Janome Skyline S9: Guitar Strap

Here it is guys, the last project I made with the Janome Skyline S9 Sewing/Embroidery Machine!

A while back, one of Drew’s friends asked me to make him a guitar strap, and while I am a very selfish seamstress, I thought, sure it can’t be that hard to make right? So I let it go for a few weeks because so many other projects were on my list, and then I realized I could do some really cool embroidery designs on the strap! I was actually really nervous to make this because I wasn’t sure how it would work with the hoops and designing a strap with just a 2″ width that would show any stitching. Since making a few pieces previously, I knew that most of the embroidery designs within the machine were large so I had to think a little more careful about this project.

Sometimes the answer to a problem hits you right in the face… Inside of the top cover of the machine is a reference chart for all the stitches that are built into the machine. Since I was constantly changing the thread colors while doing embroidery, this cover was always up, staring at me. That’s when I decided to do a bunch of the decorative stitches featured on this chart! My personal machine comes with just the basics, a few zig zag stitches, and since I don’t use the decorative stitches that often, I usually forget about them.

Janome Skyline S9: Guitar Strap by Trish Stitched

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I used the tutorial from One Shabby Chick with a few adjustments. I started the stitching on a large piece of fabric to test out colors and stitches, but liked what I was working on, so I kept going. I didn’t cut enough fabric originally so I had to patch things a little. I needed an extra 5″ to make the strap, and instead of patching more stitch designs, I thought this would be a good opportunity to add in some real embroidery.

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I used another Anna Maria Horner Design for the center of the strap. The design was still a little large so I was able to make it smaller on the machine before sewing. I have loved being able to alter designs in size and direction on the screen of the machine. It was so easy!

Janome Skyline S9: Guitar Strap by Trish Stitched

The strap pieces came from a lovely little shop on etsy, super quick shipping and great product- definitely recommend!

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Do you like my makeshift guitar? The other night I realized I needed something to show in photos and made a little cardboard guitar! It’s a little small but does the trick! =D

These projects are just the start of what you could do with this machine. Yes, I’m selling it big time because I believe in it and how useful it would be to have in your sewing room. I am completely amazed at its capabilities. If you are looking to get a new machine, or just want a fun addition to your collection, I highly suggest you check out the Janome Skyline S9. And just to clarify, I am not getting paid to write this, I was so fortunate to test this machine and every single word written about it has been my honest feedback.

After this post we will be back to regularly scheduled, un-embroidered projects! Thank you for reading all about my projects, and a super special thanks to the amazing team over at Janome for letting me test this awesome machine.

And a quick post to let you know (in case you didn’t see it on Instagram): This is my winter craft show lineup! December 3 & 4: Hoboken Holiday Craft Show and December 10: Brooklyn  Bust Craftacular! I will be there selling my bags, so if you are in the area, stop by & say hi and pick up some great handmade gifts for this holiday season!

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Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Dress

When I first got word that the machine I would be testing from Janome was an embroidery machine, my mind started racing with apparel ideas. Embroidery can add amazing detail to a project and bring it to the next level. I had been debating whether or not to make a piece of apparel to embroider or buy a ready to wear look. A trip to Target decided that for me when I made the mistake of walking past the apparel section one day and saw this really cute dress.

I am extremely picky about buying clothing but when you really fall in love with something at first sight, it’s ok to splurge. The shape was adorable; I loved the detail on the back and I only have one black dress in my wardrobe which is sleeveless and summery, so I thought this was a great fall/winter version of a little black dress.

What solidified my decision to embroider this particular dress was actually looking though the back of the sewing machine instruction book at the design chart.

There are some wonderful types of embroidery this machine offers, already built in. The one my clutch was made with is a typical embroidery design. This machine also has Cross Stitch Designs which is a design made out of small x’s. I’ve recently taken up cross stitching as a portable hobby and it is very time consuming. So to have a machine that whips out a design like this is so cool!

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I chose to do a simple border design to not overwhelm the dress itself. Keeping the cross stitch pattern in a solid color also kept the sophistication of the dress, which is what I was going for. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to add all this detail to the dress. Set up your hoop, press start, and off you go!

