Jul 21, 2009

Get The Rust Out.

It has been a very long time since 'Mr.Ray' Busted out the 'ol shears and chopped up a nice men's necktie to be built into a kids adjustable necktie.
Well, this weekend 'Mrs.P' went out garage sale hopping and came across a few good specimens that needed to have a little TLC and a breath of new life blown into them. So let's follow along as 'Mr.Ray' does just that.

The Goods in question.

Split them open and pull out the insides.

Lay out a new pattern and snip snip.

Pin it up and give it a nice stitch'n.

Wrap the new cut n' sewn pieces together.

A nice 'New' necktie for the wee ones.

Oh and don't forget the label.
All done...

& the Littlecrow Family.

Jun 8, 2009

Weekend Deals.

This past weekend we packed ourselves in the 'ol truck and headed out to find treasures and man did we do a mighty fine job!
Here are a few of what we were able to score doing a little rummaging through a few garage sales here in the Pacific North West.
Two plastic yard toy's with slides ...
and a nice bike trailer for the boys.
All and all we only spent about $30! Now that is a deal, for sure, since most of these items cost over a $100 brand new!

Hope your weekend was good and your week is even better.

& the Littlecrow Family.

May 20, 2009

Kids Alright.

I have been away from working on.... well even doing anything with Littlecrow as we have been trying to get settled into our new home, new job, and just a whole new environment here in the Pacific Northwest of these here United States. I do hope that once the dust settles to ramp up and clean off the ol machines and start building the many ideas that have been flooding the idea pond.

While doing the regular internet searching and keeping touch came upon a nice feature over at A Time To Get about Trico Field. Now these are some well designed childrens wear for sure. Check out their site here. And if you get a chance jump over to A Time To Get and drop and post up a comment or to on his well done blog.

Be back soon, promise.
Till then.
& the Littlecrow family

Mar 5, 2009

Slow & Steady Keeps You in The Race.

Yes the light is still on.
It has been quite a long time since our last post here at 'The Littlecrow Collection' and we do apologize for the lack of updates. It seams that 'Mr.Ray' has been kept very busy away from us here because he is in the process of building up his other work to try and convince the powers that be at a large 'Corprate' apparel company in the Pacific Northwest that he is the man for them and they need him as their designer. This will be a great blessing for him and our family as it will give us a chance to settle down into our own place again as well as have a little more expendible income that will help us in supporting our endevers here. The only big down side of full time employment is it will take more time away from building our goods here....
Please if any of you are left out there who check our posts here keep us in your prayers, or thoughts, or whatever you do to wish people well. Thank you from all of us. And once a decision has been made and we get settled into a good routine again we promis to stay on top of the posting here as well as producing and building heaps more goods.
Cheers & Best Regards,
& the 'Littlecrow' Family

Feb 10, 2009

New Cutting.

Working on building new ties for the shop. Check back soon.

& The Littlecrow Family

Feb 9, 2009

Tools: Pattern Making.

Have been working on a few new ideas as of late and it involves building new patterns and testing them out by sewing samples out of cheep fabric, in our case muslin. Since the building of things need and use tools thought it would be fun to share with you the tools that are used in building patterns and samples. So here we go:
(a) Tailors Shears: used to cut out the fabric for the samples. "Mr.Ray" loves these shears.
(b) Pattern Shears: used to cut the pattern out of the pattern paper. These "Mr.Ray" got while attending fashion design school.
(c) Clear Tape: used for all sorts of things but in this case mostly to hold cut pieces together when correcting or changing the paper pattern.
(d) Razor Blade: used for detailed cutting and to rip seams of samples when they need to be take apart for corrections or changes. "Mr.Ray" learned to use blades to rip seams and remove buttons when he was working in the alterations department at a department store. Very helpful.
(e) Drafting Mechanical Pencil: used to draw out the pattern shape on paper and to sketch out ideas and designs when they come. This one has a great balanced weight to it, makes drawing even more fun.
(f) Red Felt Tipped Marker: used to make corrections and final lines on the pattern paper.
(g) An Awl: used to make marking holes in the pattern and to help "walk" the pattern pieces, such as the arm hole and sleeve, to make sure they will work before cutting out the pieces in fabric.
(h) French Curve: used to make nice smooth arcs and curves, like armholes and neck openings. Very handy little tool.
(i) Hip Curve Ruler: used like the french curve to make curves but more for things like hip shapes and other gradual curves.
(j) Clear Plastic Ruler, 2"Wide x 18"Length: this is very handy and used all of the time for taking measurements and cause it is clear it has so many more functions that are very helpful.
(k)Yard Stick: long and straight lines come from the use of this handy tool.

