Custom Cosplay – My Hero Academia’s All Might – Part 3

For Part 3, you’re going to want a BIG eraser. Or…perhaps you have a steadier hand at hand drawing than I do? OK, for this part I wanted a BIG eraser. I also relied heavily on an Omnigrid ruler and a basic French curve ruler. You could get away with other measuring tools, such as a basic ruler, and for many years, I used a plate or cup edge for curves.

Couple things to keep in mind before drawing:

  • You’re going to have to sew these pieces together, so keep your angles as simple as possible. Everywhere I could, I used a 45-degree angle or a 90-degree angle.
  • Also filed under sewing these together, remember each piece will need a seam allowanced added. That includes the new “cut on center” lines that were used to cut full fronts/backs, as this will now have each side of front/back split into mirror images on the left/right. I’ll be adding 3/8″ to each of mine. “Cut On Center” is now +3/8″ to allow for sewing both sides together.
  • Try to keep your lines to a uniform size, if you can. Keeping my lines to 1″+ 3/8″ seam allowance on both sides will allow me to cut strips of 1 3/4″ that can be cut to lengths needed.
  • Remember to match up bottoms to tops, and backs-to-fronts through the sleeves – more on that later.
  • Colored pencils are your friend. You’re going to want to have these colored the final color, numbered, and labeled left/right on the front/back so you remember to cut mirrored images in the same color. Do yourself a favor, and do it as you go.
  • Have an eraser close by. It’s easier to draw your basic lines, then erase connecting/crossover lines.

An Omnigrid is great because it has 45-degree markers on it, and I can line up a previously drawn line under the ruler, add an inch over, keep it parallel, and draw the next line. It’s not necessary, just easier. color as you go, so you don’t get confused as to which line is connecting to where.

When you’re ready to match patterns on the shirt front and back, make sure the BOTTOM of the shirts are matched up, NOT the arm whole aka armscye. The armscye may not match due to the curvature of the sleeve inset, so match the hems. Put your first design on top of your next piece and match up your starting points. This is also where it is good if you’re using uniform sizing and angles. I just had to notch where the top of the red line started, draw a 1″ thick line of red at a 45-degree angle, and the rest falls into place.

See my arrow? There’s a little red line there – that is where I marked my start so I could match it up. When I go to match this to the leggings, I’ll match up the side seams of the leggings to the side seams of the top.

But first, let’s talk about sleeves. “Walking up a seam line” is exactly what it sounds like it is…you want to match up the sleeve head curve to the shirt-body sleeve hole (armscye) 1 cm at a time, until you get to a line, and mark that part on the sleeve, walk up to next mark, and so on. Repeat on both front and back, then connect and color your marks.

When you’re done with your top pieces, they will look something like this:

Next, you’re ready to line up your bottoms and match your lines. Now it might be late to add, but since I just remembered it…if you’re hacking patterns like I am, please be sure both patterns have the same seam allowance…if my bottoms have a 5/8″ seam allowance, and my top has 3/8″ – then my matching is going to be 1/2″ off on both sides (1/4″ for each seam.) That would suck after all this work, amirite?

OK, other than that, since my bottom pattern is pretty easy, matching up the bottom was a cinch (famous last words):

Next up, will be pattern piecing. If you’ve ever done quilt paper piecing, the idea will be the same. If not, you’re in for a real treat. 😉 Insert sarcasm. I can’t stand paper piecing, to be honest, but I’m glad I’ve done it.

Now, this is all fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants here…applying experience I have elsewhere. If I was going to actually make a sellable pattern from this work, I’d have to test and retest this all multiple times….I tell you this so that you know, when you buy a sewing or quilt pattern, that intellectual property they put out in the world is worked over and over and tested. I’ve done pattern testing…trust me, it takes a lot of work to even get the pattern to me to be tested. So while I put this all here for free and for fun, please know Seamwork & Sew Liberated put in the time and hours for the blocks I’m hacking, and many a quilter has spent time making paper piecing patterns for me to tinker with – off the top of my head, Elizabeth Hartman’s alphabet taught me a ton. This will be a bit different as we’re not using stiff quilting cotton – that has it’s own set of pros and cons, but hey, you can’t know what you don’t know, and if you don’t know, just go with it and have fun.

ALTERNATE ROUTE 1. You can stop here and cut out your color pieces. Make your base outfit in the base color, appliqué (sew on top) your stripes and patterns. In fact, if you’re not sure about sewing a curved line in spandex, and/or sewing 45-degree angles in spandex lycra slippery stuff, that is a good option. Bonus: no seam allowances needed.

