Friday, April 11, 2014

Calling All Kids! An homage to Man Man and max-california

Sorry I've been in hiding!!!
We recently had our third baby, Akira! I just adore her so much but man oh man has it been hard to juggle them all and blog.  There has been some sewing going on though!
 And while I normally wouldn't think about signing up for a blog tour knowing all my time would be devoted to my newborn (she actually turns four weeks old today!), I just couldn't pass up this kick ass tour by one of my, for realz, favorite bloggers: Alida, called Calling All Kids!
Alida Makes Presents: Calling All Kids
I feel like her reputation for being rad superfantabulrad precedes her, but if you aren't familiar with her I suggest perusing her blog and checking her stuff out.  It's spot. on!
So- let's cut to the chase:  the challenge: create a gender neutral outfit for your kiddo.
Awesome. I am constantly taking the things Azy is interested in like Pokemon and Adventure Time, comic book characters to anime and making wearables for her inspired by them... she loves it all {plus the obligatory girly stuff like My Little Pony}
I decided to look to two of my favorite things: my bloggy life partner: Max-California
and Philly indie rock bands. Being this is a sewing blog, a lot of you probably know about Vincent, Max's adorable little boy and muse.  But- I'll bet a lot of my readers do not know about Man Man.  Guys, Man Man is the BEST.Want to know what they sound like?  Click on the song below!  Black Mission Goggles is my favorite but it's hard to pick one song when they are so bad ass!
 Black Mission Goggles by Man Man on Grooveshark
  Seriously, we listen to them aaaalllll the time in our house!  The girls love man man dance parties!  The last live show I went to was a concert in Rittenhouse Park the week before I had Azriella and the band? Man Man. Aw, yeah.
Let's check out what's going on here.
Photo credits:  (Top Right) www.youaintnopicasso.com (Bottom Right) Max-California

Doesn't she look like a chibi version of Honus Honus (aka Ryan Kattner) and yet she also looks like Vincent's twin?!  Well, I guess as close as a six year old girl can be!
For this look, I wanted it to look like an album cover with a bit of a cartoony feel to it.  And I chose all white because that's what Man Man typically performs in, complete with face paint.  Check out this video to get the idea of what they are like live. (if you're watching with impatient kiddos, the song starts at min 1.07)

video credit: Arkhangemon

video credit: Woodshop Networks

I used a self drafted t-shirt pattern.  I used fabric paint for the bodice front and back, and I used knit binding for the seams.  I made long Hosh shorts and added black binding down the sides and made some welt pockets on the sides as well.
For those who are familiar with Vincent, doesn't this outfit remind you of him?!  One of the things that Max and I have in common is our love of pushing the fashion envelop and constantly making what our kids love.  I made the little beanie to make her look a little more like our fave little Aussie hipster and his adorable style.
We had the best photo shoot!!!  I forgot how much listening to music can inspire Azriella to pose like a boss! Well, it's mostly dancing so a lot of them came out like this:
Let's look at this shirt:

 It's the same shirt pattern as before but I colorblocked it and I made iron on transfers of the "MAN MAN" and confetti bits.  The confetti was comprised of trials and errors on figuring out these transfers.  I also made the neckline a V.
I love that she can go from goofball...
to badass from frame to frame.  I love this girl so much!


http://www.max-california.com/search?updated-max=2013-05-04T08:00:00%2B10:00&max-results=3

I also want to make an announcement about Sew GeekyMax and I have decided to make it a little more geek friendly insomuch as we are not going to have themes anymore, but instead, we just are going to make something dedicated to our love of geeky culture each month and blog about it.  And we will encourage you to do the same with us!!  Plus we plan on doing a super colossal Sew Geeky Blog Tour to really let your geek flags wave! Just click on the Sew Geeky badge at the top to find out more about how you can join in on the fun!

Well, that about does it!  Did you like the little mustache I made her?!  What about the outfit?!  I want to know what you think!  Also, I want to send out the biggest thanks to Alida for having me on her tour.  It was incredibly fun!  And hey!  There's also a Rafflecopter giveaway too!!!!  Click on the link to enter!

I think that about covers it!
I promise to blog some pics of Akira soon!  The weather just got awesome in Portland!  Yeay for better photoshoots!
I leave you with a few pics of Azriella, behind the 'stache!


Until next time!


  

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What Would Celina Do? Blog Tour! A Kawaii Collection ^_^

Greetings all!
It has been a busy 2014 so far!  Not only am I working extra at the brewery, but I'm scrambling to get some chibi sewing in for the newest littlen coming in early March!  Eeek!  So today I have a special treat for you all! (At least I think so ;-)
 My little baby's soon to be homecoming outfit!!!  What is the full inspiration behind all this?  Well, as we create, we sometimes think of people in the field that we admire... people who shock you with how impressive their ideas are.  I have frequently asked myself:

In fact, when I made Azriella's last birthday outfit, I had Celina in my thoughts the entire time!  So when Laura decided to put together this intriguing little tour, I just had to be on it!
Often times of late, I try to multipurpose my blog tours with the big events that are coming up.  This seemed like the perfect opportunity to make my first outfit for our newest little girl: a cute little outfit, totally comfy, happy, and unique!

