Redesigning Denim Part II : Making

Hi Sunshines!

We’re back for part two of our denim project. Click here to catch up on part I. When we left off all we had was some sketches, a glint in our eye and hope. Where are we now? A little closer to fabulous that is, admittedly, a combination of ideas. Here’s what the shorts looked like before I started hacking away at them:

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If you’re following along here are some supplies to have on hand:

  • seam ripper
  • scissors
  • quilting pins
  • fabric, muslin works, denim pictured. This can also include other clothes or scraps you’ve had in the unfinished pile or bin. If you’re anything like me, anyway. I’m sayin, tho!]
  • embroidery floss this one is particularly thick
  • needles (the larger the floss, the bigger the eye)
  • heavy duty thread
  • sewing machine
  • iron
  • ironing board

Front

Begin by ripping the seams. This always seems more painful than it really is. In my head I’m thinking ugh every single stitch but, yes, every single stitch. At most I might rip two stitches at  time, but I consider that loosey goosey. Pulling out one stitch at a time only took a few minutes. Then I pressed out the creases. So the general idea is to sweep lace between layers attached to the shorts. A little something like this:

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Next I removed most of the front panel of the shorts; basically cutting the front like extra hoochie daisy dukes. Be careful not to cut the pockets! Pin in the new fabric and sew down the sides first using the sewing machine. For the uppermost connection between fabric and shorts, I embroidered by hand chain stitches in a pattern emulating lace.

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Back

For the back I opted to keep things simple. I patched the gaping hole with a darker wash of denim. Where the seams connect, I made an overlapping fold so that as little hole was visible as possible then pinned and stitched that in place using the sewing machine.

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Then lengths of lace were layered and embroidered down using the chain stitch. I chose the chain stitch because it’s pretty and very secure, which is especially important considering how hole-y lace can be. To keep each row from flaring upward (say if you sat down funny or something) I stitched an X in the center. That was Honeybee’s idea because he’s handy like that.

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I can’t wait to share the finished product with you guys! I’ve been stitching my fingers to the bone. How’s your project coming along? Smooth sailing or struggle-fest? Leave in the comments below! And don’t forget to hit the Like button if you’re into seeing more projects like this around here.

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Make: Long Stitch Leather Bound Book Dummy

Did I ever tell you I dig bookbinding? I learned from Claire Cowie a variety of stitch patterns from the simple 5-hole pamphlet stitch to a very fancy looking Romanesque Braid Bind. That class enlivened a desire to try something new.

One big idea Claire taught us is that the most successful makers do a trial run before committing to a design. This trial run is typically known as a dummy. It’s important to practice with the same or very similar materials so that you have a very clear picture of how individual elements will work together and what the finished product will look like. I have a very strong idea of what I want to make with my final book, but this time around we’re going to practice with a simpler idea: a bound book about book binding. [Much like my Onsie Onsie idea, no?]

Just because a dummy is a dummy doesn’t make it dumb. You can quote me on that, lol. Oftentimes they turn into great looking books in their own right so I compiled all the information on binding I could find in a hurry into a document and set it to print in booklet style. If you ain’t got time for that, just grab about some plain copy paper, also known as bond.

I was inspired to long stitch by Youtube crafter, Sea Lemon. I enjoyed following along the video but found myself doing a lot of pausing so I thought I’d put together a tutorial of stills.

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Wanna make a book like this? Alright, let’s get started! Continue reading “Make: Long Stitch Leather Bound Book Dummy”

Wolf & Mayhem

 

I got some handmade goodness in the mail recently and I had to share. As someone with a historically pagan mindset, I’m really drawn to the witchy artwork in my friend Jessica’s shop, Wolf & Mayhem. That said, look it!Wolf & Mayhem Banner

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I have no concept of hesitation when it comes to a hand stitched zine. Wormwood was in my shopping cart with the quickness. In it I found poetry that effectively conjured all the feels.

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Love seeing contemporary artists reinvigorate ancient practices. Love supporting artists. Love love love.

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Introducing CatFightCraft

I’m really excited to share a project that’s been in the making for months. Bethany and I have been making and doing, cutting and crafting. We’ve emerged to proudly bring you, CatFightCraft! Find us on FacebookPinterest, Instagram, our site and Etsy! We’re all over the place. Boom, baby!

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CFC brings together our penchant for making accessories and fine art by hand in an effort to better our environment. For me, it’s just fun to watch a cult classic like Princess Bride and busy our hands carving and printing or cutting and sewing. The thing about handmade items is while some things you’d enjoy doing yourself, others you just can’t. You may not have access to power tools or time to put things together, so we’ve opened up a shop where you can buy home decor and fashion accessories created by our  practiced hands. So far there are wallets and leather bracelets up. I love how slim these wallets are. Matt has one and he’s able to keep his cash, ID and debit cards in his back pocket without obstructing my view of his cute butt. Victory. Anyway, we’re just getting started, but soon you’ll find our hair clips and fascinators available, too! Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted.

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What’s in a Name?

We don’t really cat fight, rather Bethany and I have complimentary, but different eyes for aesthetics. When given the same tools and supplies, we each do something the other loves, but didn’t think of. When we work together, our skills combine into something even greater. Our blog is where you’ll find the newest inspiration and processes behind what’s in our shop. We’ll also share recipes and how-to projects as well.

Which Wray Did She Go?

Heh, see what I did there? I’ll still be posting here at Wrays of Sunshine, don’t worry. Same line-up. Any posts on CFC will be entirely new content. So, if you’ve ever wanted to find my writing elsewhere, boom, there it will be.

So, check us out! We love to do custom orders. Leave a comment if there’s a hair clip, wallet or bracelet you’d like to request.