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Star Wars Inspired Reversible Face Masks

Star Wars Inspired Reversible Face Masks

With all the weather changes this Autumn, sniffles and coughs are bound to come our way! One way I curbed my kids from spreading their germs to everyone in the house (and outsiders!) was to make a sick mask that aided us from those nasty colds! And I gotta say, it did help. It does not replace coughing into your elbows, but it does help contain the amount of spreading.

Now these aren’t just for flu season, these are GREAT for costumes and Halloween too! I drafted a FREE PDF pattern for little kids, big kids, and older kids/ adults so that everyone is covered.

Pun intended 😉




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Unofficial title for this post: GLAMPING THROUGH JABBA'S PALACE!

Why you ask?

Well, because this is Mommy's Little Puppy "Rain"cor!

Say "hi" to everyone, little "Rain"cor!


And the pattern for little "Rain"cor is from {affiliate linksWillow & Co.'s "Elm Poncho" (pattern by Celina) for their latest collection called "Wanderlust."  The tour is all about "glamping," a mash-up of glamorous and camping.  Since my outfit is a little more like glamping gone wrong, I couldn't resist the title!  I knew as soon as I saw the Elm pattern that it would be perfect for the rainy weather here and perfect for my Rancor look.

Why Rancor, you ask?  Because he is my husband's favorite character from Star Wars (which he calls "little puppy Rancor." A while ago he said, and I quote "I'd like to see you pull off a Rancor outfit."  



Once again, I got to check another item off my sewing bucket list.

I knew I needed to make a Rancor outfit!  I Found this perfect detailed brown pleather/vinyl at Jo-ann's. Then enter the Elm Poncho pattern, and all the pieces seemed to fall into place!  The fanfare played in my head as I dubbed the outfit "Rain"cor which is a name I am very proud of!

I did have to make some edits to make it look more "Rancor-like."

  • elastic casing around the face

  • nostril pleats

  • stuffed, layered circle shoulder details to mimic Rancor's bulky shoulders

  • distressed vinyl claws

I lined the poncho in a green broadcloth because of the ooze (which I assume is his blood) that comes out of him when he dies.

Gruesome? Yes.  Still cute?

Well I think so!

The pattern is really cute and has a bunch of different customizations.  I made it in the smallest size, 6-12months, so it's a little comically big on her, but I love it!  And it'll be handy for the rainy season here!

I definitely plan on making bigger ones for the girls.

The outfit underneath is a neat little sweatsuit that makes her look like a fashionable old lady to me!  At the same time, it seems very fitting for a baby rancor outfit.  It's weird how it works out like that!

The patterns are the same ones I used for this outfit (but the leggings are longer)

The fabric is an animal print knit has this neat bronze, metallic threading yet it's still soft to the touch.

The blanket she is on is a present from Rachael from Imaginegnats and is the fuzziest thing ever!!!

Now please allow me to indulge in some superfluous pics of my little critter who is almost exactly two months old in these pics!

How incredibly derpy is Akira throughout this photoshoot?!  LOL

I'll be posting the winner to the Saffron dress giveaway mentioned in part I later today on the Sew Geeky Series Facebook page! 

Next month's theme will be revealed to everyone very soon!  Make sure you follow us to find out what's new and what's next in the world of Geeky DIYs!

Now go on over to MAX-CALIFORNIA & GIRL LIKE THE SEA to see the uber-precious creature features they made for their kids!!!  Hysterical and Adorable, I promise!!!

And thank you, Celina, for the Elm poncho!  We all love it very much!

A little Star Wars inspired song to play us out, courtesy of Marissa of Rae Gun Ramblings. It's her husband's band!

So what do you think!?  Plan on coming back for more Sew Geeky goodness?!  We sure hope so!

Until then!

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Sew Geeky Episode II: RETURN OF THE GEEKS! Star Wars Edition

Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links.  And while I did get the pattern for free, all the opinions are completely my own.

