Fighting Evil By Moonlight…

♫ It’s the most wonderful time of the year ♫- yes Halloween! As both a sewing and Halloween fanatic, I can declare that this is indeed the most wonderful time of the year, a time of year where you can dress up however you want, in whatever costume, and you can make it yourself!

This year, I will admit that I let my make-up loving side get the better of me and went as a sugar skull- which has no special costume elements in particular and I just wore a black dress…. BUT THE MAKE-UP WAS SO COOL! – I did lose a part of my sewing soul though….
BUT I did have a chance to make a costume earlier this month (making up for my lack of epic costume on Halloween), and as the title of this post suggests- ♫ it was the one named Sailor Moon ♫! I was huge a fan of Sailor Moon when I was a kid, and I remember watching them thinking “they’re so pretty and brave!” and that tuxedo mask probably still had cooties… anyways 
It all started when my sister said- “Hey there’s a super hero themed pub night at my college, want to make us some costumes for it?”, and I said “DO I?! – YES!!, when is it?”, and she said “tomorrow night”….. So after a frantic trip to Fabricland, and to H&M to get two white v-neck t-shirts, I started on my marathon of sewing to finish our Sailor costumes: Sailor Moon (for my blonde sister) and Sailor Jupiter (for brunette me!). 
After quite a few hours, and an unknown amount of “will I get this done on time?” moments, that were calmed with chocolate, I finally finished the costumes!! And they were amazing!
After doing the first one, the second one was a lot easier to whip up. And seeing as everything in the costume has ample amounts of lycra, eyeballing all the measurements worked out fine. Some of my favourite costume elements are the gloves, and the bows, who doesn’t want a huge bow on their butt?, and as I am Emerald Erin, I was quite pleased with the overall colour scheme that Sailor Jupiter has going on.
This is a photo taken at the actual event and, as you can see, my sister is the gloriously tan and blonde one, and I am the almost fluorescently pale brunette, and in the middle is our friend who went with a batwoman theme. – I can say that we were perhaps more dressed up than most, but our costumes were generally loved, and I do feel like this makes up, at least in part, for my lack of sewn costume this Halloween. 
As a last little tidbit to this Halloween post, I will share the Halloween costumes of my favourite stuffed animals growing up, my first models for sewing as a kid, I’m not sure how old I was when I made them these costumes, probably 10-12 – a witch, a pumpkin and a fairy! And I still dress them up for Halloween every year!
Happy Halloween!
xo erin

Sewing Room Curtains!

Here it is! , as promised, this post is going to be about those fabulous curtains/window-coverings that I showed in my sewing room tour. These were made with the help of my mom, who is a little more experienced at sewing household-y things than I am.

So after realizing that the amount of sun coming into my sewing room made it impossible to inhabit between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, I called to my mom for help in making some curtains, and she took me to Fabricland where we picked out this beautiful fabric!

We measured for the large window, and decided that we would do 3 panels, that I could roll up and tie at whatever height suited the current position of the sun- easy peasy.

This is me cutting out one of the panels, with a grey lining – because the sun simply cannot be stopped by one layer of fabric. After serging these panels together, the next step was to secure the bottom, so that I could roll it up and it would keep the shape- I used small wooden boards for this, but you could go to the hardware store and get dowels as well, and just cut them to the width of the panel. Then I just sewed a little fold-over pocket in the fabric to hold it.
To secure these panels to my window I sewed a strip of velcro to the top of each panel (fuzzy side of velcro), and glued a long strip of velcro to the top of my window frame (hooked side of velcro). Check out my handy work with the hot glue gun! (and the not so handy camera work… sorry for the blurry pic)
Then I sewed some ribbons on, front and back, and stuck them up! I used off-white twill tape for the front ribbon and didn’t have quite enough for the back, so on the back I have used a coordinating green ribbon, which I think worked out well in the end.

I am quite happy with the finished product, and now I can use my sewing room in the day without wearing sunglasses and SPF 50. YAY!

xo erin

New Sewing Room Tour!

With my first post I thought I would show off my new sewing
room. After recently moving into a new apartment with my sister I finally have
a sewing room! It is so nice to have my own little space where I can have my
machines set up and ready for whenever I am!
Complete with my dress form (dubbed ‘Stella’ by my mom), and
an inspiration board, which I admit is slightly devoid of inspiration at the
moment, that is pending..  I also want to get some artwork up here, my sister is
currently a Visual and Creative arts student in college – and I’m hoping that
she will make/help me make something great to put up there. (HINT KRISTIE!)

I’ve also made some new curtains in here with the help of
my mom (blog post on the making of these curtains is in the works!). The midday the sun beats directly into these windows making it a billion degree
light box in this room- but now that I can manage it with these snazzy new
curtains I appreciate all the light I get!
This apartment also offers an impressive number of closets
and I was able to snag one for all of my sewing swag. – It makes me so excited just
looking at all my fabric together in this closet, thinking of all the future
projects – I haven’t completely organized everything yet, but at least all my fabric off the floor!
I am really loving this organizer because I can see all my bright and patterned
fabrics and remember everything that I have. As you can probably tell I have a bit of a soft spot for bright prints!
Now I feel ready to take
on some sewing projects! Here we go! 
xo erin

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