see kate sew http://seekatesew.com sewing, crafts, tutorials, DIY Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:12:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 EASY cat costumes http://seekatesew.com/easy-cat-costumes/ http://seekatesew.com/easy-cat-costumes/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11444   My kids requested cats this year. I was pretty thrilled with that. I think we all just knew they would be cats, since they are obsessed. They even have alter-egos as cats, it’s weird and amazing at the same time. I went the easy route with these costumes, mostly store bought with ears and […]

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My kids requested cats this year. I was pretty thrilled with that. I think we all just knew they would be cats, since they are obsessed. They even have alter-egos as cats, it’s weird and amazing at the same time. I went the easy route with these costumes, mostly store bought with ears and a tail! We wanted black since our cat is black, but H&M didn’t have black sweatsuits so we went with grey.

They both were thrilled with these simple costumes. And as a bonus, the outfit will last beyond Halloween. Just remove the tail (which is just attached with a safety pin) and you have a normal sweatsuit with ears.

Better face makeup will make this costume even better. I brought eyeliner to draw on whiskers and a nose but it was all dry and didn’t really work.

I just sewed on ears and pinned on a tail. Getting photos was harder than actually making the costumes!

 

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This is the last project for CATOBER! I hope you enjoyed this little series!

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Create the Perfect Fit BOOK GIVEAWAY! http://seekatesew.com/create-perfect-fit-book-giveaway/ http://seekatesew.com/create-perfect-fit-book-giveaway/#comments Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11549 I’m excited to give away a book from one of my sewing friends this morning! I met Joi Mahon at a Babylock event this summer, and she was really adorable. I loved her overall style and she is such a fun person! So, I’m excited to tell you a little about her new book, Create […]

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I’m excited to give away a book from one of my sewing friends this morning! I met Joi Mahon at a Babylock event this summer, and she was really adorable. I loved her overall style and she is such a fun person! So, I’m excited to tell you a little about her new book, Create the Perfect Fit: Measuring and Pattern Fitting for Real Sewing Solutions. First of all, this book nailed the cover, the colors are just pretty!

If you’ve been sewing for yourself a little and are having a hard time getting the patterns to fit you just right, this is the book for you! Inside you’ll find photographs, diagrams and illustrations to make sure you get the perfect fit when sewing with patterns! You’ll learn SO much about patternmaking and clothing from this book. I am so impressed with how simply everything is explained!

Here are some peeks inside:

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No Sew Cat Mask Tutorial http://seekatesew.com/no-sew-cat-mask-tutorial/ http://seekatesew.com/no-sew-cat-mask-tutorial/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 14:11:11 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11519 Written by Jessica of the Ladyette! Cats have always been a popular choice as the PURR-fect Halloween costume!  They are super fun, and it’s pretty easy to create a costume.  This no sew cat mask is very simple and very inexpensive to make!  Let’s get started right MEOW! No Sew Cat Mask Tutorial Supplies Needed: […]

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Cats have always been a popular choice as the PURR-fect Halloween costume!  They are super fun, and it’s pretty easy to create a costume.  This no sew cat mask is very simple and very inexpensive to make!  Let’s get started right MEOW!

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No Sew Cat Mask Tutorial

Supplies Needed: half a sheet of black glitter felt (the stiff kind), scrap pieces of gray and pink felt (the soft kind), scissors, Mod Podge, a brush, a pair of glasses or sunglasses (for measuring), and some sparkly ribbon

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Step 1: Use the glasses as template for cutting the mask.  Fold the black felt in half before cutting to make both sides symmetrical.  Round the bottom edge, which will be the cheeks, and don’t cut the nose indention as far as the glasses (because you won’t want your entire nose exposed!).

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Step 2: Continue to use the glasses as a guide and cut out the ears and top of the head for the cat.  Depending on your face size, or if the mask is for an adult or child, you may need to trim the sides down.  Do not cut the sides the same width as the glasses because the mask should wrap slightly around the sides of your face.

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Step 3: You may also use the glasses to determine the appropriate placement for eye holes.  Remember to cut small openings in the beginning and continue to cut larger openings as needed.  To begin, cut a cross (one vertical slit and one horizontal slit) then you can maneuver the scissors to cut cat eye shaped openings for your own eyes!  Try the mask on every now and then to make sure your openings are correctly aligned and sized.  Make adjustments as needed.

