Custom Projects are Fun!
Yes, my last name is Gabriel but, no, these aren’t my capes. I recently custom made them for a client.
Once they were done, I proudly showed them to my teen daughters who both put in special requests for their own Super G capes. I think they plan to wear them out and about on random shopping errands. Like I’ve said before, I am enjoying raising these girls and I find their teenage ways very entertaining. I really can’t point fingers at them, considering some of the crazy things I wore in public when I was their age. We won’t go there!
Digitizing Software is Cool!
Anyway, it was so much fun to create these specialty appliques with the help of my Janome Digitizer Jr, that I decided to post about it here.
And before I go on to share a few creation details, I just wanted to mention that if you have an embroidery machine, you may want to consider purchasing some Digitizing Software. I’ve personally found it very useful in a number of ways:
- View & edit designs on my laptop before transferring them to my embroidery machine
- Delete unwanted portions of designs & combine designs during the editing process
- Print out actual size design templates with cloth setter marking (this comes in handy when deciding where to place designs on a project and helps with accurate hooping)
- Create your own custom designs by scanning in images and converting them to stitches (very cool)
There’s an ocean worth of different software on the market and shopping can be overwhelming. I feel most comfortable buying embroidery software from my local sewing machine dealership, Humble Sewing Center. They are always willing to answer my questions, steer me in the right direction, and help me find out what I need to make an informed decision.
First I searched for a free SuperMan logo and downloaded it. Then I printed it out to use as a template and to give me a size reference for my letter G.
Then I used my digitizing software to customize & resize an applique G that I had purchased and downloaded from the internet.
Next, I printed out a template of my customized letter G with the cloth setter marking for help with design placement.
I over-laid the G on top of my SuperMan template and used this to help me hoop my fabric and stitch out a pink, leopard print, experimental “Super G” with my embroidery machine.
I think I’ll put it on a black apron for my Grandma! SHE is a super G!
Once I had a successful test, I proceeded to sew these out for each cape in their respective colors. I then made the capes using McCalls pattern 2853 as my guide.
These capes are fully lined, so before I attached the lining, I fused and appliqued the super G diamonds to each cape, using a 7mm wide satin stitch with a .3mm stitch length and matching embroidery thread to outline the diamond.
That’s all for now!
Let’s get sewing!
Jenny Gabriel – alter ego: StitchinJenny