Category: Do It Yourself!

Sew What’s in Your Wardrobe? – Duster Cardigan

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Finally a new addition to my wardrobe! It’s been a quick minute since I’ve made any clothing for myself and I thought it was about time. The latest piece to my closet is a duster cardigan in a salt and pepper knit fabric. This cardigan has been on my mind since I saw blogger Mimi G make it and I’m so stoked to have one of my own now!

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This duster was made with pattern New Look #6735. The pattern is for a regular cardigan but, I altered it to add length.I decided that I wanted my duster to fall to my ankles so it wouldn’t have a chance to drag. The duster has three buttons down the front, belt loops and a black canvas belt. The knit fabric was 6$ a yard, which I got 2 of, and the black canvas was 8$ a yard which I used only a small piece of. The New Look pattern I got for 4$ downtown at Michael Levine a year ago and it most likely is still just as cheap.

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I absolutely love this piece. It’s so stylish and dramatic; a great addition to my fall wardrobe. I urge you to check out Mimi G’s video for a great tutorial on this custom duster cardigan and sew what’s in your wardrobe. I look forward to wearing mine more as the weather gets cooler and in the meantime I’ll just use it as my morning robe! 😀 ❤

catch ya later

-Athena-

 

Let’s Sew – Episode 3

The latest episode of Let’s Sew is up. More live streaming of tracing, cutting, and sewing to be had for all! Once I complete this bag I will continue with the video series but, not only live stream. That way for those who prefer videos that aren’t hours long will have something as well. Check it out and subscribe to my Youtube channel for updates on when I go live and post! ❤

-Athena-

Let’s Sew – Episode 2

Let’s Sew – Episode 2 – Making a Handbag

Video series where I share my projects and progress with you! ❤ Watch as I continue making a handbag out of teenage mutant ninja turtles cotton fabric!

Catch me live streaming Episode 3 tomorrow on Youtube! And check out my past projects here on MachineLove.

Let’s Sew – New Video Series

The beginning of my new series “Let’s Sew”, where I live stream projects and share my progress.

Watch me make a handbag and show you how it’s done! Part 1 is here. Check it out and catch me tomorrow May 22nd, live streaming part 2 @ 1:30 pm pacific time on youtube. Link below!

Using TMNT fabric. I got that turtle power!!

WARP CANDY BAGS – That Leopard Babyyy!

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Hello there! Happy 2016 to you! It’s already three months into the new year and time is just zooming. I had my sweet somethings in February and some green beer last week, so now I’m ready to share with you what I’ve been working on.

Last time we touched base I was gearing up for a little event called Burning Man. I had such an amazing time out there in Black Rock City and I did indeed end up giving away the two light jackets I made in my last post to two wonderful burners (you know who you are! <3). Since getting back from the desert, which was in September, I’ve felt like I’ve been in a bit of a slump.

Unhappiness with my current job and an unwillingness to fully make up my mind about whether to continue school has kept me in a constant state of angst, exasperation and uncertainty. I continue to tell myself that crafting is what I enjoy the most yet, I find myself dwindling from my sewing machine.

In an attempt to steer myself back to my love for all things crafty, I decided that what I really needed in my life was… sweet handbags! (>*o*)>

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Yes! Months ago I found this fabulous handbag pattern at Michael Levine. I took it home and put it with my other patterns only to forget about it. Well, later I decided that I wanted to start designing my own fabric. So I took a wicked drawing of a pirate my brother drew and manipulated it in Adobe Photoshop to make a fabric design. After I was happy with the design, I had this company called Spoonflower print and ship my fabric to me. I loved it so much I knew I had to make my first handbag out of it.

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I named the fabric Pirate on the High Seas and as seen above, I chose to go with a salmon color. I knew my friend Danielle would absolute love the fabric too, so I gave her the bag for her birthday. The bag was such a hit that her grandmother requested I make one for her in a leopard print. I obliged and this is the end result of that fly LEOPARD BABYYY! 😀

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For these handbags I used pattern #M6532 by McCall’s. Each bag called for two zippers; one for the top opening and a convenient zipper pocket in the front. For the lining, bottom, inside pockets and handles of each bag, I used a black duck canvas I got for $8 a yard. The custom fabric I used on the first bag was printed on Kona cotton for $15 a yard. The leopard cotton fabric was purchased for $10.75 a yard and I used fusible interfacing that cost $2.50 a yard. All fabric, besides the Kona cotton, I bought from Michael Levine in downtown LA.

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Now this leopard bag is ready to be gifted! I was really excited about how the bags turned out and I will continue to make these in custom fabrics and assorted colors. If you don’t have the time to make a bag but would like your own Warp Candy Bag <3, check out my online store. Link on my About page. I’ll be listing bags up there as soon as they are complete, so feel free to browse. Thanks for staying with me MachineLovers. Catch you later!

Athena

 

 

Pocketed Shorts: Sew What’s in Your Wardrobe?

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Happy Monday everyone! I hope this post finds you well and that you had a good weekend. Last week was a lot of fun for me as I got to celebrate birthday wishes with friends and caught a Marilyn Manson and Smashing Pumpkins show. It was tons of fun! I grew up with both artists’ music but I was never an avid fan of either until recently. Both of their new albums have great music and I appreciate them more as artists now that they are older and still making sounds they love. I had a great time but now I’m ready to get back to work and make some stuff… I’m on a roll over here!