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Step 4: Using the gray and pink felt, cut small triangles for the ears and nose.  For the ears, you can cut the felt the same size as the black part of the ears and then trim down until the gray felt is proportionally smaller.  For the nose, snip off a corner of the pink felt and round the top edges. Using the brush, apply Mod Podge to the back of the tiny felt pieces and attach them to the mask.  For the nose, only apply it to the top edges so the nose hangs over the mask edge.

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Step 5: To create a way to tie the mask on your head, apply Mod Podge to the ends of two long pieces of ribbon.  Once all the glue has dried, try the mask on and trim the ribbon as needed.mask 12

Ta-da!  Happy Catober!

 

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Cat Tablet Case Tutorial http://seekatesew.com/cat-tablet-case-tutorial/ http://seekatesew.com/cat-tablet-case-tutorial/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:00:42 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11472 Written by Vivian of Vivileen. When Kate told me she was doing a Catober series I knew I wanted to join in! I’m a crazy cat lady at heart.  Today I have a super simple cat tablet case tutorial for you. Materials: grey felt for the body of the case (the thicker the better) scraps […]

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When Kate told me she was doing a Catober series I knew I wanted to join in! I’m a crazy cat lady at heart.  Today I have a super simple cat tablet case tutorial for you.

Materials:

grey felt for the body of the case (the thicker the better)

scraps of white, black, and pink felt

needle and thread

tacky glue

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First cut the felt one inch larger than your tablet on all four sides.

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Cut a second piece of felt two inches taller than the first.

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Cut two triangles on each end of the larger piece of felt.  These will make the ears of the cat.

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 Cut two white triangles for the center of the ears, one pink triangle for the nose, and two black crescents for the eyes.  Glue on using tacky glue.

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Stitch the case closed, leaving the top open.

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Now show off your cute new case!

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sweater knit dreamer tee + a leather cat necklace tutorial http://seekatesew.com/sweater-knit-dreamer-tee-leather-cat-necklace-tutorial/ http://seekatesew.com/sweater-knit-dreamer-tee-leather-cat-necklace-tutorial/#respond Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=10789 (Before I was Blonde!) This is my favorite Dreamer Top so far. I’ve made quite a few but this one is in a really loose sweater knit. I LOVE SWEATER KNIT! It’s so comfy and so nice. I was a little nervous to sew with it, but I just used a wide zig zag stitch […]

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This is my favorite Dreamer Top so far. I’ve made quite a few but this one is in a really loose sweater knit. I LOVE SWEATER KNIT! It’s so comfy and so nice. I was a little nervous to sew with it, but I just used a wide zig zag stitch and it was actually really easy, not any different than any other knit. I picked up this seafoam green fabric locally and it has become my new favorite top. I paired this with lots of black for a cool fall look.

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Outfit details:

Top: Dreamer Top in seafoam sweater knit
Pants: F21
Boots: Blowfish

Bag: see kate sew shop
necklace: tutorial below with leather c/o The Leather Hide Store

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DIY Leather Cat Necklace

Materials:

-scrap leather, mine is a metallic from  The Leather Hide Store
-jewelry chain
-hot glue gun
-scissors
-free template download

First tape on your whiskers where you want them to go. The tape will make it easier to glue them without shifting.

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Lift up the whiskers and tape and put a little bit of glue under the each whisker. You don’t want too much so be careful. Let it cool and remove tape.

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Glue chain to back of necklace.

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CATOBER! the best cat products on the market http://seekatesew.com/catober-best-cat-products-market/ http://seekatesew.com/catober-best-cat-products-market/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11442 Cat stuff cracks me up. Am I just immature? I don’t know! Anyways, Catober was inspired by some of the amazing cat products on the market and the cat trend in general so I thought I should pay it forward to the Cat Revolution with some hilarious cat products. And I don’t know, maybe you […]

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Cat stuff cracks me up. Am I just immature? I don’t know! Anyways, Catober was inspired by some of the amazing cat products on the market and the cat trend in general so I thought I should pay it forward to the Cat Revolution with some hilarious cat products. And I don’t know, maybe you have a cat aficionado friend who might need some of these. The Cat Hangers are my favorite!

1. Cat Time Necklace

2. Grumpy Cat Plush Toy

3. Cats are My Bag Bag

4.Crafting with Cat Hair Book

5. Cat Shaker Set

6. I Speak Cat Pillows

7.Cat Mug Set

8. Cat Clothes Hangers More HERE.

9. MEOW o’clock watch

10. Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure Set

 

See you tomorrow for more Catober!

