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atelierangel:

I’ve been a crafting maniac! Just finished this crazy cat lady purse made out of cat tapestry in the shape of cat. It’s fully lined and has a double zipper top. Roomy enough to fit at least 4-5 kittens.  

The flowers are handmade from scratch with 100% silk fabrics. I’ve been playing with these new millinery flower making tools. I layered different fabrics for a watercolor feel.

The rose cardigan clips will be worn this weekend with the purse. So exciting! 

Can’t wait to wear these things out. 

oh my god THAT PURSE

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halloween outfit for work!

dress by me, batwing collar by lily of the valley designs, boots are docs and sweet freakin glasses are from michael’s last year

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Les Arts Plastiques Modernes Limited Edition, illustration by none other than Leonor Fini. I need this for my craft room, obvs. [Via Pinterest]

Les Arts Plastiques Modernes Limited Edition, illustration by none other than Leonor Fini. I need this for my craft room, obvs. [Via Pinterest]

giving the Cambie Dress (Sewaholic 1202) another go! i got a ton of this adorable ladybug print fabric from a friend of mine as a going away present when i moved out of North Carolina, just about a year ago. i finally found just the right pattern and the time to use it!
as you can see the bodice is almost finished, i’m just leaving the sleeves pinned for now so that i can more easily adjust the fit once i’ve got the skirt sewn on. i think i fixed my fit problems from last time by sewing the sleeve seams at 6/8” and the side seam at 3/8”. but i’m never able to tell for sure until i have the skirt on and the zipper in and everything’s falling the way it should.
i cut the skirt to have 4 rows of pintucks and a big line of cluny lace down the middle, but i think that’ll push the dress into Too Fancy territory and make it difficult for me to wear often. instead i’ll do the lace along the hem aaaaand big heart-shaped pockets on the front. still plenty sweet with fun lolita details, not too cutesy for regular wear. i hope, anyway!

giving the Cambie Dress (Sewaholic 1202) another go! i got a ton of this adorable ladybug print fabric from a friend of mine as a going away present when i moved out of North Carolina, just about a year ago. i finally found just the right pattern and the time to use it!

as you can see the bodice is almost finished, i’m just leaving the sleeves pinned for now so that i can more easily adjust the fit once i’ve got the skirt sewn on. i think i fixed my fit problems from last time by sewing the sleeve seams at 6/8” and the side seam at 3/8”. but i’m never able to tell for sure until i have the skirt on and the zipper in and everything’s falling the way it should.

i cut the skirt to have 4 rows of pintucks and a big line of cluny lace down the middle, but i think that’ll push the dress into Too Fancy territory and make it difficult for me to wear often. instead i’ll do the lace along the hem aaaaand big heart-shaped pockets on the front. still plenty sweet with fun lolita details, not too cutesy for regular wear. i hope, anyway!

grocery store crown dress test run report

i couldn’t walk more than like 10 feet without someone gushing at me how much they loved my dress, lmao. I GUESS IT’S A SUCCESS!

crown dress complete! 

i went for lace around the neckline rather than at the tier seams, a decision i am mostly happy with. i wanted this to be sweet and classic but not TOO sweet, and obviously lolita but easy to dress down, and i think i only kind of managed. it’s definitely not an everyday dress, but that’s okay.

this pattern seemed like it was going to fit perfectly straight out of the envelope, but it didn’t quite—i had to shorten the sleeves, add extra darts in the bust, and add ~1” side panels to the side so i had room for the zipper. this was a particularly harrowing fix because literally the only fabric i had leftover after cutting was from a pocket i ended up not using. THEN i had to dart said side panel so it didn’t gape. lots of fit problems that could have been solved if i’d just used less seam allowance on the other bodice side seam, but hey, good to know for next time. and there will be a next time, possibly starting tonight! i have some ladybug fabric i’m itching to cut into that would be perfect with this pattern.

the neckline is a little loose but i think it’ll be fine. i’m going to wear it to walk to the grocery store for dinner ingredients and see how it fits in action!

More crown dress progress pix! In the first pic I’ve assembled and hemmed the bottom skirt tier and sewn down my lace, in the second I’ve assembled my top skirt tier and I’m starting to gather the bottom to it. I can finish the skirt today for sure, then work on the bodice tomorrow!

another dress in progress! i’m doing sewaholic patterns 1202, the cambie dress view B, modified to have a two-tier ruffled skirt and a side zip. 
a few months ago i cut the pattern pieces & lining to test for fit, and it all seemed to go right straight from the package. i’m really excited about this! i finally picked it back up tonight. i got all my pieces cut and darts & skirt side seams & pockets pinned. i also measured and cut the lace to trim the hem, but i haven’t decided which lace to use along the skirt tier seam. 
this is some adorable crown print cotton that David got for me over the summer. it’s great to finally have a chance to use it! the black and white print and the chunky white cluny lace give the materials a really nice old-school lolita feel, but i’m hoping the cut and my use of the trim will result in a more modern look.

another dress in progress! i’m doing sewaholic patterns 1202, the cambie dress view B, modified to have a two-tier ruffled skirt and a side zip. 

a few months ago i cut the pattern pieces & lining to test for fit, and it all seemed to go right straight from the package. i’m really excited about this! i finally picked it back up tonight. i got all my pieces cut and darts & skirt side seams & pockets pinned. i also measured and cut the lace to trim the hem, but i haven’t decided which lace to use along the skirt tier seam. 

