I must admit that among my many crafting hobbies and interests, sewing is probably the one at which I am least adept. I often see sewing projects on blogs and Pinterest and marvel at how the seamstresses are able to whip things together and customize projects to challenging fabrics or body shapes.
I recently cyber-met sewing whiz Annie Case Hanks via the Female Geek Bloggers G+ Community, and did a little squee when I saw this Marvel-based shirt she sewed for her son. I was impressed that she took an indie-designer pattern and geeked it out with some Marvel-licensed fabric, modifying it a bit to suit her husband’s/son’s tastes. While I often stray from paper crafting instructions and examples, veering off from sewing directions terrifies me, so kudos to Annie for her sewing prowess!
I love her idea to add just a strip of the comic book art fabric – sometimes those licensed or fandom-inspired fabrics are pretty busy, so a full project made from the fabric might be a bit much, but a two-inch strip at the collar or hem might be just the right touch of geek flair.
BTW, Annie’s blog name is also geeky – “The Enantiomer Project” refers to a chemistry term for a stereoisomer which has a mirror image. She likes to think of those enantiomers when it comes to her sewing projects, and considers her blog her “lab notebook” of sewing projects, with all of the materials, procedures, and products. By day she is a science professor, and by night, a “sewing mad scientist.” Girl crush.
Have you ever strayed from directions to geekify a project? How did that go for you?
I absolutely adore this wibbly wobbly TARDIS sewing box!! Joesuplicki on Craftster made this amazing sewing box from scratch! What a fantastic idea! I would love to have a suitably geeky sewing box for all my geeky crafts! I love the attention to detail, down to the character pins and the details inside the TARDIS (it’s bigger on the inside!). I wish I had the skills to make one of these!
There is no more iconic image from the game of Minecraft than the Creeper. The Creeper is a nasty creature that explodes when it gets near to you, but not before you panic from hearing the distinctive hiss that heralds your destruction. When I happened upon this Creeper Sewing Pattern by arixystix on Etsy I got shivers. It is as perfect a replica as you could get in real life, and I have been looking over my shoulder ever since. If you have some skills with a sewing machine, this little monster could be yours.
I love love love Domo-kun. This fuzzy brown monster provides me with endless amusement (yes, I’m that easily amused), so I’m quite giggly over this sewing machine cover from Craftster user asl1429. Admit it. You’re giggling too.
BenaeQuee of Brooklyn recently made this Batgirl-inspired purse for a friend to go with her Batgirl costume, for DragonCon. They went back and forth and BenaeQuee was given creative freedom to create this. Her friend already owns two more of BenaeQuee’s bag and several accessories, the friend knew something awesome was bound to happen.
This is the Swoon Rosie pattern and it was BenaeQuee’s first time making it. She had to create the bat from Pellon 808 backed yellow cotton fabric with HTV heat pressed on in gold and yellow. That was then appliqued onto the front flap by hand cranking her sewing machine. Rosie is a comfortable crossbody bag with a casual style. It features a long adjustable strap, two zippered pockets and a roomy main compartment.
It may look like a simple and graphic geometric design, but there’s something really cool about this skirt: It’s actually a Devil’s Trap from the show Supernatural.
What’s even cooler than this skirt? How about making your own? Blogger, Kat, from If Lies Were Cats You’d Be a Litter, has got a great step-by-step tutorial for making your own Devil’s Trap skirt. The pictures are a little blurry, and the measurements are all in centimeters. However, the instructions are detailed and easy to follow. Kat uses ribbon to decorate her skirt, but narrow, white bias tape might work just as well. If you’ve got a little sewing know-how already, then this project is perfect for you. Besides, you never know when you might need to whip off your skirt and catch yourself a demon. Woah.
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