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Marker Challenge

It is week 4 of the Summer Challenge hosted by Punk Projects. This week’s challenge was to use markers or ink of some sort. Imagine all the possibilities. I couldn’t think of any. First off, I’m not a huge fan of markers. I don’t like the lines they leave when you color with them. I’m a crayon kind of girl. To help my inspiration, I checked my saved pins on Pinterest.

The only pin I have involving markers was how to turn old markers into water-colour paint. (Which I may do next week.) Since that wasn’t helpful, I turned to Google’s search engine. That is where I came across this skirt. (Follow Link for photos)

To start my project, I decided to make a circle skirt with a yoga waist band. I didn’t want to sew zippers this week. I have a delightful purple knit fabric that I was able to use for the waist band. I picked up a light purple cotton fabric from the store along with Tulip Fabric Markers.

To make the waist band, I followed this tutorial over at makeit-loveit.com.  Then I used this tutorial over at Simple Simon to make the skirt.  I realise they are both tutorials for children, but each piece is easily made into an adult size with your personal measurements. I did find that my knit was stretchier than used in the tutorial.  To test this, I tried on the waist band after sewing it into a tube. I then resewed the seam to make the band smaller.

Center Front Design

Now that the skirt was complete, it was time to start drawing. I was inspired by this colouring page released by Craftsy.com a bit ago. I like the idea of a craft supply garden. I did have to add a few other objects to my garden since my skirt is much larger than an average piece of paper.

Thimble, Dress Form, and Pattern

I’m not the best sketcher, so my plan had been to cut out and trace objects onto the skirt before colouring them in with the markers. I quickly scrapped that plan and just used a pencil to lightly draw out the pictures before colouring them in.

Ruler, Cupcake, Paint Brush, Thread Vine

If you could see the continuous design, you would find that for the most part, each object is its own plant. There are a couple of larger object, like the patters, that are wrapped in stems. The spools of thread are a continuous vine that weaves in and out of the other “flowers.”

Cake and Apron

I still can’t say I’m sold on using markers, though I would like to try another project like this only get it closer to my inspiration skirt. The Tulip markers worked well for drawing lines, but they weren’t the best for colouring in spaces. This week I was also reminded of Swoodson Says year challenge for trying something new every month. Since I’ve never used fabric markers to decorate before, I believe this qualifies.

A few extra details.

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Halloween Treats

Halloween Treats

Just in time for Halloween, I have a quick cupcake treat for you to mix up for the kids. They went over well with my students after a long character day walk during school. They were delighted to kick their shoes off and settle into this brightly coloured treat.

I am not one to turn to box mixes, 99% of the time I bake from scratch. Every now and then, a box mix is needed for a quick project. Particularly when the crowd isn’t particular about the taste. Seven-year-olds would be happy with a scoop of frosting!

Halloween Treats

This isn’t a new trick, there are dozens of tutorials on how to make multi-coloured cupcakes. Essentially, you mix together a white cake recipe (I used a box for this project), separate into bowls (one for each colour), and mix in food coloring. Then you scoop a little of each color into your cupcake pan and bake away.

I will give this warning, if you are using a box mix, remember to only fill each cup about half full. Otherwise you end up with towering cupcakes. Which I ended up trimming down before adding the frosting.

Halloween Treats

I used a basic buttercream frosting tinted bright orange. I believe that was my favourite part!

Supplies:

  • White cake mix (or recipe) plus ingredients listed on back
  • Food colouring
  • Cupcake pan and liners
  • 3 bowls
  • Frosting

Directions:

  1. Mix cake according to directions.
  2. Separate into 3 bowls.
  3. Add desired food coloring to bowls (I used purple, yellow, and green)
  4. Scoop each color into cupcake pan.
  5. Bake according to box (or recipe) directions.
  6. When cupcakes are cooled, decorate with frosting.

Halloween Treats

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Last of the Laurels

These are the last 2 Laurel dresses I have to show you (for now). I’m telling you, this is a great pattern. It looks great on (someday, I’ll get photos of myself wearing one), even when it is too big as mine now are. The pattern is simple with easy to follow instructions. There are so many ways to vary the design that no one will realise you used the same pattern for 6 dresses!

My Purple Laurel, was my muslin version. I used an old sheet for my fabric. I’m glad I made a muslin. The pattern is created to be a bit lose, but on me, that actually meant my normal size was a little too big. Yay! I get to make a smaller size. Making the muslin also gave me the opportunity to test out some design changes I planned to use on other versions.

First off, I made this version sleeveless. This was a simple change. Rather than sewing the underlining as an underlining, I sewed it in as a lining. This gave me the ability to close the arm holes inside. I still used a binding around the neckline to add stability as I didn’t add any facings.

Second (this is my favourite addition), I added buttons down the back. I did this partially to save on sewing in a zipper, but also because I thought buttons down the back sounded fun. To do this, I extended the back by an inch on each side. Since there is already a seam allowance for a zipper, I didn’t need much more wiggle room.

My final Laurel project was inspired by all the projects with variegation I had been seeing. My plan had been to make a dress with 3 colours of fabric that were slightly different shade of each other. The plan didn’t work out as my local shop didn’t have the color variety I needed. I modified my plan and went with two colours instead.

 

The photos show pockets, but I later removed them as the sewing was poorly done  (in my opinion). Once I took them off, I liked the dress better without the pockets.

 

I did finish this dress with short sleeves. Yes, I know, I don’t have completed photos. This is so far my favourite version of the Laurel that I have made. As I’ve mentioned, I am inspired to make a couple more. I’ll be sure to share them when I do.

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