fabric boxes

months and months ago, i told my mom that i had been doing a lot of cross-stitching, and was thinking about learning how to sew with anything resembling competence. i also showed her some cool resin jewelry i saw. i finally organized all of the things she has shown up at my house with since then, which includes: a box of embroidery hoops; a box of fabric and some patterns; some resin and molds; a box of cross-stitch pattern books, evenweave, aida cloth, and various kits. i think… i am going to have to find time to cross-stitch, soon.


New item: Mini Pillows are now live in the shop! You can get either a Project Box - fabric, interfacing, stuffing and instructions included (great for an intro into sewing!) - or as stand alone prints for your own creative project ideas. I can’t wait to make a pouch with one and pair it with the matching bones or witch print. Each are hand screen printed with water-based inks on 100% cotton.

clothaboo  asked:

Okay. I was scrolling through your blog, and saw the wire hanger post. My girlfriend has a huge, CLAMP artbook Nunnally vi Brittania dress that must weigh at least ten pounds. The only way I've gotten it to stay hanging (due to the weight and the off the shoulder design) is to bend the wire hangers so when it's hanging, it looks like an organza zombie in my closet. But I don't want it to tear like that jacket! How else can I hang it so it's safe? Should I be good with padding the hangers?

This is a great question! Hanging heavy garments can often strain the fabric or cause unwanted stretching, even on non-wire hangers. Depending on the particular style of the dress, you have a few possible solutions.

Option 1: Install hanger straps.

You know those annoying little ribbons that attach at the armpits in a lot of commercial formalwear? They’re actually really helpful for preventing fabric strain and preserving the integrity of clothing in storage. You can make your own hanger straps by sewing loops of grosgrain ribbon, cord, or twill tape to the strongest structural part of the garment (usually that’s inside the top of the bodice, though on some really heavy dresses it may be at the waist) and use those to support the dress on the hanger.

This option is the best solution for garments that have open shoulders, spaghetti straps, or delicate material at the top.

For example: The material over the shoulders of this gown is thin elastic mesh, which can’t support the weight of all the beads and ruffles (it’s actually quite heavy!):

On this dress, the hanger straps (which are made of a strong shoelace-like cord) are sewn in at the reinforced waistband:

When I’m wearing the dress, the straps just hang down inside and aren’t visible. But in storage, the straps hook over the hanger and support the entire weight of the skirt. The delicate shoulder elastic only rests on the hanger to retain its shape, so there’s no risk of it stretching or tearing.

While not strictly necessary for structural reasons, hanger straps can also be a good way to hang skirts or trousers on a regular coat hanger, if you want to store all the pieces of a costume together!

Option 2: Pad the hanger.

I curate a large antique clothing collection, with some pieces dating back to the 1830s. These garments are extremely fragile; a wire hanger would tear right through the material! When I must use a hanger, I pad it by wrapping it in thick layers of quilt batting, then in unbleached muslin (to avoid chemical damage to the vintage material). The wider and more padded the surface, the better, as spreading the weight over a larger area helps reduce strain on the fabric.

This method is best for very fragile garments, or for fabric that is likely to stretch or lose its shape.

Example: This cheap plastic hanger has been padded with batting and muslin to better support the shoulders of an 1860s Civil War militia coat:

If you don’t feel like making your own, you can also buy commercial padded hangers for just a few dollars. They’re usually sold in the lingerie section (though I’ve actually seen them at the dollar store, on rare occasions!).

Option 3: Store it flat.

Some costumes just aren’t hanger-friendly. Just as wedding dresses are often preserved in flat boxes to prevent hanging damage, very long or oddly-shaped costume garments are sometimes better off stored flat. If you have the space, you can carefully fold costume pieces and place them in a dresser drawer or a large box.

This is great for sheer or delicate garments that can’t safely go on a hanger, as well as pieces that are too bulky or too long to hang efficiently in a closet.

For example, because of its odd shape (the skirt collapses without the steel hoops underneath, and the dress has a four-foot train off the back) and the thin, delicate silk it’s made of, this dress can’t really be kept on a hanger without damage. Instead, I store the whole thing rolled up loosely in a large box.

Any clean, sturdy box or storage bin will do the job, though if you’re thinking of preserving your costume long-term, you’ll want to find something that breathes (not solid plastic!) and is acid-free. Breathable nonwoven fabric boxes are pretty easy to find. You can also buy acid-free garment storage boxes. These archival boxes came from The Container Store, and are sized to fit under a bed. (The prices have gone up a lot since I bought mine, though, so keep an eye out for coupons and/or sales if you’re looking for something like this!)

When folding delicate fabrics for storage, it’s a good idea to loosely roll some fabric or acid-free tissue paper to pad inside the folds, so you don’t end up with hard creases in the material. Creases create weak spots in the fiber, and can damage the fabric over time.