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Dress

Janome Skyline S9: Embroidered Dress

Putting embroidery on this dress was a little dangerous because right after I was ready to tear apart my closet to embroider everything! I was lucky to have so many other projects going on because there would have been a lot more pieces in my wardrobe with embroidered flowers on them.

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And as a side note, this machine also has lace designs, which I made a few of for photos! These are really cool, almost 3D like, and come out similar to patches.

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Have I sold you on this machine yet? If not, don’t worry, I have one more project to share- and it’s a great gift idea!

Janome Skyline S9 Embroidery Machine Review and Clutch

When I was 16, and told my mom I wanted to sew, she pulled her sewing machine out from its deep dark hiding place and put it in my room. That machine was gifted to her by my Grandma, and even with the best intentions, it was left unused for years. When it was my turn to give it a go, it didn’t have a manual and I blindly learned to use this little machine. I sewed on it for 9 years before deciding I needed to upgrade to a machine that could handle more. When researching new machines, the only requirement I had was that it be a Janome. I had sewn on Singer and Brother but never felt as comfortable as when I sit behind my Janome.

Last year, my boyfriend bought me my current machine, HD 3000 after quite a bit of research. And this past spring, my mom bought me my first serger, a Janome of course. To say Janome is my favorite machine brand is an understatement, and maybe I’m a little biased, but what I’ve gotten from this company, in terms of a reliable piece of equipment, is just incredible.

A few months ago, I was contacted by Janome to test and review one of their new embroidery machines. To be asked to review was just crazy. Here I am, a little sewing blogger- a girl with a Janome in her apartment making bags and garments and I’m fan-girling over the fact that the company even noticed me. This sounded like an amazing opportunity and I had to say yes. So I give to you, my completely honest review of the new Janome Skyline S9.

The Review

When the Skyline S9 arrived, I was overwhelmed. This machine comes with everything you can possibly need to successfully embroider right away (Just add fabric and thread!). I know some machines require you to buy extra hoops or feet, but it’s all in the box! The instruction book is beautiful and it hasn’t left my side since getting the machine. The S9 is also a very solid machine. It has quite a bit of weight but that’s what you want, not some flimsy machine that feels like it’s going to break down.

Janome Skyline S9 Review and Project - Trish Stitched

Janome Skyline S9 Review and Project - Trish Stitched

Of course embroidery on this machine is the main attraction, but because this is an investment piece, the regular sewing portion of this machine has to have some power. I did some experiments regarding it’s general sewing capabilities and I am so impressed. This machine can handle layers and fabric types just as well as my heavy duty machine. I’m going to be completely honest for a sec here, I haven’t use my personal sewing machine in two months. Every single project I’ve sewn has been on this machine. That includes my Anorak, Peplum Top, Rosari Tapestry Skirt, and so many bags for my shop. This also includes an all day sewing marathon of 10 placemats and 10 napkins for a custom order. This machine did not quit.

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Switching to embroidery is as easy as pie. Attaching the unit is quick, simple and doesn’t take as much room as I originally thought an embroidery machine would need. The touch screen is clear and large and even comes with a pen (that has its own little holder on the machine!). The “ready to sew” window has all the information you can think of, making the user experience practically fool proof.

There is another feature on this machine that makes it one of a kind. It has wifi capabilities, so you can download embroidery designs from your computer or ipad and send it straight to your machine! There are some apps you can get as well to enrich your sewing. I don’t have an ipad so I wasn’t able to test these out, but the possibilities with this machine are just awesome.

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A few details I really love and appreciate about this machine; the thread cutter button is amazing. What’s even better is that after the thread is cut, the presser foot lifts! When I go back to sewing on my personal machine, I’m pretty sure I’m going to be reaching for this button out of habit.  I also love the storage compartment and how neatly it holds feet, bobbins, and other accessories.

