squishythings in which maggie post pictures of things she made (mostly)


A nice flowy shirt and some overdyed storebought clothes

Drapey ghost shirt

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.

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Hybrid pattern

Taking the MODIFY IT! MAKE IT YOURS! message of Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns to heart, I thought about what I liked best about the extant Alabama Chanin dress patterns and how I could put them together to make more garments I really love. What I ended up doing was combining the fitted dress and a-line dress patterns to create a fit-and-flare silhouette similar to the camisole dress. It has the coverage/shape of the fitted dress from the shoulders to the waist and reaches out to a wide twirly hemline at the knee. Lots of room for seam pockets. I made three garments with it so far.

In June, hand dyed pink yardage from Dharma, with POCKETS!!!
hybrid dress

In July, a tunic from two layers of lightweight 100% cotton jersey I dug out at Jo-Ann (finished on vacation in North Carolina):
hybrid top

And most recently - just finished on the 15th - from the Lizzy House Hit Parade knits for Andover. This fabric is 95/5% cotton/spandex, and on the thin side, so it's a bit different from most of what I've used before. But I can't resist cats.
Cat dress (ft real cats)

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Wrap skirt

The skirts in the first Alabama Chanin books are all elastic waist, and the patterns appear to put them at the natural waist.. I have an aversion to most elastic waistbands and prefer to wear bottom garments more toward my hips. Because of this I've never bothered to try an Alabama Chanin skirt pattern. Then the new book came out, with a wrap skirt! Hooray!

Wrap skirt

I intended to make all three main panels with the grey-purple/pink colorway, but once again I was foiled! I had a yard and a half of each of the three colors, but I couldn't fit all the XL pattern pieces on any one cut. Instead of dyeing more, I just used what I had.

Rather than using a stencil for this reverse applique, I just used my 6x24" acrylic ruler to trace lines on the back of the inner layer. I stitched over the drawn lines and cut away to make the diamond check pattern. All three main panels are stitched this way; the one panel is two layers of the same color so it's harder to make out.

I ran into a few issues. The first thing is sort of specific to this pattern: the construction of this skirt involves a few steps that are new to the Chanin method canon, and they really would have benefited from some photos or diagrams. At this point I've made over a dozen garments from AC patterns, so I'm not a beginner, but I needed some reassurance about the placement of the ties and stuff like that. Second, and I'm sure I whined about this before: give us accurate fabric yardage estimates for every size! The book said a yard per layer, so I thought maybe a yard and a half would do.. nope. Third.. I should have made an XXL, whoops.

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Pink doodle scarf

In my last post about dyed scarves, I mentioned that I usually have a pile of "needs more work" scarves somewhere.. Most of my scarves get dyed twice so I can make those interesting resisted patterns on them, but I don't always know what the second round is going to be, so that's why there's a pile.

I took a pink inkblot-looking scarf out of the pile, and decided instead of overdyeing it, I would draw on it with black acrylic ink. It is.. weird, yes. But Kind of cute.

inkblot doodle scarf

There are dogs, bears, squid, flowers, snails, rabbits, shapes, and who even knows.

inkblot doodle scarf

inkblot doodle scarf

inkblot doodle scarf

inkblot doodle scarf


Recent dyed scarves

***REMINDER: I will be at the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market this Sunday, March 29. 10am to 5pm. 275 S. Clinton Ave, Trenton NJ.***

I keep a drawer full of scarves that need more work in some way, and I pulled a few out and finished them up.

horror film scarf

oval scarf

spotlight scarf

purple drips scarf

haunted fence scarf

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the trash scarf

When I dye and paint my scarves, I like to keep one or two around for testing out techniques and materials, or for somewhere to use up any excess thickened dye. I guess they're kind of like scratch paper? Rags? Here are two examples I just retired:

inky trash scarf

I started this one about a year ago when I bought my first bottles of acrylic ink. There's ink and dye on this. I tested shading with a small brush, how the colors would bleed if they were wet, and how the colors mixed with white, among other things. I also dip-dyed it and did some other stuff.

dye trash scarf
This one features a few months' worth of thickened dyes. It was doubled up on a hanger, and I globbed the thickened dyes on it and let them drip down on their own. Usually after I retire one of these, I resist it and overdye it in some way, but I think this one looks pretty good as it is.


hoagie scarf

continuing my recent food theme..

hoagie scarf

hoagie scarf

hoagie scarf

Fiber reactive dyes and acrylic ink on 100% silk crepe de chine.


macaroni and cheese scarf

First there was the pizza scarf, and then there was the macaroni and cheese scarf..

doodled macaroni and cheese scarf

doodled macaroni and cheese scarf

Vat dyed in fiber reactive dye, then I stretched it on the frame and drew all the macaroni with acrylic ink. Went back and added some thickened yellow-orange fiber reactive dye to highlight the noodles.


Pizza scarf

I wanted to do some more painted scarves before my shows in March, but my sketchbook has been light on good animal-themed things lately, so I was thinking about food, and what I did with the pigeon scarf from last year, and then oh right how about a whole pizza scarf?

pizza scarf

pizza scarf

Outlines are acrylic ink and the color is fiber reactive dye.


New scarves

When I was packing up after my last show, I realized my inventory was running low on red scarves. So in the beginning of February when I had the chance, I did a dye day. I stretched a scarf on my frame to paint, and vat dyed some yardage, some clothes, and ten scarves. Most of the scarves I planned on overdyeing later, but here's a preview of four I'm leaving as they are.

A preview of new dyed scarves

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