Here are a few quick pics of my DIY sequin tights. As I mentioned before, my inspiration came from these. As you can see, photos are not easy for me to take of myself… but you get the idea. I’m feeling now that maybe my tights need MORE sequins? So here’s my work in progress:
My friend, Jill Bliss, whom I posted about before, was recently featured in a fantastic book project called Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft and Design. The piece on Jill features gorgeous photographs of her Portland living space and meticulously organized craft studio. Not only is her art and product inspiring but her entire home environment is to swoon for.
I went through a sewing phase last month and made a few summer pieces for myself. I still don’t have a new digi camera and only just used moseyman’s old camera phone so I apologize for the extremely crappy pics. The first getup is a romper I sewed together using way too many scraps of an old psychedelic thrift dress. This was definitely an experiment and I may try it again knowing what I know now. The next is my yellow “fin shirt.” I knew I wanted something light with an awesome exposed zipper so I found this cute, yellow, bargain bin fabric at the market and bought a contrasting peachy-pink zipper with brass teeth from an old, dusty notions vendor. I only decided to sew “fins” (vague ruffles) along the side seams after I had already sewn the thing together. Seam ripping was worth it though, it’s a fun one to wear. The green dress was actually the first one I made from this group. I was craving something new, bright and easy to throw on at the time. This was a quickie but I like it. The last top is a bit of a mess. It looked cool at first finish with the “epaulets” but it’s not surviving washes very well because I’m too lazy to finish the inside guts. Anyway, as a whole, I’m fairly pleased with my new mini collection for myself and will probably continue to experiment a little more with zippers and whatnot.
Although their prices can somewhat defeat the purpose of DIY, Reprodepot.com offer a great range of high quality fabrics. Known textile designers such as 50’s fabulous fabric guru, Marimekko, and modern midwest artist, Amy Butler are regularly featured on the site. The stock is changed fairly often so if you take a peek every few weeks, you’ll most likely find some new goodies each time. My favorite part is the abstract and geometric section. I could imagine making some sweet couch pillows or maybe tote bags with most of the fabric there. Um, I also discovered that they can make great profile background images…