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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-

 

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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-

Bolster Buds: Make Your Own Decorative Pillows

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Hello there! We are well into the middle of 2015 and I’m so happy to be posting again! Trips back to Long Beach and school work have been filling up my days but I’m gearing up for a hot summer jam pack full of projects. I officially got my AA degree and have decided to not continue school at the moment. I want to now focus all of my energy on sewing and this page. Since I plan to be constantly making something, my goal is to update this page every week. This blog has always been an opportunity to share my experience and progress with others in hopes to inspire and bond with other crafty folks, but mainly to motivate myself to stay consistent with my work. So far it doesn’t seem like it has been successful, ha-ha! I started this page two years ago and so far have only posted a handful of times but, arts and crafts have been a passion of mine since I was a kid embroidering pillows for my mother’s birthday. It’s just fun and I want to continue to work on projects and meet others on their crafty journey too! So, with all that said MachineLovers, I’d like to share with you a great little tutorial I found by another crafty blogger.

I was recently asked to make a cover for a cylinder pillow. I’ve made plenty of boxed pillows but, never a round one. I decided to check out how others approached the bolster pillow and found some great tips from other artists. I ended up using this tutorial for a corded pillow over at diydesign. Since the pillow I was making the cover for was going to be used daily as a down pillow I decided not to add the cording for a more comfortable feel. This was the result:

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I loved how this cover turned out so much that I ended up making another cover with the cording. It was my first attempt at cording, (or piping) but I feel it came out pretty nice none the less.

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For the corded bolster I made the pillow form myself using the same technique for the cover just not adding a zipper to it. I stuffed it with some polyester fill.

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The brown fabric I bought from Joann’s online for 6$ a yard and the cording ran a $1.25 a yard. For the black cover I used a black and grey knit fabric from Micheal Levine’s for $7 a yard. Polyester fill I already had but also not a pricey buy. All in all a pretty cheap alternative to buying decorative pillows at a home furnishing store.

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This Bolster Bud will now be shipped to Virginia as it’s a gift! Head over to diydesign for the sweet tutorial. Oh and also on a side note, when finding the appropriate width for the body of your bolster we do indeed take the diameter of the end of the pillow form plus one and times it by Pi (3.14…). However this diydesign tutorial says that 7 x 3.14 = 19.84 which is incorrect but the author states in the user comments that this was a simple mistake. Just wanted to mention that as I was a bit puzzled for a moment reading this tutorial, ha-ha! Post photos of your Bolster Buds too! I’d love to see them!

-Athena-

Downtown LA Fashion District: Fabric Shopping!

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Welcome to Machine Love! I’m especially excited today because not only will this be my first post but, I also get to share with you some of my favorite places to buy fabric! Being from southern California myself, I had the chance to live in downtown Los Angeles for about two years. While living there I absolutely fell in love with the place; the architect, the history, the culture, the art, the people. The big pay off of living downtown though was the close proximity I was to the fashion district. Just a short skip from my studio and I would be amid the most beautiful colors and fabrics, all at my finger tips. It was like heaven. Now that I live in Hollywood I don’t get down to the district as much as I’d want to but, heaven is still just a train ride away. ; )

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Earlier today I made the trip downtown to pick up some fabric for a quilt I’m planning. My brother is having a baby, (his first!) so I thought it would be a wonderful idea to make a quilt for my new baby niece. Like many, I like to make things on a cheap budget and the fashion district has many beautiful inexpensive fabrics. I like to begin my search on 9th and Los Angeles, right by the California Mart. This is because the first store I love checking out is Lady Fabric, located on the corner of 9th and Maple. This is the infamous $1.99 a yard store. Mind you, when I lived downtown it was the infamous $1.00 a yard store but, times change of course. Lady Fabric has a nice selection of satin, cotton, lace, flannel, and polyester… and the price, right in my budget!

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The next stop on my fabric hunt is usually Michael Levine Inc., also located on Maple. I really like this store because they have everything you could want for a project in one place. They have a huge selection of McCall and Vogue patterns as well, the biggest I’ve seen downtown. For thread I go to L.A. Alex Inc. however. In between Wall and Maple on 9th, they have cheap thread usually for .50 to a $1.00. A great bargain!

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There is so much to explore in the fashion district alone, that one could spend an entire day there and still not see half of what downtown has to offer. So I’m pretty sure by this point you’re anxious to see the wonderful fabric I bought today. Five yards of fabric only cost me $10.90. I purchased  a yard of this gorgeous lemon wedge/ flower print. I loved it so much that I bought two more yards of it, each with a different color scheme. These I will use for the quilt I plan to make for my baby niece. I also couldn’t resist buying this eye popping tropical pattern I found near the front of Lady Fabric. I bought two yards of this and I plan on making a summer dress or tank top… not sure yet. I’ll see where my creativity takes me! 

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I plan on making some bedroom curtains in the next few days so stay tuned for a “How To” tutorial on that. This is the start of a glorious sewing adventure, speak to you soon Machine Lovers. ❤ 

::Athena::