It’s been a while since I’ve been online. I completed my juice fast and I have to say that after hitting the 3 day mark I felt like I could go on juicing forever. Sadly though I broke the juice fast somewhere along mid-day 4. I haven’t really been sewing much and just been lazy around the house. Perhaps it’s due to the colder months and just wanting to snuggle on the couch with kitty.
I did get 2 features on the same week which was rather exciting. There was a flannel sewing trend article done by Rachel from SewMamaSew and my scout tee was featured on there! You can take a look at the article here.
Next I was featured on Kollabora’s homepage. My Chanel Hack sweater made it and I was rather ecstatic. Feeling like a seamstress internet sensation for like 10 minutes. I had to screenshot and piece them together in photoshop to have for keepsake.
It took me a while to gather my thoughts to finally create this post. Mostly because I am on day 3 of a juice cleanse and the first two days I wanted to do nothing but sleep and cry. I know many people would stop to think “why would you do this to your body?”
Technically this is how it’s started. I’ve been reading more and more about alternative medicine, and doing cleanses and wacky stuff mostly to heal myself from :
- this weird acne that I experienced: It was actually quite weird. Out of nowhere a few months ago, my face just broke out into acne that I had not had since years ago. My face and chest broke out, and it made me feel really awful about myself. Basically at this age, when acne kicks in it could be a number of factors included hormonal imbalances, your body being sensitive to certain foods you are putting in, or toxins that are expelled a lot faster than your body can manage
- joint pain: Since I can remember, I’ve always had joint pain in my knees and elbows which occasionally extend to my wrists and ankles. Weather upsets it, rain or snow. My mom had taken me to countless of doctors and none could ever figure out what was wrong. Again a few years ago, I went to a rheumatologist who actually performed a sonogram on my knees. He found nothing other than the fact that I had hyperextended joints and that can cause similar symptoms down the line. (still didnt account for wrist or ankle pain)
- fog: pure and simple brain fog
- depression: It’s actually kind of weird but since I was never diagnosed with it as a teenager, I just went about my life thinking that I was just eternally bored with life, and that having a melancholic personality, I was predisposed to being sad most of the time. Funny how people dismiss boredom of life as a symptom of depression Continue reading
Reading other people’s posts about vintage patterns they’ve purchased and wondering who bought them, for what reason, and the story behind them always gets me thinking. However it wasn’t until last night that I experienced this first hand. Continue reading
Checking my inbox today I discovered my Chanel Sweater Hack was showcased on Kollabora. I’d say that’s pretty cool, indeed! Given that I’m getting all this love for it, and I think I blogged it somewhere and then deleted it by mistake I’ll try and do my best to give instructions on how I hacked my sweater (sans explanatory pictures [sorry guys]). Continue reading
Ok, introducing my first informative post. I really hope I can convey my message as clearly as possible as it’s been ages since I’ve tutored. Since moving into a basement apartment my lighting situation has been less than ideal. I’ve resorted to tweaking my lighting situation which I will go into in another post, but most of all doing color correction on my images. Just to help out those who are unfamiliar with Photoshop, I will run through the easiest way to color correct photos and have your sewing garments looking good. Looking real, real good. Continue reading
Last night I decided to dive all in on fixing these pants. I fixed both the waistband and tapered the leg of the pants. I may have tapered to much, but overall I am very happy with them! I used one of my favorite skinny jeans to get a more tapered fit, which I will be fixing on my pattern piece so I can make a few more.
Has anyone ever experienced that? You had a stash of fabric that has been laying there for about a year; you buy some patterns off the Big4 website when they had that sale on the week of your birthday. Inspired to spend the weekend at home to finally get around that utility jacket you really want to sew but don’t want to spend an afternoon cutting out all the pieces, so you get one of the other patterns which happens to be pants. It’s fall and well you need pants! So you say, hey that twill fabric that’s been collecting dust should do the trick. But after piecing everything together it just doesn’t seem right. Something is off. Continue reading
I think when i first started to sew I did so with knits, which according to the internet shouldn’t be the first thing to start sewing with. I particularly find it easier to sew stretch fabrics for some reason. Back then when I didn’t have a serger, yikes! I went on a lycra binge a few months ago, purchasing a lot of different fabrics that black milk uses for their leggings. A few days ago I decided I was going to stop being a lazy bum and sew up a skater dress for myself in the paintsplatter fabric I got me.
So the dress is self-drafted. It’s modeled after a skater dress pattern I had somewhere but couldn’t find. Anyways the other pattern I did own had darts in it, which I thought were unnecessary. So, I did learn one thing about the skater dress. I always wondered where the name came from, and to me I associated skater with skateboarding and thought why on earth? It just doesn’t sound quite right. One of my co-workers was in love with my dress and being made of lycra exclaime, “You look just like a figure skater!” Well duh!, know I fucking get it. Skater as in figure skater, hah! Who knew. I decided to whip out my double needle to mock the coverstitch finish. I was really glad I decided to try it first on a scrap of fabric because I ended up sewing it the wrong way. “You’re supposed to top stitch, idiot” was what I imagined kitty was saying as she was looking at me in disbelief.
Take it away skater dress!
A few months ago, I stumbled upon the Lady Skater dress and wasn’t too particularly interested in it. For some reason it didn’t really appeal to my liking. But somehow over the next few months, it’s been kind of growing on me and I feel like I should take the plunge, order it and work on it over the weekend. hmmm..
WHAT?! Yea you heard right. The awesomest pants pattern is now available for purchase in PDF.
I have been wanting to try out this pattern since first discovering colette patterns, but the thought of buying and waiting and then other stuff that I started working on led me to put this aside. Catching up on the blog I just noticed that Sarai announced it’s PDF debut. Definitely going to try out this bad boy in the upcoming weeks. Preferably after I finally get the balls to stitch up my Archer shirt.