It was sort of a dream of mine that I would someday get a chance to team up with the nerd-fabulous Sew Geeky duo of Max California and Sew Chibi. Well, I have arrived! And on May the 4th no less. When they asked me if I would whip something up to celebrate May the 4th with them, I looked at my schedule and knew it was already overbooked. So naturally I did a big ERMAGHERD and said yes!
If you’ve never heard of Sew Geeky, it’s the brainchild of the two crazy talented ladies I linked to above. A semi-regular blog event in which they choose a geeky theme and make ridiculously cool stuff to go along with it. And what else could you possibly do for May the 4th, a bonafide geek holiday of epic proportions, than STAR WARS.
So what have I prepared for you?……A dorky joke to start with……
The stormtrooper bow tie fighter tank
Have you ever wondered what a stormtrooper does when he wants to get fancy? Of course you have. This idea all started with my husband’s commentary while I was discussing the upcoming Star Wars sewing. A passing comment about a bow tie fighter eventually simmered in my brain until this came out.
Violet thinks I’m funny.
I created a freezer paper stencil for this project and mixed it with a little freehand painting. (Hey guess what! I’m going to share my stencil with you!)
My trooper suffered a bit as I decided to be impatient (probably an indwelling sith trait?) and not wait to rip the stencil off until after it had fully dried. The baby started screaming from his bed halfway through the ripping, and I was caught between finishing the task or abandoning it and risking wet paint getting on the shirt from the top of the stencil while I was gone. Sooooo I made haste and a bit of a wobbly mess.
To finish off his dapper look, I gave mister trooper a couple of buttons.
For the tank, I used the Flashback Skinny Tee pattern and altered it a bit. Maybe I’ll create a tutorial for that someday. Ha.
I also ghetto tie dyed it by wadding it up and throwing it in a denim colored dye bath really quickly. Like 3 parsecs (except a parsec is really a unit of length right? I never got Han’s brag.) The fabric is harvested from one of my husband’s dingy old undershirts, and it was both unattractive and yet too white for a messy kid. I just wanted to tint it slightly, but not so much that the stencil didn’t stand out in black. It turned out pretty much exactly as I hoped.
“Clover, these ARE the droids I’m looking for!”
Don’t worry about Clover. She didn’t get left out of the tank top fun. She’s hiding something there, but you’ll have to wait a couple days to see it because it’s for a different occasion
I don’t think this kid is turning to the dark side anytime soon. Especially since she’s so close to that power outlet in the background of all my pictures. Instant source of the light right there….
What’s your favorite Star Wars episode? Mine is Empire Strikes Back. I know….so expected! Hoth just makes me happy. Wampas and AT-AT’s, yo. And the Han and Leia kiss getting interrupted by C3PO….YES. Is anyone else ever reminded of 3PO when they’re watching Tim Gunn?…..
Did you know I chose a white Pentax KX DSLR because it looked like a stormtrooper? True story.
There’s always a money shot with Violet.
Oh, and I have a present for you. Should you be inclined to make a trooper stencil for yourself, I’ve got just the thing!
The trooper head is scaled to fill most of a piece of printer paper, so adjust it accordingly when you go to print it out. I didn’t include the bow tie fighter because it’s half freehand painting and kind of convoluted for a stencil.
Once you’ve traced it, cut out the black sections. If you’re creating a fabric stencil, use freezer paper and iron it onto your fabric with high heat.
Thanks for visiting, and may the 4th be with you! We’ll be dressing our kids in Star Wars stuff and marching their little Yoda heads off to the comic book store.