Scott Tracy x Hello Kitty

This week I got a request for the most unusual sewing job I’ve ever had. Based on a tattoo his girlfriend has, a client needed a Scott Tracy outfit made for a Hello Kitty doll. Scott Tracy is a fictional character from the TV series Thunderbirds, which I had never heard of but was happy to take on the job. I’ve never made an outfit for a Hello Kitty doll; while I always enjoyed making clothes for my Barbies when I was younger, apparel for dolls is not exactly my forte. Hello Kitty’s proportions are fairly strange, which posed some interesting problems to be solved. It’s safe to say that this is one of the most unique jobs I’ve ever done, and I enjoyed the change in pace.

Scott Tracy
Scott Tracy

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Skube = Skirt + Tube

What is a skube? It’s a skirt plus a tube! Skube.me, owned and designed by Monica Kohler, makes fun, easy to wear tube skirts. The idea behind the skube is versatility; fashion that transitions easily from workout to work day. The skube fits right in poolside just as well as a business casual setting.

Over the past few weeks, we at Cut and Sewn have been happy to be a part of the skube production process, contracted to produce 300 skubes for the Skube.me summer stock. Kohler hand selected a variety of complimenting patterns, then delivered them to Cut and Sewn to be made into the finished product. This kind of access to local small batch manufacturing is what Cut and Sewn is all about. It provides a way for entrepreneurs to have their product made locally and affordably, while allowing us to give close attention to the manufacture of every garment. For the small business, it’s a win win situation.

Skube.me will be showing at Second Sunday on Main throughout the summer, starting this Sunday, June 14. Owner Monica Kohler can also be reached at  monica@skube.me or (513)505-9384 to schedule a pop-up sale or private showing.

Finished Skubes.
Finished skubes
Brightly patterned Skubes.
Brightly patterned skubes
Reversible "urban" skubes
Reversible “urban” skubes

An unexpected surprise on American Horror Story

Earlier this year I sold on of my vintage linen  sleep masks from my Etsy store.

The purchaser asked me to ship it as soon as possible because it was going to be used in a TV show. I figured it was a local show and sent the mask off without another thought about it.

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when my daughter and I sat down to watch one of our favorite shows together. My daughter loves horror movies and zombie flicks so of course she loves American Horror Story. Coven was our favorite season so far and we even bought matching black hats so we could feel a bit witchy.

So this season starts and it is SCARY. I almost can’t handle it. I have this problem where I empathize with fictional characters way too much. So I’m watching episode 2 and hiding my eyes and cringing when all of a sudden I jump off the couch “that’s my eye mask!”

One half of Sarah Paulson’s character is trying to sleep while her other half is trying to have a conversation and she is wearing, you guessed it, my sleep mask that I shipped off weeks ago and forgot all about.

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My daughter was thrilled to think that something I made was in such close proximity to Evan Peters and I was pretty excited to see my work somewhere so unexpected. Their costume people must spend an enormous amount of time looking for unique items that can fit in with the time period. That sounds like a fun job doesn’t it?

…and I am going to keep watching this season even if my eyes are closed sometimes!

Hat season is upon us!

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It’s that time again, hat and scarf season. Sweater weather is my favorite time of year here in Ohio and when the temperature tips just enough for me to put on a hat I am happiest of all.

I was inspired  by my daughter, who has an affinity for the beanie style hat, to design this patchwork version made from recycled sweaters. I  wanted to feature the lovely colors and textures of the fabrics and create something that is utilitarian and beautiful.  It’s a long process from choosing the sweaters, washing and drying them, then cutting them into the pattern pieces to be sewn together.

They are one of a kind, soft, slouchy, warm, simple and interesting. Too many adjectives? For me, these hit all the right spots for a hat.

Available in my Etsy store.

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Scarf Prints

I’ve been very interested in designing prints this year. I’ve been thinking so much about my concepts and inspirations that it just seemed like a natural progression to develop prints based on what I’m collecting and looking at.

I started collecting porcelain animals for no reason other than that I just loved looking at them. I also started to collect doodles from my daughter and her friends to go along with my “About A Girl” collection which is all about revisiting the things I missed out on as a teen. I put the 2 together to come up with scarf designs.

These are the first 2 that I ordered to test the colors and the quality of the images. I’m trying not to be too perfectionist about it and let it be more organic and fun.  I think this is a good start…

These were printed at Spoonflower onto cotton voile and measure about 22″ square.

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Heather’s (Bag)

I’m really excited about the first product my daughter and I created together. She needed a way to carry her Pennyboard skateboard (named Heather) and we couldn’t find anything online that would work so we decided to make it ourselves. She designed it and picked out the fabrics; I made the pattern and started sewing them. Now we have our first batch of finished bags on Etsy. More colors will be coming as soon as exam week is over and she can help me make more!

Let us know what you think or what colors you would like to see to coordinate with your skateboard.

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A Summer’s Tale Tote Bag

I designed this little gingham wisp of a tote bag a few years ago for a friend. I love it so much that I made myself one too. I decided that this summer would be the perfect time to make a few more to offer on Etsy.

It is just a slight little tote for summer days or evenings out when you don’t want to carry anything heavy.

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