Posted 2 hours ago

Technique! Technique Technique Technique

Ok, I just had to pop in here and share something I discovered!  (Well, it’s new to me - I’m sure other seamstresses have probably figured this trick out… :) Anyhow, I love learning a new technique!

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(couldn’t resist)

Alright - I was just playing around with a scrap to test this out and it worked perfectly.

I had a very delicate lace that I needed to attach to the hem of a very delicate fabric - a sheer knit, to be exact.  I dreaded serging it, hemming it on the regular machine, attaching the lace…. because it’s so easy for it to gather when you don’t want it to, or get stuck in your bobbin area.

Then, I thought of perhaps doing a special hem on the serger first.  I looked through my book, but all of the ones for lace/delicate fabric required the stitch finger to be removed.  And that takes too much time switching it back and forth (I need the regular serger function, too).

So I tried something new:

I laid the good side of the trim against the bad side of the fabric as shown.  Then, I serged it (KNIFE FUNCTION OFF!). 

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After this, I turned it over, but made sure the trim didn’t also turn with the fabric - instead it folded under.  Or actually, I should describe it as, “I flipped the trim from left over to right”.  Now you see both sides are good.  

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I took it to the regular machine to top-stitch it (MUCH easier because it’s sewing through two layers of the fabric and one layer of trim - so it doesn’t catch/gather! :)  

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And of course, pressing it after.  

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Voila.  

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My new favorite technique!!  Saves at least one or two steps (maybe three?).  As I said before, maybe I’m silly for just learning it now after all these years sewing, but I thought I’d share my knowledge anyhow! 

This is part of Emily’s dressing gown, which I will be finishing in a “marathon dressing gown weekend”, and I’m totally fine with that.  I got a late start to it, last week, but have plenty of time to work on it this weekend and ship it out Monday!  More photos to come as I progress.

Posted 2 days ago

Work and Life

I’ve been so busy with so many different things that updates on my newest dressing gown might be minimal.  But everyone will of course get to see photos when it’s finished!

A few awesome things about this commission…

  • It’s based off of Sierra’s in the 25th anniversary, so it will have double layers of ruffles, different fabrics in the bodice/skirt and one heck of an awesome appliquéd belt.
  • The materials are gorgeous… I love jacquard silk!  And the trims are divine, too.
  • Even though it took a few extra hours and got me off to a slow start, I decided it was time to finally draft my own pattern.  So now the bodice looks much more like the original - no yokes or extra seams or anything.  Took me 3 or 4 tries to get the pattern just how I want it, but now I’ll have one for future dressing gowns that’s adjustable :D

Hopefully, more updates soon - and send some good vibes and prayers my way for my sanity - School, work, homework, commissions, 3 SHOWS, other rehearsals for a class, various projects, and a few other commitments are making Kae a little cuckoo. And not for cocoa puffs…

…can you tell I’m sleep deprived?  At the very least, the commission is fun and rewarding.  I’m tiring a little of school after 6 years and I’m really ready to graduate and just solely focus on a bunch of different aspects of theatre :)  ESPECIALLY more sewing.  God, it feels good to be behind my sewing machine again <3

Posted 4 days ago

Progress -more info to come tomorrow (today?) … Very beginning stages…

Posted 1 week ago

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Business cards!

…also, more news to come on a dressing gown commission! :D

Posted 2 weeks ago

Costume Design Thesis Website - Complete!

dont-stop-the-carnival:

Posted 2 weeks ago

dont-stop-the-carnival:

Some of the costumes I designed for my thesis project and Don’t Stop the Carnival. Visit my portfolio for so much more at kaedralynn.com :)

Posted 3 weeks ago

Resume

Resume updated for March/April 2014!

Also there’s a few updates on my Don’t Stop the Carnival blog.

Posted 1 month ago

Some stills of daae-dancer93 performing in the costume I made her ^_^ So pretty!

Posted 1 month ago

Vanilla Ice Cream

daae-dancer93:

Mun Singing From “She Loves Me” Wearing the gown made by KaedraLynn :) 

One of my friends and clients wearing the gown I made on stage!  So proud of you!

