Posts tagged ‘DIY’

September 19, 2010

DIY sequin tights

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:

June 17, 2009

a blissful space

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.

Handmade Nation

handmade nation

jill bliss in handmade nation

jill bliss in handmade nation

bliss craft studio

bliss craft studio

bliss craft studio

bliss craft studio

bliss organization

bliss organization

bliss work area

bliss work area

bliss desk

bliss desk

May 25, 2009

summer sewin

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.

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phychadelic romper

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fin shirt

dresscloseup

stripey shift

epaulet top

epaulet top

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April 13, 2009

it’s a DIY world

Hey, anyone notice the new DIY (notions) section on urbanoutfitters.com? It’s pretty rad. They’re now selling vintage patches, sequin appliques, buttons and Built by Wendy patterns. The prices aren’t hideous either. All the button sets and sequin appliques are $6, the patches are $12 and the patterns are $15. Because everything is vintage, quantities are exclusive and limited…

April 6, 2009

itching to sew

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…

b&w batik

b&w batik

nani-iro-saaaa-saaa

nani iro saaaa

nani iro fredonner

nani iro fredonner

she is cosmos flower

she is cosmos flower

she is cosmos check

she is cosmos check

marimekko dadel

marimekko dadel

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