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CraftingCon: Thread Riding Hood

Sherri is my new favorite blogger. She emailed me to let me know about some typos she had found when reading through her entry one last time, and that made the English geek in me super happy. I didn’t read Sherri’s blog before Amy suggested we invite her to participate in CraftingCon, but it’s now one of my favorites. Sherri has a ton of great tutorials. I really love this one for adding a little bit of feminine style to any t-shirt pattern. And if you’ve been wanting to make a cape for your little geek, look no further.

Scroll down to the end for the giveaway and link party. Don’t forget you can sign up here to be involved next season! Oh, and there’s a guest post over at Friends Stitched Together as always.



Hi, I’m Sherri from Thread Riding Hood, where I blog about creative sewing, many projects of which are kid-related. I’m so excited to share my Avengers-inspired looks with you today! When I signed up to be a contestant I knew this was the month for me. I have seen every super hero movie created recently, and my husband is a big fan – so he could help me out with the details! I was surprised at how much my daughters knew too, which made it even more fun. Here’s a bit about my take on these two “everyday wearable” Avengers themed outfits.

When choosing the characters to remake, we chose Iron Man and Captain America because, well… Iron Man is the best Avenger, and perhaps one of the better super heroes in the Marvel universe and Captain America because during our next visit to my parents in South Texas, we’ll fit right in! It’s amazing how fun it can be to reinvent these classically “boy” things through the eyes of two little girls. I was really excited about the challenge of taking these very masculine icons and constructing something a little softer – but with the fierceness of woman. (Hear us roar!)

Our Iron Man, for starters, was quickly dubbed Iron Wo-man (much to the dismay of Tony Stark and the shagrin of Pepper Potts) as we turned tech into a twirly skirt, and the (armored) suit case into a power purse/tablet case. Really, it took a lot of restraint to keep things simple and not indulge in every idea everyone thought up along the way. The upward curve of the empire waist mimics the body armour and the gold flat piping helps to accentuate it. Leggings added to the “full length” suit, and thigh patches helped to bring in the armored look as well. Even the (very feminine) puffed sleeves add bulkiness to my daughter’s shoulders, “just like” the heavily armored shoulders of Iron Man.

For Captain America (not renamed because girls can be captains), our small Canadian princess drank down her super serum and transformed into a tiny south-of-the-border patriot-for-a-day. An un-centred star on the dress bodice adds interest to her red and blue uniform. I was pleased to see that the upwardly curved empire waist could be used for this outfit as well. Because drafting an upward curve on an (almost) circle skirt was a tad tricky, and it was nice to use it twice! This dress has a flatter sleeve, since Captain America’s outfit is not as bulky. And her leggings originally had red cuffs, which were quickly removed when there was talk of her outfit looking like pajamas!

Of course, along with their hats, the girls needed some accessories and these two particular Avengers each have a great option. Captain America’s shield has to be the most perfect accessory available. Since he carries it on his back, a backpack was the logical way to go with this one. My daughter has really taken to it and I’ve been finding all kinds of things inside. I can see more round backpacks in my future, I love how it turned out!

The design for the Iron Man suitcase was taken from the original comics, and is red and gold instead of the more modern red and silver version. (Just to throw in a little something for the original fans!) Since Tony Stark is partial to his tech, I thought it was a great opportunity to make my daughter a case for her tablet. It’s large enough that she can also fit her charger inside, along with anything else a young super hero might need. The cross-body strap makes it easy to carry, and the layered batting keeps everything safe.

When choosing the fabric for all of these projects I held my breath and hoped that my local shop would pull through for me. I needed knit and woven fabrics in red and blue that matched exactly – and thankfully I found some jersey knit (on sale!) that matched the woven twill I picked up to use for the hats and accessories. The jersey was a dream to sew with, thankfully and drapes beautifully. I think I may have broken 5 needles on the twill though, before I changed to a denim needle.

As far as construction, I began this project with the First Day Dress (by Dana from MADE). It is a really simple dress to alter and my girls love the twirly skirt. The leggings are made using the Fancy Pants Leggings from Titchy Threads. This pattern fits the girls well, all I changed was to lower the rise by about 2 1/2″. I also found an amazing Newsboy hat pattern from Butterfly Tree that I would highly recommend. It comes out super-professional and let me mimic the look of the two Avengers’ helmets. The bags are out of my imagination – and so much fun to create! I used a lot of the construction methods I learned from Anna while making the Cargo Duffle.

One of the best parts of this process was watching my girls interview daddy about what Iron Man looks like when he flies or how Captain America holds his shield. He’s not generally this involved in planning the projects I make, but this theme really made it a family affair. I leaned on him a lot for the details and references, since he grew up reading these comics. Truly, the entire project was super enjoyable and I am grateful that the CraftingCon team have been allowed me a chance to play along. I’ve got more details and photos posted on Thread Riding Hood and I’d love for you to stop over for a visit!


This month, Amy and I will be making Avengers tee shirts for the giveaway winners! There will be two winners and we’ll coordinate sizes (3 months – 14) once they have been chosen.

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5 Responses to “CraftingCon: Thread Riding Hood”

  1. Sherri Sylvester says:

    I’m so glad you enjoy reading the blog! And I’m so happy to have been able to participate. It was really fun and a great challenge to sew up these outfits 🙂

  2. Teri says:

    Both of these outfits are adorable! My favorite piece is the Captain America backpack. I have a little cousin who would just love one of those 🙂

  3. M White says:

    WOW! These are both awesome!
    You did a fantastic job. And that sheild??!! Goodness that is one of the best things I have seen in a while.

  4. OnceUpona Sew says:

    Such fun outfits! I have to agree the captain America backpack is a genius translation!


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