ALTERNATE ROUTE 2. Hell, you don’t even have to sew the parts on. You could fuse them on with 2-sided interfacing – but for the love of the Iron Gods, put a piece of cotton or silk between your iron and the lycra unless you want a hot, melted mess and a ruined iron. Same bonus of no seam allowances needed.

Continue to Part 4

 

Learning to Knit With a Knit Along

My First Swatch
My First Swatch

Look at that. LOOK! My first swatch ever.

Here it is on dark wood:

My First Swatch on dark
My First Swatch on dark

I made an actual gauge swatch thingy and it’s mostly accurate to what I need it to be!

See, I can sew and quilt…but I can’t knit. Obviously I CAN knit, but it’s not comfortable. I don’t have the muscle-memory for it, it doesn’t come naturally, and I refuse to take that as an answer.

So, I joined the Very Shannon Summer Sweater Knit Along 2015 (#SSKAL) to force myself to get this knitting thing down. I find if I need to learn something, I need to force myself to have a deadline and dive in head first.

For a pattern, I’m taking a Craftsy class called My First Sweater, cuz, well, this is my first sweater.

craftsy my first sweater class
craftsy my first sweater class

I already know I prefer bamboo/wood needles, but I’m not really getting how to swap out yarn types or any of that, so I’m using the Lion’s Brand Wool-Ease which is really acrylic with some wool added. I’d like to switch to better yarn at some point in my knitting, but for my first time, I’m going to follow the directions. Novel idea!

my first knit ribbing
my first knit ribbing

Check it out. I only had to entirely rip it out once. 😀 I’m very excited. It’s very slow going. Very Shannon announced the SSKAL, and I started right away, before the sign up page was even live. I think I might make it. It took me 6 hours to get the swatch and this little bit of knitting. SLOW GOING. I had the hardest time figuring out that the stitch I do, as in pearl or knit, is the one that will come out facing me. Ribbing made me learn I needed to know that! Ha. All these things you go through as a n00b!!

Because I’m so excited about my inch of ribbing, here’s another shot:

knit ribbing is exciting
knit ribbing is exciting

and a close up with some of it stretched so you can see…well, really, this is all for me…

ribbing close up
ribbing close up

I am so damn proud of that. Can you tell?

I had some of these purple silicone knitting needle thingies, but lost most of them.

Knitting Needle-mabobs
Knitting Needle-mabobs

While I was waiting for more to arrive, I found using a clothes pin works great – better in fact for my newbie-self. So, I’m going to see how that goes. The clothes pin holds that last stitch in place too, so jostling of the project isn’t so much a factor.

Up Close Swatch
Up Close Swatch

I’ve read somewhere that I’m not supposed to be taking the yarn directly from the skein like this as I knit, is that right? I’m supposed to take all 6 skeins or whatever and make them into balls? What’s the deal with that? Why? How? And, possibly for this project…not gonna happen. But I still want to know why and how.

Also, I need to find some cheat sheet on like-for-like yarns. If I’m reading a pattern for my Wool-Ease sweater, and want to swap out yarns – what do I do? There are some freakin’ rad yarn stores in Portland, and I’d much rather get something without acrylic in it. I guess I could go TO a store and ask, but it’s not always easy to get away for hours, and/or hang in a yarn store with kids. I’m a research online person, then get into/out of store quickly.

Photoshop + DSLR Bundle from ABM

ABM Class
ABM Class

It was 1998, maybe 1999. I was sitting at my desk in an office in an industrial sign company. My boss comes by, and unable to find the graphic designer, hands me this letterhead with edit scribbles on it, and tells me to fix it. This became my intro into learning CorelDraw.

Fast forward a couple years, and I’m working in the corporate office of a train company, mostly exec admin stuff while I’m going to college. Almost the same scenario – there was a need for a designer, they knew I had some experience, and then I spent the next 8 years or so in Adobe CS.

That was some time ago now, there were a few other stints afterwards, and while I don’t do it for a living anymore (burn out is real, man, it’s real!!), I haven’t really refreshed my knowledge or habits. Most of my Adobe training is circa 2000, and my DSLR familiarity is gleaned from pro-photographer friends.

I looked around online for a refresher course. I need some updated habits for Photoshop and to get a better handle in general. I looked at Craftsy and Youtube and blogs and pros and all that crap. I’m not going pro here, I just need a reboot. Old dog, new tricks. That sort of thing.

I settled on A Beautiful Mess’s Photoshop for Bloggers + DSLR Basics Bundle. It’s a good price, the synopsis says it’s a basic overview of both the subjects I want, I go at my pace, it’s a combo read/video with play files and PDF cheat sheets – it’s perfect for what I need.