this is some adorable crown print cotton that David got for me over the summer. it’s great to finally have a chance to use it! the black and white print and the chunky white cluny lace give the materials a really nice old-school lolita feel, but i’m hoping the cut and my use of the trim will result in a more modern look.

a finished dress means it’s time to play dress-up!! two lolita coordinates and one “casual” outfit.

left: ship’s librarian is totally a thing, right? i wanted to use the ribbon on the hem to give the dress a bit of an optional nautical feel that i could play up or down, and it looks pretty dang great with the sailor collar i made, an old bow from bodyline, and anchor socks. 

center: classic non-sailor lolita coordinate with sparkly gold blouse to pick up gold accents, brown flower socks that i am trying to show off and failing, and rad sequin cat purse. this looked great irl but now i am not liking it so much, in part bc the colors don’t quite work in these pics. the cat purse still owns tho.

right: i kept the petti because i liked the shape it gave the dress, just toned down the accessories and broke out the sweet 60s orange plastic necklace i scored at the flea market this weekend.

zipper installed and dress is done! also did a bit of fit troubleshooting. i hated the bodice when i was done, lots of buckling at the top and gaping at the sides. that’s what you’re seeing in the top left.

at the top right i’ve added darts along the bodice front side seams, which has largely fixed the fit problems and would probably look even better if i weren’t too lazy to iron. i’ve also stuck a gold star applique over the botched ribbon turn—i need to pick up another so i can sew one on each side and call it a success. as it is, i am calling it done for now.

bottom center pic is the front and back bodice so you can see the pretty v-back, which is my favorite cut. :)

bodice darts altered for fit, skirt attached and lining sewn down, just the zipper left to go! the ribbon along the neckline is very even irl, this pic just makes it look warped. thinking about ways to fix that dang strap problem, maybe adding a little black lace along the inside edge? 

bodice darts altered for fit, skirt attached and lining sewn down, just the zipper left to go! the ribbon along the neckline is very even irl, this pic just makes it look warped. thinking about ways to fix that dang strap problem, maybe adding a little black lace along the inside edge? 

i haven’t sewn any new dresses in a while! so here’s a half finished project.

i found this awesome library fabric a few weeks back when i accidentally stumbled upon a great fabric store near my neighborhood. i was super excited to see it, it’s the same fabric i was admiring on The Snow Field’s Librarian series. i was just thinking i wanted another easy to wear dress with fun elements that you can dress up to make it loliable or dress down to make it more normal looking, and this print with its fancy gold accents is perfect. i got 3 yards and over the last 2 days i’ve turned it into this: a slightly awkward bodice and 3.5 yards of skirt, both trimmed with black grosgrain ribbon.

it’s been a while and i’m a little rusty, so i am relearning very basic lessons: always take the time to do a thing properly or look up how to do it, or it comes out slightly weird. example: bodice cut (lazily altered sweetheart neckline to square and the angled straps look weird now), ribbon along the neckline at the right corner (didn’t bother to figure out how to more gracefully transition angles, slipped during sewing and now looks bad) but it’s good enough. easy enough to cover my ribbon mistake with a button or little bow and my straps with a cardigan. 

remaining steps: gather skirt to bodice and sew down lining, insert zipper!

hello sewing, my old friend. life has been real dark and shitty recently, so i finally decided to take David’s advice and sew something. 

i drafted this pattern after a camisole i LOVE by Mary Green. my favorite thing about the camisole is the lace down the center—it’s actually two pieces of scalloped edge lace sewn together, and the fabric of the camisole has been cut away behind it. i also really like the darts. i managed to finish my own version of it in about 3 hours. it’s really very simple, the only annoying/picky part is laying & pinning the lace. i did a test run with some old goofy ~~~punk~~~ jersey from joann’s that’s been sitting in my stash for ages.

in the first pic i’ve cut my pattern pieces, sewn my darts, and i’m pinning the lace down the center, only to realize i need to sew my two pieces of lace together first and then sew them to the camisole. so i hauled it all off again.

i tacked the center lace pieces together with a bit of glue, then pinned and sewed them, and pinned the whole lace inlay down again, sewed it to the camisole fabric, then cut the fabric away. it worked real well! in the second pic i’ve done all that and i’m starting to piece the top and bottom lace.

the third picture is all done! the back panel is a big rectangle with a piece of elastic sewn down the center for fit, so that was pretty easy to throw together. the front was simple enough, just a bit picky. the final fit is pretty good! it’s a bit tighter than i’d anticipated at the waist, but that’s likely because i didn’t include enough room for the darts. next time i’ll add extra seam allowance & an extra 1” to the bottom.

now to make the matching panties! actually, now to shower and hurry to work. hurray!

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several shots of me from my second annual fancy dress party! i’m in the kitchen here. i’m wearing my new years dress with the necklace i bought to go with it and a lot of makeup. i’m also wearing heels for the first time in about 9 months! also you can check out my sweet pseudo-pompadour.

the chic young man with me is my buddy Nick (not the gent I am dating who I post about). we are both fancy and silly in equal measure. other items of note: frida poster, hot pink rainboots, pbr case, brazilian flag.

kittyvontrubble:

aaaaa a striped version WITH LACE!!!

SPEAKING OF FABRIC i just paid the shipping for three yards of this. :3

kittyvontrubble:

aaaaa a striped version WITH LACE!!!

SPEAKING OF FABRIC i just paid the shipping for three yards of this. :3

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