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The only part of the machine that made me aggravated was the little pop-up when the bobbin was running out of thread. I can’t believe I’m calling that an annoyance since it is such a handy feature, but it would go off when there was still quite a bit of thread left on the bobbin itself. It was simple to press ok and keep sewing, but there would be a constant reminder the bobbin is running out. Again, such a small detail and I appreciated the feature more when doing the embroidery, rather than the sewing, which I believe is the point of having it stop with so much left on it.

 Janome asked me to make a project using the machine and it’s possible I got a little carried away. I have a few projects that I’m spacing out over this week to show you a couple different ways to enjoy the Skyline S9. After playing around with the machine for a few weeks, Janome sent a box of Anna Maria Horner threads, fabrics and stabilizers to make my project.

The Project

Today’s project is an adorable floral clutch. I wanted to think of a fun project to make for a gift, since we have the holidays right around the corner! This clutch is great for that teen or young adult on your list who you just don’t know what to get. This clutch features Anna Maria Horner’s beautiful embroidery art on the front and a fun printed lining with interior pocket!

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{My tutorial photos will have different interior fabrics from my final, but illustrate the steps. }

You will need: Embroidery Hoop & Threads, 1/2 yard exterior fabric (I chose Navy Suede to highlight the colorful embroidery), 1/2 yard quilting cotton for interior. 9″ Closed Bottom Zipper.

Janome Skyline S9 Review and Project - Trish Stitched

Janome Skyline S9 Review and Project - Trish Stitched

Cut 2 pieces suede 12.5″ x 9″(exterior)

Cut 2 pieces suede 2.5″ x 1.5″ (zipper tabs)

Cut 2 pieces suede 8″ x 5″ (pocket)

Cut 2 pieces cotton 12.5″ x 9″ (interior)

I interfaced my suede pieces with thick interfacing, and the cotton interior with lightweight interfacing. This makes for a sturdier bag.

  • Embroider one of your suede pieces. I chose to use Anna Maria Horner’s large floral for the center and the embroidery lace designs for fabric on the sides.

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  • Sew your pocket pieces right sides together with a 3/8″ seam allowance, leaving a small opening to turn right side out. After turning, pin to one interior piece, centered and approximately 2.5″ from the top.

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  • To make zipper tabs: fold one short edge of zipper tab fabric under and top stitch to end of zipper, repeat with the other side. Trim excess fabric to match zipper.

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  • Now it is time to sew the zipper to the fabric with a 1/4″ seam allowance. You will want to sew in a specific order. On the bottom, a piece of lining fabric right side up. On top of that, your zipper right side up, and on the top is your exterior piece, wrong side up.  Once they are sewn together, top stitch the zipper. Repeat the steps for the other side.

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  • Unzip the zipper. (This is important!) Pin your pieces together- right side of lining pieces together, right side exterior pieces together. You can push the zipper tabs towards the lining. Sew all around the exterior with a 3/8″ seam allowance leaving a 4″ opening on the bottom of the lining. Turn our bag right side out and push corners out.

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  • Stitch the lining opening shut and push lining back into your bag. And you are done!

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Your bag is ready for gifting, or to carry around yourself!

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Janome Skyline S9 Review and Project - Trish Stitched

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Other project details:

Suede Fabric from Fabric.com

Lining Fabric and Zipper from JoAnn Fabrics

Embroidery Thread from Anna Maria Horner

Embroidery Art from Anna Maria Horner Designs

Overall, this machine is a winner. I know it is a heavy investment to make in a machine, but working with it for the past few months has assured me it is well worth the price. I am so sad to be sending this back, but I do plan to start saving to get my own.

My dream studio has a large table with my sewing machine, my serger and this embroidery machine all lined up. And a really great rolling chair to go to and from each machine in a snap! A girl can dream!!

Stay tuned for my next project!

Snowy Grey Kelly Anorak

Two years ago, I made an anorak and it is definitely the most worn handmade item in my wardrobe. It’s such a simple jacket to throw on and goes with so much in my closet. After that make, I swore up and down to myself that I would make another – actually I wanted to make one in every color. Since the construction of the jacket took longer than your average project, the need for 10 – 15 more went away. As I’ve done more traveling, and as I’ve packed the same handmade pieces into my suitcase time after time, the realization that I did, in fact, need another anorak crept up again.