For example, this antique garment is too long to fit in the box, so it must be folded over on itself. I’ve rolled up some unbleached cotton batting to place inside the fold:

Now when the delicate material is folded back, it is supported in a loose curve rather than being pressed into a crease:

There you go! Storing costumes can be challenging, but in the end it’s worth the effort to prevent damage to a costume you really care about. I hope this helps you find a storage solution that works for your dress!

I… might have accidentally created a mini me. My cousin who is in middle school I think (maybe late elementary I’m not sure), asked for a sewing machine for his birthday. The first thing he sewed on it was a plushie. He’s obsessed with the stuffed animals I make him and wants to make stuffed animals too when he grows up.


I’m going to send him a box of fabric and a stack of sewing patterns :P


So let’s talk petticoats and stockings, shall we?

After seeing the pictures of Caitriona in her petticoat, grey woollen stockings amd black boots, all worn underneath the grey Printshop ensemble, well, it was a given that both Sindy Claire and Gift DollClaire needed these undergarments too!

I made the underskirt with the shamrock broderie anglaise last evening - and it seems appropriate that Cait’s Gift Doll gets that underskirt, with the Irish connection and all 😀. I actually made it from the remnants of an old pillowcase, @dagmar686, but I only had enough material for one slip. 

So I dug around in my fabric box again and found some more of the soft white cotton I use to make all of the 18th century shirts, and also another strip of different broderie anglaise. Having sewn these two together, I then made a channel to thread a ribbon through the top to create the gathering, and voila a second petticoat for Sindy Claire.

As you can hopefully see from the pictures, I have made it so the underskirt sits alittle higher on Sindy Claire’s waist than the grey overskirt. This I hope will prevent the waist area becoming too bulky as other layers are added  - there is the waistcoat (vest) and jacket to come yet ( you see I have thought about these problems, @oquossocgal 😏)

As to the stockings, well they were simple! Took an old pair of my daughters school tights, where she had put the knee through, and cut off the foot. I then simply stitched two lines up the length of the foot, about 1.5cm in from either side and then cut along the length of these stitches to make two separate stockings.  I did this with both feet and within minutes I had 2 pairs of grey woollen stockings, 1 set for each doll.

I believe that by the time I have finished the whole outfit for both, they will be ready for anything, and that includes the Scottish weather!  😬😆

SVT - Click a Prince: Vernon/Hansol

Originally posted by vernon---baby

Series: Click a Prince (intro

Member/s: OT13 - Vernon/Hansol x Reader

Words: 1328 

Your eyes traveled across the array of horses and wagons that were lined up against the castle entrance.

From the top of the stairs in front of the door, you could see all of them circling the fountain. Them, all of their owners, and to top it off, heaps of wooden crates being dropped off.

“The workers have come down with a plague, your highness. They are being quarantined in the workers quarters right now.”

You sighed, “What are we to do now? Do you think those men would be able to set up the ball room?”

The butler laughed, “We’d be better of letting the horses do it, Princess.”

“Then we have no choice but to cancel the presentation ball.” You pivoted on your heel, “tell the men they will be paid for their trek, but we will not be needing their items anymore.”  

“If I may,” your butler began, “you could always ask for the help of the Princes.”

There was a loud bang, followed by a series of groans and barks, coming from the ballroom.

You ran down the steps of the grand staircase, almost tripping over your own two feet.

Your butler, you saw, was running out from the kitchen with an apron tied around his waist.

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Surprise Visit (Pt 2)- Derek Hale/ Big Bros Sam & Dean Winchester (TW/SPN Crossover)

Originally posted by itsokaysammy

Request// Can you please do part two of surprise visit? -@imadangerouscause

*So this was sent to me by that beautiful person above 2 months ago, and sadly I’m just now getting to it, I hope you enjoy it and aren’t so mad at me xoxox*


(Part 1)

“So the rooms are clean and there’s beer in the fridge,” Derek reassured you as you watched over your phone.

“Maybe this wasn’t a good idea. We shouldn’t have done this,” you said, nibbling on your nails.

Derek gave a low chuckle as he came up behind you, wrapping his strong arms around your waist. “They’re your brothers, Y/N. They’d show up whether we wanted them to or not.”

Usually you would be taking the role of the joyous host while Derek would try to think of a reason to uninvite any guests to the loft, but Sam and Dean were different circumstances. Who knew that your overprotective brothers would love your overprotective boyfriend (possibly even more than they loved you)? While Sam and Derek became close after helping one another with information on the supernatural, you teased your oldest brother about his bromance with Derek. Dean and Derek would be texting back and forth constantly about cars, and sports, and you so much that Derek would be more likely to know where they were in the country than you.

You were pulled from your thoughts as soon as you heard the impala roll into the parking lot below and you phone vibrated with a notification. We’re here.

