Friday, March 2, 2018


Some pillows I made from a painters tarp. 
Hindsight I should have scotchguarded them

Coraline otherbobinski costume

My god daughter has costume birthdays.
Last year was “The nightmare before Christmas” where we went as dc comic hereos and villains 
I went as the joker

This year was “Coraline” themed. I found it dark as a movie but neutered for the party. They wanted us to gloss over the stealing of children’s eyes and soles. Oh well

We were assigned the roles of Mr Bobinski, Other Bobinski, and mouse.
Who am I to say no to costumes!
The references

I took a thrift suit coat and 
  • cut the bottom to shape
  • sewed on the removed fabrics as tails
  • Painted on gold cording
  • Built medals and shoulder boards from cardboard
I made hats from cardboard. In the end I only bought two coats for this project

Thursday, March 1, 2018

machine embroidery

my sewing machine (janome MC9900) has an embroidery carriage with it. I can do upto 200x300mm almost 8x5"

i have done a handfull of pillows and shirts with it. mostly i use it to augment projects. but i did sell a few items on etsy from it
an example done on cotton dishcloth with cotton thread

hand embroidery take 1

my first attempt. it was done on some scrap muslin fabric with embroidery floss. image was traces by laying hoop over tablet with b/w

fun project played with a few stitch styles and thread counts.


overdue update

i have learned to do embroidery on the machine.

i have culled the herd

  • good and i mean good sewing/embroidery machine the Janome MC9900
  • i hate the janome coverstitch machine. i never use it
  • my brother 234d serger is my bathingsuit workhorse
  • i have a chinese walking foot machine i sew leather on. its like driving on ice. you can only steer it and walk it through often times manually with the wheel
I have only made a few projects recently. some spandex leder hosen. and a ring master tail coat for a party

I have started learning hand embroidery.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

over due update and some pix of work

I've been sewing like a madman for the last few months.

i've also picked up two new machines and purged the rest

loving my janome MC9900. it is a good computerized machine and embroidery machine.
still haven't done any real embroidery work.

janome coverpro 1000cpx 3 needle cover stitch machine. i've made about 10 suits with it and continue to get better. (thanks craigslist)

and my brother 1034 serger.

i purged the industrial straight sticth and blind hem machine to reclaim space in the room.

and now my projects

I made these for a groovy party at camp for the 6 of us hosting a big party
i took my pattern for a square cut i always use and scaled it up and down.
turned out pretty good. made a pair in what i consider S (32") M(34") L(36" starting pattern) and L (38") i also made a pair of XXL shorts for my husband that are more like basketball shirts

I made some rainbow striped suits to sell at camp. fliped the oriantation to make them unique since the pool is a small place to see someone with the same suit.

2 swim briefs and 2 square cuts 34-36" waist
serger and coverstitch construction. normal serger thraed in the needles and wooly nylon in the loopers

another project i made to wear for a charity event/bear run I host and plan with my husband  we hold. we raise $3002 for a local homeless org for LGBT youth in atlanta lost-n-found. and my company will double it and raised 1500 2 weeks later at a memorial day party we hosted. crazy

ok back to the suit. a friend found me 1/3 a yard of this vintage 80's spandex at a thriststore. oh so slippery

made these odd ones to toss in the consignment pile

i like em but don't love em.


so my question.

i've been playing with tumblr  and twitter @boothillbespoke for this blog and even posted a bit.
does anyone still use blogs via blogger? did i miss the boat?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

and now for your moment of Zen.

I will let you in on why i called this 'y kant men sew'

total joke on a horrific late 80's band with a promising young singer
y kant tori read fronted someone named Tori Amos

that is all