In August, I put “grey anorak” on my sewing list. I was trying to think of the next color I wanted to make and olive crossed my mind as well as navy. I felt olive was too accessible (although I will probably make one, one day)  and I was just given a navy pea coat from my sister’s hand-me-downs. After thinking about your typical staple colors, I decided grey was the next best option to have in my wardrobe.

This whole conversation with myself was just a thought, no concrete plan, but I was hoping for it to be done in the near future. At this time, I was busy planning out my active wear wardrobe and buying a ton of fabric for that collection.

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I was buying fabric from fabric.com when I got the email. The email that threw all my plans out the window and had me ordering the fabric and pattern that same night. The Kelly Anorak. The jacket of my dreams just landed in my inbox. The absolute best part of this new pattern? IT HAS A HOOD. I have this thing with hoods. I believe all jackets should have them, and not enough patterns have the option to add them. Clearly I was sold, and since it was already October, I had to make it ASAP to get to enjoy it.

I gathered my supplies within a weekend. No joke, the fabric arrived and the next day I had bought the zipper, snaps and cording.

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This jacket would have come together faster if I had a place to hammer in my apartment. I had to beg my dad to find me a small table for my sewing room that I wouldn’t ruin with a hammer. So there’s a new table in my sewing space and I am a pro at inserting snaps. Seriously, there are 12 of them on this jacket.

There was one MAJOR alteration I made. I shortened it by about 3″. I cut and made the size two. What I love is that each pattern piece has the “lengthen or shorten” lines but I don’t think the pattern was thought about having that much being taken out of it. I sewed on the pockets and was getting ready to add the cording when I realized there wasn’t enough room in the body between the top of the pockets and where the cording needed to go.

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I wound up ripping out the pockets and lowering them to add the cording at my waist point. If you plan on shortening this coat, be sure to triple check the location of the pockets and see where the cording will fall. You don’t want to sew them too close because the gathered waist could bunch the pocket. Another tip if you plan on shortening, shorten and measure before you buy your zipper.

Since I bought my supplies before even printing out and assembling the pattern, I didn’t know I would be shortening the coat that much. But since 3″ were taken out, I had to shorten my zipper to fit. Which meant taking out teeth, which meant the top had no stopper. Really this isn’t that big of a deal, it’s just an extra step that can honestly be avoided. If you want to figure out how long this jacket will be on you, hold the back piece up to your body. Imagine it a little shorter because of seam allowances but you’ll begin to see just how long this might be on a petite body.

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Other thoughts about the pattern: Instructions were good! I did have a few issues that I think were due to exhaustion but I still want to point them out. When doing the right zipper facing, I got so confused with the wording of part (1) because I had yet to cut down my zipper and my measurements were all over the place. I wound up reading those instructions like, 20 times. I didn’t have any other problems until sewing the hood on and the section where you wrap the hood facing around the neckline seam. I know to most of you reading, this will not make sense, but if you make the jacket I just wanted to point out my problem areas. I read this step over and over, and finagled with the fabric so much I almost cried (it had been a really long day). I still haven’t figured this step out and just made it up. No matter what I did, the project in front of me did not look like the picture.

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After that mess up, the rest of the jacket was a breeze. I did not use grommets, and instead sewed button holes for the casing. I do want to get stoppers for the drawstring because after seeing all the tester versions, the stoppers added such a professional look.

I cannot explain how happy I am with this jacket. It is so perfect and I think it’s a mix of both the pattern and the fabric, because yes I could have made this out of a grey solid, but this print is just what I needed. It’s a fun neutral and I can’t wait to show it off. I’m praying for a mild winter so I get to wear it more this year!

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I do plan on making another, and would love to make one with a lining. I will size up depending on the fabric for my next one. The size two fits perfectly, but if I add a heavy sweater underneath this one, it would be a little snug.