It’s been such a nice summer so far here in LA that I was compelled to make some sweet shorts to go with my summer wear. If you didn’t catch my post last week, one of my goals this year is to have my wardrobe completely handmade. Making your own clothes really gives your wardrobe an edge and authenticity you can’t find with bargain bin clothes or high-end designer wear. You’ll soon realize that your handmade clothes are more valuable than any store-bought clothes because they are one of a kind, made by you! Sew what’s in my wardrobe these days? I’ve been slowly adding to it and this pair of shorts is my latest addition. Check it out! 😀

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If this fabric looks familiar to you it’s because it’s the same fabric I used to make a bolster cushion a few weeks ago. You can check out that post here. I really love this fabric and knew that I wanted to make some clothes with it. I decided to make a pair of shorts I could accessorize for any occasion. A big factor for me when going out is not worrying about carrying my belongings. I don’t enjoy carrying purses when I go out on the town, especially in Hollywood. For me, a good pair of pockets can double as my purse. This is something I’m always considering when making my own wardrobe; functionality. Besides the piece of clothing looking great, how else can I utilize it? The fabrics’ design is classy enough that I can pair these shorts with heels and go out for cocktails or just roam around the neighborhood for a nice stroll.

If you recall, I got this fabric at about 6$ a yard from Joann’s. After making the bolster cushion, I still had enough of that yard left for this pair of shorts. I’m still in the process of learning how to make my own patterns, so for this particular pair I used a store-bought pattern. I picked up this Butterick pattern at Michael Levine’s I believe. I don’t recall the price but you should be able to find it online with the pattern number. I’ve made a few pieces with these already and as the packaging says, they are fast and easy. This was originally a pattern for pocketed pants. I loved how the pants I made with this pattern turned out that I thought it would be a great idea to alter it for some shorts. I used an elastic band ($1.25 a yard) to secure the waist and trimmed a good amount of the pattern for the shorts.

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Sewing and designing your own clothes isn’t hard. It just takes patience and consistency, but everyone is capable of this skill and should take full advantage of the benefits of knowing how to sew your own clothes. Don’t be intimidated by the machine, it’s there to make your job easier! And if you’re hand sewing your clothes, I applaud you because this takes much more patience but it gets the job done too!

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This concludes the latest Sew What’s in Your Wardrobe? I love these pocketed shorts and will continue to build my collection. As always I encourage you all to make your own clothes and sew what’s in your wardrobe too! 😉 Thanks again for joining me and please share any sweet pieces you are currently working on. I’d love to see them! Until next time, take care MachineLovers!

-Athena-

TMNT Skirt: Sew What’s in Your Wardrobe?

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Hello there! I made it a second week in a row! If you have been following this page at all, then you know that when I write “I’ll be updating this page often now”… I don’t, haha! I’m really trying this time though, so thanks for joining me. 🙂

Besides this page, one of my other goals this year is to do a complete wardrobe over hall. If you’re anything like me, you don’t necessarily enjoy shopping for clothes but have your own distinct style and still want a sweet comfortable wardrobe. Making your own clothes can add great value to your overall style because you cut out the hassle of not finding your size or particular fabric/design you want. I don’t enjoy breaking my bank either and sometimes I just can’t justify buying a pair of shorts for X amount of dollars when I can make a custom pair for less than half the price. I’ve been slowly adding to my collection piece by piece but so far I have only made six articles for my wardrobe.

The latest addition was kind of accidental but, I love this piece so much! I went to the garment district downtown with the intention of buying this awesome TMNT fabric for a shirt I wanted to make for my brother’s birthday gift. Well, one thing led to another and the shirt I made for him was too small! It would have been smart of me to ask him his size. DUH! Ha-ha! Well, this is the result of that shirt and the newest addition to my wardrobe. I got that TURTLE POWER!

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I’m a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and when I find time I still play my NES and SNES TMNT games. I absolutely love the first two TMNT movies and have them on VHS. If you’re wondering; no I was not a fan of the most recent TMNT movie. I really loved the puppetry/mechanical heads in the original live action movies and while I found myself able to sit through the “remake”, I was disappointed with the CGI turtles overall.

ANYWAY, so when I originally saw this fabric, like I mentioned earlier, I wanted it for a shirt  and what I envisioned was something similar to a bowling league shirt. I used a black cotton fabric for the triangles on the side of the shirt and for the bias tape around the edges. Below is a photo of the shirt prior to me turning it into a skirt. The bias tape at the bottom of the shirt and the triangles had not been added yet.

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I didn’t have enough fabric left to make the shirt bigger and I considered keeping it as a pajama shirt but I ultimately decided to make it into a skirt. Basically all I did was trim the shirt and a 2 inch wide waistband from it. I attached the fabric waistband to the top and then cut and added a 1 inch wide elastic band to the inside of it. The elastic band was cut to the size of where I wanted the skirt to hang on my waist.

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I absolutely love the way this skirt turned out. I’m stoked I was able to utilize the shirt and my brother didn’t mind! It was cheap too. I bought one yard of the TMNT fabric for 7$ at Michael Levine’s. The black fabric I bought for 2$ a yard at Lady Fabric.

I’ll continue to build my wardrobe and share with you all my progress. In the meantime you should sew what’s in your wardrobe! Designing your own clothes is really rewarding. When someone compliments a particular piece of clothing and asks me where I got it, I say, “I made it myself!” Ha-ha! Let me know what you create and of any suggestions you might have for my wardrobe. Till next time! 😀

..Athena..