Well they are, but not for days on end. But I have a dilema. I'm not fond of all the modern posters that just....exist. They're too mainstream for my hipster tastes. Or something. Also, I happened to have a whole weekend free from just about everything. So, I made my first poster. It's the size of a posterboard. Obviously.
I copied the design free-hand from a picture I found somewhere on the internet. It's my favorite. I sort-of copied the color ideas from somebody who colored in the same picture I found. That one was done in watercolors though, and I'm fond of pencils myself. It's a bit of Picasso, especially by the chair, because I can't draw straight lines. But I'm fond of it, since it was my first larger-than-an-8-by-11 drawing.
But I still had bald walls. So a snow-storm was so kind to swing by and close down town so I could have some free time to make another poster.
Again, inspired from a picture somewhere on the internet. Folks, if it's your picture I have, you're fabulous. Anyways. This one is painted with random acrylic paints I had. I only had red, white, and black, so I tried to find a picture that used few colors. I wanted to do a different one, and still might (but it's more of a crayons or water-color sort of thing, not colored pencils or acrylic paint), but this one was fabulous enough. And I like it lots. Antipodean means "direct opposite of something" or so my dictionary says. It also means "of New Zealand or Australia." I had to look it up, even though I watched the movie. ._.
So there you are. I made posters. No more bald walls.
A long long time ago, I started to make a dress out of a lovely dark blue bridal satin. Alas, the dress was too short when I finished it (tall people problems, sigh), so the dress was set aside. A while later, I saw the dress again, and decided I wanted a blazer. I don't wear blazers though, and I don't own any, and I don't know how to do buttonholes on a machine. Also, my by-hand buttonholes aren't...acceptable yet. But I had this pattern in my good ol' stache, and so I pulled it out. My finished project is view D, but with B's sleeves. Yay puffed sleeves, eh?
Oh, and in case any of you were wondering, I consider myself an intermediate seamstress. Meaning, I can follow directions and make stuff that fits, but only for myself. I haven't tried making stuff for other people. But I do have to do a small amount of modifying stuff, due to myself being a bit different than the "norm."
Ta Da! Overall, I like it lots. Butterick and I have always been good friends. Also, it was pretty true-to-fit, unlike other patterns I've used (being for skirts and corsets and such), where they come out being a good inch or so too large. I did add an extra inch to the torso, and it's barely long enough, but that's my own fault, and not the pattern's.
I did change some stuff. I added a lining to the inside of the blazer, because I thought it needed lining. Fancy stuff has lining. Also, it keeps the ugly seams from fraying and all that stuff. The lining pattern was just pretty much the whole pattern, minus the sleeves and the collar/lapel. I built the blouse, added the sleeves, built the lining, and then sewed the lining the the blouse, leaving the bottom, armholes, and shoulder seams unsewn. I whipstitched the lining to the armholes, and I invisible-stitched the shoulders together by hand.
Also I added four small buttons instead of three larger ones (you can't see the fourth, but 'tis there). This was due to the fact that I wanted my buttons to match the garment, so I used some fabric-covered buttons, which happened to be tiny. I like the way it looks though. I modified the pocket a tiny bit too, see? There's a bit of a nick off the corner. That happened to one pocket accidentally, so I did it to the other. I like it better than two cookie-cutter pockets though, the nick in the front makes me feel like they're more...real or something. Which they aren't. They're fake. Fake pockets, folks, fake pockets.
To hem the bottom, I whipstitched the outer garment to the lining instead of doing what the pattern said, and narrow-hemming it. I don't like seams to show on my fancy garments. It looks much crisper in real life, not quite so squishy. But golly, it was a lot of hand-stitching. See those tiny stitches? That's a good hour's work right there, since I'm a slowpoke.
So I'm not sure if this is a "real" pattern review, since I modified tiny bits of it, but oh well. I liked the pattern, and it was fabulous, since I had no experience making blazers or anything with buttons, really. I'm used to zippers, elastic, and lacing. But I decided it was time I learn how to make buttonholes, and so an hour and a half of scrap-fabric practice, I have a finished and wearable blazer with identical and symmetrical buttonholes. Woo!
-edit- Forgot to add, I didn't do the stitching along the outside of the garment, like the directions said. I don't like the way that looks. But. Other than that, and all the little stuff I changed, the pattern was great. It really did lend itself to small tweaks, like all fabulous patterns should, I think. That way, we can have individuality among garments, even if we all use the same pattern.
But I didn't make them super fancy, because I don't like super fancy things. And also, no tutorial yet, but I'll make one next time I get a shirt to refashion. I wanted to practice a bit and perfect some skills (particularly the sleeves, blarg) before I posted a tutorial. That way I'll be less confusing. Meanwhile, here, have some...inspiration or some-such.
After many (or two) failed attempts, my first ever successful refashion of a shirt. It was super-difficult, and took me about three hours. There's a bit of a pucker under the armpit, but due to the lovely fabric pattern, it can't be seen unless you know where to look.