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CATOBER! needle felted cat sweater + $4 pattern of the month http://seekatesew.com/catober-needle-felted-cat-sweater-4-pattern-month/ http://seekatesew.com/catober-needle-felted-cat-sweater-4-pattern-month/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11376 This is one of my favorite projects for Catober. I think it’s so simple and cute!  I used a Kaliedoscope Top made with this wool blend from Michael Levine. It actually matches The Dreamer Top I made for the IT GIRL lookbook, same fabric and all! (Which consequently, is probably about the size of this one […]

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This is one of my favorite projects for Catober. I think it’s so simple and cute!  I used a Kaliedoscope Top made with this wool blend from Michael Levine. It actually matches The Dreamer Top I made for the IT GIRL lookbook, same fabric and all! (Which consequently, is probably about the size of this one now, after my model’s husband washed and dried it, oops!)

To make the cat face on this sweater, I used yarn and basic felt and needle felted it to the sweater. Needle felting is a technique that uses needles to break up and mash the fibers together. It’s a neat technique that makes the design pliable and permanent. Tutorial below.

The KALEIDOSCOPE TOP is just $4 TODAY ONLY! No code necessary, purchase HERE!

 

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Click Through for Instructions to make the cat sweater!

Needle Felted Cat Sweater Tutorial

Needle felting instructions:

-Clover Felting Needle Tool

-Clover Felting Needle Mat, any size

-Soft felt, yarn and/or wool roving

-Knit Sweater

Step 1: Cut out ears, eyes, a nose, eyelashes and whiskers from your felt and yarn and decide where to put them. I changed my whiskers a little after this photo and added a mouth, you may change things around as you go as well.

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Needlefelting is very simple, partly because it requires very few tools. All you need is the felter tool and a mat. The felter tool has a series of needles that will be used to smash the fabric fibers together until they are felted. The mat protects the needles so they dont’ break during this process.

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Place the mat underneath the top layer of the sweater and start felting!

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The cool thing about this technique is that your design will become a part of the sweater. This is the inside of the sweater after it has been felted, shown below.

 

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You’ll know when you are done when the cat face pieces stick on there.

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Can you think of any other ways to use this technique?

 

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CATOBER! how to make a tshirt dress http://seekatesew.com/catober-make-tshirt-dress/ http://seekatesew.com/catober-make-tshirt-dress/#respond Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11369   (She’s mad because we took away Grumpy Cat^ :( ) Tshirt dresses are a super fast way to make a cute dress and a great project if you have a cute quilting cotton fabric that you want to use. For this one I used a pink graphic tee (with a cat of course) and […]

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(She’s mad because we took away Grumpy Cat^ :( )

Tshirt dresses are a super fast way to make a cute dress and a great project if you have a cute quilting cotton fabric that you want to use. For this one I used a pink graphic tee (with a cat of course) and some bright citron yellow cotton.  H&M is always stocking the most adorable cat tees. I picked this one up with the intention of making it into this tshirt dress, a simple half store-bought and half homemade play dress. It took about half an hour!

You’ll see Grumpy Cat in a few of these photos, he’s going to be our official CATOBER mascot! This is the first series with an official mascot, so I think that is a big thing! I just couldn’t not bring home this cat to inspire me during this series. I laugh every time I look at it. And don’t worry his new caretaker strokes him all day long. She loves this cat so much, haha!

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How to Make a Tshirt Dress:

Materials//
-1 tshirt
-1 yard of cotton
-1/4″ elastic
-rotary cutter and ruler

Tshirt Dress Tutorial:

1. To make this dress, find a tee that you want to use. Measure the hem of the shirt.

2. Cut 2 rectangles of fabric for the skirt. Use this formula:
width: hem measurement X 3
length: desired length + 1″

3. Sew side seams of skirt with right sides together and finish seam allowance.

4. Sew 2 or 3 rows of baste stitching at top of each panel of fabric, ending at the side seam. (It’s hard to gather fabric over seams, so you’ll get a better result if you gather the front and back of the skirt independently.) Pull ends of thread to gather fabric until it matches the width of the shirt.

5. Pin fabric in place with right sides of skirt matching right sides of tee. Use lots of pins and sew in place with a straight stitch, using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

6. Sew elastic over zig zag stitch. Elastic should be approximately 1″ less than child’s waist measurement. First create a circle with the elastic by sewing ends together. Then stretch it around the seam you just made and pin in place. Stitch on with a zig zag stitch. The elastic will help maintain the weight of the skirt.

TSHIRT DRESS TUTORIAL

And you’re done!

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SUPER easy tshirt dress made with a graphic tee and less than 1 yard of fabric!

