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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / We're clearly soldiers in petticoats, Dauntless crusaders for women's votes! on: November 04, 2014 05:42:01 AM
"Our daughters' daughters will adore us, and they'll sing in grateful chorus, well done, Sister Suffragette!"

i decided i wanted a good old fashioned historically awesome and feminist costume. every year, i give myself a new challenge.  this year, it was a historically accurate blouse, complete with lace inserts.  i used this pattern for the blouse.  (did you know that in the early 1900's, the arm seam and side seam didn't match up! crazy!)  in it's former life, the blouse was a duvet cover.  finding affordable fabric in switzerland is hard; not a 40% off coupon is in sight. 
some of the detail:


the skirt is a trumpet skirt. me and math were friends. yay, math! i cant remember how many gores i wound up with. 

my hat was pilfered from my mother-in-law because of its shape.  i had wanted to dye it, to match the blue of the skirt, but time was an issue.  i used remaining ribbon from my sash and feathers from my wedding ensemble. 

my sash was made from sewing ribbons together.

and then, as luck would have it, the 8th graders at school have been studying the suffragettes.  my friend the history teacher (I'm the English teacher) invited me in and we did a Q and A.  good fun!

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / je suis un champignon magique on: November 04, 2012 02:28:35 PM

one of my students sings "champignon" all the time.  he doesnt sing a song about mushrooms--just the word champignon (i teach English to native french speakers).  he cracks me up.  ive always been drawn to mushrooms and often get teased about photographing them in our romps in the woods.  so this year, i decided to be a mushroom. 
there's no way i can afford fabric here, so i buy sheets at the salvation army for most of my sewing projects.  i can find really nice quality linen sheets sometimes, which is what this dress is made of.  i cut the pieces and, before sewing them, dyed them with coffee along with some lace i bought.  i wanted the ensemble to be uniform in tone but not in shade so i let the pieces soak for different amounts of time.  i made bloomers, a dress (i used the bodice from simplicity 2648), a tiered half circle skirt, a fishtailed half circle overskirt, a sort of ruffly dickie from an old buttondown and a jabot.  plus my mushroom hat.  i learned a lot about sewing hats.  lots of math.  the mushroom gills were made from a tree skirt used to protect our green friends in the swiss winter.  in fact, that was the inspiring bit of the costume.  i walked into the hardware store, saw the tree skirts, and promptly tried one on my head.  much to the horror of one of the shop employees.  underneath it all, i wore a red and white polka dot tulle petticoat i made last summer for our wedding. 

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / i am not your seorita on: November 01, 2011 08:12:04 AM
i find myself missing things from the US, and california in particular.  like taco trucks.  thus, this year for halloween, i decided to pay homage to one of my favourite things: sugar skulls

inspired by a vintage look, i bought a few sheets at the salvation army and started working.  i drafted the patterns, dyed, sewed, added ribbon, and embroidered. 

to fashion the embroidery, i spent time researching traditional mexican embroidery flowers and techniques.  i drew on the design with pencil and had a good time playing with my embroidery thread.  it had been a long time.

the roses were also made with fabric from the salvation army.  i ripped strips, cut a scalloped pattern and then burned it, gathered the straight edge, sewed the layers together, and used my handy glue gun to attach each flower to a hair clip.   

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / bamboo bedroom on: May 29, 2011 07:53:34 AM
my boyfriend and i met in china, so i felt it was appropriate for our bedroom to wink at the middle country.  thus i decided to put some bamboo on our walls.  we cant paint, so i needed to do something that can be easily removed.  lo, contact paper is my friend!

it's a work in progress--got more to do in there, obviously, but it's a start.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / penelope peacock! my knit superhero costume on: April 17, 2011 09:41:13 AM
i went to a comix festival in luzern and could not resist making a costume for myself even though my boyfriend assured me over and over and over that no one in switzerland does that.  well, im not swiss. and he proudly held my hand as i got shocking and/or stern look after shocking/stern look.  

106_9345 by cornie, on Flickr

i made the cape using the Easy Lacey Capelet on ravelry as a basic guide.  the face mask was born after i made my friend a hat for her cat using Sara Thomas's design and saw pure gold.  i improvised the hand mitts

106_9350 by cornie, on Flickr

random tourists photographed me, and i got raised eyebrows and a hubba hubba from some geek inside the show.  i generally enjoyed myself. screw those disapproving stares!

106_9329 by cornie, on Flickr
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / bath pillow on: February 21, 2011 07:33:08 AM
i recently moved into a glorious flat with an even more glorious bathtub.  i'd been sans bathtub for quite some time... 

i decided to make a bath pillow for my partner and i.  he takes long baths, reading and such, and i thought i should make us a present.  i decided to use some bathy ingredients--towels--and some waterproof heroes--fused plastic and duck tape. 

i fused a garbage bag and stuffed it with a folded towel, sewing the whole darn thing closed. 

i took another towel and, after folding it in thirds, sewed it like an envelope pillow cover. 

i cut off the edges of the fused plastic pillow insert and tucked it in to make sure it fit how i liked

next was putting a duck tape edging around the seams. i cut the tape corners to make sure the edging was tip top

flipping the cover flap is a little tight, but i designed it that way for more towel layers o' softness

aaaaaaand, voila!

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / a few philosophers, a children's show, dinosaur, and a sugar skull on: December 10, 2010 12:41:14 PM
(but no partridge in a pear tree)

tshirts for everyone!

12.10.10: holiday gifts by cornie, on Flickr

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / side zip AND pockets in a skirt on: November 14, 2010 01:24:05 PM
there has GOT to be a way to do this that's easier than what i've tried.  and prettier.  and, well, successful. 
9  COOKING / Dessert / pie! in a jar! on: November 14, 2010 02:08:42 AM
my oven is small and wonky.  but i was determined to make pie.  what to do? use a jar!

mosaice3b783fe076e980ee313318cdedeb7a66f6fde5a by cornie, on Flickr

mosaicf63e380058ca97a1020963d3b5aaca1952421270 by cornie, on Flickr

i got my inspiration from here: http://www.ourbestbites.com/2009/09/single-serving-pie-in-jar.html
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / day of the dead quasi altar/my dad's birthday on: November 09, 2010 10:40:15 AM
i think my dad would be amused that for his birthday this year, i didnt take down all of my day of the dead altar but left up the part about him and lit a candle.  i'll dismantle it tomorrow.  my dad was an atheist. more than that, when he was young, my grammie went through a church phase--fire and brimstone protestantism, not catholicism.  but i've always been one for mix and match.  i mean, i have papers from china's tomb sweeping day on my altar too.  寿 can hang out with guadalupe.  it's fine with me. 

106_5404 by cornie, on Flickr

this year i made two sugar skulls--one is paper mache and the other is fabric (to be specific, a tea towel i got at the Armee du Salut).  my friend shawneemonkey inspired me to make the fabric one.  i printed out her pattern for the fabric skull and...

i pinned and sewed

stuffed it with scrap left over from my 
owl costume

slathered it with gesso

drew out my design

and painted it

he's a cute lil fella

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