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a path through roses / lee chan

Originally posted by tekukii

happy birthday to our wonderful maknae! a small writing for him <3

synopsis: down the rabbit hole you go, where you meet a boy who has already created a home for himself there. 

genre: fantasy/fluff, slight angst

characters: dino/female

word count: 2,996

a/n: this was a PAIN to finish, oy but im glad i did! sorry if the ending feels a little rushed, and it’s not 100% beta-ed, but i hope this works, i had this started from a while back. happy birthday, chan!

other notes: cursing

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A lot of people don’t believe me when I say that I’ve only been sewing for a little over 3 years. Previous to that I had only really ever sewn plushies, pajama pants or pillows during Guide Guide workshops aka I could put fabric through a machine and sew in (sort of) straight lines but not much else. I had never used a clothing pattern before, I had never used anything other than a basic straight stitch, and I had never bought fabric. October 2012 was the first time I ever sewed any garments completely from scratch and those were my Fushimi from [K] vest and coat and now this October (2015) I will be competing at the Master’s level for cosplay craftsmanship. So I figured I’d give a short rundown of how I taught myself how to sew and how I improved.

1) I watched a lot of Project Runway (the earlier seasons… Annnndreeee, where is Annnndreee?). While this didn’t help much in actual sewing, it got me familiar with a whole lot of terminology and types of fabric and outfits. Plus it also showed me where people tended to take shortcuts and when those shortcuts tended to fail. 

2) I got a very basic sewing machine and I READ THE ENTIRE USER MANUAL. I started off on a Singer Simple which was a gift from my parents (who actually bought it 2 years earlier but never gave it to me thinking I’d never use it… HA!) and I went through every single English page of that user manual. I became familiar with all the parts of my machine, how to thread it, how to change bobbins, how to clean it, how to fix jams, all the different stitch types, and I practiced sewing a bunch of random stitches on scrap pieces of fabric just to see what they looked like and how they changed when I changed different tension settings.

3) I got a basic sewing book (from like 1965… it’d probably better to get an updated/current book) that acted as a glossary of sewing terms. I had no idea what 50% of the stitches I needed to use were called so this became very useful later when I bought my first pattern.

4) I bought my first patterns and chose something fairly simple to start off with which was a lined vest (followed by an immensely more difficult jacket). I went with Simiplicity patterns after doing a lot of googling for the most new-user-friendly patterns.

5) Then I FOLLOWED THE PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS. It seems like an obvious step but even now I sometimes skip a step and then later regret it. Everything the pattern said I needed, I bought. I bought the specific types of fabric, interfacing, thread, buttons, I did not deviate from their suggestions for the first trial run. Then I read through the pattern instructions, cut out all the corresponding pieces for my size and got to work. The key was to work slowly and re-read things as I went. I also used my sewing book and google to help better explain some of the instructions that were not 100% clear to me just starting out. I also looked up youtube video tutorials on how to iron seams, sew darts, properly clip curved edges, sew button holes, and finish inside seams. Research, research, research!

6) To re-iterate: TAKE YOUR TIME. Slow and steady wins the race. It took me probably a solid 4 days to sew a very simple vest that would probably take me maybe a couple hours now but damn it was one of the cleanest looking vests I had ever sewn. I made sure not to rush anything and gave myself lots of time.

7) I kept practicing. The more I sewed, the more familiar I became with how garments were put together and where I could change things to better fit my size or how to alter things to better fit the garment I was trying to create. I experimented whenever I could on scrap fabric to see what would and would not work for stitching and ironing.

3 years later and I can now draft my own patterns and sew dozens of different types of garments with dozens of fabric types. I would attribute 90% of my learning experience to taking it slow at first and researching as I went. I didn’t allow any guesswork on the first couple of projects I worked on because how would I ever learn if I didn’t look into how something was properly done? Google, youtube, tutorial blogs (wink wink), reference books, and pattern instructions are you friends, do not take them for granted. 

Pictured at the top on the left is the first Kirishiki vest I (rush) sewed in July 2012 without following instructions and trying to do it myself. The vest on the right is from December 2012 after I decided to take my time and follow instructions and actually learn while I was sewing. You can improve 100% just by taking your time, doing some research and following the instructions.

Bonus: What I bought for my sewing starter kit

  1. A green rotary/cutting mat. They can be really expensive but I have been using my large mat for 3 years straight and it works wonders at not only protecting the surface you are working on, but giving you a nice sturdy pinning and cutting surface that is self-healing and doesn’t get destroyed by pins and exacto knives.
  2. 1 large and 1 small pair of orange handled sewing scissors.
  3. A 6" x 24" clear sewing ruler.
  4. A pack of white/blue fabric pencils.
  5. A box of standard pins, plus a pin cushion.
  6. A pack of extra bobbins.
  7. A pack of standard sewing needles for hand-sewing.
  8. A pack of standard sewing needles for my machine.
  9. An iron and mini ironing board. 

Happy sewing!