Hope you enjoyed a little insight into what is used to make a pattern by hand.

& the Littlecrow Family.

Jan 29, 2009

Lace 'M Up Tight.

'Mrs.P' and 'Mr.Ray' have been looking to get their young one a new pair of footwear and are having a ruff time at finding something reasonable to their likes and needs. So being the way 'Mr.Ray' is, he decided to give a go at building an ankle boot style for their little 'Stampede'. Since he is older and running all over the place 'Mr.Ray' wanted to build something a bit more stable that the amazing little kicks that 'Mrs.P' has been building.
Here is a small overview of the first sample stages and what goes into building something new from scratch...

Rough sketch...
Now he needs to take that sketch and hack out a pattern. This is the hard part...

Now he has a pattern. He now cuts out the pieces for a sample in cheep fabric. Here the 'upper' is sewn together...
First sample roughed out. We use this to test fit and to get an idea of what the final is going to look like. If we do not like what we see or something is wrong in the fit then he goes back to the pattern and remakes it. So far so good...
Now to get out the leather and see what we can do.
Will keep you posted on the process and building of a final sample so check back soon.

& The Littlecrow Family

Jan 19, 2009


Check it out Here.

& The Littlecrow Family.

Jan 15, 2009

Keep em on Their Feet.

One of the projects brewing here at Lc headquarters, that we plan to explore, is the building of footwear. 'Mrs.P' took an idea she come up with and with the help of 'Ol' Mrs.White' built a great pair of 'crib shoes'.

They are made from soft 100% cotton micro brushed herringbone twill. Super soft yet nice and durable.
These are great.
More to come later.

& The Littlecrow Family.

If it is Broke...

As mentioned a while ago we have moved and have been settling into our new place out in the country. As you settle it sometimes takes a while to get into the grove of things and get back into following plans and checklists and whatnot. Well we have started to do just that with the 'Littlecrow Collection', building and sewing and creating in our new space. When all of the sudden the trusty little White home machine,'Ol' Mrs.White', decided she was not feeling well and so stopped working in the middle of stitching. This is not good when what you are doing uses this very tool to complete and build. So 'Mr.Ray' sat down with her and removed a few screws here and there opened her up and with a few 'love taps' with a hammer on some parts, a nice brush off of old lint build up, and a few sips of oil in all her moving parts she is back on the boat working away as smooth as the day she came into his life.

Now when all this happened and she was out of work for a few hours 'Mrs.P' went to use one of those fancy new sewing machines that her sister has with all the computer controls and self threading options. It got us all thinking, maybe it is time to look into one for our operation. I mean the automatic button hole stitch is a mighty fine feature to say the least..... Though that would be nice, 'Mr.Ray' could not just pop her open give some love and nurse it back to health if a situation arose. The fancy computer operated machines we have today all have to be taken into a specialist to get fixed up.

Needless to say we are back and running and even with the thought of one day getting a "fancy button hole maker" the ol' white machine will continue to be one of our work horses. Got to love the things you start with when you are young. God bless 'Ol' Mrs.White'.

& The Littlecrow Family

Jan 12, 2009

Comming Soon.

We will keep you posted on our new online shop opening soon... This week even!


Jan 11, 2009

A New Journey.

Well we have made our move. We must apologize for not posting for quite sometime. A lot has come and pass for us. We are now settling in to our new place. We promise to begin to posting on a regular basis. We have a lot in the works and a lot that is going to happen very soon. So check back often as we start down this exciting path.

& The Littlecrow Family