Dragon*Con - Mitsumi Gets Some Boots

>> Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Jo's been busy working on her Mitsumi costume (earlier work here and here). For the second piece she chose what will probably be the most complicated thing to make - the boots. Instead of trying to draft our own boot pattern we used Butterick 5233. Jo has almost no experience working with commercial patterns - so all the cutting. . .

. . . tracing. . .
and other working with the flimsy pattern tissue was new for her. We couldn't find a pink leather - and she wanted the boots to look sort of puffy anyway, so we fused together a suede-like fabric, a layer of quilt batting, and a layer of cotton twill for each pattern piece.
Then she got to start sewing - which made her very happy.
Fun pressing using my sleeve insert (she calls it a salami to go with my tailor's ham).
And now modeling. I don't know what's up with that pose. She doesn't usually do that, but as soon as she had on the short skirt and the boots and I pointed the camera at her she started to really pose with her hands on her hips and one hip cocked out. Is she taking cues from Project Runway?

I ran out of velcro so one boot still doesn't have a closure - and we're going to add rubber soles to the bottom of them - but other than that they're done!
She's also been plugging away at the scarf.
A bit of crocheting here and there really adds up!
Still more work to be done. Up next - Mitsumi's hat.


tanita davis August 19, 2010 at 7:57 AM  

Wow - Project Runway, Jr. Love it.
I think I would have recycled a puffy jacket's sleeves or something - I'm deeply impressed that you actually used a pattern and didn't bodge it! (I bodge things and adore glue guns... but then, I can't sew, either.) This is such a good experience - to make an outfit from start to finish. Even if she doesn't win, this is just such good practice for later.

Therisa August 27, 2010 at 9:44 PM  

Hi, thanks for posting about your experience with the boots. I am contemplating making a pair of the same style. Yours are cute!

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