Whew! This was a long post, but I had quite a few opinions to share about this pattern. Guys, I totally recommend it. I do think it is for the advanced seamstress but with all the tutorials Heather has coming out, you’ll be fine to sew this up having never made a coat.

Details:

Pattern: Kelly Anorak by Closet Case Files

Fabric: Snowy Grey Twill from fabric.com (Click the link below!)


Cording, Snaps & Zipper: JoAnn Fabrics

Have a great weekend!

Snowy Grey Kelly Anorak - Trish Stitched

 

Aztec Popover Poncho

A few weeks ago, the lovely blogger Jordan from Resliced By Jordan posted her version of April Rhodes Popover Poncho on Instagram. I fell in love, even though I had seen the pattern many times before. But this time, I wasn’t thinking about sewing it for myself, but rather for Drew’s sister Lauren.

I am always incredibly nervous to sew for others, I think I feel my sewing skills aren’t good enough when it comes to making a piece for another person. But as the Popover Poncho comes in sizes S/M, L and XL, I felt more comfortable sewing this pattern for someone other than me. I made a size L but used the hem from the XL pattern for added length.

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A few interesting things happened when sewing this poncho. I had bought a beautiful fleece from fabric.com along with a coordinating solid for the cowl neck. I cut out my fabric and immediately got the sinking feeling in my stomach. While I was so concerned with getting the print to match up on the sides, I failed to have the print centered on the front! I decided to continue making it just in case it wasn’t as bad as I thought but when I was just about done, I couldn’t accept giving it as a gift. I showed my mom and my sister and they agreed that I could do better, but they were both also happy to take the failed piece, so it will still go to a good home. (I just have to do some hand stitching)

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I needed the gift for this past weekend, and only had two days to buy fabric and make a new poncho. I headed over to my local JoAnn’s and picked up this beautiful Jacquard and matching grey sweatshirt knit. This pattern sews up pretty quick and I had no problem finishing in time. I love the final poncho!

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When I gifted the poncho, Lauren had just gone to JoAnn’s to buy fabric for her Halloween costume and saw this print in the store. She said, this poncho is just about the same print as the one that she saw and she wanted to buy it because she loved it but didn’t know what to do with it. When I told her it was, in fact, the exact same fabric, she asked if I made the poncho. Isn’t it so funny how some things work out? I am so happy I went with the Jacquard and SO happy she loves it!

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A few comments about the pattern, it comes together very quick but if you have a longer torso or would like the poncho to cover your behind, make it longer than your size calls for. You can always cut off length but it’s much harder to add-  this might mean needing to buy extra yardage! Other than that, it was extremely easy to follow. I do love April Rhodes, I even made a quilt from her tutorial and fabrics, and have the pattern for the staple dress (which I still have to make). If you are looking for a quick, fun, and useful apparel project, this is a great pattern.

And on another note, JoAnn’s has a whole collection of these Aztec Jacquards. There were a few prints I was torn between- and I’m pretty sure they are selling out fast. The online photos don’t do these prints justice so head over to JoAnn’s if you want something similar!

Polka Dot Moji Pants

Happy Monday! I have a project to share that has been on my sewing list for…months. No joke, I had the pattern printed, fabric chosen, everything ready to go, but these babies just kept falling further away from the sewing machine. I’m not really sure what took so long to make them, they were incredibly easy and only took a few hours!

Growing up, my mom refused to let me wear sweatpants out of the house. It was one of the biggest “no-nos” for clothing and I grew up only wearing sweatpants for sports and bed, never casual wear. The whole reason behind this was because my mom always wanted to make sure my sister and I looked presentable and put together. Later on, this also applied to leggings so the only time I wear them are for lounging and running. Old habits die hard guys, and this is one fashion rule I still follow. So finding a pattern for casual pants that aren’t jeans, could easily turn into a wardrobe staple.

