I'm finding various online "design your own figure"-type sites and trying to design figures that look as close to me as possible for a self-portrait collage project. This is surprisingly tricky when one (a) wears glasses, which aren't always offered, and (b) normally has blonde/brown hair and currently dyes it vaguely-reddish/blonde. What hair color to pick?
make a basic sweater using the Perfect Sweater pattern from Mason Dixon Knitting.
Get feltable blue and white yarn and knit a square panel that fits across most of the front of the sweater, knitting the blue in stockinette and the white in garter.
Find some gnome and gingerbread patterns on Ravelry and make some adjustments to them, do some crocheting. Make up bows and (feltable) arrows. Add a little moon because I'm moon-obsessed.
Make up a Gavle Goat pattern, kinda based on the aforementioned stuffed goat except flat. Copy the fence that I've seen in goat pictures online.
Pin and sew the pieces on to the blue and white piece.
Break out my felting needle and felting stash and hand felt up a little flame. Felt-attach it to the bow/back piece with the hand needle.
Get a small battery pack of white lights at Rite-Aid. Poke the lights through the front piece to simulate (a) stars, and (b) how they light up the horns. Carefully put some extra sewing in between each light to hold it in place. No, I am never going to wash this sweater.
Sew the entire front piece to the front of the sweater. I left a hole in the white section by Santa for messing with the battery pack.
Make up some crocheted lettering and sew it to the piece.
Write up an explanation of what the Gavle goat is to put on the back (see below), because clearly one is needed for the general public.
Go out and buy iron-on T-shirt transfer paper (for dark shirts) at Office Max. Grab a medium green T-shirt and very tediously follow the very specific instructions to iron it on. It's not perfect, came out a bit blurry in spots, but it was hard enough to do that I'm not gonna worry about it. I sewed it to the sweater with a sewing machine and zigzag stitch, and then realized the edge looked a bit rough.I crocheted an improvised goat pattern around the border (inspired by a hen edge pattern I found on Ravelry) and sewed it on both with a sewing machine and with yarn by hand.Sewed the parts of the sweater together.
Here's shots on the mannequin:
And on me:
Here's the text on the back of the sweater.
In 1966, someone in the town of Gävle (pronounced "yeah-vleh"), Sweden, got the idea to make a giant traditional Swedish Yule Goat every December and erect it in the town square. On New Year's Eve, someone set it on fire. This has led to an over 40 years long tradition of burning or otherwise destroying the goat approximately every other year or so (even years seem to be likely). Sometimes it's burned right after it’s built, sometimes it gets burned before they finish it, and sometimes they just get stolen. For the record, the town of Gävle does not want to actually burn the goat. They would like to not have to remake the goat every year, or sometimes twice a year--they would like to save it for later. At this point, two different organizations are erecting goats, because they need backup. It costs around $30,000 American dollars to erect one goat. Every year the Swedes insist on putting up the goat, though they do attempt to make them less flammable. This isn’t going so well, as techniques such as freezing the goat with water don’t actually work. The Swedes especially don't like the fireproof solution that turns the goat brown, because that makes it less pretty. People are paid to guard the goat--firemen, police, hired guard, volunteers, taxis, the Home Guard, an infantry regiment at one point.... but that doesn't always prevent burning. Heck, people will run out in the middle of a heavy blizzard to burn the goat. Once money to pay the guards runs out, the goat usually ends up burning. There is a fence around the goat, but it's not exactly the world's most badass fence. Because the Swedes like things to be pretty, the fence is rather small and easily jumped over. Putting webcams on it doesn't prevent burning, but does lead to several helpful flaming goat videos on the Internet. As for catching the burners, it very rarely happens. In 40+ years, only four burners have been caught at it, and so far none of them have paid for the damages. Of COURSE people take bets on the goat's survival. Goats have been run over by a car, kicked to pieces, and thrown in the river. The webcams have been hacked. One year some guys tried to bribe a guard to look the other way while they attempted to grab the goat with a helicopter and haul it to Stockholm. Four men burned the goat in 2012, got tattoos commemorating the event, and posted pictures of them along with an anonymous confession on the Internet…and they still weren’t caught. This sweater is to commemorate the burning of 2005, in which a guy dressed up as Santa and another guy dressed up as a gingerbread man showed up with crossbows and shot a flaming arrow into the goat, burning it down. Not only were these guys not caught, they were featured on Sweden's version of the "Most Wanted" TV program.
I'm thinking of doing a series of ugly holiday sweaters. Next up: Hawaiian....
I finally got back to working on holiday sweaters again. Here's the execution of the Gavle Goat:
I finally designed and finished the main logo at the heart of the piece. Since I took this shot, I've since added little LED lights, sewn on a slogan, and need to finish sewing it on to the front.
I FINALLY got my goat explanation text printed and ironed onto a shirt. then sewed it to the sweater. Now I need to come up with some interesting trim around the text. Oh, and sew the whole thing together before the office party on the 2nd, of course...AND finish a NaNo novel. Eek. Well, it's almost done...
Moving Season is fast approaching in my town, and one fellow donated some of his clothes to my volunteer job so as to get rid of them. A few of them were large, long-sleeved, tie-dye shirts. Recently we had a craft fair with an "upcycling" theme and a friend of mine was helping to run a "Scissor Wizards" booth where you could cut up your clothes. I went down there to hang out with her and started flipping through my old Generation T books... and decided to make the gaucho tie-on shorts from book #2. I also turned the sleeves into legwarmers by pinning them to the size of my legs and then sewing them up.
