Costume and Graphic Design

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Kobo Keeper

Starting with a heavy iron on interfacing and the cut shapes of black and red. I layered the pieces together and pinned the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric. The interfacing is cut to the size of the finished piece, while the fabric has the seam allowance added. This gives the piece the rigidity of the interfacing without adding too much bulk to the seams. Once everything was pinned together, it was ready to iron.

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Kobo Keeper

I have measured and planned my Kobo Cozy and have sketched out the rough shape of it. The outside will be a basic book jacket, but I will slip a piece of plastic sheet inside each cover to keep it stiff and protective.
The inside is more complicated and will keep the Kobo snug. Keeping tight to the outside dimension of the ereader, I drew a box and the flaps that will be attached to the back cover on three sides. The left side, next to the spine, will be loose with an extra piece that tucks behind the Kobo. I gave close examination of the rocket-scientist-engineered ones at the store and this is exactly how they do it.

Here is my sketch, including a closeup of the bottom section where I have a gap for the lonely button.

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Pleated ribbon Watchband

I am very close to finishing the Watchband. The beading is almost done, and I have attached what I have to the ribbon.

Starting with the clasp end, I tied my clear line tightly to the loop on the clasp, with about an inch extra line on the short end. With the long end, I began threading the beads in the pattern I wanted, going up toward the watch end. I used 3 spacer bars, threading through the first hole in the bar. One of these spacers was the last “bead” in the line. I then looped back down into the second hole of the spacer and repeated my pattern (in reverse) going back toward the clasp. When I reached the clasp, I looped through it, and followed the same as the first back up to the watch end. In the end, I had three strings of beads, connected periodically with the spacer. After tightly tying knots in each end of my line, I took each one and carefully threaded it through the beads until it was completely hidden. This gives a secure knot with the loose ends neatly hidden inside the beads.

Repeated for the other side of the band.

Once both beaded sections were finished I used black thread to carefully stitch the beaded bands to the ribbon.

More next time on how I attached the face to the ribbon!

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Kobo Keeper

I have recently entered the new-age of book reading! When e-readers first came out, I stamped my foot, pouted a little, and clutched my paper books tighter! What was the world coming to! The smell of a paperback, the feel of the pages in your hand, the handy size that is just right for carrying around. How can a techie little device be better?

With more and more books becoming available in electronic format, my book collection threatening to collapse onto my husband’s head, and having seen one up close for the first time, I became curious.

My sister in law got a Kobo for Christmas, and I played around with it. With no instruction on how to use it, and having never touched one before, I actually found it very easy to navigate. When we returned home from our holidays, I checked out a few online reviews, and went to Chapters to see what all the fuss was about. After, I took a walk around the mall to think about it… $140 is a fair chuck of change, and the books are only a couple dollars cheaper in electronic format… saving money really isn’t a factor here… But having (almost) any book I want available at the touch of a screen, and no increase to the already staggaring volume of boxes my books fill, I decided to take the plunge.

I carefully picked out a nice zippered pouch to keep my new Kobo in, and went to the counter to make my purchase. What a shock to find out that the little zippered pouch was $40!! Good grief! At that price, it had better be bullet proof! I left the store with just the solo Kobo. The next day, I went shopping again, in the hopes of finding a less expensive keeper for my Kobo. No such luck… Even for a thin slip cover, the lowest price I could find was $28… I may as well have spent for $40 for the zipper…

But wait… I have fabric… I have a sewing machine… I have a collection of zippers, buttons, velcro, snaps, and I know how to put it all together!! Jinkies! It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to build a keeper (though the retail prices suggest otherwise…). I can have have a designer, one of a kind Kobo Keeper!

I know now what my next project will be.

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Pleated Ribbon Watchband

Starting by folding my first pleat, I put a single run of stitches up the middle of the ribbon, folding each pleat as I went, and measuring it to my wrist until I had it the length I wanted. I then took the narrower ribbon and stitched it down the middle, so it held the pleats in place. I repeated with another ribbon so I have the two pieces of the band, one for each side of the face. They will be fastened on the inside of the wrist with a bracelet clasp.

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Pleated ribbon watch band

My next project is a watch band. I have my sketch and all my pieces, and I am ready to start! Slowly over the spam of the week I purchased my items one by one (coupons are a great thing!) so this watch is going to cost 40% less! I’m not one of these crazy coupon people from that show on tv! I have an app on my phone for the craft store near my work and would drop in at lunch and scan my phone! So it was worth while!!

Back to the matter… Ahem.. For this project I have two widths of black ribbon, the watch face, a clasp, some black and white pearls, and silver spacers. The wider black ribbon will be the pleated ruffle under the thinner ribbon, and I will stitch the beads on top of that to give it some sparkle and interest. The watch itself is plain silver with a black face and silver numbers. This is going to he something I might wear more on weekends.

So, I haven’t figured out yet how to format my posts yet on my phone, so my pics get dumped at the end, so here are my supplies and the sketch!

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Dress Form

I have a duct tape form that I made a couple of years ago, and it has served me well.

She was a wonderful replica of me, had the same bumps and lumps, and was the same height as me in my short heals. I could make costumes to fit me perfectly! I loved her!
Time is not always kind, and this was certainly true of my tape copy. The glue on the tape has started to decay, and the layers are pulling apart, allowing the falling stuffing to droop even further. She is probably a good couple of inches bigger than she was when I made her. Add this to the fact that I have lost a couple of inches, you can see that she is almost useless now for anything but the most casual of fittings! There is no way I can use her for drafting anything from scratch…
I considered rebuilding her. The post and base are still good, I would just need to replace the tape form. And I had been wanting to attach the foam head I have so I could work on things with hoods, or other head-involved pieces. But, that much tape gets expensive, not to mention I would have to convince my husband to spend an hour wrapping me in it. Having done it once before, he knew exactly what he would be getting into, and asked me if I really wanted to do another one, and would it be worth buying a proper one. I had to admit that I had looked into it, and told him the approximate cost of purchasing one. We agreed that it would be a good idea. No risk of the form sagging and expanding with age, I can adjust it to the measurements that I am at that moment, and if I ever agree to sew something for someone other than myself, I can adjust it to them, provided that they are similar in build to me! She will only adjust so far in either direction, right?
So, I ordered one from the fabric store, after searching several other sources. Buying used is always an option, and would come with a much lower pricetag, but uncertain on the timeframe… Nothing currently for sale in my area. Ebay came up with similar pricing as retail, once you factor in international shipping. My local fabric store still has to have one shipped in special, because they don’t carry them as regular stock. They just don’t sell enough of them. But, their shipping costs are much lower than any I could hope for from Ebay.

So this is what I have ordered. A Diana dress form, not top of the line, but for my price range, she will do just fine! There are much much nicer forms out there, and as much as I would love to have one of those, I just can’t afford $1000 + for a dress form!

Once she arrives, I can begin drafting my Wraith Queen! Super excited!