Posted 2 months ago

dont-stop-the-carnival:

Some progress photos.  I’ve decided for the final Carnival I’m going to use elements throughout the story as inspiration for the costumes - you can see three at the top.  The shark is for Lester, being the man that he is (and there’s a reference in his song); the middle is a reference to Green Flash at Sunset, and the third is a nod to the Planter’s Punch rum drinks they constantly have throughout the novel (and god the way it is described I want one sooooooooooo bad but I don’t even know what’s in it).  They’ll all make a lot more sense once colored in and scanned straight-on, so you can see what I’m seeing in my head :)

You’ve seen some lineart of the other ones that are colored; and I’ll explain the rest later.  Very tired.  Got a good 15+ new designs penciled and inked but not colored yet.  And about half of them swatched.

And I just really think the snake man is freakin’ awesome.  He’s one of my favorites, next to the scarlet macaw-inspired costume (not shown) and what Sheila’s main costume is going to be (the one lineart right next to the snake man).

Posted 2 months ago

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Posted 2 months ago

Thought I’d grace the blog with a little bit of my beach photography.  Also, I am homesick.  And… seagulls. *coo*

Posted 2 months ago

dont-stop-the-carnival:

Cranked these out today.  I’m too tired to explain them all (they’re all for a whole bunch of different scenes, except for the ones with a dark/black/brown/scarlet/white theme, those are for a darker carnival scene (and are naturally my fave).

Well, I’ll write a little bit about that.  There are three carnival scenes as I have the “script” arranged.  There is one at the beginning, where we learn about the story, and then the story goes back in time to when it all began.  Then, towards the end of the story, there is another carnival — we see this carnival twice on stage - once during a song called “funeral dance” which is very drum-heavy, and then the closing scene “Time to Go Home” where the whole cast/carnival is bidding Norman goodbye.  Carnival A (the first) as I’m calling it, will have one theme; Carnival C (the last one) will also have a theme.  One of these themes might be caribbean-like animals (inspired by; not actual animal costumes).

But I’ve decided that Carnival B (the darker one, “Funeral Dance”) is going to be much creepier.  It’s not clear in the album, and because I don’t have the script, I’m not exactly sure when [a character!]’s death is announced to the audience.  The death happens during the day Carnival is being celebrated; (which is all day long), and does not happen before or after.  After analyzing it, I think it’s after this number (Carnival B), because it catalyzes the decision that Norman makes to go back home, and then we end with the final song (or Carnival C).

So I’m using Carnival B as a sort of foreshadowing of the death of [this character!].  Therefore I’m taking themes from voodoo, caribbean folklore, and other tribal elements and keeping them in a dark palette of blacks, grays, dark browns, dark reds, and the occasional pop of white or lighter gray.

Next step is inking in all of the ones that aren’t.  And then about a billion more renderings.  Oh, and then coloring them all.  And adding detail.  And mounting them.  And adding construction notes.

Ah, there are so many things I could say about each single one and why I made all of the design choices I made!  But I have to keep pushing through.  And whenever I post final renderings I can explain then.  

Posted 2 months ago

Excited about the Elissa scarf.  I hope I get a few orders :)  Once I get enough Spoonflower dollars to cover the cost of the fabric, I’ll be making my own scarf (the main reason behind this whole project!). Now if I could just finish that damn Elissa skirt…

Posted 2 months ago

FOR SALE ON SPOONFLOWER!  
Replica USA Elissa Scarf Fabric. 

Please view the diagram below:

To create this scarf you need 3 yards of any of the fabrics.  I suggest a fabric that will drape well - like cotton silk, organic sateen or the knit fabric.  I don’t like the silk crepe de chine because the colors aren’t very vibrant.  

Also, fabrics come out just a bit duller than what you see on screen, so it won’t be that “alarmingly” vibrant when printed. The designer has to adjust.

For example, here’s the silk crepe de chine - which is the dullest - so other fabrics would be somewhere in-between this color and what you see on screen (a nice balance).  The other fabrics will have nicer contrast too.  I’m getting a swatch of cotton soon so you can compare, but here’s this for now:

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Basic Scarf: Cost of fabric + $30 labor 

Scarf With Fringe: Cost of fabric + $10 for fringe material + $50 labor 

Shipping for either: based on location, but probably no more than $5. International orders are fine too, the shipping just might go up a little bit.

Would take a few weeks to make, mostly because Spoonflower printing and delivery takes a week or two.  But I believe it can be rushed if needed.

Please ask away if you have any questions!