Saturday, March 31, 2012

Sewing Weekend Challenge: Day 1

Whether it was intentional or not, Meg challenged me to have a productive sewing weekend. (Which I am grateful for because I have been such a lazy ass, I cannot even express how bad!)

I may not have started working on things until about 6pm.... my bad... had to run errands this morning and then I almost fell into unconsciousness for a few hours like I normally do on Saturday afternoons (I am an avid napper, apparently). But I stayed strong, forced myself to workout and clean the apartment, had dinner and finally got my butt in gear.


(doesn't really count, I suppose, since it was basically finished already)

I put the finishing touches on a prototype Card Crown that was commissioned by an etsy customer. I feel like the design would be improved by sandwiching the card strips in the band and sewing them in rather than how I sewed them to the exterior. They are wobbly and look crooked, in my opinion. Also, the cards feel funny against the skin, whereas the fabric would be smooth. But I am going to leave it up to customer to decide...


So... I had made this steampunk ensemble a couple years back, the feature piece being the Mrs. Fitzsimmon's Supportive for the Modern Woman. In addition, there was one of my signature bustle skirts in the delightful chocolate brown (with brown and gold stripe) suiting fabric, and an antique gold sleeveless blouse I had drafted based on an 1896 bodice pattern and 1906 blouse pattern. I put it in my etsy shop and it shortly sold. I currently have two requests for custom versions of this ensemble.

Unfortunately, I misplaced my pattern :-/ Also, both requested an alternative to the high collar. So back to the drawing board! Here is the mock up. Instead of being pleated with a standing collar, it's gathered at the neck, as well as at the waist. This size might be a little large for my size 4 (?) skinny ass display form, even after putting a bra and corset on it to give it some curves, but should be great for at least one of the custom orders.

Well, Meg, do I get a pass for the day? :-)

Now back to work with me!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Just a Note:

I am alive. Just been super preoccupied with THE SECRET PROJECT OF SECRETNESS, which has taken over my crafting life. It will be revealed eventually, but not for several months...

I will have to break and work on other projects shortly, so hopefully there will be some more interesting posts (of actually substance) soon.


  1. I feel the profound desire to create a Mrs.Lovett's costume after watching Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd again. I adore the red stripe Boardwalk dress with matching polka dot parasol. Her 'bathing-suit' is pretty kickin' as well. Okay, she just overall is fun, as is the entire costuming here, and in most of Tim Burton's films, for that matter...
  2. I am seriously considering how much easier it would be just to sew some underwear out of this excellent organic cotton jersey I have rather than to actually do my laundry (since I neglected to acquire a roll of quarters to do so)
  3. I am starting to feel the need to choose a Halloween costume for this year... because I feel it needs to be epic and probably should start working on it soon...
  4. Had the random urge today to look up sources of buckskin that I could use to practice working with the finished product, since someday I would like to tan deer hides myself. Don't ask me why buckskin leggings just struck me as a brilliant revelation at about 9am...

Saturday, March 3, 2012

"I hope I didn't brain my damage." (Space Coyote Dress)

Sadly, I was unable to get any photos of the dress glowing in the dark. My camera is just not up to such feats, apparently. But here we have it in daylight. The green veins on the Guatemalan Insanity Peppers are the part that's glow-in-the-dark.

 Since Meg's Ragged Edgealways seems so organized in her outfit posts, I thought I'd do it her style:
Dress: leftover denim, vintage buttons, Simplicity 2246 view A with sleeves from view C
Leggings: paisley nylon, McCall's 6173 (don't follow sizes on this pattern, WAY too large- they don't account for stretch or something)
Arm Warmers: bits cut off from leggings to hem them (yes there was that much extra length, fitted, openings finished with zig-zag stitch
Necklace: purple scrap twill pouch and cord, polymer clay chili spoon
Belt: my homemade braided belt
Boots: 'Saloon boots' acquired from a couple years ago


"They say he carved it himself... from a bigger spoon."
-Lenny, El Viaje Misterioso de Neustro Jomer

I didn't have a bigger spoon from which to carve mine, so I busted our the polymer clay. Plus, I wanted it more necklace size.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March To Do:

    • phase II
    • phase III
  • Card Crown (etsy commission)
  • Steampunk Outfit (etsy commission)?
  • Finish 70s Outfit? 
  • leggings and shirts (that I bought fabric for months ago)

(I did finish my Space Coyote outfit yesterday, by-the-by. I'll hopefully get pictures this weekend to post.)