Tuesday, August 25, 2009

DIY Wednesday: Rockin' the 'hawk... hat-style

About 3 years ago, I was having an uber-bad day at work so decided to have a little hair therapy to lift my spirits. Plus, as you can see in this old picture, I seriously needed a new hairstyle.

This was me 10 years ago :)

A friend of mine recommended an awesome salon in the area so I made an appointment for after work. The stylist's name was CC and he was awesome! I sat in his chair with my mousy long hair and said "I want you to do whatever you think will look on me. I want something artsy, something fun, something funky and I don't care about length as long as it can still be grabbed at the crown." :D Without batting an eyelash, he said, "We can do that!" He ended up giving me a version of a bob but the back of my head was shaved about halfway up.

My hairstyle has changed a bit since then but I still get the back of my head shaved. I *LOVE* it! After I get my hair cut, I will sit at work and just pet the back of my head. (*grin*) I can't imagine ever going back to having my hair sticking to back of my neck and everything else on these hot Atlanta days. Blech.

Sadly, I doubt I'll ever go to the extreme of getting a mohawk, though. Partly because of my day job but mostly because I look better with hair around my face. Trust me... I do.

HOWEVER

When I happened across project 72 in Megan Nicolay's "Generation T Beyond Fashion," I knew I had to give this a try!


I think it turned out really cute but it came out a bit too small for me which is entirely my own fault. Rather than measuring my head and drawing out the pattern as instructed, I thought I'd be smart and use a winter skull cap I already own. I will be making this hat again and will do it the right way next time. :)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Online Shopping Goodness: Shana Logic

Indie shops rocks! I have always loved getting things from the "little guys" and supporting artists. Shana Victor at Shana Logic makes it easy as her store carries items from several independent artists!

I have gotten quite a few awesome accessories from here and the prices are pretty decent for indie designs. :)

Here are just a few things I've gotten over the past couple of years:






I could spend so much money here but I just allow myself little treats now and again. I promise I will share whenever I do! Until then, I definitely recommend this online shop!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

DIY Wednesday: I {heart} Fabric Bows

I will be honest: I am not a fan of bows. Even when I had long hair, I did not wear them and if I bought an article of clothing with a bow on it... well, I wouold find a way to remove it without destroying the outfit.

But, for some strange reason, I *L*O*V*E* making these! I found the tutorial for these at Cut Out & Keep and they are are incredibly easy to make. The main difference from the tute and what I did is that these are about half the size.


You may recognize this fabric from the men's polo refashion I posted in my first entry. This isn't the best fabric to use as it is really stretchy and the skulls are a bit too far apart but it was fun to play around with for my first few bows. :)


This one was made using fabric from a size 2 pencil skirt I got from the thrift store for a couple of bucks a while back. :) The ribbon is from one of the many grab bags of ribbon I purchased many years ago and the stud is off of an old belt I recently picked up.

I made a few more than this, experimenting with different fabrics, ribbons, etc. Non-stretchy fabric that can be ironed is the easiest, I think.

I made 2 of the plaid punk bows and am not sure what I am going to do with them. I am thinking at least one will become a necklace of sorts. I have an old black bra strap that I converted into a choker that just may be perfect for this.

I'll post a pic of whatever I decide to do! I may be a bow-lover after all. :)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Online Shopping Goodness: 6dollarshirts.com

One thing you will quickly learn about me is that I am obsessed with refashioning t-shirts. Which is kind of funny, in a way, considering I rarely wear regular t-shirts. (*smiles and shrugs*)
Anyway...

I happened upon this site a while back and have been enjoying browsing their site. Their t-shirts are... well... $6 each or 10 for $50. However, 2X and 3X are $2 and $3 more, respectively. Ordinarily, this would make me shy away from purchasing anything from them.

BUT... and I do mean to give this a BIG BUT here... they have an offer I could not refuse.

Random t-shirts for $2.95 a piece. If you are willing to take a gamble, this is a really good deal! Even the thrift shop I frequent for my t's charges $2.95 for the semi-decent ones. I also LOVE mystery packages and grab bags so I had to give them a try.