Let's talk about the outfit!
For starters, why did I choose a kawaii look?  Well, one of the most fantastic things about Celina (to me) is finding similarities in our handmades.  It really blows my mind because her looks are soooo put together and on the cutting edge of kids fashion.  But it's true, sometimes our styles overlap... and she has on occasion made a few kawaii creations herself!  We all know that anything anime, lolita, bright, geeky, silly, odd, japanese inspired is what my sewing style is all about.  I always seek to make an outfit fun for whomever I'm making it for.  It's important to me that I make clothes that my girls want to wear... not just because they are fashionable but because they will make them happy, proud, excited to wear.  I constantly seek their input in almost everything I sew.  

So- since I can't ask my baby what she wants since she's still in utero, I figured I'd go with something fluffy and ├╝ber soft like this double minky fabric.  I made a little face out of black fleece and pink minky scraps and appliqued them to the front of the sweater dress.
 Speaking of the sweater dress, the pattern is one I bought on Etsy and is so crushable.  It's a sweater dress pattern by Brindille and Twig. I completely fell in love with it.  And, it comes in sizing from 0-3months all the way up to 5-6T which is perfect for my 2year old and teeny 6 year old!  So rarely can you find a pattern win like that!
The shoes are from a Winterpeach pattern and are the smallest things I've ever made.  They are seriously like 3" long.  
 The leggings I decided to do something a little different.  I made a reversible pair with wittle minky knee pads on both sides. 
 
There you have it!  A collection of teeny handmades completely inspired by one of my very favorite bloggers: Celina.  A sweet lady with and friggin sweet sense of style.  
I hope I did her justice ^_^!
I figure it's a great 'last blog tour' before baby comes, don't you?! 

Make sure to stop by Craftstorming to check out all the other lovely handmades inspired by Celina. 
Image Map
 
And keep on stopping by while I rush to make as many chibi clothes as I can!
I can't wait for her to come in to the world!

Until then!


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Shades of Me Blog Tour! A Mommie and Me Look!

Good Morning lovelies!
Wondering what's up with the orange? Well today I'm on the Shades of Me blog Tour by Celina of Petit a Petit + family and Haley of Welcome to the Mouse House.

http://www.petitapetitandfamily.com/2014/01/shades-of-me-huge-giveaway.html

I had to choose orange.  
Even if this was an adult sew along blog tour, I knew I had to make a mini me look for my princess.  Azriella's favorite color (for almost a year now!) is orange.  No lie; she proudly proclaims it if you ask her.  I am a teal lover all my life but anything brightly colored I'm a sucker for.  So as any good mother would do, I chose to make her happy since I'm an orange fan too.  
I don't ever really think of colors that look "good" on me per sa.  I love them all so much that that would never work for me.  I've always been one that likes to make your eyes explode with fun colors despite everyone else that is more sensible.  I just can't help myself ^_^!!!
Reading this neato book: the Steampunk Alphabet, at Powell Books.
So let's be honest folks, I'm not in the best shape for "me" sewing.  Being 35 weeks pregnant isn't exactly a look that gets you cat-calls hahaha.  I originally had this super cool sweatshirt tunic that I was making that was going to feature a handmade two way zipper on an asymmetrical angle, pockets and a bitchin' asymmetrical drawstring cowl....
Making the two way zipper: yeay, success!
Pulling the (what I thought was super roomy) shirt over my belly: epic. fail.  Azriella kept saying "Mommie, your belly's too big."  Yeah, kid, I get it.
But, that two way zipper is gonna be awesome for nursing once chibi number 3 comes along when the shirt will actually fit me.  I can picture it now...
I promise to post on it so you all can see!
So with that kind of EEPPP! moment, I started panicking.  I had to find something that would fit my "curvy" frame, be something I would actually wear, and utilize accessible fabric, since it was way too late to order more fabric for a top.  
name the two anime tattoos for extra points.  yes, the bottom one is a work in progress still ;-)
I scoured Pinterest for something that met my criteria, but came up zilch.  So I turned to my Japanese sewing books because, awesomesauce that they are, there's always a mommie version of one or two of the patterns in the books!  So I grabbed this one from this book and modified the back.
I used the same fabric (plus some elastic) that I used for the underlining and the leggings (from Girl Charlie) and the lace is from Joann's.  I used an electric orange broadcloth for the pocket linings.

For Azriella's shirt I used a pattern from the Pochee Pattern book, altering it to add pockets to the sides.  Pocket all things!  Always!

I think it's feasible as a cute shirt, no?  It'll be great for spring!  And those leggings are sure to get a LOT of use.  They practically glow in the dark and are so soft!!!   I have to admit: for a girl who prides herself on anti-matchy, this was a lot of fun to put together!!!

We took pictures at Powell books (same as some of yesterday's pics) because the weather has been wet and windy... neither of which are good for pictures.  We all had a blast!  We can't wait to go back!
Even though this outing was mainly for the "orange" photoshoot, I still have some kick-ass outtakes because of my little creepy Valentine (she fell asleep in the car before I could fix her hair) photobombing Azy and me the whole time.

Bitch-face Kat dictating how the shots are coming along!  So nerve-wracking having hubby take them and not myself!

Whoops! Let's not forget matching handmade mary janes! (secretly her jeans are a pair of shiny denim Hosh pants I made for Thanksgiving ;-)

One more thing:
Celina and Haley are hosting a crazy fantastic giveaway on their blogs tooClick here to find out more and enter!
http://www.petitapetitandfamily.com/2014/01/shades-of-me-huge-giveaway.html

And check out more fabulous color fun by seeing what everyone else on the tour is doing!


Thanks for having me on your wonderful tour, ladies!!!
And thank you all for stopping by and checking out what I did!

 


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