Posts Tagged ‘hearts’

i wish i’d spent more time sewing this vacation.




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i bought a really warm oversized cardigan at we a while ago. & discovered just how awesome oversized things can be. & decided that i needed more. so i made this from a nice warm stripey fabric i had laying around. i wanted to keep it pure black & white at first, but later thought that it would look better with red, even though that made it slightly less versatile. i got the red fabric from an old shirt from my brother (: & painted the red border on the buttons myself. they only had black in that size at the fabric store.




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customized vintage cardigan. i’m not sure if it’s done yet. i actually wanted to make this less sweet and cute, but it ended up like unicorn vomit anyway. story of most of my designing life.
i also wanted to do more things i don’t usually do, which i think i did succeed in. the pockets i got from a vintage skirt i shortened. on the one i sewed pink roses & added little stems of braided ribbon & leaves of regular ribbon. on the other i made an abstract sort of sun with gold rope (left over from my old éowyn costume!). & i just had to somehow incorporate that embroidered duck in it. i embroidered it myself, when i was like ten. first i wanted it on the chest, but it would be too big. so i moved it to the back & added some frills around it. the light blue bows on the sleeve were a third row of frills, but that row looked awkward so i removed it.



work in progress. i want to decorate/destroy it more, but i’m not sure how yet. it’s just two identical (aside from the colour) shirts buttoned together. my brother’s. he just loves what i did to them. [/sarcasm]
i got the idea for this flipping through some diy book at the bookstore. it was the only project in it that caught my attention. so simple & so amazing. usually i would have been perfectly satisfied with the simple buttoned together thing. but as an artemis student, constantly urged by teachers to do things over & over & over better & better & better in different versions, i thought ‘awesome, but what more can i do with this?’ so i threw coffee & black ecoline over it. it’s much darker than it seems in the pictures. when it was dry i decorated the sleeves. & put it aside for a while.
i also found a different way to wear it:



only the back would need to be sculpted a little more. either way, i love how it drapes. & the surprise v-neck.
i think this could be really really amazing when it’s finished. it’s a whole new direction for me too, which is good. lately i can get really sick of all that neat, perfect, predictable cuteness.


i’m so glad i have vacation this week. now i can sew again! for anything other than that stupid sewing techniques class! i’m trying to make as much things as possible from materials i already have for my shop. it’s been so long since i added anything new.



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anyway, the theme for this month (craftanon team) is stripes. & this is what i came up with, from what i already have. it took absurdly long to make. & i did it all wrong twice. i’m so out of it, it’s ridiculous. but i think it turned out alright. eventually.



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more stripes! this one went very smoothly, until the end. somehow the bottom became wayyy too wide. & i had to put in a new, smaller band of that awesome hearts fabric i have very little of. i love it though.

will be listed soon-ish.


i made this yesterday. i love it so very much. i could wear it every day. it’s so cute & fruity & comfortable & flattering & has CANCER BATS on it <(^-^)> i usually don’t model clothes i don’t plan to sell myself, but my dressform really wouldn’t do this dress justice.


this is the first empire-waisted dress i’ve ever made out of a t-shirt. to me, it always seemed like such an obvious way to reconstruct a big ol’ t-shirt, which is why i always refused to do it. & also because these are very easy to get wrong. aesthetically, i mean. but then i saw this amazing hooded one & was inspired.


i bought that t-shirt at a cancer bats show on tuesday. i loved the colours of it. unfortunately i bought a medium (note to self: when planning to reconstruct it, ALWAYS buy the largest) & it didn’t quite have enough fabric in it for the part above the empire waist. that part is made out of four sleeves! two from other t-shirt remnants. it was a very tight fit, but i think it turned out well. & at the front i was able to use the sleeve parts to my advantage :]


i didn’t have to buy anything new to make this dress, which was awesome. have i mentioned how much i love it?


thanks for looking!

i just finished this today. i started a few weeks ago with it, right before my old sewing machine broke. but nearly everything is sewn with my new one :] have i mentioned how much i love my new sewing machine?


i’ve never made a messenger bag before. i don’t know why, i love messenger bags. i think it turned out very well! i didn’t follow any specific guidelines or anything, i just drew a very simple rectangle pattern (of which i later rounded the bottom edges off) based on the measurements of my school binder & started cutting & sewing.


i love the colours of it so much! (hot) pink, turquoise & yellow is pretty much my new all-time favourite colour combination.

