Friday, October 19, 2012

Off with her head!!!!

I finished my Halloween costume!!! Okay so I don't look very vicious or villain like (especially in the below photos since I'm twirling around like a princess), but I'm happy with it just the same.

Even though my dress form needs some work...I was a brave little sewist, and attempted draping for the first time. I think I did fairly well. Draping wasn't nearly as scary as I thought it was going to be. In was kinda fun.  

You'll notice I'm not wearing a crown. That's because I'm wearing the costume in a 5K race...and I don't want to be running with my hands on my head trying not to loose the crown the entire time. (I might make a crown later for a party that I'm attending..we'll see).  

I'll be wearing this costume while participating in theMonster Dash 5K in Chicago...along the lake front. I expect it to be chilly and..well windy (it is Chicago after all). With that in mind I made the entire costume a little bit big so that I can wear a few layers of clothing underneath if I need to.  The tutu and the top are separate pieces and I used velcro for the closures on both. I decided velcro would not only leave me with more "breathing room" but it would be softer on my back while running.

I did not make a wand...but I think it's still magical. And I when I wear it for the Halloween Party..I'll also add in makeup. I'll post more photos after the race on Sunday.

Have a great weekend everyone!
Queen of Hearts Costume

Queen of Hearts Costume

Illuminate your quilts

Have you ever wondered how to add lights a quilt? My latest guest post on Patched Works blog, is a step by step tutorial on how to illuminate your quilts. It's easier than you think.

If you add lights to your quilt, please tweet a photo to me @calicocalidsgns...I'd love to see them.

Click here to read the tutorial.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Princess Dress

Earlier this week I was walking to my car and the UPS truck pulled up.

I could see the Disney box sitting on his dash.

He opened the door.

I threw my arms in the air and yelled out "PRINCESS DRESS!!!"

The UPS man asked if the dress was for me (since clearly I was wicked excited about it). I told him that the dress is for my niece but "I'm totally gonna wear the tiara before I give it to her." I had the biggest smile on my face during all of this. He laughed out loud and smiled too. I think I made his day with my enthusiasm for the dress. Either that or he now thinks I'm the craziest lady on his route.  ;)

The dress, by the way is AMAZING. Can't wait to see L's face when she opens it.

Princess Kat

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

WIP Wednesday - 10/10/12

I've done lots of sewing this week. I even completed a few projects including the quilt top for my niece's quilt. Hooray!!! (Now I can start on the back).

I finished the tutu portion of my Halloween costume. Any guesses as to what I'm going to be??
Halloween costume 2012
 I have to admit, I'm a little nervous about making the top that goes along with the tutu. I don't have a lot of garment sewing experience...but I do enjoy learning new things so I'm sure I'll figure it out. Eventually.

Last but not least, I finished this light-up Halloween wall hanging. I love the unexpected surprise when people see the lights.
Quilt wall hanging with lights

Quilt wall hanging with lights

Want to learn how to add lights to your quilt? Check out my free tutorial over at Patched Works Blog.

Happy sewing everyone!!!
-Kat  :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

WIP Wednesday - 10/3/12

This week I'm working on two quilted wall hangings that will be featured over on Patched Works blog. Here's a sneak peek of what they look like.


 Tonite I'm going to finish up the quilting and then bind them. I always hand sew on the back of my binding, and I got a good idea during this week's #talknt (sewing chat on twitter). 

I'm going to use monofilament thread for the back! We'll see how it goes. Wish me luck.

Happy Sewing
- Kat

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Welcome to Calico Cali Designs! I’m Kat, digitizer and sewing enthusiast. I learned how to digitize in 2010 from master digitizer Walter Floriani…it was an amazing experience. Soon instead of spending my time sewing, quilting and stitching out other people’s embroidery designs, I was sewing, quilting and stitching out my own embroidery designs. I created this blog, not only as a place to share my embroidery designs, but also as a place to share all the things I make, sew, paint, embroider, and create. You’ll see posts about my life, my studio, patterns I’ve sewn and products I’ve tested. I hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them. Follow me on twitter . Hugs!! – Kat