AND I’m currently half way through in only a few days, and I’m super pleased. I’m not a true beginner, so I can bust through these really fast, but I’m learning some new habits. Like, back when I learned, we made exposure adjustments from the base image, not in a layer. That alone has been worth the cost of admission. I was all, “WOW” and “DUH” at the same time. Why did I not do it that way? Also, when I started, there was no Bridge, so when Bridge came out, I rejected it. ABM has shown me the error of my ways.

I don’t want to give it all away, but I do recommend if you find yourself in the same boat. Or maybe you’re a true beginner? I think it’s great for that too. She goes through a few parts kind of fast in the video if you’re super new to Photoshop, but it’s completely repeatable. Like, I’ve had to rewatch the same 4 seconds of a knitting video to learn it – same diff.

Besides, those darn girls are so precious, how can one not enjoy taking a class from them?

Seamwork Patterns Sydney and Savannah

Sydney & Savannah
Sydney & Savannah

I signed up for Seamwork Magazine the second they opened up the subscription. I have a penchant for Colette Patterns anyway, not necessarily for their style, but more so for the quality product. The Seamwork patterns seems to fall even more into my style preferences, so yay for finally finding a sewing magazine I dig.

RBF
RBF

Please ignore my severe RBF (resting b*tch face.) I seem to have it bad, when in actuality I was fighting with the remote sensor. I’m not denying I have RBF, but it’s always when I’m pensive or trying to trouble shoot.

Anywho, this is a lovely rayon I found at Joann’s fabric store. I just had to have it, and bought it without a project in mind, as I do. Then my friend Betsy decided to throw a birthday party for herself in the secret speakeasy at Circa 33, and I had to come up with something to wear!

The overlay Sydney is perfect. I made a large, although I should have made a medium. I ended up taking in the shoulders and an inch out of the back, with a 1.5″ taken out of the back neck. It kept sliding down. Fairly easy tweaks to make, however, and I wear this all the time now.

back tweak
back tweak

The Savannah is also a bit tweaked. I omitted the lacey top, made double straps, and lengthened about 6 inches to turn it into a summer slip dress-tunic thing.

slip dress
slip dress

Sorry about the bra – it was blessed hot out, and I wasn’t about to fuss with my strapless, or actual pants….

woooo
woooo

I’m too old modest to wear anything this short anymore, but you can see the length I settled on. I used the bias trim from the Sydney to finish the bottom of the Savannah, and it ties it nicely together. I generally wear this with some skinny jeans, but at this point my face was melting off from the heat and the jeans never would have come back off.

Right now, I have a couple Osakas on the cutting table, and bought some knit for an autumn Mesa, I will lengthen as well.

Fake Buddha Quote Is My Dogma

fake buddha

I was scrolling through my Zulily email to look at crap I’ll put in my checkout basket but never ultimately buy…and I found one of those inspirational quote-art-bullshit sections.

Have you watched Fargo, the series? Did you notice all those inspirational quotes in the background before Lester killed his wife with a hammer?

Pearl Nygaard's kitchen
Pearl Nygaard’s kitchen
No More Pearl
No More Pearl

Yeah – that’s normally my feelings on them.

So, anyway, Zulily often has a bunch of this crap, and one struck me….and it’s a total bullshit fake Buddha quote, but it’s also going to be my New Year’s resolution.

fake buddha
fake Buddha

It’s right up there with the fake Abraham Lincoln tweets, or Mark Twain quotes….but it resides somewhere in truth…extremely over simplified truth. Which works for me.

Not that it’s ever rational to justify bullshit on the internet with other bullshit on the internet, but I’ll leave the responsibility to this site in trying to clarify origins.

fakebuddhaquotes.com
fakebuddhaquotes.com

Point is…it’s a good quote reminder for “Becky, chill.” And that’s what 2015 is…Becky, chill.

Indian Summer – Fall and Winter Plant Containers

scented geranium 'Citronella Plant'

We’re having a lovely ‘Indian Summer’ here in the Pacific Northwest. While it’s so very nice not to start the rain season yet, the weather outlasted my ambition to keep my summer plants alive.

summer plants
summer plants

While there are many perks to living on the top floor with a ginormous balcony and southern exposure, there’s a HUGE ratty pine tree out back that doesn’t help the acidity of the back yard or the endless battle with spider mites and aphids one has with container gardening anyway. Don’t get me wrong…there are a few lovely lace-leaf type maples out back, rhodies and a giant magnolia. And the pine does gives the second, master deck great privacy and shade, so I don’t complain about it…other than when I’m battling spider mites.