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it has six pockets in total: a large plain one (not pictured) at the back, one at the side, one at the front with five pen pouches, a zippered one on the inside back & two more at the inside front. aren’t pockets awesome?


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& this is/will be for sale :] i just have to list it first…

so, the day before yesterday i applied for membership of the craftanon etsy street team & i got accepted! which is awesome.

to celebrate (& do my part in spreading the word) i’ll feature products from other street team members, i haven’t featured before, this week.


it was VERY hard to choose what to feature, even with featuring more products than usual. i hope you like what i picked! & make sure to check them all out!

CraftAnon Etsy Street Team Member

Please visit these CraftAnon Etsy Street Team shops!


After Midnight Designs

Alarming Charms

aNGrYGiRL Gear

Bella Mia Beads

Black Kitten Accessories

Black Widow Clothing


Chyld’s Etsy Shop

Concertina’s Ami Army

Custom Cranium

Cutie Dynamite

Dame Named Redd Designs

Darling Niki

Dismantled Fashions

DiYScene For Charity

EyeScream Industries

Fabulously Fierce

Gothcupcake Creations

Headless Tess DIY

Heart Sized Crush


Inverness Studios

It’s A Swindle

Jen Ell’s Revenge


Killer Kitty Clothing


Kris Star Clothing

Lady Moon Designs

Mean Look


Night’s Requiem

Perfect Pins

Pet Zombie Creations

Platipuses DIY

Poisoned Creations

Poppy’s Wicked Garden

Psyco Hatress


Rocky The Zombie

Sisters of the Moon

Smarmy Clothes


Spooonfuls of Awesome

Synthetic Seduction



The Vintage Doctor

Things That Bling


Vicmes Diy Clothing and Accessories

Warning Label Creations

WickedBadNaughty Glass

Winter Lights Clothing

Worthy Soy Candles


(i’m not on that list yet though)

i always overestimate my sewing speed. both of these took SO LONG. the first skirt i had worked on on & off since sunday. the second one i had finished cutting at around 10 am this morning & i optimistically thought that i could have it finished by 12. FAIL. it was almost 8 o’ clock at night when i finished it. & i had only taken breaks to eat & neurotically check my e-mail while switching music. what! i was working unusually fast & concentrated too. see how much attention i pay to my clothes?


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again, these look much more impressive on an actual person. they’re full circle skirts.

isn’t that rainbow plaid amazing? because of that fabric i wanted to keep this skirt on the simple side. it has an equally full red underskirt with a long row of gathered tulle at the bottom & red polka dot pockets! one on each side, with a bow & differently colored heart buttons. i wanted to give it pockets in the side seams, but only just remembered that when i had already serged both sides shut. this is a common occurrence. so many of my own skirts are pocketless for that same reason.


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i want to keep this one for myself! it’s just so full of awesomeness. varied polka dots, floral, ruffles, lots of bows, the timeless combination of black & white… & with this one i did remember to add the pockets in the side seams! it has a sewn-in full circle underskirt as well.
but alas, it’s much too big for me. i made something in a large for once! it’s about 38 inches around the top. i’m working on diversifying the sizes. & you know, my designs in general.

i’d love to hear some opinions before i list these. & thanks for looking! :]

oh, & i probably won’t be able to finish a friday features today. sorry! tomorrow?

remember that polka dot high-waisted skirt i made with the bad petticoat? i didn’t think so. but anyway, i predictably ended up never wearing it & made a dress out of it:



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you can never have enough dresses. & i’ve been meaning to make a good swing dress for myself for a pretty long time. i LOVE those.

the skirt part looks SO MUCH better with a properly made petticoat. first i had just gathered very long straight pieces of tulle at the top out of lazyness & something looked off, but it took a while to realize that that was the problem. now i know why all petticoats have a tier of regular fabric at the top, even though it looks weird :p

& i probably won’t make anything new for at least a month :/ i unexpectedly have A LOT of catching up to do with school.