Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bat Girl Costume for Little Momo

Few weeks ago we had a Batman photo opp, and I could not help myself making Momo a new costume...

Momo has become the BAT GIRL!!!
She can fly like a bat!
She is very strong!

I am having too much fun with those pictures ;)

The shirt and the tutu are store-bought.  I needed something in black, and those are all Momo had.  I did not plan it, but I am loving the polka-dot superhero :)

The mask was made using this template: DIY Batman Mask,  and the size was just perfect for Momo.   I was going to use a foam sheet for the mask as the tutorial suggests, but I went to Jo-Ann's and started to look at the fabrics first, I forgot about buying the foam sheet completely  ;o
So I made the mask using the black felt I had at home.  I only had the black felt with glitters, but turned out black glitter felt makes very cute mask for the bat girl  :)

I have seen superhero capes made with felt, and I liked that idea because it cut down sewing time.  This was needed to be a quick project, as I did not have hours to spend on sewing.   I went with fleece, because I thought fleece would drapes better than felt.   I got 1 yard of the cheapest fleece, since the better quality fleece is heavier.  I put the fleece around Momo and cut it into cape-shape.  I used yellow cotton I had in my stash and appliqued the batman logo.  Ribbon at the neck would have been cuter, but I went with Velcro because I wanted Momo to be able to wear this anytime on her own.

Momo has never seen any superhero movies, but she is aware of the characters.  I let her listen to the Batman theme song, and that put her in a mood to pose as the Bat Girl!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Tiny Sakura Sally Dress for Little Momo

I have finally made my very first Sally Dress!   This has been on my to-do list since I bought the Sew Fab bundle last year.  The weather has gotten warmer, and I thought  now should be a great time to sew this dress!
I was planning to do the test-run of the pattern using other fabric first, but I skipped it and went ahead with the Japanese Sakura print fabric I have been wanting to use for this dress.   Mainly because this dress was a good fit for Project Run and Play's Week Two theme: Spring Break Challenge.   
The creation should be inspired by the favorite vacation spot.  

My ideal vacation would be...a beach, beautiful beach!  I just want to stay away from everyday chaos and relax on the beach...  But if I were to think about the dream vacation for the spring break, I would love to go to Japan!  Our spring break time is just about the time Sakura(Cherry Blossom) blooms in Japan.  Nothing says "Spring has arrived!" like Sakura does in Japan.  
For many Japanese, Sakura is not just another flower...it is THE flower.   Sakura is treated as if it is the national flower of Japan (though it is not officially).   It has been featured in many poems and art.  People watch as the Sakura blooms starting the southern point of  Japan to the northern Japan every spring.
One of the Spring's poplar activities is the picnic under the Sakura blooms.   This picnic is called Hanami (Flower watching)....anything tastes great under the flower...and I miss it so much  ;)

So I made the Sally Dress using this Sakura fabric. 

This is actually the same fabric I used to make Paper Fan Dress last year.  I liked both the pattern design and the fabric, but using this fabric for the Paper Fan Dress was not the best choice I made.  The tiny flower print and the dark color made it hard to see the pleats, which was the most important details of the Paper Fan Dress.  But Sally Dress works with any prints..that is the genius of this dress design.   Small prints would make sweet dress, while larger bold prints are showcased beautifully.  

Sally Dress has square neckline and huge square pockets.  Those square-ness made me think of Japanese kimono, since kimono is made with straight lines only.  

I told Momo she could pick the flowers that have already fallen on the ground.  Those huge pockets were great to keep her "treasures."  :)

I made the elbow length sleeves, and they are perfect.   
Last year I made a top for myself using this fabric, but it was not a good fit for me.  I only wore it once and I did not think I would ever wear it again, so I cut it up and used to create those sleeves ;)

Though we cannot see Sakura around here, we visited a garden and Momo enjoyed seeing many spring flowers.
Most of all Momo was excited to see the bluebonnets.  This year she learned that bluebonnet is the Texas's state flower.  Bluebonnet is THE flower here in Texas...and nothing says "Spring has arrived!" like the bluebonnets' blooms in Texas!

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