Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Decorating a Hoodie with Patches

Hard to believe my little girl is leaving for college again on Friday. Wishing I could slow down time, both so she can get all her packing and preparation done, and I can savor her company.
And, of course, sew for her. This time around she wanted to spiff up her work hoodie with some embroidery designs. She's really fallen in love with the stuff over at Urban Threads! The designs are well done and incredibly funky. She picked out six designs, but didn't want them embroidered directly onto the hoodie as the back sides of the designs would feel too scratchy. Instead, I embroidered the designs onto Osnaberg fabric and turned them into patches.
 To embroider the raven, I removed the top and side stitches holding the pocket in place so I could attach the patch without taking away the pocket. The raven design extends just a bit beyond the pocket.

The jacket back with the ankh and the horned stag. The ankh design is positioned precisely over the spot where she has her ankh tattoo, and is the same size!

A flying key is on her right wrist. To attach it I had to open up the sleeve seam, then serge it closed again once the patch was in place.

I think this is her favorite design. She really does love her job; this year she'll be on the Library crew.

Close-up of the Raven patch. It's formed from a quote from Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven".

This "ZOMG" design was a freebie from Urban Threads!

I'm so glad she still likes to get crafty stuff made for her!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Yet another Folkwear Kimono

My lovely daughter Diana was so impressed with the Folkwear Kimono I made for myself earlier this year that she asked me to make one for her as well. I told her I would, as soon as we found the right fabric for it.
Well, while we were at Capital Quilts buying fabric for her Mother Nature costume, we came across a few bolts of extra-wide batiks, and one of them really caught her eye. So three yards of it came home with us.

I finally had time this weekend to get the kimono cut out and assembled, and now Diana has a new robe to pack in her "Back to College" boxes. Hard to believe I'll be driving her back to North Carolina in just two short weeks... Where did the summer go??

Here's the front view. She wanted the longer formal sleeves, but done "man-style" -- that is, with the sleeve totally enclosed to form a pocket, rather than left open, as a woman's is. And it was only after I finished the whole thing that I remembered she had requested the sleeves be just a little wider (more towards her wrists). Oops.But luckily she's okay with them as they are.

I also made a self-fabric sash, and added two belt loops at the side seams to hold it in place.

Back view:
I cut the pattern for a woman's medium, but there's actually a bit more room in the body since I cut it on the fold rather than having a seam.

Now it's Bob's turn for a new robe!