Anywho, I dug up the dregs of my tomatoes and the requisite NW kale, and put in NOTHING edible. That’s such a huge jump for me. I just put in things that are pretty and go with the flow of the season.

autumn-sunshine
autumn-sunshine

Some pretty grasses, some coral bells, cordyline, and some mums in oranges and burgundies. There are some really good, I mean REALLY GOOD fall and winter container designs here on the Portland Nursery site. I use their site for guidance even if I’m not going to make it to the actual nursery.

fall grasses
fall grasses
mums & cordyline
mums & cordyline
geraniums
geraniums

This is a scented geranium called a ‘Citronella Plant’ although it’s not true citronella, it sure smells like it! I plonked a decorative pumpkin in next to it because it’s GORGEOUS THERE.

scented geranium 'Citronella Plant'
scented geranium ‘Citronella Plant’

I’m really loving the reds and greens outside on the deck. It’s so lovely to see the afternoon sunlight as I look out, setting everything on fire. Aw, crap, makes me all poetic. ok. I’m done.

I’m not looking forward to having to bring in my houseplants. They’re still loving the outside weather for now. Guess I should look up the first frost date here pretty soon though.

This is an Angel Wing Begonia. I’m pretty surprised I’ve kept her alive for about a year. Houseplants are not my strong suit. READ: I KILL HOUSEPLANTS.

Angel Wing Begonia
Angel Wing Begonia

Here are some cuttings and aloe and a couple jade plants. READ: EITHER CHEAP FROM TRADER JOE’S OR FREE BECAUSE I KILL HOUSEPLANTS.

philodendron
philodendron
aloe
aloe

Wot. You don’t have plants just hanging with your MOOD bag? Pshaw.

poseurs
poseurs

I bought the toddler a princess dress just because, they’re out and Halloween. She’s wearing it every second she can and I love it. I only let her get one…it was a tough call between Elsa, Arial and Repunzel, but Arial won out.

princess and angel
princess and angel

Starched Fabric Cabinets – 1 Year Later

Honest Kitchen

If it wasn’t for an awesome commenter, I totally wouldn’t have realized it has been a whole year since I put fabric on the kitchen cabinets with spray starch. Wow.

Time flies and with a large, busy family, it all goes really fast!

Anyway, an update for you timid fabric starchers and photographic evidence that not only did it work just as I said it would, but my kitchen is a tool and I use it! Hahaha!

Here are photos sans cropping, Photoshop or any other magic. These are literally midday shots, in the middle of meal prep and bread making no less! Toddler fingers included, clock on microwave is correct, grime is regrettable  but necessary in the middle of holiday crazies.

Here you go…upper cabinets look as good as the day we did them. Lower cabinets…well, see that little hand in the lower right corner? Yeah, she peeled the last lower cabinet this month.

Honest Kitchen
Honest Kitchen
Honest Kitchen 2
Honest Kitchen 2

Again, literally in the middle of making pumpkin rolls and had a pot of orange peels and cinnamon going for humidity…lol! But see – the cabinets right over where I cook, right over where the magic of macaroni and cheese happens and all that steamy goodness – exactly the same as the day it went up.

cabinets above stove
cabinets above stove

There’s a little warpy-ness but that is mostly my application I think…and it’s only noticeable by putting a camera lens up there. I don’t know anyone in the NBA, so no one will ever see that.

And lastly, the only thing coating these cabinets after the fabric has been removed is the thousand layers of apartment paint and it looks like maybe this morning’s coffee.

No Marks
No Marks

They Grow Up

Oregon Coast

My oldest turned 18 and graduated high school. That’s been picking away at me – only for the most selfish emotional reasons. He’s fine. He’s more than fine. He’s great. I couldn’t ask for better. His future plans are solid and I’m beyond proud of him. I just can’t help but want to take him trick-or-treating more, hold him more, watch him go down the slide….all those things that are done and have been done for some time, but it’s so final now.

cowboy

I didn’t expect to mourn my child’s successful completion of childhood.

It’s complicated. I don’t know if you feel this with every child, just your first or just when you have them so young that perhaps you didn’t appreciate what it was you had.

celery

There’s no one like him in the world. He’s amazing. He’s brilliant. He’s funny. He thinks for himself….I love that. His opinions are his own. He listens, processes and decides things for himself. What could be more successful than that?

snow

He will always be my baby. My 9 1/2 lbs, 2 feet long, 2 weeks past due ginormous baby.

omsi

I didn’t scan of his baby photos for this….this is sort of a word vomit more for me to get out than anything planned….it would be just more photos of him being adorable with bugs, cats, photo-bombing…..he’s a photo-bombing master.

bomb

Seriously. Master. Photo. Bomber. You can’t even compete.

