It is amazing how quickly time passes! Sadly, nothing of note happened outside of the day to day chores, so there hasn't been much to blog about. But yesterday I got back on the crafting wagon!
Shortly after I returned from vacation, I decided to sew a dress for my friend's daughter. I used New Look pattern 0156 (though now the website lists the number as 6970). The pattern is simple and relatively cheap; coming in just under $5. Plus, I already have used the pattern twice before to make dresses for Lily, so I knew I could finish it in a night or two.
After showing my friend the dress, I told her I may add a deer or a hedgehog applique to go with the cute mushroom fabric.
She mentioned the mushrooms reminded her of Mario. From there we decided that Toadette would be a cute idea.
The only problem with Toadette was a felt applique would involve too many layers. And there was where my crafting hit a small roadblock until I could come up with the best way to execute it. I decided that freezer paper stenciling would keep the design crisp and clear without adding bulk. I had done freezer stenciling in the past, but never multiple colors and layers. But, thanks to my 8th grade art class where we did printmaking, I had an idea how to do it. Basically it involves painting each color on separately. I won't get into the details of freezer paper stenciling, but you can find the same tutorial I used here.
|Seriously, this took awhile...|
It was a time consuming task, but I am quite happy with how it came out. My only hope is that it holds up after a few washes.
I was so pleased with the results, I decided to make a Yoshi egg for a headband. My friend already has the barrette and headband, so I will glue or sew it on once I get it from her.
While it was a little more work than I originally thought, I'm really glad my friend suggested the "geekier" route. I had a lot of fun creating this dress, and it inspired me with several other geek projects to try later on!