Posts Tagged ‘diy’

i’ve been watching the second season of the l word again. i love it so. some of my very favourite things of that season are jenny’s grotesque, surrealistic carnival scenes.
i’ve also been reading rick moody’s demonology & am going to a burlesque circus show tonight.

so of course i HAD to do something with all that twisted carnival-esque inspiration.

enjoy!

extended version in a treasury on etsy.

has been for some days now. i just took the last couple of pictures this afternoon! during that long-awaited perfect ray of sunlight. the weather has been ridiculous.
my shop (& its content) still need a lot of work, but here you are.

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& yeah, i ended up only settling on familiar etsy, for now. even though it’s really not that familiar anymore.

go buy! FREE SHIPPING for readers of this blog. just ‘convo’ me on etsy before you place your order, mention it, & i’ll adjust the listing for you.

thank you all for your continued support, i would not be doing this if it wasn’t for you ♥

yes, i am opening up my shop again. i had set myself a deadline for some weeks ago, but SO MANY things kept going wrong. i won’t even get into that. also, if i have a private deadline it’s likelier that i’ll keep pushing it. so here’s an official announcement! maraleopard clothing will be back in business at the end of the week. start getting excited! & putting money aside!

i’m still on the fence about etsy or artfire though. on one hand, i already know etsy. other people already know me on etsy. i have feedback on etsy. etsy has a nice, clean layout. on the other hand, artfire seems to have a lot more advantages, even if you have to pay a regular fee. but because of the regular fee, you never have to pay for listings or EVER RE-LIST PRODUCTS. or maybe i’ll just do both & never re-list anything on etsy, until that shop is empty. in fact, i’ll probably do both.

on to the clothes.

i only have three new pieces so far, two of which took me forever. it’s kind of funny, i was working on this whole professional design concept & trying to sketch as much different variations of things in a coherent collection before sewing anything. then it drove me crazy & i went back to my old method of buying fabric willynilly & then letting them whisper to me what they wanted to be. if it ain’t broke…

i don’t have detail shots of them yet, so bear with me.

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this skirt is my favourite! i really want to make another version of it for myself. i might make different versions in different sizes for my shop as well. it’s so fun & flattering & comfortable &, as opposed to similar skirts you’d find in the commercial shops, it has POCKETS & is lined.

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(the blouse will be for sale, skirt is by obsequies)

i wanted to do something more-ish with a pattern. something with more emphasis on the cut of a garment & not so much the pretty fabric used to create it. of course i drew the pattern from scratch. i wanted it to be more flared from the waist down (although it could be that the flare i meant would show on someone with normal-sized hips), but overall i quite like how it turned out. it’s a pretty basic, but still very fun & girlie blouse. i will definitely make this in more colours & sizes. and/or offer it as a standard custom sized piece.

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(it’s not supposed to fold at the side, that’s ’cause there was something wrong with the zipper & i pinned the dress closed instead. i’ll take a new shot of the back when that’s fixed.)

& here we’re back to emphasis on pretty fabric. i just couldn’t help myself when i saw this GORGEOUS fabric in the store. i knew at once that it had to become a swing dress, without too much distractions. so that’s what i made. i also drew an entirely new & improved pattern for the top of this. the entire dress is lined, has the mandatory pockets & a cute mismatched button detail at the front (that you can’t really see in these pictures, i apologize). it has a scattering of hand-stitched scraps too, which looks really nice with the pattern of the fabric.

my clothes have changed quite a lot since my fashion design course, haven’t they? for the better.

i would love to hear your opinions on these! but thanks for reading/looking anyway.

let me just start by saying that gibbous is my favourite shop ever. it has such a world of its own, which is reflected in the website layout, pictures, descriptions, packaging, even communication with the owner.
& with my renewed interest in recycled/patchworky/’shabby chic’ clothes (& money, yay!), i decided that It Was Time for another gibbous purchase. i obsessively checked their site day after day until they uploaded that product i could not resist. it became this amazing little witchy cape.

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as soon as i bought it, the lovely selene gibbous e-mailed me to confirm my purchase & let me know how soon it could be shipped. when it was shipped, she e-mailed me again to let me know when i could expect it. what service!

