Pencil Cases!


Based on the tutorial from You Go Girl! My younger sister, Lydia, and I are making our own Pencil Cases! I made mine a few weeks ago (actually 2 months but whatever) and we’re now making one for her.

I made mine in the effort to have a good thing for organizing comic making tools without spending money on a new pencil case.  It was great because I was also able to customize it to fit exactly what I needed!

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Though the original tutorial was for a pencil roll, mine is more of a pencil folder… I also put stiff cardboard from the back of a used sketchbook in between in order to protect my triangle and protractor when I throw this thing into my backpack.  

Yesterday we did most of the work for Lydia’s pencil roll.  We cut the fabric and also went over a reminder how to use the sewing machine and the proper use of pins.  I was impressed by how well she used the ancient machine as I haven’t seen her sew at all for a very long time.

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We haven’t quite finished it.  The binding is all that is left.  However, we can’t do that until I get my iron here.  AHH I’M SO EXCITED FOR MY IRON.  This amount of excitement is a bit ridiculous.  It is only a $10 iron afterall.  Oh well.  Here is the progress so far on the pencil roll for Freshman year of high school.  

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Dress Progress #3

Hello! 

I am VERY EXCITED right now!  Why? Because I’m almost finished with my dress!

Now, last time I updated, I said I was almost finished, but I ran into some problems… Mostly, the skirt was quite crooked and it fell to an awkward length.  Instead of being the cute happy dress I envisioned, it turned out to be a lopsided mom dress.  There’s nothing wrong with Mom dresses, but I’m only 18.  I don’t want to wear a mom dress.

SO.  I cut off the ruffle.  I cut a good six inches of the body of the skirt.  I ripped the seams holding the bias tape to the skirt so I could reuse it and then I ripped out the seam of the ruffle.  This was important because the main reason everything got crooked was my carelessness when sewing the ruffle the first time.  Remember this picture?

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Even with the bias tape covering the seam, you can see how crookedly I sewed it.  After fixing all of that, (multiple days later because I was disappointed and had no motivation)  I sewed on the zipper and I still had a problem.  It was WAY to big around the waist and across my back!

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Not a very flattering picture is it?  Look at all this extra material!

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Fortunately, I was prepared for this situation.  I knew that it was going to happen.  My bust/waist/hips ratio doesn’t fit into the standard sizes.  Generally, I buy a dress to fit my boobs and pray a belt can bring it in in a flattering manner at the waist.  Otherwise things hang stupidly.  But the benefit of sewing things yourself?  Being your own tailor!

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I pinned the fabric over along the zipper.  Estimating how much would be necessary based on how it fit when I tried it on.

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And because the pins were pointed away from my body, I was able to put it on before sewing to make sure my estimations would work.  And they did!  I have since sewn this seam and it fits so nicely now. 

I only have some bias tape, a few buttons, and raising the hem left!  That is my goal for tonight.  Expect updates on the other projects I worked on today soon!

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