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.
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 email@example.com or (513)505-9384 to schedule a pop-up sale or private showing.
This summer I took a big journey into creating art.
She asked me to make quilt portraits of the members of my family to replicate the work of JR who’s portraits of citizens of Cincinnati cover the walls of the museum.
I had never done anything like this before and I was terrified and excited to try it.
First, I took pictures of my family and myself and using photoshop I applyied a grid over them and applyed the painter filter.
I printed out full size copies of the photos and used the paper piecing quilting method to lay out the image. Then I stitched around every piece of fabric to quilt all the layers together.
The quilts are large, 35″ X 50″ and it took about 30 hours to finish each one.
When the huge quilts were finished and installed in the museum they looked like this:
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.
My wall of Patterns and my doll necklace. Starting to run out of room here again.
I wear my headless doll necklace when I need to be reminded to stay focused, stay true to me.
A stack of fall hats waiting to be run through the serger. Shades of fall, white, blue, gray and brown.
A stack of done hats ready for labels, photos and posting to Etsy. This part takes longer than making them!
Today I draped some peplums on the half-size dress form. I’ve been thinking of making these for months but something has been holding me back, today everything just clicked for me and I was able to finally start.
This is the first finished peplum and it’s really beautiful. I got this fabric at Mood this summer. It has a black cotton background with brown satin stripes.
This peplum ties around the waist with a drawstring of the same fabric and on the back there are buttons to hold it in place and extra buttons inside so that you can adjust the width of the peplum at the waist.
I’m working on some in other fabrics including one from crisp white poplin with a rounded shirttail hem that will resemble a men’s shirt.
I’ve uploaded my Super Pointy Collar pattern for your personal use. I hope the instructions work, I did write them fairly quickly so let me know if anything is unclear. I have made this collar more times than I can count so I know the pattern works for me and I hope it works for you. See my post on how to make perfect points if you need a little help with the points.
*Make sure your pattern prints out at the right size, the ” fold” edge of the collar should measure 2.5″, you may need to adjust your print settings.