And he’s all grown up. He leaves this fall. I can’t tuck him in to bed or read to him or tell him to eat his dinner…I can’t go back and do it more or less than I did….you think 18 years is soooo far away, that you have so much time.

And then.

You don’t.

zane tweak

Mom’s House

mom's senior portrait

I refer to my mom a lot on here. I know I’m lucky that I have such an amazing mother. She has always been there for me, at my best and at my worst and every point in between. My mom will tell me she’s proud of me, just because she feels like saying so and she always says, “I love you more.” All children who have become parents themselves know you can’t argue with that one. And, when things are bad, my mom doesn’t sugar coat things for me; she’s the first one to tell me to pull myself up by my bootstraps, but she’ll do it while hugging me and handing me a hot cup of coffee.

One of my favorite things, though? I can always go home. And by I, I mean my entire family can always go out to Boring, Oregon and just…be. There will be beds, food, hugs, and hot coffee.

I wanted to share a few photos of what that’s like. This isn’t the house I grew up in. This house is about 3/4 mile from the house I grew up in and it’s much larger, but it feels the same. It still feels like home…if maybe just slightly more Bed and Breakfast now too!

coffee and roses
coffee and roses
kitchen
kitchen
Art Board 1 of....
Art Board 1 of….
b and b
b and b
framed puzzle & refinished dresser
framed puzzle & refinished dresser
happy lucy
happy lucy
kiiyeee
kiiyeee
waaaaaah
waaaaaah
legos
legos
mom's dress
mom’s dress
dictionary
dictionary
mom's senior portrait
mom’s senior portrait (and more micro piecing)
quilt tops
quilt tops
quilt tops 2
quilt tops 2
hand quilting
hand quilting
Stack of Dresden Plates
Stack of Dresden Plates
english garden
english garden
lettuce
lettuce
deer cat chicken fencing
deer cat chicken fencing
hummingbird
hummingbird
reclaimed windows
reclaimed windows
potting shed
potting shed
nested chicks
nested chicks
feedin chickens
feedin chickens
feedin chickens 2
feedin chickens 2

Yellow

help with color combos
Gutermann Yellow
Gutermann Yellow

I picked up this spool of yellow thread the other day because I really liked the yellow. No other reason, really. I needed a ‘contrasting thread’ for my FMQ class and it made me smile. I’m not usually one to pick yellow unless we’re talking kitchen paint….almost every kitchen looks great in yellow…but here it is…nonetheless.

I think I can blame the baby. We were playing with her blocks…

block play
block play

and as we were playing…I was also doing a bit of color play…

no blocks for you
no blocks for you

when, of course, she’d let me…

stacking
stacking

I guess they are hers, after all….

help with color combos
help with color combos

My little helper.

Target Hacking

Star Wars Framed

As I was making the last round of Star Wars goodies, my daughter asked for some of the green schematic fabric for herself. At that point, it was already almost gone and was sold out everywhere. Ooopsie. I did manage to save 1 print panel for her…meaning, one block of the print as it is repeated on the fabric.

I picked up some clearance frames at Target thinking this would look pretty cool.

Star Wars Framed
Star Wars Framed

Dummy me. Do you KNOW how many D-rings I’ve put in frames and how many photos I’ve set while working for photographers? I know, you don’t, but trust me when I say more than a life time’s worth.

I didn’t even think about it when getting these frames.

I’m slowly, begrudgingly, trying not to kill the cheap particle board frames….eventually, I’ll get these up. But please, be warned, keep this in mind when you see those clearance items at Target and you think, “It’s like I’m losing money if I don’t buy it!!!” So far, with my time included, these are very expensive frames.

Cheap is Cheap
Cheap is Cheap

 

April Fools Day Is Coming

action pen

My Clover pen just died. I picked it up at Modern Domestic almost 2 years ago, and the water-erasable fabric pen held out until recently. I really love it. Ink on one side, water on the other, super light touch.

clover buh-bye
clover buh-bye

Of course it was mid-project. Luckily I remembered I had my handy-dandy disappearing ink fabric pen that came with Ms. Viking.

action pen
action pen – photo by robwagpdx

See that label sticking off of it??

no legal documents
no legal documents

Whatever you do, Becky, do NOT leave this at the bank. Or at an H&R Block. Or…at the kids’ school… hee hee hee….