The CJMQG held a Secret Quilter swap. Participants signed up and filled out a questionnaire. My recipient seemed to really love her dog, so I yoinked one of her pictures of him from her Pinterest page. I made a little digital painting of him with Photoshop and turned it into a print on Spoonflower.
When I was making snowflake ornaments, I thought a bit about the spiderweb ornament tradition. We have two small ones, and I thought Alice might like a bigger one because she likes Shelob from Lord of the Rings.
Alice likes a lot of the bad guys in Lord of the Rings, for whatever reason, and I had joked to her that we could have an Eye of Sauron tree topper. And then I made one out of paper as a surprise when she was out with Bill.
And not LotR related: Alice was upset that the cats' stocking didn't have their names on it when the other three stockings for her, me, and Bill had our names on them. So I made a new stocking for the cats. (Then she got mad that I put their faces on it, not just their names, because she's three.)
It's so good that I enjoy all this hand sewing. These pushed my garment count for the year up to nineteen.
It seemed like a good idea at the time! Fast and easy.
The November meeting of the Central Jersey Modern Quilt Guild featured a holiday or seasonal potholder swap. I thought, "I ain't make a potholder." And then I inherited some fabric from a family friend, and I was like, "This is perfect for a fall-themed potholder," and then I found a tutorial on Craftsy, and suddenly I had two potholders.
After I posted them on the internet, two other people loved them so much that I made two more pairs and sent them off before Thanksgiving.
So "I won't make a potholder" turned into making six potholders. Whoops.
There was a customized garment posted on the AC Journal, an A-Line dress with sleeves added ("just trace the armhole"). But I'm lazy, and the tshirt is cut on the fold instead of having a seam down the front, so I started with that pattern and used the A-Line tunic as a guide to add length and width.
Fabric is the ghost print from Lizzy House Hit Parade Knits by Andover.
This was my sixteenth garment in 2015, and the last one I made for myself before the holiday makefest.
This was a bathrobe I found on the clearance rack in Marshalls. It was a marled white color, and the belt was missing. But it looked like it could be a perfect length cardigan with pockets, so I had to get it. I removed the belt loops and dyed it, and now I wear it like it's not a bathrobe.
There are a few kinds of clothes I can't get enough of. One is semi-structured jackets made from knit fabrics. This one was on the clearance rack at Anthropologie over the summer. It was originally white with wide horizontal pale blue stripes. I dyed it once then in a forest green dye, but it wasn't really the green I wanted. I dyed it again in a very strong grass green bath and got it closer to what I was looking for.
Finally polished off this guy when I was finishing up all the Drawlloween pieces. Everybody got backs and closed edges and a hanging mechanism.
Alice got really into watching Octonauts in the fall, and learned about the vampire squid, and asked to be one for Halloween. Cool, OK. What do I do?
I ordered a dyeable hoodie, skirt, and leggings from Dharma Trading. Then I dyed it all plus some scrap fabric in maroon. I didn't really make it dark enough, but she loves pink and was fine with it.
The vampire squid has a membrane that stretches between its tentacles, forming a sort of skirt. Underneath it are a series of spikes. The squid turns itself inside out to display the spikes when it gets scared. I sewed and stuffed a whole lot of little spikes, and stitched them on the underside of the skirt in rows. Then I cut tentacle shapes from the scrap fabric and sewed that to the outside of the skirt. If I had spent a little more time on it, I might have added a drawstring to the hem of the skirt to flip it all up over her head at once.
I cut pieces from the scraps to make those little flappy fins on the head. Then I cut some circles from green scraps, and sewed them down with glow in the dark thread and a little glow in the dark fabric paint, because vampire squid live in the midnight zone and have glowing spots on their heads.
Hers was, I believe, the only homemade costume in her whole preschool class, but she didn't seem to notice or mind.
Day 31 of Drawlloween was DRAGON, and so here is a little dragon keeping warm on a nice toasty jack o'lantern.