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The Blue Castle – Embroidered Book

4 Jul

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Hey there! It’s been a long time, but I decided that this blog had been dormant long enough–besides, I actually completed a new craft project! I took my paperback copy of The Blue Castle (which had a totally irrelevant cover) and turned it into a hardback with an embroidered cloth cover. 

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The embroidery took me about 12 or 15 hours (lots of episodes of Law & Order!), but it didn’t take very long at all to put the new cover on the book–a tutorial will be coming shortly!

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A Green Beginning: Wedding Shrug

27 May

photo by Diana C. Kim Photography

Last year one of my good friends got married, and she asked me to make a shrug for her to wear with her wedding dress.

I said of course!

I drafted the pattern, and made the shrug out of a beautiful vivid green silk dupioni from Fabric Indulgence and Art Supply.

Before I could sew the fabric, I outlined each piece with Fray Check, to prevent the edges from unraveling–I learned that this was necessary the hard way, when Shrug 1 came apart on me :P On the inside the shell and the lining both have French seams, as well.

photo by Diana C. Kim Photography

The tricky part was that Sophia lives in Atlanta, and I live in Texas, so drafting the pattern was a biiiiit difficult. I managed to make my dress form Doris match Sophia’s measurements, but Doris doesn’t have arms, and my first attempt at sleeve drafting was less than stellar–the first version of the shrug had elbow length sleeves, but they prevented Sophia from moving her arms! So I cut them off into cap sleeves and hemmed them hastily by hand the night before the wedding.

photo by Diana C. Kim Photography

The trim was also pleated and sewn on by hand. Box pleats, because I love them.

In the end I think the shrug was about 70% handsewn, most of it taking place during my trip for the wedding. Because that’s kind of how I roll.

Sophia’s lovely jewelry was all made by our friend Mara!

photo by Diana C. Kim Photography

Best garter ever? Yes.

photo by Diana C. Kim Photography

All of the lovely pictures in this post are by Diana C. Kim Photography, used with her gracious permission.

Strawberries & Ruffles: A Kaylee Doll (inspired by Firefly)

25 Jan

It seems that something about the character Kaylee from Firefly gives me the craft bug–last week I posted about the very first doll I made, which was a Kaylee doll, and a few months ago I posted about my friend Angela’s Firefly birthday party and the Kaylee cake that I made.

Well, I’ve been at it again, and here she is:

A new Kaylee doll! This time she’s wearing her party dress from the Firefly episode ‘Shindig’

In the episode her hair is down, but this doll was a Christmas/12th Night present for my friend Angela (yes, the same Angela!), and by special request this doll has her hair in buns.

This Kaylee doll is handsewn from felt, ribbons, sheer ruffled trim, and tiny buttons. I based her on Mimi Kirchner’s pattern for The Purl Bee, but I adapted the instructions as I went.

In the Firefly episode it’s never possible to see Kaylee’s feet, so I have no idea what shoes she might have been wearing under her enormous fluffy dress! I decided that she’s just the kind of girl who would wear her boots, though, so I made boots with pink laces–and left them untied, because how would you tie your shoes while you’re wearing an enormous fluffy dress?

This doll has actually been a long time in the making–Angela asked me to make her a Kaylee doll, in her party dress, with her hair in buns, and that was four years ago. Two years ago I was going to make her this doll, and even cut out most of the pieces for her…and then never got around to it. So this year I was determined to get her finished! I was still two weeks late for 12th Night (which is when my friends and I celebrate Christmas and usually when we exchange gifts), but oh well ;)

Happy Christmas, Angela!

This Kaylee costume actually belongs to my sister, but look! A handy doll carrying strap!

Perfection.