Wednesday, January 30, 2013

2013 Sewing Endeavors-to-be

I have upcoming projects to work on and plans for what I'm going to sew this year. I'm afraid we'll have to wait until I find my camera's battery charger to see pics of what I did last year. But for now, here are my upcoming plans! 

So, beginning last year, I, unintentionally, started a tradition. Birthday kids get to pick what costume they want McKenna (that's me) to make for them! First up are Moses (turning 9) and Mandee (turning 3). 

Moses has asked for a Frodo Baggins costume and he's getting it. I won't be including the coat (not pictured here) or a shirt (we can use a button-down for now). But, I shall construct a velveteen vest, brown pantlets and a cape. And for Matthew's 6th birthday, he'll be getting a Samwise Gamgee outfit. They're going to be so cute together!!!

Back in the Fall, Mirial (age 7) got a green Susan gown for her birthday (pics coming soon). Now, Mandee gets a Lucy dress to match. Oh! And she also gets a new wardrobe ;) These are just some ideas for possibilities!

I can't get over this!

I love the multicolor theme and the button flowers

I can use my girls' regency pattern for this one

I don't think a pattern is needed for this one :)

Simple and easy

I just had to put this up! I love the sleeves!!!

A little Summery, but with a cardigan...

Salvation Army top+cute fabric!

Made out of Daddy's button-down!

How cute is this wrap dress?!
Okay, so, I kinda went crazy there, but, you get the picture. 

I'm also doing costumes for some little friends of mine who are 9 and 11 years old. They're in a school production of "The Music Man" and I've been hired to construct their costumes. 1919. I'm really excited! 

Next up, my sister Marley is going on a missions trip to El Salvador with the Duggar family. So, she needs some supplies. A.K.A. skirts and a bag :) 
I like this khaki skirt just a tad longer.

I love making skirts from jeans and I already have made several 

I positively adore this messenger bag! Marley won't be crazy about the fabric but she'll  love the belt handle :)

Mason will be turning 2 in June and he isn't particularly crazy about anything but "Mater's Tall Tales" and "Martha Speaks". So I've decided that he needs a waistcoat :D

Something like this, including the tie. 

So, I'm booked for the first half of the year. I really can't think as far ahead as July for now...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Recapping 2012

So, it's been awhile. And now it's the New Year. I shall join all the other bloggers and recap 2012.

I left on the first of the year for Ecuador on a Compassion International mission trip with my Dad.
You can find out more here:
Here are a couple of my favorite pictures!
The president of Compassion Wess Stafford and I.

This sweet girl would not tell me her name but clung to me like a leech :)
I did a lot of sewing, but haven't had time to take pictures. I shall have to do that very soon :)

In July, I began emailing back and forth with the head costume designer for Burns Family Studios (, Marilyn. BFS is an independent Christian film company in Michigan. At the time, they were at the end of pre-production and costuming hadn't even started yet! In a couple of weeks, Daddy and I were on the road again, but this time to Michigan. I spent a short 3 days there then went home again. 

My "timekeeper" pose in the pocket hoops I just finished!

I assisted in making this petticoat out of a bedskirt!

Ripping apart wool coats to make more coats/ trousers, etc.

Though I couldn't make it back to help with more costuming, two months later, I was back to act! My Dad and I got to be a feature couple in a masked ball! What an experience! We shot our scene in the bitter cold of night outside in October! Thank goodness for layers!

Here is my gown. And yes, that is a ship on my head :)

Most of us wore masks. The movie is titled "Beyond the Mask"

Here is the practice in an insulated barn about 3 days before filming :)
 What an exciting couple of days! Dad preferred that a picture of him in a tricorn hat NOT be posted on the internet.
Those are the two big events that happened this year, through them I made so many wonderful new friends. I'm excited that I got to share with you and I look forward to what awaits in 2013!