November 30, 2006
It's really hard to see it from the picture, but it has this criss-cross look to it at the top of the bag. I'll probably take a better picture later, when I can have better lighting for the job.
This is what I'm currently working on-- this is the skirt as it was originally, a slinky knit Goodwill find. I just don't like the way it clings to my hips. I'm turning it into a shirt, which so far looks like this:
It looks a little odd, I'm sure, in the front. That's because right now it's pinned together inside out on the dummy. It's going to be pretty much a mock wrap look. I'm trying to figure out what to do about sleeves, since I'd really prefer not to leave such a slinky knit sleeveless-- the armholes will be sagging in no time. I have a piece left from the upper back of the skirt, but once I take the seam in the middle out, it's going to be way too tight around my arms. The other option is, I've got one bias-cut triangle from the part of the wrap section that I've trimmed so far, and I'll have another once I cut the inner part of that off. So I might be able to do a kind of flutter sleeve with it. I'm currently leaning towards the latter just for comfort.
Got another swap to do! This time, a photography one. I have some ideas so far, so hopefully things will come together quickly.
I've also pretty much abandoned the etsy idea for now, mainly because it looks like I'm getting another part time job that will require me to get up very, very early, and therefore cut into evening craft time. So maybe it would be better for my mental health to keep the hobby for my own personal enjoyment right now.
November 22, 2006
November 20, 2006
The fabric was already cut out as of last week. So far, I've managed to get a couple pieces of interfacing basted on--it would have been more, but there was a bit of a mix-up. Turns out the woman who was cutting my fabric at Joann's on Saturday gave me sew-in stabilizer instead of the sew-in interfacing it called for, and silly me, I thought it was a new type of interfacing. My mom ended up catching the mistake and let me use some of her heavier-duty interfacing, but then I still had to cut out the interfacing pieces a second time, then undo the one piece I'd already basted. I was having a bit of machine trouble with it anyway, since the bobbin tension somehow ended up getting messed up. I'm not sure if it was me hitting something when I cleaned it out, or because my brother's girlfriend was using my machine earlier...
Here's my story of how this skirt came together, which turned out to be the sewing equivilent of a Lemony Snickett tale:
- I'd originally gotten this fabric with the intent of making the skirt from McCall's 5005, because I liked the non-elastic yoke and so far my success at trying to draft those myself has been nonexistent. I also bought the brown trim, which you can see the close-up picture of on this post. Joann's didn't have the yardage it called for on the pattern, so I'd have to special-order it. Upon recieving it, I brought it home...and promptly lost it. I still have yet to find it. Only slightly daunted, I proceeded to go back after a few weeks of fruitless searching and ordered more trim. This time, I managed to get it home (and onto the skirt) without losing it.
Then I took the pattern out to cut out and discovered the fabric wasn't wide enough for any pieces but the yoke. So, wanting to match the stripes, I figured out new lengths for the tier pieces and cut it to fit the more narrow fabric (mental note to self: Never again attempt to figure out numbers while watching Lost.) and cut out the yoke as originally called for. Silly me, I didn't realize that since the gauzy fabric stretches a bit, the yoke ended up waaaaay too big. (And, of course, I didn't think to check that until I'd already hand-sewn on the top row of trim. Doh!!) So then I took out the zipper, took the fourth piece of the bottom tier that I'd decided not to add into the bottom layer after all, resigned myself to an elastic waist and sewed that in, then finished sewing on the rest of the trim. Then I made the elastic casing, found out I didn't have enough of the right width of elastic for it, went to Joann's again (I needed to go anyway because I needed some zippers and interfacing) and got that, proceeded to make a far-messier-than-intended casing that I'm very glad no one can see from the inside because it looks awful, and finished it up last night. So now I can finally move on to something else. Like trying to figure out what to do with the yard or two (or eight or nine, if I ever find the rest of it) ot the trim I have left, since I ended up making my own pattern entirely instead of using theirs.
Also, I took the plunge... I opened an etsy shop. I'm still trying to get things set up so there's nothing in there yet, but hopefully soon...
November 13, 2006
November 8, 2006
November 4, 2006
I might try to get some pics of the pages in here. But not tonight. This cold's knocking me out.
November 2, 2006
I also remade the earring my cat broke tonight, and made two more pairs:
Leftover stash beads. I love the star ones.
Part of me is contemplating looking into getting one of those Etsy shops and trying to sell some stuff on there. After all, I have plenty of supplies to use up. The rest of me wonders, does the online craft world really need another Etsy shop that would be likely selling mostly bags and earrings? :P
November 1, 2006
And because I can, here's my Halloween pumpkin of the year:
The horse design is based off one of the Rohan banners from Lord of the Rings. Yes, I know I'm a geek. :P