Artwork – Downton Abbey and Cinderella

I’ve been in the mood to draw lately so I thought I would post two pieces I did recently. I originally posted them both to instagram, but instagram is not always the best for viewing high resolution artwork, so I thought I would post them here for anyone who wanted a better look! Click each image for the zoom option.

1924 – I did this as a sketch for the premiere of Downton Abbey in the USA, and then later added color.

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Ella – I just love the new Disney live action Cinderella and I was completely enamored with Ella’s blue ball gown after seeing the film!

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-Kitri

Mini-Project Monday – Floral Shrug

Aaahh feel that summer breeze? It’s quickly turning into an autumn breeze! But before the leaves start to turn and Wal Mart puts out the Halloween decor (wait, that already happened?) I’m still making summer clothes!

Over the weekend I decided to whip up this casual, easy shrug from some fabric I bought a few months ago. I saw something like it on a girl once and all she could tell me when I asked her where she got it was “the internet.” Um… ok. So instead I just designed my own.

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It’s basically just a big rectangle folded in half and sewn together at the ends (but leaving holes for your arms!)

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I finished the edges with my surger and added a 2″ band around the body/neck just to polish it up a bit. The whole thing took about 3 hours, mostly because I had to put the band on twice haha.

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It’s very easy to wear and a great not-too-hot layer over tank tops. I think if I made another one I would make it just a smidge wider so the sleeves were longer. They hit at about my elbows on this one. Overall, though, a success!

K

Mini-Project Monday – Frozen Blanket

My chemistry class is finally over! So what’s the first thing I do? Make myself a snuggly Frozen blanket of course! Yes, I realize it’s the middle of summer, but I couldn’t resist when I saw this fabric at JoAnn’s.

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When I decided to make this I opted for blanket binding instead of any of the various tying and “braiding” techniques out there for fleece blankets. Plus, the binding came in my favorite color! I thought, this will be simple! Done in an hour tops! WRONG. This is only my second attempt at putting satin binding on something and I epically failed the last time. I just chalked that up to being 14 and inexperienced with sewing, but at 24 with a college degree I still found about five different ways to screw it up, such as…

  • It was twisting
  • It was wrinkling
  • It was uneven
  • I didn’t catch the underside in the right place
  • I didn’t leave enough for the corners

I think I took it completely off and re-started at least three times.

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After figuring out how it wanted to behave I eventually devised a method that worked for me, which was nothing like any of the youtube videos I watched or how-to articles I read. It involved zero pinning, because that just made things worse somehow, and I had to sort of pull the ribbon taught in opposite directions with both hands while feeding it through the machine. And for some reason it seemed to work better when I put the binding on with the long edge on top, rather than on the bottom as it’s designed. Yeah, I don’t know. I can plan, research, pattern, and build an entire outfit complete with accurate undergarments from just about any time period you want, but apparently blanket binding is too much for me! But it’s finished and looks lovely if I do say so myself. : )

K

Upcoming Projects

Summer is about half over and I thought it was time to evaluate the “summer projects” I started back in May. I’m taking a chemistry class at the moment, so homework has been eating up a lot of my free time since June, but it’s over in two weeks! Phew! Then I won’t be in classes for a while and I’ll have time to sew sew sew!

There are a few things I’ve been ruminating about for a couple of months and I’m finally getting them started, slowly but surely.

1901 Edwardian ensemble/Ingrid Waverly

I’ve wanted to make a turn of the century/Edwardian dress for a while and I came up with two reasons to motivate myself to start it.

Reason 1 – There is a 1901 Singer treadle sewing machine in my house that I recently decided to service and get working again (that’s a separate post), so I thought, wouldn’t it be great to make my Edwardian dress with a machine from the same period? Yay accuracy!

Reason 2 – Last year I started reading a book series called The Dispossessed series by Page Morgan. It’s about two sisters who move to Paris with their mother after a terrible accident. There, they discover a world of demons, secret societies, and gargoyles that shift into humans who are charged with the task of protecting the residents of their buildings. Oh, and it’s YA so of course all the gargoyles are incredibly hot.

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Don’t be fooled by the swoony covers. They’re excellently written, have a  unique idea that’s handled well, and have a great cast of characters. Ok ok, they’re a little swoony, but it’s YA what do you expect? I’ve fallen deeply in love with the series and after reading the sequel that just came out, I knew I wanted to cosplay the eldest sister Ingrid Waverly. From her description I look pretty similar to her, so I’m going to accomplish two projects at once and make a lovely Edwardian dress that can double as a cosplay.

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Elsa

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Ah, Frozen. Yes, I’ve been swept up in it as well, but I’m totally ok with that. I know, everybody has cosplayed Elsa since November, but that just means there are TONS of resources available. The most progress I’ve made on her is to buy some fabric for the skirt, but I did spend about two days cutting paillettes into square sequins for the bodice.

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I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted ready-made, so as usual I found a way to make it myself. I think they’ll look really great when I put them on the bodice.

Toothless

I kind of love How to Train Your Dragon, and I think 90% of that love is because of Toothless. If you haven’t seen HtTYD 2 stop what you’re doing and go see it now! It’s really great.

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This is another project I’ve had in mind for a while. Since the first movie came out, really. I’ve been working on him for about two weeks now, but in true Toothless fashion he’s being incredibly stubborn and difficult. I think the first problem was my horrendous fabric choice. I just wanted him to be fluffy and snuggly! But the fluff factor makes the smaller details rather challenging, and when I put it under the sewing machine I can’t see what I’m doing. I decided to hand sew the entire head but I managed to get the body together with my machine. At the moment he’s sort of a Toothless torpedo until I get his legs on.

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And he is nice and fluffy. : )

Well, those are the three, nerdy projects I’ll be working on for the next little bit. I’m really excited to have time to make progress on all of them. This chemistry class can’t be over soon enough!

K

 

Shiny new blog!

Hello and welcome to Kitri Creates!

This is my first blog so it’s still sort of figuring itself out. I’ll be using it primarily as a place to share and document the projects I’m working on and things I’m up to in regards to sewing and costume history. I’m hoping it will help me remember to take progress photos more often. Haha. I’ll also be posting anything interesting I would like to share, which could be a variety of things as I’m interested in many areas!

Head on over to my About page for some more info about me and what I do.

Please follow and I hope you come back to see what’s going on!

K