Here's the shorts sewn together at the crotch. Looks pretty weird, eh? I used some leftover T-shirt hems to make the ties, but I wish I hadn't assumed they'd flip over easily--they don't really when you use zig-zag stitch. Oh well.
The fellow who owned the shirts before had ah...some mysterious tiny holes in them around the hems. Not to worry, I just cut out some hearts and sewed them on as applique!
And here they are on a mannequin, tied a few different ways so you can see the options. Note that I put all the holey/heart shirt parts on one leg....so it looks deliberate, hah.
And here they are on me. Don't your eyes just bleed?
The first waist pouch belt thing (what someone I used to know likened to a sporran) I ever got was this lovely lavender and teal one on the right. I've replaced the Velcro and the belt on it, but I think the pouch fabric itself is starting to disintegrate and I'll need to retire it soon. So I attempted to copy the same sort of style using felt and satin scraps from the bin, layering them together to have a sturdy inside and shiny outside. It has a flap on the top with Velcro to hold it closed and a secret zipper pocket on the back originally.
So how'd I do at it? Well, it was tricky to copy. I got the main pocket width down all right and figured out how to make a side piece that covered the width and sides just fine. I attached loops at the side to strap the pocket onto another (rainbow!) elastic belt with strap. (This has the same looseness issue as belt #1 though.)
I didn't really figure out how to add a back pocket so well--it ended up becoming the front flap instead. Sewing in the secret zipper pocket did not go so well, looks-wise, but eh, it was my first time doing a zipper insert in a small space like that. With two layers, no less.
I had some cute leftover labels from the original leather purse from belt #1, so I hand sewed them to the front pouch pocket flap. I had intended to put Velcro in, but I should have sewn it in earlier in the process of creating the pockets before it was too thick and a pain in the ass to try to hand or machine sew it in, so there's no Velcro on it.
So I usually wear various waist/utility belts around my waist because girls' clothes usually don't have pockets and that's annoying. They're fairly hard to find IRL though Etsy has better odds of finding a good one. However, I want to learn how to make my own. Too bad I don't know anyone I can do that from really, so I'm trying to figure it out on my own.
Here's an improvised belt that comes from cutting up a leather purse, taking off the pockets, and putting them on elastic and attaching a belt bucket. Sewing the straps (from the original purse), leather to leather, was the worst bit.
The belt is a little big-ish when there's stuff in the pockets. Maybe I'll fix(?) that later.
This is one of those "using the scraps around the house" kinds of aprons. I normally wouldn't combine two patterned fabrics, but...what the hell. I kinda like it. I also like that it pretty much came out like a tie-on skirt with huge pockets.
The middle is supposed to be gathered, but....gathering is freaking horrible to do and the strings weren't pulling and I was all, "fuck it, still fits if I skip that, who's gonna notice?"
I've made a couple of umbrellaskirts in the past. I like them, but they are a little short to wear in actual rain. And I couldn't help but wonder if there was some way to make a longer skirt. Perhaps to wear over your regular clothes for rain protection.
Well, a few months ago I found some kind of rain/waterproof fabric and thought, "Heeeeey, I can do this!" So I dug up a plain long skirt pattern and started to work on it. Then I got the bright idea to add some actual umbrella panels on the side to dress it up a bit.
This turned out to not be a good idea. Here's why:
(a) This fabric is some of the worst I've ever dealt with. It does not like being pinned, much less sewn.
(b) I had a BITCH OF A TIME putting in the second umbrella triangle panel. I screwed it up so many damn times. And like I said, this fabric does NOT like being sewn and resewn. You can flat out see how badly that part has been mangled if you look up close, which I am so not gonna show you :P I really should not have gotten kr8tiv about it.
I spent a lot of time fucking this skirt up. A lot. But it finally cooperated and is done. It won't be going to the county fair for judging, mind you, but it will at least work for its intended purpose, which I am trying out this rainy weekend.
Sorry the photos suck, though: I did not have the lighting/table space to get a better shot of it, and my standing shots kinda ended up sucking too.
Of course, I wanted one, but the guy said he only had one. And he only ever wore it for ten minutes because it was "too hot." (It has some kind of weird fuzz for the fur.) I wanted my own, dammit. So I went looking for Hawaiian Christmas fabric, and bought some fringe to layer in lieu of the "too hot" fuzz, and found a pattern off the Inernet. Here is my friend modeling it.
Then I added a crocheted bleeding heart flower lei and hand sewed it around the edge as well. And crocheted a hibiscus ball for the end and sewed it on too.
I'm spinning some yarn, I'm finishing up the temperature scarves (slowly), the first Christmas sweater has one sleeve to go, and my Hawaiian Santa hat has been sewn for the most part, I'm just thinking of what else to add to it.
Today I took a knitting class that was a general "here's how to fix your knitting problems" sort of deal. I think 3/4 of the people who showed up were just there for beginning knitting lessons, but I had a great time actually being told how the hell to do color knitting. My restarted guitar sweater is going a lot better, and I'm signed up for a three week color knitting class in a few weeks!