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Custom Wigs by Sweet Hayseed
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Macaroni Dandy wig by Sweet Hayseed

Planning is well underway for this year’s Mermaid Parade costume. Last year I ended up sewing incredibly too much incredibly too late. Each year I promise myself that I will not be constructing things at the last minute, and always end up pulling an all-nighter the night before. Last year I created five 17th-century dresses and Dinne and I stayed up all night working on our wigs. This year, I’m trading the sequins and seaweed for feathers and rhinestones, and I have put the wig making in the capable hands of Stacy at Sweet Hayseed.

Above is the wig by Stacy that I wish I could have been able to sport down the boardwalk last June. I’ve been stalking Stacy’s wigs on her Etsy for quite some time and was bummed that I didn’t find her in time to make my wig last year. Recently I sent her an email along with a photo of my inspiration for this year’s theme, and she agreed to custom make me a Flock of Seagulls inspired look. I have no clue what it looks like so far, but I’m very excited to see it soon. From the looks of her previous work, I already feel lucky to be able to march with her work on my head (I’m just hoping it won’t be too heavy.)


The Grand Shipwreck Ball Art Wig

 


The Victoria Valentino Art Wig

 

The Lady Lilac Art Wig

 

The Jungle Sun Sprite Wig

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The Moose Thimble
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1001 Inventions and 20 Costumes
Brandon as Constantine the African A few months ago, I began work on a project for the traveling exhibit of 1001 Inventions, which just ended its stay at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. For those who haven’t heard of 1001 Inventions, it was created to enlighten people... Continue Reading
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Royal Embroidery
Today while doing some research online, I stumbled across this video on CBS highlighting the Royal School of Needlework, an embroidery school in England. Long considered the epicenter of embroidery talent and historic restoration, the RSN is now located in the Hampton Court Palace, King Henry VIII favorite palace (of which... Continue Reading
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Free Infinity Scarf Project
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Exciting Stitch News
A couple weeks ago, I became the newest addition to the Stitch team at Interweave Press. I am working remotely as their contributing editor, which means I will be working with crafting authors again and makes me incredibly happy. If you haven’t seen Stitch yet, check it out online or... Continue Reading
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Brooklyn Undergound
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Skirt-A-Day Book Announced!
I have exciting news to share! My third book is underway and it’s all about patternmaking. It’s to be published by Lark Books next year and will demonstrates 28 fashion sewing projects. Tentatively titled Skirt-A-Day, it chronicles how to draft your own patterns, as well as includes full-sized patterns for... Continue Reading
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Eyeshade Project from Dorm Decor
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Trapeze Dress
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Trapeze Dress Project
While my site was in various states of disrepair the past couple months, I missed a few projects I created that went live on Bernina’s Sewing Republic site. The first is the Trapeze Dress, which takes less than an hour to sew and can be made to fit any figure.... Continue Reading
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