Second attempt, and one of my favorites because the colors. I figured out if you attach the top and sides of the sleeves before you sew the underside/seam, they go on smoother. That way you can just sew up the side of the shirt, and onto the sleeve in one smooth motion, thereby eliminating puckers.
Third attempt. This shirt had longer sleeves, and I kinda wanted to keep them. So I did this fancy thing.
Fancy button-cuffs. I've since learned a better way to do this that doesn't...fray so quickly. But first attempt at ever doing anything longer than a short sleeve, and I like it.
I also added darts to see what they'd do, and to make this a bit more fitted. But I hated the way they looked on the front of the blouse, so I covered them with mini-pockets. See? Mini-pocket covering up dart. The darts were straight and even and in the right place, and such, I just don't like the way they look.
Fourth attempt, I tried to make it a bit longer, and a bit looser. No darts. No pockets. Now that I'm a "pro" at this plain-shirt-to-plain-shirt, I'll make up a tutorial for you all when I get a new shirt.
So I was bored, rambling through the interwebs. And then I fell upon This tutorial. It's not mine, but it's fabulous. She even has a tutorial on how to make Clay eyes so he looks more real. <3 Anyways. I don't have a machine, but I have much spare time, so I made him entirely by hand. It only would have taken two weeks or so, on and off, but I accidentally forgot him on campus over Winter Break, so it took a little over a month. Also, phone pics. I have no camera. ._.
Here is his lovely self, sitting all comfy. He's a little longer than my arm, so maybe....eighteen inches long?
Upside down! Look at his lovely foots. <3
His wingspan, also around eighteen (maybe closer to seventeen) inches long.
Closeup on wing detail. By hand, folks. Ah, the patience....
And his eye. Made from polymer clay, cooked on an upside down muffin tin, since I have no cookie sheet. I covered it with a ton of modgepodge. That stuff is lovely, I use it all the time.
So there you have it. Toothless. Made from some fake-lizard-leather fabric from Hobby Lobby. I was originally going to make him from a more snuggly fabric, but I liked this one when I saw it. And he's technically not snuggly, he's still a wild animal, with both tail fins. I couldn't make him with one. ._.
tinybits-- Without the proper "underpinnings," our modern selves aren't the right shape. The dress would look weird. So the chemise and pantaloons and all are part of the ballgown. By my standards. XD
Aislynn-- Oh, so many patterns. And they were all out-of-prints (except the actual ball gown) from various internet sources. For chemise, pantaloons, and hoopskirt I used Mcalls 3609. For my corset and petticoat I used Simplicity 5726 (Don't use Simplicity for corsets. They're too big. By a lot). For the actual gown, the bodice was Pastpatterns 704, and the skirt was Truly Victorian TV240. I drew on a page what I wanted, and then found patterns to make it work. I should have started smaller. And thanks.
So I've been working on this for a good two years now, and I've finally finished. I was definitely not ready to start it when I did, I didn't even know how to attach piping (and I had to make it), nor did I know how to fit things properly. Also I couldn't sew a straight line. But I started, and finished. Woo! And here, have pictures. You can't see my face, shh. I'll use my mannequin later, so it looks...better. But right now my mannequin has been corseted so long it's almost disfigured, so I'm letting it breathe.
Just so you all can see it in the thumbnail, as per kindly suggestions from kindly folks.
The Chemise and Pantaloons. Very billowy. And Plain. I didn't take the effort to trim the chemise, because I need to make a new one anyways. Mine isn't an Evening Chemise, so it's too high up on my neck, and shows above the top of my gown. But hey, I learned how to gather with this. Or rather, I perfected it.
The Pantaloons have trim. Pink bows. <3 But scandalous, I'm showing ankles! :O
The Corset. It's a cotton one, so it's not very strong. I've no desire to suffocate myself, and the weaker fabric encourages me not to cinch it too tightly. Also, I ran out of time, and I'm going to make a new one later. A longer one. Longer corsets are aways better.
Another Corset shot. They're Slimming.
The Hoops. I made them, I didn't order them. So much straight-line-boning stitching, oof. But they're lovely. I wanted huge ones, they have a little over a 200" circumference. Can't get them that swoopy on the internet.
The Petticoat. I gathered those two ruffles by hand. So much ruffling. But I wanted to be sure the bones of the hoop didn't show through the skirt of the ballgown. I'm not a lampshade.
Finally! The Ballgown! Again! It's got a bit of psychedelic wall in the corner, ignore that. It took me three attempts to make that bodice, since I had no idea what I was doing. First time, my stitched lines weren't straight. Second time, the bodice point in front was crooked. This time, it's close enough. Also, I can't lift my arms. I don't know how they danced.
Sleeve detail, just because. Altogether, the whole thing with underpinnings weighs a little over ten pounds. So heavy. But I love it.