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all in all i received it in a timely fashion. unfortunately i wasn’t home when it arrived & somehow my little brother confused it for something he ordered (he probably wasn’t wearing his glasses) & denied me the pleasure of opening it myself. anyway.
as usual, it looks so much better than in the pictures. it was very well-represented on their website though. & is so soft! & textured! & black! i love it!

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it came wrapped in this cute vintage pattern instruction.

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such a little work of art, so well constructed. & fits me perfectly. or as perfectly as a cape can fit. i can’t wait to wear this everywhere! what i love the very most about this is how versatile it is.

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i know many of you are probably put off by their prices, but trust me, they’re worth it. good service too. both times i’ve bought from gibbous i had a very pleasant overall shopping experience. the only squabble i have is that, if you’re from outside the u.s., you can’t directly buy, but have to e-mail for a shipping quote first. then again, it’s understandable if you don’t have a lot of international customers.

here’s the link to their shop again. go buy things! you’ll love them, i promise.
i’ll probably be heading back there myself entirely too soon. lately they also do clothing make-overs! sounds amazing to me.

been a while since i did a simple t-shirt reconstruction. even with all the regular band shirts i still have. it’s not quite as epic as my recent scrap dress, but still pretty damn fabulous.

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i feel like i’m always saying how i love the clothes i make so much. now i’m going to have to say it again. I LOVE THIS DRESS SO MUCH. it’s the tea. it gives it that amazing impossible-to-capture-properly antique look. & makes the fabrics look much better together.
not that i don’t love everything else about this dress.

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& the back! i was actually really stuck with that, for a good three quarters of a day. i wanted to keep part of it open, but how? vivifromage eventually inspired this. she’s amazing with those details.

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i also really like how the sleeve things turned out. as you can see, they’re ruffles all around the arm opening. with all those ruffles they feel like little wings.

i can’t wait to wear this when i see etid again this sunday! or, you know, just to see them again.

bonus, just for fun picture:

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thanks for looking!

a couple of weeks ago i bought this fabulous rosary necklace from sophine giam. i had been looking for a good rosary necklace for days & in her shop i found the perfect one! i didn’t hesitate for a second to buy it. the seller was so lovely & efficient, she shipped my package the very next day.

i was unusually excited about it since it was the first time i bought anything outside of europe/the u.s. on etsy. or, ever, online, now that i think about it…

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isn’t that adorable?

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i saved these stamps. that’s how excited i was about getting mail from singapore.

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then came the unwrapping of my highly anticipated package. my necklace was packaged with such care & eye for detail, it was amazing. i’ve bought quite a lot of handmade the past years & it’s not often that they’re packaged so magnificently.

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there’s nothing like a magnificent product with magnificent packaging.

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even the little cushion underneath the necklace was wrapped! amazing. as for the necklace itself, excellent quality. i adore it. it’s the perfect necklace. i especially love that it’s made with vintage beads. i’ve worn it almost every time i’ve been out since i got it.

short story even shorter: if you’re looking for good jewelry & good service, go to sophine giam. i give my highest recommendation.

here are some of her wonderful creations for you to consider:

since my last post, i’ve gotten completely obsessed with dyeing fabric. it’s such a basic crafty thing, but has such an awesome impact. & is so much fun! i highly recommend it to all you beginning crafters, advanced crafters, people who never craft.

in the past few weeks i’ve dyed with the standard dylon dyes, idye, tea, coffee, natural dyes from vegetables & fruits. i’ve dyed clothes from both natural fabrics & synthetic, fabric scraps, lace. some experiments have failed horribly, others have turned out marvelously. & i still feel like i’ve only scratched the surface.

the first thing i started with was my pastel pink gibbous dress, pictured in it’s old state here. i loved that dress so much, when i was still into pastels. & as my only gibbous purchase so far, i highly valued it. only i outgrew pastels. so dramatically that i got rid of all my exclusively pastel coloured clothes, save this dress, a vintage blouse & a vintage cardigan. i still really liked this dress, just not the colour. then i had the ingenious idea to dye it to a more agreeable one.

so i went to the drugstore, bought a packet of green dylon dye & attempted to. as i stirred the mixture, i got so excited about the outcome. it was such a lovely green. then came the rinsing. to my horror ALL of that lovely green washed out. & apart from some bits of lace & a tiny scrap, i was left with the original pastel pink. apparently my dumb ass had overlooked that the majority of the dress was synthetic. polyester, probably. & most fabric dyes don’t work on polyester & other synthetic fabrics. so naturally i went to google for the solution. synthetic fabrics are very hard to dye, blah, best left to professionals, blah, materials only available at specialists, blah. but then i discovered the dye shop, where they sold these miraculous idye polyester dyes. they made it ridiculously easy to dye these hard-to-dye fabrics. later i read in a review elsewhere that the colour of idye wasn’t permanent, but that’s a problem for another day.

