My boyfriend and I were invited to the (we think) biggest private party in Detroit. (Attendance last year was something like 1200 people) The theme this year was Dia de los Muertos so we decided to stick with that. This is what we came up with.
My half-winged half-traditional Mexican dress was started on Friday. The party of course, was Saturday. I sewed it up from scratch (look ma, no pattern) and trimmed it with a bit of rickrack. I then painted fairly simple sugar skulls on (because embroidery was NOT happening, since I got really REALLY sick the day before.) It was ridiculously comfortable to wear and I honestly might bust it out to wear for the hell of it this summer. Its just black cotton broadcloth. I also bought pre-fringed fabric and made a really lazy rebozo with it.
My boyfriend, on the other hand, slept til noon the day of the party, ran out to the vintage shop, and managed to find an amazing ruffled shirt, and the even more amazing western jacket. He also picked up a sombrero (which we hot glued gunned 'dangle balls' onto...together...aren't we precious?) and a belt buckle. My dad's collection of horrifying artifacts from the 80's brought out the ever-awe inspiring bolo tie.
Then we painted faces! Boyfriend got angry halfway through his makeup. I fixed it for him. Andddd thats why I'm the makeup artist, not him. haha. We ended up using plain white grease makeup (and my face is telling me that the packaging did not lie today) and translucent powder for the base, eyeliner, and Kryolan eyeshadows for the very vibrant color.
And now to what everyone really wants to see, the photos:
Oh hey did I mention we are METULZ?
The marigolds were an afterthought (I think they're actually mums, but its alright).
We were a hit at the party. We got our photos taken quite a bit. The party, as expected, was absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately as we were both incredibly ill (and I had been up since 7 am that morning) we left about an hour and a half in. We scared the crap out of people during the drive home.
My brother works at a skate shop and bought this on credit. Without trying it on. It was effectively tiny, so he decided instead of trading it in, he'd cut thumb holes in it and slash the neckline. Obviously this does not work, so I asked him for it and I turned it into this:
I slimmed it up, put new pink cuffs on it, and put some bias tape on the pocket edge. I also split it down the middle and carefully put a zipper in. The image matches still, mostly. I might paint the horns pink, to be silly.
Anyway, I've had my eye on this striped stuff forever. I think it was originally 20 bucks a yard. But I glared at it...and let it know that one day, it would be mine. I bought two yards and basically remade a dress I had borrowed from my sister. Mine is more dressy and I think its good for work or for something shmancy. The front is double faced.
And here is a more casual, cozy dress. Its got poof sleeves! Yay! I was originally going to give it a peter pan collar but it was going too horizontally across the shoulders and I thought it would go more the way of linebacker than adorable.
So with joddito and...the girl that looks lik Kylie Minogue that posts on here a lot...in mind, it got a little foldover collar type deal + grandma's awesome vintage buttons.
The knit I used is hard to capture color-wise. Its such a pretty muted raspberry. And its really soft and thick. Squishy. My favorite.
Oh no! Stick legs. I put on my (matching!!!) grey boots to disguise the stick legs in the next photo.
And as far as the shirt, I found this thermal at Jo Anns (weird, isnt it) for like 7 bones a yard. Never one to turn down skulls and thermal, I got a yard of it and made this:
(iSight photos because my camera ones wouldnt turn out.)
I'm such a dork. The temp drops under 75 and I start fantasizing all the fall clothing items I need to sew.
First up we have a jacket. This jacket wanted so badly to be a hoodie. Its made for a heavy knit and it is super comfy. The hems on the pockets are raw because I am lazy and like the look of raw knit. Its got a bunch of cute details (Like the pleats and the button fabric underneath the collar) that makes it endearing. It also has some mistakes, but I get lazy when sewing for myself. I'll live. Haha.
It looks sloppy right around here. I need to tack some stuff down I think.
And now for the pants/slacks whatever. I left my digicam at the salon so I'm just going to use my iSight. As if it wasn't already hard enough to take photos of pants.
This is me falling off a chair to show you that they are wide-legged!
Soooooo cloooooose to matching the stripes and whatnot. And a good clear shot of the color/plaid pattern.
Indeed. I love fall. I need more jackets, more pants, more scarves, more snuggly things.
Its plain. I know. I dont know what I want to do with it yet.
But here it is! I was at Barnes and Noble yesterday looking for a purse-sized doodle/sketchbook. Moleskine sounded nice. Of course they didnt have what I wanted. So I come home, get on Craftster, and discover that theres a book making section. I see a coptic-stitched journal and fall in love. Promptly look up about five tutorials, make a mental checklist of what I already own...
...And today I get to work. I tore out pages from two different sketchbooks I was currently not using anymore, and cut them to size. I used the back cover of the sketchbooks for the front and back covers of the book, and a little scrap fabric I had left over. I glued it all on, and dug through my super-old box of scrapbooking to find this cute map paper that I used for the inside cover.
However, in the process of punching holes in my covers, I manage to hammer holes into my tile floor of my bedroom with a hammer and an awl. Nothing a rug wont cover, I guess...but silly mistake anyhow.
I think I'll put an elastic band on the book to keep it tidy in my purse, and I'm also thinking about a pocket for the inside cover. However I have a few leftover signatures so I think I'll just move onto book #2. I think I found a new addiction.
I do hair. Naturally when I found the AH fabric with bobby pins, I snatched it up. The whole rest of the bolt, in fact. At least it was on sale.
Anyway, I needed a really big bag. I carry a lot of stuff with me, including ridiculously large brushes, and a big bulky blowdryer. Not a lot of bags work for me, and all the bags they sell at the beauty supply are ridiculous amounts of money and UGLY. Besides, whats the fun in buying something?
So I saw the influx of Weekender bags and adored the shape. They remind me of bowling bags. And they were huge. Naturally, I wanted one. And since I could customize it to my preferences, it was perfect. Not to mention that this was created with stuff I just had laying around. Granted, I could open a small fabric store, but still....
The handles are my only qualm. They're webbing I had laying around to match...but its nylon, and too shiny for my taste. I might go try and find some in cotton. I hate how slippery they are. The bobby pin fabric is actually a giant pocket. They are on both sides.
These photos are terrible. Really terrible. Its 3 AM, but I still cant justify.
Here it is, lookin' like a lump. Its only got a few brushes in the front pocket it so it looks strange and lopsided...not to mention unable to stand on its own. I've only got my makeup kit in there.
Here is the lining and a very sloppy pocket. But the pocket houses my shears, and thats all I needed it for.
Here is a poor action shot, for scale. I am a deer in headlights.