Saturday, December 2nd is the Handmade Arcade! This is a not-to-be-missed event that showcases the cool and crafty side of Pittsburgh (and surrounding areas) in one convenient location.
The Handmade Arcade, founded in 2004, is Pittsburgh’s largest independent craft fair. You can browse and buy handmade, locally produced, and one-of-a-kind items from more than 150 vendors. It will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center downtown from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm and admission is FREE!
This is an amazing event and is truly worth a visit. Come see what’s new and exciting, shop, eat and be inspired!
Check out the Handmade Arcade’s website for more information.
This ADORABLE newborn baby was created from the “Cutie” sculpt by Donna RuBert. She is not a custom-made baby, but is a sculpt that I have had my eye on for a while and I finally snagged one before it sold out again.
Baby Faith is 21″ long, with full length vinyl arms and 3/4 legs. I really like the full arms as she can wear little sleeveless tops and dresses without a Onesie underneath. She has super soft, jet black pixie cut mohair (straight with just a slight curve on the ends), rooted eyebrows, beautiful amber eyes, and long eyelashes.
I was tempted to make her a boy, but because I am obsessed I already had a newborn-sized layette in my horde. Dressing her up for her photo shoot was so much fun!
I would love to have cuddled her longer, but she has already gone home with her sister Carly in Newark. I miss them both!
Carly was created from the “Tibby” sculpt by Donna RuBert. I actually bought this sculpt the better part of six months ago to practice new paint techniques with, but she turned out so cute I just had to let her go. (I’m pathetic…)
This is the biggest baby I have created thus far. She wears a size 18 months and she is 31″ tall! Her size made me SO nervous! I worried that her skin tone wouldn’t be smooth due to the fact that I constantly ran out of mixed paint and when I mixed more it seemed to be a different shade! UGH!
Carly also has the longest hair of any of my babies. I used 12″ human hair and I LOVE it! It is very soft and manageable, but I truly despise the amount of dye in it, and it took seemingly forever to get the excess out.
I had a sweet little pastel-colored wardrobe selected for her, but to my chagrin her dresses would not fit her as they all had cap sleeves! Carly has 3/4 limbs so she needed regular short sleeves. I was too impatient to go shopping for her again, so I opted to use her Onesie and tutu skirt for her photo shoot.
I think she turned out SO well and I really enjoyed creating her. She’s already gone home with her sister Faith to New Jersey and I’m looking forward to working on more big babies this year.
Ahhh…Kwik Sew. Not exactly my favorite pattern manufacturer, but they DO have some really cute vintage ones that can be sewn up in a flash for impatients such as myself.
Number 1247 Misses Babydoll Nightgown: Views A and B have a scoop neckline gathered with elastic forming a sweet ruffle. Neckline, armholes and bottom edge are finished with lace. View A is knee length, View B is the shorter length gown with panties.
I thought this pattern was a bit challenging as the top ended up quite loose in the bust and the bottoms were WAY too tight. In my enthusiasm I cut and sewed up two sets (WHY did I do that?) To me they look more like maternity pajamas, but at least they conceal my wobbly bits. LOL
I probably won’t make this version again, but I am tempted to try my hand at the B version in a stretchy nylon. (With bigger bloomers of course!)
This ADORABLE reborn baby was created from the “Cookie” sculpt by Donna RuBert.
I LOVE this baby’s face! However, I was a bit nervous about the coloring of her tongue as this was the first baby I’ve worked on with the tongue out. LOL. I think it turned out fine in the end.
Gabriella is a big, chubby baby at 9 months old, 26″ long, and weighs 8 lbs. She has 3/4 arms, 3/4 bent legs and a doe suede body. She has soft, jet black curly mohair (that I neglected to wash thoroughly beforehand and the dye rubbed off onto her skin! Getting it off was a nightmare!), hand-painted eyebrows, long, wispy lashes, blue-gray eyes and the most ADORABLE DIMPLES!
Believe it or not, I shopped for her layette before she was even painted! (You all knowm e by now…) Happily, she’s already at home with her new Mommy in California. I miss her already!
I bought this SUPER cute 1960’s backless dress pattern on Etsy a few months ago. I already had the PERFECT fabric to make it with, a blue cotton floral with a it of stretch. It almost has a Hawaiian feel to it, doesn’t it?
This pattern definitely satisfied my sewing fix as it was very fast and easy to sew. I made no changes to the pattern (save the measurements…a size 10? I wish!), and I used two vintage pearly flat fisheye buttons at the back.
I really like this design because of the peek-a-boo back. It’s low, but not TOO low, so it’s perfect for concealing my “love handles”. I think it turned out great!
One of my sewing goals for 2016 was to use up my fabric stash AND finally create some lovely things with the boxes of vintage patterns I’ve been hoarding. By coincidence, an acquaintance gave me this lovely floral rayon fabric that looks EXACTLY like the print used on the front of the Simplicity 1692 pattern envelope!
I was a bit hesitant to work on 1940’s pieces as they are not usually flattering for curvy girls right out of the envelope. I knew I’d have to make a few changes, but I think all in all it turned out pretty well.
I eliminated one set of back darts, added a bit of ease at the waist to make it a pullover style (no side zipper needed), and altered the cuffs to mimic the neck binding. I liked the cute little bows so I kept them at the sleeve hem.
I think I will definitely make this again, but next time I’ll alter the pattern to add more ease in the sleeves, change the bodice back to a button closure, and add a bit of length to the hem.
I’ve had vintage Simplicity 2127 in my stash for a while, but I was torn as to what fabric to make with it. Since my theme for Pittsburgh Fashion Week was hippie/mod/retro, I thought this blouse was perfect for the look I was going for. It’s actually a 1950’s pattern, but the style has withstood the test of time so it was perfect for my 1970’s themed outfit.
The top is see through lace fabric, off-the-shoulder style with elastic in the top, bottom and sleeves. The bottoms I created from a pair of Old Navy jeans that I cut off and added three rows of the same fabric gathered in graduated widths to make bell bottoms.
I think this look is SO cute! It’s a little bit funky and perfect for summer! I should have had my lovely model wear a flower garland in her hair, but didn’t think of it until it was too late. 😦