Monday, October 18, 2010

Bow Bracelet and Crafty Pirate's Horrific Giveaway

I am finding myself fascinated with bows lately. I think I blame Cute and Creepy for that ever since I got that zombie bow that I shared in my last post. hey there are worse things that I could be fascinated with, I guess. I can't think of anything off the top of my head but I know there are worse things out there! ;)

I decided to try my hand at making a bow in a similar fashion as that from Cute and Creepy and I must say, I am pretty please with the result. Here is my first attempt:

I work full-time in the office of a large corproation and, admittedly, push the envelope as far work-appropriateness of my attire. I feel that a funky hair bow may push things over the edge just a little so figured a bow bracelet would be kind of cool yet not at eye level for the business class. :) Plus, I am a bracelet whore so that also makes it a little more fitting.

I made the bow out of a spider web bandana I got on clearance last year. I attached it to a piece of black elastic cut the size of my wrist and then overlapped 1/2" inch to make it fit snuggly. The button/badge/pin is from (Click here for the Skull-A-Day shop.) I am *REALLY* happy with how this bracelet turned out and will likely make a few more with other pins that I have in my collection. :) Plus, what a great way to use scraps!

If anyone would like a tutorial on this, I can certainly make one.

Also, for 2 more days, Thera the Crafty Pirate is having an uber-awesome giveaway of horrific stuff! Just click on the picture below for details!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Cute and Creepy

I know I've not been posting much over the last few months but I haven't really been sewing as I've been more in painting mode and lazy mode. (*giggle*) I have still been following a few blogs* which are keeping my interest in refashioning going and I suspect the sewing bug will bite me again pretty soon.

In the meantime, though, I have found an Etsy site that makes me giggle with delight every time I look at my purchases: Cute and Creepy, Inc.

I Love Zombies button - 1"

I Give You My Heart pin

Zombie Girls, Girls, Girls Hair Clip

I can definitely see bouncing by her shop multiple times and placing orders. At some point, I may even buy something for someone else!

* A couple of my new favorite blogs that I visit almost daily are Max California, Crafty Pirate, and most recently The Secret Life of a Retail Assistant. I love the style all three of these lovely ladies have and they've all inspired me in one way or another! In fact, I found the items above thanks to Thera, the Crafty Pirate!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Skullified Shoes

I don't know why but black shoes with white soles have always bugged me which is why I am not sure why I bought a pair of black fake-Vans for about $10. (Do people really pay over $40 for a pair of black slip-on sneakers just for the name?) I finally decided I needed to do something with them, though, so used a regular white paint pen and skullied these up into something I actually will wear. :)

I just free-handed my design so they are not exactly the same. I like the effect, though, because it shows that these are not a store-bought design.


Top detail

Inside part of shoe

Outside part of shoe


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Dia de Los Muertos Sundress

Because, you know, nothing says "sunshine" like celebrating the dead. :) I made this sundress from scratch without a pattern and actually pretty pleased with the way it turned it out. (And look at how long my hair is! I am getting it cut and colored tonight, thank goodness!)

For the bottom, I sewed 2 panels together at 44" long at and did a double-fold 1" hem. I just used the width of the fabric since I am a big girl and the dimensions are perfect to be loose around my caboose.

For the top, I cut a piece that was 10" long and the width of the fabric. This was my first attempt at shirring/smocking and I was surprised at how easy it actually was! The "toughest" part was winding the bobbins with elastic thread and that was really just time consuming. When I was finished hemming the top of the panel and did the shirring, the panel was 9" long x 26" wide. The back panel is just solid and is 9" x 22". I sewed a couple of straps on the top to roughly cover my bra straps. I am sure that some will notice that the lines in my shirring are not even but I actually did this on purpose since I like the look of a few lines that are closer together mixed throughout the smocking.

I rarely bare my upper arms in public so made the black shrug out of an old black t-shirt by cutting it off just above my natural waist line. I cut about halfway up the center and then cut an upside-down teardrop shape to open the neckline and remove the collar. I put it on and just tied the 2 corners together.

In the top picture, you can see the black patch pocket I added. I used a piece of the t-shirt I had left over from making the shrug but forgot that I tend to carry a lot in my pockets so need to replace it with a pocket that doesn't stretch.

Again, I do have other projects that I have made since the last post but really need to get pictures of them. I happened to wear this to work today so took pictures of it here. This is another of those items I've made that makes me feel girly. :)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Every Rose Has Its Skull

I've been making stuff... I swear! I just need to take pictures of everything. :) This was a recent project that I happened to be wearing to work today so I was able to get some okay pics in the restroom.

It was so unbelievably simple, I feel almost feel guilty. Almost. Well, almost almost. Okay, not really.

The top part of the skirt is actually the leftover bottom from a black jersey skirt I cut up to make another skirt (that I still need to gets photographs of). Because I have a lot of junk in the back of my wagon, most skirts tend to be longer in the front than the back so I usually make my skirts about 3" longer in the back. I had cut that basic shape off the top of the waist band of this jersey skirt for the other project so I just flipped the bottom part upside down and turned it around so the hem would act as the waistband and the cut side would fall into the right shape.

I made a small snip inside the skirt in the hem and used the existing hem as the casing tube for the elastic waist.

The skull and roses fabric was from my stash and I had just enough to create a big tube that I gathered and sewed to the bottom after adding a 1" hem. I often don't waste time measuring things so I really lucked out that all the pieces were exactly the right length.

Here are a couple more pics showing the skirt a bit more close up:

Overall, I am really happy with the way this has turned out. In fact today is the 2nd time I've worn it since making it 10 days ago. :)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Taking a bite out of Prom

I can't believe almost 4 months has lapsed since my last post. I could give you a bunch of excuses but it really just comes down to 2 things: life and laziness. :) When I wasn't busy or sick, I just simply did not feel like making anything. No sewing, no drawing, no painting, no crafts of any kind.

I did make something last month, though it's not very exciting. It's just a top I made to wear to Kinky Prom here in Atlanta.

It's just the top of a dress that never fit me right and the bottom of another thrifted dress sewn together to make an empire waisted top. (And yes, my date was a man dressed like a woman. *grin*)

I was so happy with the way my hair and make-up turned out that night and the fangs just added to the effect, I think. The hairfalls were made by a friend of mine which she put on a crocheted headband that I could tie around my head. That is the only thing I don't like about having a short hair: I can't wear pig tails when the mood strikes me. Except now I can. :) I sewed the crocheted headband onto a plastic one and cut off the ends so it wasn't as obvious that these were not attached to my real hair.

Oh! The collar! I made that, too! It was a belt that I got at the Goodwill which I cut down to be 3 inches longer than my neck. I removed the studs from the end and added the necessary hole for buckling it. In order to protect the end I cut, I covered it with hot pink nailpolish which matched exactly!

I signed up a 6-month pledge at Wardrobe Refashion. I must have been feverish at the time. LOL Hopefully this will force me to sew a little more. :) Especially since it means no NEW clothes for me for 6 months, just thrifted and things I make. I can do it, though. An dI know it will save me money in the long run.

I am also going to an adult camping event called Duckstock the Party in June where I will be presenting a class called "Frugal Fetish reFashioning." I have some pretty fun ideas for this!