so that I can make things like this!
Both items can be found on Etsy, by the way.
I’ve gotten back to sewing. It felt so good working with fabric in a different way. A non intricate way. And breaking out the sewing machine was delightful. On the other hand, when I blew off the fine layer of dust that had accumulated, I’ll admit, I was a bit ashamed. Had it really been so long since I’d sewn? Nah, can’t have been. I sewed up a new tote just last….
Well, nevermind that. It was time to start that little engine up again. So, I’m sewing. (Gosh, I’ve gotten slow!) This is looking to be the best tote I’ve made in a while. My color coordination is getting better. And I’ve found a great new interfacing. Everything’s working well and in good time I’m almost through. Then something starts bothering me. There’s this nagging feeling that I’m forgetting something.
Oh well. Moving on. Stitch, stitch, stitch. I’m through! And realize that the tote won’t close. (HUH?) There’s no clasp. And the bag is completely sewn.
&#$%@#! My seam ripper and I got to know each other intimately for the next half an hour.
The moral of this story: Never let your skills get rusty, and if they do, apply oil first.
This week’s featured seller produces items for a clientele that I’ve just been reluctantly joyously become part of. I was very skeptical of the lolita fashions that have become popular with the anime crowd (which I am part of) but little by little I learned more of it and finally fell in love with the fashion. Most importantly “waloli” which combines lolita inspired dresses with Japanese kimonos and this seamstress is most accomplished with this style.
So with out further ado, I present Sky Creation!
Under this label she creates absolutely beautiful dress of various styles: waloli, sweet babydoll dresses, and even custom kimonos and yukatas. The waloli-like dresses are my absolute favorites. They have the traditional long kimono sleeves but have had a contrasting ruffle added to them.
I love the fact that the obi ties in front in a bow. All of these accents give it a very romantic and feminine feel. Not that a kimono isn’t fiminine!! I just like ruffles! ^_^
Now I do like lady-like things, but girly things usually turn me off. Miss Sky has seriously changed my mind with her adorable babydoll and jumper dresses. Gosh! What else can I say? They are seriously the cutest I’ve ever seen. You must buy one right now!
Finally not only does she have dresses but she makes hoodies, scarves, pajamas, hoodie scarves, and even bikinis!
I’ve been having a ball making all of my new kanzashi with the kimono fabric I just bought. I’ve done quite a lot. Learning new flower forms and experimenting with little twists in technique that will make my blossoms even better.
It’s taking me away from the sewing that I love so much! I haven’t sewed anything in ages. I have plans for a new line of purses (that will stretch my pattern making abilities) and maybe even a hot apron design. I have a pile of brocade that ‘s calling to me but they will find their place as well.
What do you think of an apron inspired by a japanese obi? 😉
Now didn’t I just say that I was going to stop buying more fabric? This is the fabric that I’m working with now. I’ve gotten the messenger bag bug and it won’t stop. I don’t mind because I’ve also been forced to realize the limitations of myself… and my sewing machine. Heh. While I have the needles neccessary to make it through the thick layers of fabric, I have a very real fear that I’m going to kill the motor.
I’d like to buy another, more powerful machine, but that will have to come after I save up a little more money from the biz. I don’t even know which brand to buy. Oh… and a serger so I can start making simple clothing. I would love, LOVE to start making that.
On another note, I feel my product shots are getting sooooo much better and more professional. Just like my art, while I got my basics in school, I’m learning so much more on my own. For example my kanzashi shots are turning out great. Er, now that I understand what the macro function is.
This photo was taken at sunset, which I was worried about, but I like the slightly golden shade to it. Not so clinical. I could have adjusted the colors just a bit. I see that now. Too much blue in the background. Oh well, a lesson learned.