 

More cat tutorials coming tomorrow! I’m feline good about this series ;)

 

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it’s CATOBER! http://seekatesew.com/catober/ http://seekatesew.com/catober/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=10694 I have a thing for cat themed clothing, kitschy stuff, and the like. My kids are totally obsessed, too. Even if you don’t like cats, how can you not embrace the cat trend? Am I right? Anyways, I hope you’ll indulge me in a little series I put together for the rest of this month, […]

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I have a thing for cat themed clothing, kitschy stuff, and the like. My kids are totally obsessed, too. Even if you don’t like cats, how can you not embrace the cat trend? Am I right? Anyways, I hope you’ll indulge me in a little series I put together for the rest of this month, it’s CAT-ober! We’ll be putting cats on everything for the next two weeks, a new FREE tutorial each day with a few free patterns thrown in. And don’t worry I will throw in as many cat puns as humanly(feline-ly?) possible. It will be PURR-fect! ;)

This series starts MEOW! Here are a few peeks at the projects that are coming!

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See you to-MEOW-row! (Cue the laughing/crying emoji now.)

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IT GIRL // LOOKBOOK part 2 + an explanation on why I started using models http://seekatesew.com/girl-lookbook-part-2-started-using-models/ http://seekatesew.com/girl-lookbook-part-2-started-using-models/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 05:00:00 +0000 http://seekatesew.com/?p=11344 There were SO many good photos from the IT GIRL lookbook photoshoot, I just had to post a few more! I said before that this photoshoot was just so much fun. I enlisted a few of my best friends to help and I think we just had a blast. My college friend Katie was my […]

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There were SO many good photos from the IT GIRL lookbook photoshoot, I just had to post a few more! I said before that this photoshoot was just so much fun. I enlisted a few of my best friends to help and I think we just had a blast. My college friend Katie was my model for this collection. I know it’s a change to see models on my blog, I’ve used a few others at times, but generally you just see photos of me (ME ME ME!). I am not a great model, obviously, but this is my blog and it just makes sense for me to model (the clothes I make for myself).

But…with my husbands work schedule (two jobs, ugh) and two kids to chase around, finding time to go take photos of an outfit I made has become really difficult. I’ve found myself sitting on projects for weeks just because getting a photoshoot in with two kids screaming in the car and my poor overworked stressed out not-quite-photographer husband is too much to think about on a Friday night.

So I finally realized that if I could take the photos myself, they would turn out exactly how I wanted them and it would be stress-free for my family. I do like a little bit of control, and since photography is one of my passions, it drives me crazy to try to explain my vision to my not-photographer husband who tries to get it right but sometimes relaying a vision effectively is just simply impossible. Run-on sentence for dramatic effect. He does a great job and I should be more grateful. But this is sometimes why I look mad in photos. JUST FOCUS ON MY EYES PLEASE ;)

These photoshoots with some of my best friends have seriously been a blast for me/us. It’s really fun to sew up a whole wardrobe for a friend that you love and think about how the colors and fabrics will look on her instead of on ME (for a change). Then I style the whole photoshoot in my head, find hairstyles and makeup for my friend Karlie to whip up. I get to be behind the camera. Then we hang out for a few hours and sometimes eat junk food afterwards. I don’t believe in doing things that aren’t FUN. I hope that by using my friends as models it also boosts their confidence in themselves and it gives us an excuse to hang out. With kids, you sometimes have to make weird excuses like “Hey, want to model for my blog??” asked a sheepish, it’s-okay-if-you’re-not-into-that kind of way, just to hang out. Most of my friends are into fashion, too, so it’s just a good time!

I just wanted to explain this because (although I have struggled with body image like everyone else), this change isn’t about bodies at all! I appreciate that some of you have come to like seeing my “normal/ate-too-many-cookies” self modeling my clothing and I will be sure to be here lots lots lots! Modeling, these new patterns, old patterns, etc, etc. When photos allow! (And when I haven’t eaten TOO many cookies, you know. ;) )  I really appreciated the feedback on the lookbook, so THANK YOU!

With that said, here are a few more of those photos I promised:

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Of course, these patterns are available in my shop! The ICON paper pattern is still for presale right now. Bits and pieces of the final printed pattern are coming together and it is exciting! It will be ready in a few weeks.

I hope you’re ready for an ICON SEWALONG! I’ll announce more details soon, but I’m working on more coats right now. (For myself. I have a coat fetish…is there a number of coats that is too many?)

 

 

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