Here’s some pics of the Made By Rae Sewing Studio Retreat I hosted at my studio last weekend so you can get a little peek into the weekend!!!
We hauled out the serger for a lesson on sewing with a serger (Shannon is shown trying it out, above), as well as lessons on shirring, dart sewing, tracing a well-loved garment to make a new pattern, using a blind hem foot, bust adjustments, and linings — it was a FULL weekend!
And as you can see, there was lots and lots of sewing, all weekend long.
Here’s Karen, giving her lesson on sewing linings:
And Chris and Victoria cutting out their Washi Dresses:
Didn’t they turn out great??
Shannon also used the Anna Maria Horner Field Study coordinates print for a Washi (her’s was quilting cotton, not voile), but added a pointed collar and sleeve ala the Washi Expansion Pack:
Here’s Jaime modeling her Washi Dress!!
Caroline and Amanda helped me test out the Josephine sewing pattern:
And Sonia made a lovely Ruby top!
Of course I couldn’t let anyone go home without a schwag bag!!
Special thanks to Robert Kaufman for donating a yard of their oh-so-lovely Union Chambray and a sample pack of fabrics, Monaluna for donating fat quarters and a “On the Go” Dress sewing pattern, Cloud9 Fabrics for donating fat quarters, pens, and a cute little drawstring bag, C&T publishing for donating Aneela’s Pop-Out Box book, Sarah Jane for sending over some adorable 2014 calendars, and Green Bee Patterns for those cute little rulers!!! And of course I threw in a little pack of Fanfare flannels as well.
It was so much fun to hang out with all of these ladies (Sonia and Shari are shown with me + baby bump below), they were all a total blast!! I hope to see each and every one of you again soon!!!
PS If you missed out this time but want to join us next time, April Rhodes has agreed to come and teach a weekend studio workshop with me here in Ann Arbor in February!!! This one will also have a garment sewing focus, and she has new patterns coming out soon so it should be very fun! This will probably be the last weekend event I offer for quite a while, so I wanted to try and squeeze one more in before the baby comes this spring. Stay tuned!
It’s been a really fun week, starting with the Studio Retreat last weekend here in Ann Arbor. We had such an awesome group of ladies here, and a lot of great sewing and learning happened. It was really, really fun. Shannon (one of the attendees) wrote a lovely post about it so if you want to see her pictures and notes on the weekend, you should definitely check out her post.
We told the kids what the baby is going to be (any guesses???) this week, and that was really fun. My belly continues to get plenty of kisses and snuggles, and Elliot and Clementine keep reminding me not to “squash it!”
Film Petit was the big project this week, and it was totally worth it.
My studio was also featured last week on the Creativebug blog, so you can head over there to see a really nice interview and studio tour, and check out the other artists’ studios as well!!
We continue to work very hard on the Washi Expansion Pack (I swear…that Peter Pan collar is going to be the death of me…we just keep tweaking, and tweaking…but it will be JUST. RIGHT. IF. IT. KILLS. ME) and Josephine Sewing Patterns, which I know many of you are waiting (maybe not-so-patiently…) for. It’s really hard not to just release it the way it is and be done with it, but I know it will be worth it to get it right. I know that so many of you appreciate the amount of effort that goes into making it just right.
If you’ve made something from my patterns, you can share your photos too! Click on any of the photos below to see the photo pools.
Have a great weekend everyone!!!
Today’s post is a very special post!!! If you’ve heard of the “Film Petit” series hosted by Jessica of A Little Gray and Kristin of skirt as top, you know that it’s an ongoing blog series where Kristin and Jess and another guest blogger make (often hilarious) costumes for their children inspired by their favorite films.
Well today, I’m the guest blogger, and just in case you haven’t guessed it yet, the film is one of my favorites…ZOOLANDER! Yes. That hilarious Ben Stiller film from way back in 2001. Famous for great one-liners (“I feel like I’m taking CRAZY PILLS”) and amazing costumes, especially on the men, which made it the perfect challenge for Film Petit.
Of course I thought Elliot would make the perfect Hansel, with his blond shaggy hair. In the movie, Hansel is played by Owen Wilson, and is an up-and-coming scooter-riding male model who wins the Male Model of the Year award instead of Derek Zoolander, the movie’s main character, who has won three prior years in a row and considers himself a shoo-in. Their ensuing rivalry turns to friendship when they have to team up to prevent Mugatu (played by Will Ferrell) from killing the Malaysian prime minister.
In the movie, Hansel wears an amazing blue suede fur-lined coat complete with gold trimmings to the Male Model Awards, and though it’s only on screen for a few minutes, as soon as I saw it I knew I had to make one.
When Hansel rides up on his scooter to the awards and jumps into the air, you can see that the lining is gold lame and he even has a gold vest on under there.
Elliot’s coat was made with fleece (which actually approximates the look of suede pretty well without the $$$ pricetag) and faux fur, and I did manage the gold lame lining and trim, along with a pair of semi-sparkly (though you can’t quite see this as well as I’d hoped) gold linen pants to match. Along with a necklace and tattoo to match Hansel’s, he really got into character, as you can see.
Hansel has some pretty hilarious lines…
“I wasn’t like every other kid, you know, who dreams about being an astronaut, I was always more interested in what bark was made out of on a tree. Richard Gere’s a real hero of mine.”
“Sting. Sting would be another person who’s a hero. The music he’s created over the years, I don’t really listen to it, but the fact that he’s making it, I respect that.”
“Who are you tryin’ to get crazy with, ese? Don’t you know I’m loco?”
And here’s my little Hansel, riding his scooter to the award show:
I had so much fun planning and making this costume, and Elliot LOVES it, though I have to admit he probably loves the crayola-marker tattoo even more. He really wanted to wear it to school to show his friends.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my version of Hansel!! Now you definitely need to head over to skirt as top for some hilarious walk-off photos with Kristin’s little Derek and Hansel, and then over to A Little Gray for the perfect Maury Ballstein and Hansel-inspired sweater dress. You can access links to ALL of the Film Petit posts from this post or visit the Film Petit flickr pool to see what everyone’s been making!
Thanks so much for having me Kristin and Jess!!
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