the yarn store is called Purl and its on 137 Sullivan Street, New York NY. i don't know anything about knitting but i've been there a few times with my friend and it's absolutely adorable. Great, great selection and staff.
It's sister store is called Purl Patchwork and it's located down the block at 147 Sullivan. It's teensy and adorable and a great place to drop by if you want some fabric but feel overwhelmed by the Garment/Fashion District, as i often do. It's mostly for quilters though, so there's no tweed or houndstooth, etc.
Yesterday i went thrifting and got a few shirts. Today New York got whalloped with 26 inches of snow. i guess boredome certainly does breed creativity. both shirts were HUGE, as in ginormous and blanket-like but totally worth $2. now,
excuse the hair, and the blank expression.
the original shirt was so big that the text got kinda squished into the side when i resized it. it reads "to do is to be, to be is to do, do be do be do"
i was originally planning on making a striped neckline also, but after a whole day of sewing i got sick of it. i think it looks fine though. and i added some elastic to the bottom band. i know the sleeves look a bit wonky, but it was my first time ever making sleeves, and even with a tutorial it still took me forever to figure it out. I'm planning on giving it to a friend though, so hopefully she won't care/notice. thanks for looking, comments/criticisms appreciated.
it's actually for my friend, as a late Christmas/birthday present. She's making me a scarf, so i figured an UrbanOutfitterrs gift card just isn't going to cut it this year. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out, given my complete inability to draw/cut/sew straight lines.
those are just chopsticks and pencils in the pockets, and the curved pockets on the bottom are for circular needles. don't mind that anorexically crooked pocket over on the right. . i don't know how that happened.
It's not completely finished yet, i still have to get my mom to sew the little hole on the side closed (from when i turned it inside out), and sew in some cord to tie it. but this is basically what it looks like folded up with all the needles/chopsticks in it
close up of the inside/pocket fabric.
closeup of the outside fabric (looks way better in person). they were both just too adorable to resist! i was going for some cutesy Japanese-style fabric, with a modern design.
yeah, hopefully my friend will like it. thanks for looking, comments/criticism are appreciated
all right, so i was bored one day (this is going to be a great story, i can tell) and decided to do something with one of the huge AC Moore shirts i had laying around. I resized it from an Adult Small to a Youth Medium, made the sleeves too tight as usual, and oh-so-subtly jazzed it up with a super simple stencil.
i know, it's a terrible pic. Hopefully you guys can tell, it says "Interpol" along the side (best band ever!) it was so fast and easy, literally took about 5 minutes to cut out. and the L isn't really cut off, it's just the picture.
so yeah, i'm a major bag whore. 'nuff said. these are a few bags i've made:
i sewed green ribbon onto the straps, but they're all wrinkly and stuff. don't mind my shoelace/ribbon/belt collection and i don't know why it's all crumpled on the bottom. . you get the idea, though
close-up of the fabric. as soon as i saw it, i knew it was just calling out to me!
another tote, basically exactly the same as the yellow one, but with different fabric. both of these are just the most basic, simplest tote bags possible- no pockets, no zippers, just 2 pieces of fabric sewn together. they are lined though
close-up of the fabric and design. i like dots, obviously.
this is my newest creation, fresh off the sewing machine, using this fabulous tutorial- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=52143.0 (THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE WONDERFUL TUTORIAL, MI_COCOO! <333) it's not that difficult, but definitely the most complicated bag i've made so far, and i love it! i made some mistakes, like not hemming certain places, and i don't really like how i attached the straps, but there's always next time. i want to try to add a zipper closure also, but zippers kind of intimidate me.
close-up of the fabric. it's so sunny and cheerful, it totally brightens my day! (well, that and all the compliments. . )
the lining and pocket i added. i only had scraps left, so i had to piece them together in a envelope-y sort of way. but hey, a pocket's still a pocket.
ok yeah, enough of this picture overdose. questions, comments, criticisms always appreciated. thanks for looking
i've been stenciling for a while and lurking around here even longer, but i only recently got around to joining. that having been said, please be gentle!
this is a christmas present for a friend; i'm broke this year so instead of buying people stuff, i'm spending all my money on shirts and paint.
this is on the back of a hoodie, i got impatient and took the freezer paper off too soon so it bled really bad. i'm terrible at cutting words so i thought this font would be easier since there are no islands, but it still came out pretty bad. i'm thinking about covering it up with a patch, or maybe just cleaning it up a bit with a brown sharpie. it reads "like a skull shaped balloon, i believe in us", in case you couldn't tell. The Blood Brothers=Love
harry and the potters! i got inspired after seeing them perform at the NYC public library, so i just enlarged their flyer and started cutting. it would've been perfect, except for that little smudge next to the guitar. oh well.
Death From Abover 1979. i know it looks kind of weird because i cut out the white part instead of the black, so i guess it's an inverted stencil or something. I'm making this for my friend also, but pink on black so hopefully hers will look better. and also, i realize that the stencil is completely off kilter and the paint is uneven. whatever, it adds character.
my first attempt; i did it on an old shirt, but since it came out halfway decent i sewed it onto some black fabric and made a bag out of it.
oh, Conor. *sigh* this one's uneven also, but i kinda like it.
Belle&Sebastian. Not the best picture, i know. The only problem with this shirt is that people are always staring at my chest, trying to figure out what it says, or if it's in english, or if it's in code or something.
i have a couple of questions also: 1. how do you guys get your lines so dang clean?! i use regular freezer paper and sponge brushes and acrylic paint+fabric medium, but mine never seem to come as clean as i would like.
2. I'm making a shirt of a white bird on a light blue background, but i want to outline the bird in black. Is there any way to outline it using stencils, or would i just have to use fabric markers? sorry if this is a stupid question, i just wanted to know before i go paint shopping
sorry about blabbing so much, and thanks for looking!