Wednesday, June 29, 2011
USUAL COST: $150ish
I GOT IT FOR: $25 (Used and the next-to-latest edition - www.bn.com)
INSPIRATION FOR PURCHASE: I've been on a two season Tim Gunn marathon on hulu.com for the past week. This has inspired me to sketch! Bad news: I suck at sketching. Everything I draw looks like a fine 3rd grade rendering. In crayon.
VISION: Myself at my sewing table practicing my sketches into the wee hours until I have awesome skillz and can just let my inspiration run out my pencil! The essence of self-taught, baby.
GOAL: To be able to play with design ideas by drawing them instead of trying to make them! (It takes a lot of fabric, you know?)
So far I've finished half of chapter one. It's harder than it looks, but I'm better than I thought. Acceptable trade off.
Monday, June 20, 2011
So I went looking for a peg board at Lowe's, to find that they only come in dirty-white and wet-cardboard-brown. To get this cute crafty look, I decided to paint mine. TaDa!
As you can see, I need to get some ribbon and other fun things to hang up. Until then: here is how you can make a pretty peg board too.
- Peg board - mine was 4'x8', but you can use a larger size, or have someone cut it for you at the store.
- 2"x4" plywood to frame the back of your peg board. I bought 3 in 8 ft long pieces, and had a Lowe's employee cut one of them down to fit the two short sides of the frame. NOTE: Line up your frame while the guy who is cutting the wood is still standing there! You don't want to get it home to realize it doesn't fit!
- Drill with 1/8" bits (one to make the hole and one to put the screw in)
- Eight 1/8" wood screws
- Peg Board Hook Kit
- Spray paint
- Painters tape
1. Line your long plywood piece up flush against the edge of the peg board. You want to mark the place for your screw so that it secures the plywood about 3/4" from the end of the plywood.
1. Lay out some newspapers in a well ventilated or outdoor area. Place the peg board on top.
2. Shake up the paint and SPRAY! Until the whole board is covered.
3. Let it dry for an hour - then move it to a safe place and allow it to set over night.
2. Repeat the spray painting procedure from before!
To finish it off, attach your peg board hooks and hang it up!
Saturday, June 18, 2011
On Friday, I wore this freshly completed shirt to work... and got a compliment from a stranger in the elevator! To make it even better...she asked me where I got it - the perfect set up for beaming "actually, I made it!" It was the perfect sewing conversation.
As I get better at sewing, and start to see the possibility of making all my clothes, I'm on a positive body image high. My closest friend, S, and I had a long conversation about this the other night. Our conclusion: much like making your own food allows you to control the nutritional toxins that enter your body, making your own clothes allows you to control the body image toxins that enter your mind. As I've grown up, I've realized that no matter how much you love your body, those toxins are still out there - and every time you go shopping you're confronted with them. Consumer culture is set up to make you feel inadequate, and therefore in need of more STUFF.
But then there's sewing! Instead of looking at style and fashion as something I can only be part of if I fit into it, I'm looking at style and fashion as something I can make to fit me. It's being creative instead of trying to keep up.
I'll leave it at that for now. It's something I've been thinking about more and more... so don't be surprised when I bring it up again!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
This dress is "lazy" on multiple levels:
- It's maxi length and jersey fabric means you don't have to shave your legs and you can eat as much as you want... and still look elegant.
- I sewed bra cups into the bodice - the stiff kind - so you don't have to wear a bra with it.
- I was lazy on the finishing - I used the machine where I should have slip stitched, I didn't understitch the lining... whatever... at least I hemmed it.
- It took me three weeks to make this dress because some nights I just wanted to come home and watch House Hunters International on HGTV. (I mean, it's important for me to know what to look for in a villa in Belize, right?)
Technical Aspects: I used Butterick B5491 for this dress. The bodice is lined - which included a magnificent line of stitching the traced the entire edge of the bodice piece...
My other project right now is trying to figure out the best way to photograph myself in the dresses I make. I'm a complete amateur, using my boyfriend's camera. Half the time the photos are just ever so slightly blurry. I tried taking photos on my patio today... but the Louisiana humidity fogged up the lens and it took me a while to catch on to the cause of the haziness. Here are some examples:
Thursday, June 9, 2011
I descended an enormous staircase to find the white pleated skirt I had been dreaming about staring me in the face! It wasn't on the racks with the other clothes, and I worried for a moment that it might be on hold for someone. Not wanting to chance it, I snatched it up and made my way to the cash only register, $16 in hand.