It's the new season of Project Run & Play!! I hope to sew along again for one or two themes.
The week1's theme is "80's cartoon inspired." To be honest when I read that I thought that was the week to skip. I checked online to see what the 80's cartoons were, and I did not see anything I knew. But then I thought, it should not be limited to American cartoons....what did I watch? I remember watching Studio Ghibli animation movies. My favorite was Totoro, a story about 2 sisters meeting the magical spirits in 50's Japan countryside. The younger sister is 4 years old, the same age as Momo, and it would have been so cute to dress her in a retro jumper just like the little girl in the movie... but I was not supposed to make a costume ;o So I turned to my second favorite movie, Kiki's Delivery Service.
This movie is about a young witch girl, Kiki, who leaves home to train and live as a witch on hew own, with her sidekick Jiji the black cat.
Black is not Momo'd favorite color. To get her excited about the dress, I told her this is her witch dress. That got her excited about the dress :)
The pattern is offered in the size 2T, so I added extra width and length. I also widened the neckline, and added more flare to the skirt. Well I overdid it again...the dress turned out HUGE on Momo. But silly me, I did not adjust the armholes and the sleeves, so the sleeves turned out too tight. I had to rip and re-cut the dress :( But when I sewed them back together, I decided not to sew the long sleeves. Instead, I attached those flutter sleeves, since we do not need to wear long sleeves yet.
Can't forget about Jiji the black cat! I tried freezer paper stencil to add the little cat to the dress. I had been avoiding fabric paint, because I was not familiar with it. But I wanted to try it after I saw this freezer paper stencil tutorial for kids: Freezer Stencil Kid Style -Paisley Roots. If the kids can do it...I can do it too, right???
I got the image of Jiji online, printed out, and traced its silhouette. I used "soft" fabric paint, and I am hoping this stencil will hold up well... If it does, I can see more fabric stenciling in the future. Momo sure loves having a cat on her dress!
The fabric is Ponte Roma knit from Jo-Ann. I picked this knit because it is soft and smooth, and mostly, it does not look like its color would fade. It has nice weight and does not curl, so it was fairly easy to sew. But my machine would sometimes skip the stitches. I read that skip stitches are caused by the blunt needle, so I switched the needle. That did not fix the issue completely. I wonder if I need a serger to sew this knits... I do love the fabric, and would love to make something for myself too.
Fly, Momo! Fly!
This project put me into Halloween mood. Now that I have wrapped up summer sewing, but we don't really need fall/winter clothes yet, I plan to do some fun sewing, including Halloween costumes.
Linking up to those fun parties.