Tuesday, December 23, 2014

All in One Hooded Scarf - tester roundup and inspiration

Need a fast AND fun last minute gift to make? Look no further - Our newest pattern, The All in One hooded scarf, released last week!
This Hooded scarf comes with a ton of options and is perfect for children and adults (the large fits most adults)
A generous fit hood that comes with two scarf versions: A traditional long open scarf that you tie, or a closed cowl that closes with buttons or snaps (even velcro). The pattern comes with 5 different animal ear options along with embellishments for dinosaur spikes and shark teeth/fins.




You can mix and match to make an endless amount of different animals! This is one super FAST and FUN sew :)

Our testers really let their creativity shine - they came up with the most incredible hooded scarfs, and even inspired a second 'option' pack to be released sometime in January, that will include EVEN more options (at a very minimal cost :) ) Check out all their great work




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Here is a sneak peek of one of the versions that will be  available in the upgrade pack......

Thank you again to all my testers - Once again you blew me out of the water will all your amazing creativity and imagination! :)

I wish you all a Happy Holidays and an Incredible New Year!

~ Christine

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday - starts Today, One Day Only!

Cyber Monday starts now! 30% off your entire purchase in our etsy shop. Use the code 'cyber30' when checking out. Last sale this year so take advantage! www.heidiandfinn.etsy.com

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Maleficent Costume - and horn mini-tutorial

If you follow me on Instagram then you have probably seen some sneak peeks of this. AND you probably know how thankful I am that I have one of the ONLY little girls I know that did not ask to be Elsa! (thankgodness). In a "frozen-everything" type of household,  I was waiting, waiting, afraid to ask the question "what do you want to be for Halloween". But I finally got up the courage to ask, cringed while I waited for the answer.......and by some unusual higher power I got a truly great answer...

 (I think it had something to do with the fact we just say the movie a few days earlier rather than a growing tired of frozen.....but I'll take it!)

Yay! something I would not dread working on! Something without all that dreaded tulle,glitter, crystals and nightmarish fabric! 
So this was the Inspiration pic we found

 And here is the final result
 (Most of my kids clothes week has been spent on this beauty)

Nearly all the supplies cam from fabric.com. I started by making a extra long turtleneck dress for underneath, using a self drafted pattern and black cotton jersey

The cape was made from a stretch velvet and lined with a purple stretch satin. I used a super heavyweight interfacing for the collar and lined the sleeves and hem with a faux fur. The cape is also self drafted.

The headpiece was the labor of love, and I realize now that I made the horns a little on the big size (since I made this when she was at school, so no way to test the scale, and once it was made there was no changn' it)
I had planned on making a full tutorial - but forgot to take a lot of pictures, so here is sort of a mini-tut of what I did:

I started out with two blocks of floral foam from the dollar store

I started carving away with a chisel, really roughly at first and then using xacto knife made it much smoother. I just free handed it (that is why both horns don't match :) ) ***Warning - this is incredibly messy, I would say do this step outside or have a vacuum near by to clean up as you go***

Once I was happy with the horns I took some stretch faux leather (also from fabric.com) and cut it into strips and starting wrapping away. I started off with a pin to hold it is place and wrapped tightly around the each horn, using a gluegun every few inches to keep in all together.

I made the base of the hat by modifying  this pattern  from tye dye diva. Really the only change was cutting the front  with a pointed middle rather then straight across.
I made two smallish star shaped cuts on either side of the hat and pushed the horn through.

(I stopped taking pictures for the final part sorry!) I hand sewed the horn to the hat, slowly connecting the material near the bottom of the horn with the hat. I finished it off my gluing a few strips around the base of the horns to hide the stitching (which is impossible to look neat when sewing faux leather!) I also added a liner to the top section of the hat to cover the exposed bottom of the horns, otherwise the foam kept leaving bits in her hair.
I added a snap to the bottom chin strap and Done!

This is one of the first costumes that I have made FULLY - I usually end up buying most of it :0
I am pretty happy with how it turned out...and I think she likes it! .....actually HER favorite part is the red lipstick...but that is a 6 year old :)

What are you making for Halloween? 


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