presents itself when I find a piece of fabric that I just can’t resist!

I hope you’ll join me on my creative journey!

(Giving credit where credit is due:  My wonderful computer geek husband set this all up for me!)