Friday, November 16, 2012

Attack of the 3 1/2 foot hands!

For Halloween my hubby wanted to be Manos, from Manos the Hands of Fate. A horrible, terrible B movie from the 60's that MST3K made a cult favorite out of it. I love that show!

The costume looked easy enough to make so I jumped at the chance to make it.

I bought a black king size bed sheet and a red twin sized one. That way, I had minimal sewing as possible. (At the time I thought so, boy was I wrong)

I started with drawing out a large hand on some craft paper.

 I left my foot in the pic for size reference.

 Then I started taping it in place for easy tracing. And yes, I had to start with that finger. I can't be mature all the time. ;p

 All taped and ready to pin and trace. 

 I like to pin first so everything is nice and flat, since I folded the sheet so i can cut out two hands at once. Then I used a sharpie to trace around the paper.

 Now it's ready to cut.

 I uses a zig zag stitch to applique that crap out of it!

 It took me two and a half hours and two full bobbins to complete all the applique work. 
That's what I get for thinking that I wouldn't have to do too much sewing on this project.

 Since it was just a Halloween costume I didn't take too much time and care in the stitching. It was dark at the party we went to so no one noticed anyway.

But the most trouble that I had was with the rounded corners and turns. They proved to be a major pain in the butt! But, I trucked on through.

So, after all this typing and picture posting, I realized that I do not have a picture of the final product. I 'm gonna have to get my hubby to put it on again and take pictures. I will make a follow up post with them.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Retro Stitches

Sorry for the radio silence. I've been working on Christmas gifts and started a new job that's taking a lot out of me (but not in a bad way).

I can share one Christmas gift that I was working on. It's for my grandmother. I wanted to use my Colonial Patterns' Stitcher's Revolution Kitchen Stitch'n. Wow, that was kinda a mouth full.

Just a nice simple tea towel to hang in her kitchen.

I know that she will enjoy it.