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this was the result of that fabulous green idye polyester dye. i love it so much! i was also amazed that even the buttons became green.

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only after dyeing it was i able to fully appreciate all the different materials that went into it. they all dyed differently & it came out so beautifully. i would have found it very boring if the whole thing became the exact same shade.

after that dress, i went back to the easily available dylon dyes & natural fabrics.

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i dyed this orange top i got from my sister when i was in the very short-lived phase where i liked orange. i only had a packet of navy blue dye at my disposal when i decided to do that.

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it became a pretty interesting grayish brown, with the letters remaining red & the stitching turning the full navy.

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i’m not finished with this top yet, i’m still thinking of a way to reconstruct it.
fun fact: while i was dyeing this, i somehow managed to get my gloves full of the dye & my hands looked like this for DAYS:

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& itched like crazy.
not long after that i used the same navy on a pair of white patterned pajama pants.

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i really only dyed these because i could. but it turned out to be a really nice change, with how often i wear these. it felt completely new after the dye job.

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then a pastel pink pajama top followed. i actually meant to dye these black, but i must have added too little salt, because it turned out charcoal gray. it was not a bad mistake. i probably would have liked it less if it had turned the full black.

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of course the synthetic ribbon & lace & stitching did not dye. i think it looks really nice in combination with the charcoal gray. i also really like that the pattern of the cotton insert shows through.

after all that i wanted to try something new. i was looking into dyeing with tea & coffee, when i came across a link for natural dyes, which i clicked. i didn’t really know what natural dyes were & was absolutely delighted to find out that they were very varied dyes you could easily procure from things like berries, vegetables, flowers & roots. i learned all about them at money crashers & pioneer thinking.

this same way of dyeing i was so delighted with also led to much frustration. this was the first thing i attempted to dye naturally, with red cabbage:

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it was one of the several vegetable dyes that failed miserably. the ‘dye’ i got out of the red cabbage was such a lovely deep purple & it was pretty sad when my white fabric only turned a light blue. i had done everything described on those websites too. i thought it was just the damnable red cabbage that was the problem. i tried it again. same thing. also with spinach. i only got a very light green out of that.

then i tried it with raspberries. for berries you could use a salt fixative, whereas it had to be vinegar for plants.

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i got such a lovely uneven pink out of those. since the only difference between dyeing with the raspberries & the vegetables was the type of fixative, i concluded that that must have been the problem.

after my raspberry dyed lace, i tried it with another vegetable. beets. i added a lot more vinegar to the fixative than before. & some salt, just in case. again i got a lovely deep colour dye, but it just wouldn’t take. i concluded that it must just be the kind of vinegar i was using. i had seen the 4% on the bottle, but hadn’t really paid attention to it before. then i asked my mom. yes, the 4% meant there was only 4% real vinegar in the thing. so i was using vinegar that had already been diluted with 96% water, which i diluted more with four times as much water which i prepared my fabric in. goddamn. there’s no stronger vinegar available in the regular grocery stores here in the netherlands either, so i’ll have to see where i can get pure vinegar before i can dye with plants again.

in the meantime, i’ve also tried tea.

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tea is my favourite to dye with so far! i LOVE the antique, blotted effect you can get out of it. unfortunately that effect is very hard to capture, so you can only catch a glimpse of it through my camera. the second picture is pretty close to the original colour though.

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this hoodie also needs to be reconstructed into something more-ish.

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as i’m writing this, i’ve also got two bleach projects drying on the balcony & a jar of cherries next to me, waiting to become immortalized through a dye solution. i can’t wait till i have enough to sew into a new multi-hued garment!

if you’re planning to start dyeing yourself (which you totally should) or you’ve already started, but don’t know that much about it yet, i hope this article was somewhat useful to you. i hope you can learn from my mistakes & avoid them yourself. & that your projects turn out marvelously (:

as always, thanks for reading!