Moji Polka Dot Pants - Trish Stitched

Moji Polka Dot Pants - Trish Stitched

Yes, another Seamwork Pattern. I can’t stop, the patterns are just too good! This time I made Moji pants and am so pleased with the result. To be honest, before deciding on Moji,  I was looking into Hudson Pants and was doing a Moji / Hudson comparison and what really stopped me from Hudson was that they are strictly for knits. Moji is great for twill, chambray and poplin.

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Moji Polka Dot Pants - Trish Stitched

Moji Polka Dot Pants - Trish Stitched

Before making Moji, I wanted to read reviews because I’ve heard some sewers had problems with the pattern. One of the most common problems is how tight the pants are. I made a size two, and the biggest fit issue I had was the length- which as a petite sewist, that’s to be expected. The calf area was a little tight, but not as bothersome as other bloggers faced. Another issue seamstresses had were how low the rise is on Moji. This actually works in my favor because anytime I make pants, the rise is way too high. These are fit issues that can be solved by making a muslin. I know, I know, making muslins suck. It takes time and you just want to get to the final product. But if you think these fit issues will effect you, a muslin is well worth it.

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I did not make a muslin for my version, because I didn’t think the fit issues would effect me. Like I said before, the only alteration was in the hem. I hemmed the bottom up 2.5″ and decided not to add the cuffs because I wanted crop pants. To make them fall where I wanted them to, I just rolled the bottom twice. You see my unfinished seams but I like the look.

I love these pants. They are so comfortable and casual but can still look polished with the right styling. I would love to make a black and white check pair, like in Seamwork’s version. My pair are made out of Robert Kaufman Cotton Chambray. This is the same fabric I used in my fall vest (olive dot no longer available) and part of the same collection as my Western Peplum. The more I sew with Robert Kaufman, the more I would love to have this fabric fill my wardrobe. It’s so beautiful! Click the “shop now” button below to go right to the fabric!


Handmade Halloween: Belle and Gaston

Happy Halloween! Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love making costumes, as evident by October’s most popular blog posts, (Rainbow Fish and Dumbo). I’ve had this costume planned for over a year now and I’m calling this one a huge success! And I think I finally got Drew on board with costumes! In the beginning of our relationship, I couldn’t get Drew in a costume; he hated dressing up but I was determined. After easing him in with a simple costume like Dumbo and Timothy, where all he had to wear was a t-shirt and ears, I thought I would take my chances and go big the next year. He finally agreed to a full on costume, it just had to be good.

I really liked the idea of Belle and Gaston because it reminds me of how Drew and I met. I didn’t like Drew back in college, and thought he was cocky- but VERY persistent much like Gaston. Belle is also one of my favorite Disney Princesses, so it felt like a great fit.

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For my costume, I didn’t want to go full handmade and opted to refashion some thrift store finds. I got super lucky on my trip to Salvation Army (the same one where I found the printed jeans for my bomber jacket) and found the perfect dress. Alterations to the dress were simple, remove the sleeves and collar, and cut into the bodice to create the square. I needed to remove some length but wanted to keep the detail in the hem. To do this, I removed the bodice from the skirt and took length from there. After reattaching, the dress was done!

Handmade Halloween: Belle and Gaston - Trish Stitched

Handmade Halloween: Belle and Gaston - Trish Stitched

I also found the white top at Salvation Army and only had to add a little elastic to the sleeves for them to stay on my arms. Interesting story, the top is clearly handmade, no tags, unfinished inside, and small threads not cut off. So even though I didn’t hand-make it, it’s kind of cool that it went into a handmade costume!

To complete my look, I made a white apron and a book clutch! The book clutch is my favorite part of the costume, I modge podged rose fabric (Beauty and the Beast reference!) onto a book and hollowed out the interior to hold my phone and money. It worked so well!

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Handmade Halloween: Belle and Gaston - Trish Stitched

For Drew’s costume, we bought a colonial wig, a muscle suit, belt and boot covers to bring Gaston together. I made yellow gloves (not pictured), and Drew wore a yellow button up under a red top. I couldn’t believe how well his costume came together, and it wasn’t completed until minutes before we went out so it was a total surprise seeing it all.

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I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!