PRINCE KITTY

IMG_1864Chinna is wearing a sheer, sparkly, light purple dress with solid, light purple polka dots made from sparkle net material. On his head is a purple paper crown accented with white pom poms. In his paw is a purple staff. You can tell by now…his favorite color is purple.

Dress:

I made the dress from my sister’s old skirt. First, I measured my cat’s neck. Then, I cut the skirt in half. Following that, I cut the skirt so it measured the length of his neck plus 2 inches. I did not want it to be too short after I hemmed it. The top and bottom were already hemmed. I turned it over so the seam that was already there was on the outside, facing me. After that, I sewed the ends together. I turned the skirt inside out so that the seams were on the inside. When I tested it on him, he kept tripping, so I trimmed it only in the front section.

Crown:

Step 1) Cut a piece of construction paper in half horizontally. You will only be working with one half of the original paper for this project.

Step 2) Leave the bottom edge of your newly cut paper straight, as it is. Draw the crown point design along the top of the paper,  and cut along the lines in somewhat of a zigzag or triangular fashion.

Step 3) Measure your pet’s head to see where the crown will need to overlap and be glued or taped.

Step 4) Decorate!

Step 5) Use tacky glue or tape to add pom poms on each of the crown’s points.

Staff:

Step 1) Find a paper towel roll.

Step 2) Choose 2 pieces of colored paper. I recommend construction paper for its durability.

Step 3) Wrap the papers around the towel roll and tape the sides.

Step 4) Fringe around the the top of the paper towel roll with a scissor (only one opening of the roll). Cut about a half of an inch deep.

Step 5) Buy or find a  foam ball (I love to reuse and recycle objects, so be creative!) and place it in the tube. It has to be bigger than the top of the roll.

Step 6) To secure the ball to the  top of the staff, tape or glue each fringed piece of roll to the ball.

My cat Chinna loved the outfit so much he fell fast asleep in it! He sometimes gets his arm out through the neckhole. I might hem it later to fit more snuggly.

The dress can also be worn like a collar or scarf! Just fold the top of the dress over and pull it towards the neck.

Feel free to leave comments and photos below to show off your royal pets!

Helping the Community with Fashion

What’s better that doing community service projects or contributing to the community? Whether it’s volunteering at food pantries or donating clothing or food, it’s always significant. But…… what if you could do community service while “Fashioning”.

FASHIONING (verb) 

Definition: To commit an act that relates to fashion. Sewing, Sketching, e.i.

I really enjoy community service. It’s rewarding and I like knowing that I’m benefiting someone or something. Here are some ways to help the eco-system while *COUGH COUGH* Fashioning!

1. Up-Cycling!

One of my favorite things to do is to Up-Cycle. Up-Cycling is like recycling with clothes. Likewise, he helps the environment and you can perfect some sewing skills. In addition to that it’s a lot of fun.

 

2. Make a Quilt!

Donating quilts to local or regular pet shelters come with many benefits and perks. First of all, you get a chance to brush up on your quilting skills. Making large quilts for shelters is an amazing thing to do. Many animals at shelters don’t have blankets or beds to sleep in mainly because of low funding. While  your taking the quilts there, you might even get to see the animals. And donating money never hurts!

3. Fixing and Alterations!

This one’s like donating. Before donating clothes, you can alter or fix them. For example, if a pair of pants have a whole in them, you can fix them by adding a patch or sticking it closed. This way, you are still donating clothes and adding a fashion aspect to it. And you get some sewing practice in.

 

Community service is incredibly important! I hope you enjoy these ideas!

 

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5 Fashion Pattern Tips

The picture above is the first sewing machine. It was invented by Thomas Saint in 1970.

Whether it’s hand sewing or machine sewing, a large or small, fancy or casual, these tips will come in handy. I use them all the time. Often as short cuts or ways to make the project more efficient.

1. Don’t have enough fabric, decrease the pattern.

This tip is especially useful for up-cycling project or when you use scraps. Use them if you don’t have enough fabric for the pattern.

1a. You can choose to shorten the sleeve or length. Fold the end of the pattern and trace it.

1b. Another option is to trace different parts of the pattern on different spots of the fabric, then sew them together. MAKE SURE TO LEAVE SPACE WHEN TRACING THE TRACING THE PARTS, so that it is the same size at the end!mccals

2. Cut the pattern so there’s room to grow.

When you cut a pattern( simplicity, mccall, ect.) Cut the largest size on the pattern. This way if you need a larger size than the one you currently are for this project, you can use the same one.

SimplicityLogoRed3. Trace on top of a pattern.

If you start doing tip #2, then using the right size will be hard. Instead of folding the patter and damaging it, not to mentionmaking folding it harder, you can trace the correct one. Sharpen a pencil not to the point where it is sharp but where it has a flat edge. Now trace the line on the pattern you want to follow, when you pick it up there should be a tracing of the pattern!images.png

4. Fold patterns loosely.

???. After you finish a project, you have to put the pattern away. I, personally have trouble putting it away. There is an easy way to fit the pattern back in its packaging. first, try to fold the pattern on the pre-made lines. If you are like me, then it is a little clumped up and not as flat as it was before you used it. If you put a heavy book on top and leave it for a few minutes, it’ll be as good as new….. kinda.

5. Coupons!

Coupons come in very handy when shopping for coupons. Wait until the coupons go on sale. Sometimes they go for as low as 99 cents!

 

I hope all of these tips come in handy!

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How to pick your OOTD! pt 1

What is a OOTD?

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OOTD stands for outfit of the day. Your outfit of a day is customized to match your day’s schedule and your goals.  Some examples are having a soccer tournament, Physical Education, a test in math, and you’re trying to impress your crush all on the same day. Picking your OOTD can be simple or complicated.

Here are some things to keep in mind.

Are you doing anything active? If you are, do you get time to change?

Do you have an event to go to where you have to dress sophisticated?

Do you want to be comfortable? Do you mind not being comfortable?

Is there a special someone you want to impress?

Can this day be a lazy Sunday?

How are you feeling?

Once you have thought about all these things you can choose your outfit accordingly.

In Pt. 2 there will be an easy quiz to help pick your outfit.

GOOD LUCK!

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John Galliano-Feb 20

The Joy of Dressing

is an

Art

– John Galliano

John Charles Galliano ( 1960- )

John Galliano is a  British fashion designer who use to be theImage result for john galliano head designer of French fashion companies like Givenchy. He worked there from July 1995 to October 1996. He worked at  Christian Dior from October 1996 to March 2011,  and his own label John Galliano . At present, Galliano is the creative director of Paris-based fashion house Maison Margiela.He has been named British Designer of the year several times, four to be exact.

Edith Head- Feb 6

You can have anything you want,

IF YOU DRESS FOR IT.

-Edith Head

Edith Head, (1897-1981)

Edith Head was an American costume designer. She won an amazingImage result for edith head head shots record of eight Academy Awards for Best Costume Design. Some of the movies staring her work are The Heiress(1949) and The Sting (1973). Growing up in California, she managed to get a job as a costume sketch artist at Paramount Pictures, without much  training in that department. After a remarkable 43 years , Head left Paramount for Universal, maybe because of her successful partnership with Alfred Hitchcock, and she also used her skills for television.