Posts Tagged ‘plaid’

this morning i woke up with some mad urge to make harem pants. i’ve been a little obsessed with them lately. they always seem so comfortable. & these ones… i never want to take them off.

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i probably should have waited until the sun was back up to take pictures. but i was so excited to share them!

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i thought they would be really easy to make. they were not. or rather, drawing the pattern wasn’t. first the dropped crotch was too high, then really too low. the fabric i started making them with was also too stiff, so i had to change that. somehow it took me all day. well, minus an hour & half re-watching lost.

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since i was setting up my tripod anyway, here is another pair of pants i’ve been meaning to post. i made these for school a while ago. also very comfortable. & with four very roomy pockets. i love the pleats too.

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thanks for looking!

(has it really been a month since i posted?)

for the longest time i’ve been wanting to make a waistcoat out of this scrap of awesome floral twill my mom bought. & friday i did. it is rather nice to have four-day weekends this period.

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drew an all new pattern for this one. been a while since i did! i didn’t want to make that same old waistcoat i’ve already made like four times, with another tiny variation. i love how the collar turned out. i’ve never made a collar like that before. shame about the pockets. they’re so radically askew, i don’t know what happened there. i took very precise measurements. but since the difference is so big, it could seem deliberate & avant-garde? or maybe it’s not even noticeable with the fairly busy pattern. also, i ignored that the twill stretched & some parts are a little wonky because of it. & the lining! jesus, what a pain. especially the back, with the double layers of the lining fabric.

it was certainly a learning experience.

& yesterday i made this:

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it took me so long to get just right. i wanted to do something loose & ‘artistic.’ i’ve been very inspired by vivienne westwood lately. original, i know. i thought it would be fun to make something right on a dressform again too, like we did in school last period. even though i think it’s not exactly my strong point. i LOVE how this turned out. part of me would still like to slap some bows & lace on it, but that would be distracting & ridiculous.

thank you for looking!

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.

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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:

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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 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?

new dress

Posted: February 6, 2010 in my creations
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for my etsy shop! which means that you will be able to buy it! soon-ish.

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i wish my dressform would just grow some hips already. it looks soooo much better on an actual person. i briefly tried it on to make sure. my camera also completely butchered the beautiful dark purple that that plaid fabric actually is. i still have so much of that plaid fabric, maybe i’ll make a matching shrug or something.

this dress took me a lot longer than i had expected. mostly because it took a long time to decide how exactly i would make the bust part. & so did all the ruffles in the skirt part. & they also showed two new episodes of lost last night :p

i’ll list it (& those other two dresses i made to sell & then forgot about!) somewhere in the next week. i want to make a few other things to sell before i do. especially more in bright colors, but i’m not sure i’ll be able to yet. some things you can expect are accessories (yes, finally) & more t-shirt reconstructions! i ordered some t-shirts last week & they should arrive around tuesday.

oh, yellow. don’t you just love yellow? i know i do. there’s just something magical about that color, that other colors like pink & turquoise don’t have. i actually used to hate yellow when i was younger, because it was so bright & cheerful, but now it’s one of my new favorite colors :]

but, on with the features:

all from etsy, found searching for yellow. it was not easy to find products i loved with that tag. hope you like what i’ve picked! & be sure to check them all out!

yeah, i’ve been very busy the past few days (: yay for vacation! even though it’s only a week.
& i know i could rather spend this valuable time to make more things for my etsy store, but now that i’m back in school (& with the change of the seasons!) my need for new clothes is a lot more urgent. & it’s not like you’ve bought out everything already listed anyway.

let’s start with my favourite new thing:

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it’s pretty basic, but so SPARKLY. i adore it ^-^ even though it’s much too thin for the coming winter. i really needed a hoodie in one solid colour, that wasn’t black.

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made from a gossip girl tee. racerbacks are one of my new favourite things (:

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i only made this to go with my red-ish band t-shirt reconstructed tops. i rarely wear those because i don’t really have anything to go with them. goddamn bands & their unoriginal merch that clashes with the rest of my clothes. like coffin nails. but i can’t bring myself to get rid of all my band merch & stop buying new from bands i love :p

& speaking of annoying band merch!

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orange! thanks every time i die. it took so very long to decide what to do with it. & i’m still not sure if i like this. but, again, it’s probably just because of the orange hurting my eyes. i wanted to try a different way to reconstruct t-shirts (fit for colder weather!). got the built-in shrug thingie idea from vivifromage. what do YOU think?