Monday, November 12, 2018

Earth Day 2019: A Celebration Around the World

Earth Day is celebrated around the World
The focus of Earth Day 2019 is "Protect Our Species" 

All of our plants and animals have value in themselves and are part of the web of life. Our lives and theirs are linked together inextricably — without them, our own species might not survive.

The Facts: Declining and Endangered Species

  • Land-dwelling wildlife species have declined by 40% since 1970.
  • Marine animal populations have fallen by 40% overall.
  • Birds populations have been reduced by about 20-25%.
  • Freshwater animal populations have plummeted by 75% since 1970.
  • Insect populations have also declined dramatically. In Germany alone, insects have declined by 75% in the last 30 years.
  • Almost fifty percent of the world’s coral reefs have died in the last 30 years.
  • *     According to the Earth Day Network

 We’re all connected: We need to collectively support natural ecosystems, so they can continue to sustain life on earth.

So our entry into the Project Run and Play Challenge could be worn at the celebration of 
 Earth Day 2019
 because it celebrates the ecosystem of the mountains and the animals that live there.
This comfortable cotton lyrca fabric
  features beautifully muted coloration.
The pattern was self-drafted to show off the layers of colors and the silhouette of the mountain forests at the bottom of each leg. 

Notice the mountain lion 
       on the white shirt.

 Good bye....
We plan on attending 
the Earth Day celebrations
in our area in 2019.

We hope to see you there....because the 
Earth Needs Us All To Care.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Fall Inspired Bomper Jacket with Hipster Raccoon

When you look closely at the fabric you will see deep into the woods at dusk in the fall. Then to add to the's a hipster raccoon!
This bomber jacket was made with the Jolie Charlie Bomber Jacket pattern.
Peeking out from the jacket is a long sleeve shirt with
 cold shoulders that I designed.
 It has a curved hemline
 the sleeves are finished with a band.
Now you can see the 
cold shoulders
on the sleeve. 

She told me that this is how pre-teens 
wear this outfit!


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

School Mascot Hoodie

And the planning began:

First, we found this delightful bear panel through Whimsy Baby Customs. It was ALMOST what we were looking for...
A little magic was needed to make him the perfect school mascot representing the "Beardsley Bears."

That magic is called 
Reverse Applique.

A bit of hand embroidery 
completed the transformation.
 My granddaughters school's colors are orange and blue.  She designed this fun hoodie to be worn on school spirit days.  
What bear hoodie would be complete without bear ears?!!

 Here is the completed 
School Spirit Hoodie.


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Making Harry Potter's Castle Jacket

All cut out pieces

Then sew side seam of jacket and seam of sleeve .
Quartering sleeve edge and cuff edge.
Sew band around the edge of jacket.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Wonder Woman with Reverse Applique

On this t-shirt I used reverse applique to sew the Wonder Woman symbol.  

Isn't she pretty. I love the softness of watercolor.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Narwhal Hoodie

This week's challenge at Project Run and Play is
 "Your Signature Style."

Design a look that best represents your own unique style,
 taste and most suitably showcases your skill set.

So this hoodie is the perfect example of the type 
of garment that I love to create.

First, I like to combine different fabrics.  This one features a panel, a print, a stripe, and a bit of squiggle whimsy.
Mostly, I like to use 3 different fabrics, and one usually reads as a solid, even though sometimes it's not really a solid.  In this hoodie, the center panel reads as a solid. 

Next, I like to add interesting details, like this striped cowl. I even added a highlighting fabric strip of stripe, going in the opposite direction, in the neckline seam to draw your eye to the cowl neck.  And the grommets in the cowl are only there for fun!

 Notice the squiggle fabric that runs down the diagonal seam in the hoodie front.  You don't have to add it... it's just one of those interesting details.
On the waistline band, I combined two different fabrics to draw your eye to the narwhal applique that I created.
Smiles.... Deborah
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