Since they are called 6 Dollar Shirts, I decided to get 6 of them in XL which is the largest you can get before they start tacking on the extra dollars.

Here is what I received and let me just say that I am a happy Sashi. :)

From the tv show "Saved by the Bell"


From the tv show "The Office"

From the movie "Rushmore"

A zombie t-shirt

They call this one "Uncle Corpse"


I already have plans for a few these. :)

I've also placed another random order, this time for 21 shirts. The reason I went with 21 and not an even 20 is because with that 21st shirt, I got a $10 discount. That's like getting 3 shirts for free!

I thnk I will be good on t-shirts to work with for a while after this. Maybe. ;)

Until later, sweet p'taters!

Sashi

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

DIY Wednesday: Reverse Applique

I know, I know! It's not Wednesday yet but I made this last night and am just too excited to wait. :)



This sad fella is made from a piece of ivory lace taken from a little girl's dress that I got at the thrift shop (just for refashioning purposes) and a piece of cloth taken from a tan t-shirt.


  • On the INSIDE FRONT of my black t-shirt, I centered first the lace and then the tan background so the lace was sandwiched between the t-shirt fabrics.

  • I drew my skull outline on the back of the tan piece, pinned it and sewed it with my machine. I used a zig-zag stitch around the outside of the skull and a straight stitch around the eyes and nose.

  • I took out the pins and cut the black t-shirt out of the outline on the front, being careful to not cut into the lace. I left the eyes and nose black

  • I stitched cording on the front for the mouth.

I am really pleased with the way this turned out for just winging it as I went. I love that he's a little wonky. :)

Sorry for the phone pic. I snapped it quickly at work before someone else entered the restroom. :)

Over the next month or so, I will be putting my sewing room together so I will be able to take better pictures of some of the things plan on making. I'm even enlisting my hubbyman to help me make a custom dress form dummy so I won't have to model things myself. :P

Oh, and I should be getting a wonderful shipment in the mail tonight so come back in a day or two to see what yumminess I got!

Until later, sweet p'tater!
Sashi

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Introduction

Hello and welcome to my new Funky, Punky, and Plump blog!

So, who the heck am I, anyway?

Well, my friends call me Sashi. Find out more about that over to the right somewhere. I am a big girl who has a fairly eclectic style that is somewhere between the punk and Goth label. Or "gunk" as one of my clever friends says.


Now, I don't know about all that but I know I like what I like. I tend to wear a lot of black and accessorize with pink and skulls. I'm like a 14-year-old girl trapped in a large 30-something woman's body... and loving every minute of it!

Well, almost.

It gets frustrating at times because most of the really cool already-made clothes tend to either not fit me or just not fit me well. Fortunately, I can kind of sew and know how to wield a pair of scissors!

As an example, I made this shirt last night from a skull polo shirt I got off of King Size Direct and a plain black t-shirt.

Heh heh... you can see my skull obsession in this pic as well with my necklace, watch, and skulls on the wall behind me on my whiteboard at work. :)

The base for this shirt was one of those fabulous surprise finds on a rather "vanilla" website. I originally got one for my hubby since he likes to wear polo shirts when he goes out and and... well... it had skulls on it which I like. ;) I was jealous, though, so had to get one to girly-up a bit.

Here are my plans for this blog:
  • Once a week, post a DIY project that is fitting for funky, punky styles and occasionally show my attempts
  • Post any surprising finds I encounter on mainstream websites (they're there if you are patient and just keep looking)
  • Once a week, feature other blogs and websites that I think others might enjoy... specifically artist, fashionistas, and indie shops
  • As I develop a readership following, I am also hoping to prompt positive discussions about being a person of size with punk and Goth aesthetics.
This will definitely be a work a progress, though, and I do hope that you will come back and visit often. Please feel free to comment or contact me with feedback so I can make this a good and useful site.

Until later, sweet p'taters!
Sashi