Imperial March by Star Wars on Grooveshark

(a little mood music)


As the video informs, we have returned for our next installment of SEW GEEKY!  What better day there is to celebrate than May the 4th?  So away we go!

Max and I wanted to do something big for the Star Wars theme. We went to one who has sewn many Star Wars wearables like a "Bossk". 

Seriously folks, if you love the Force and haven't checked out Girl Like the Sea then you are seriously looking for posts in Alderaan places! Tara is spaceballs, i mean, amazeballs.  And each of her kids are, legit, cute enough to make you join the dark side.

Go see what she made!!!

 So what did I make?  Well, I wanted to pay homage to a lesser recreated character from the movies: the Imperial Royal Guards to Emperor Palpatine.  

It was weird making my cheerful Azriella into a stoic evil guard.

Does she look foreboding enough?

I couldn't find the time to fashion a visor that would be breathable, so I used a bit of eyeshadow and Photoshop to give the effect I want ;-) 

The fact that she has a smiley little doll face does not make it any easier to make her look sinister.  But I think she looks pretty cool!

I drafted out what I thought the hood should look like.  If you follow me on Instagram then you saw some questionable pics of me in my muslin making! I added in a seam here and a tack there and made sure it sloped and peaked accordingly.

The cape is fairly simple: gathered at the shoulders, open at the sides, and blind hems. I didn't have the time to make gloves either so I did a little something fun to simulate the look.

What's under the cape you ask? (Because I couldn't just stop there!)

A Saffron Dress (pattern by Paisley Roots) made by me but in red vinyl.  I actually just had this realization that I do this all the time:

Challenge Accepted - fabric suggestions? Challenge Accepted!

I love crossing things off my sewing bucket list.  Other things crossed off: sewing a quilt, sewing lights in to a dress and sewing liquid in to a dress.  Vinyl dress? Check!  Now some may wonder how comfy is a vinyl dress?  Well, since the bodice is fully lined and no seams are exposed, it's pretty comfy!

I made a little steampunk button for the back of the dress.  Isn't it cute!?

One thing I have to say about it is that gathering vinyl is not for the faint of heart!


She loves the dress, as do I, and I can't wait for a fancy dress party or a ComicCon of some sort to come through Portland so I have an excuse to dress her up in it again!  The vinyl gathers do make for a delightfully dense skirt poof.   Not only does the red vinyl in and of itself make a bold statement, but it makes for a very poofy skirt that requires no pettiskirt! I seriously love it!

Some things that I changed up a little:

  • I slightly extended the button flap on the back since Azriella is 6 and a half and her chest measurements were in the size 3 chest range, I think she needed just a bit more width across her back.

  • I didn't do sashes, I did a sort of belt look front but at the same length dimensions as Karly suggests.

  • Because of the vinyl, I had to really stretch the 1/4" elastic in the back to make it look gathered, so I ended up chopping off about 2 inches of the elastic to make it look right.

What is my advice to those considering sewing a fully vinyl dress?  Well, some people do the scotch tape under the pressure foot trick and some use special roller pressure feet too. But me?  Besides of course using a vinyl/leather needle, I use this stuff called Sewing Aid.  You can get it at any of the big box fabric stores.  It's a light oil substance that looks like a bottle of Fray Check but it's for making hand and machine sewing go a lot smoother.  You can use it on threads, needles, and you can use it on the bottom of pressure feet, which is what I did.  Worked like a dream.

We got a fabulous lightsaber that made her so excited and giggly which was not the mood I was going for. 

What the difference from with to without:

With lightsaber:

Without lightsaber:

She really started getting into it!  When I tried to offer it back to her she refused because she knew it was helping her stay in character.  So cute!

Does she look like she wants to steal your soul?

She's trying her hardest!

In the beginning she had such a hard time finding out how to be mean.  Bless her little heart, she doesn't have a malicious bone in her body!  It was either happiness or tears!


Can you all take it?  A smattering of geeky sewing delights?  A month of Star Wars puns and roundups? 

Max, Tara and I would LOVE it if you join us in the fun!

photo from Max-California of Max-Californina

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