Friday, October 29, 2010

My Ass Rocks! (Pt 2 making a patch)

Really REALLY easy  REALLY Didn't need another post... but I don't post enough so deal with it!

so you're at this point:

(1) measure your design.
(2) cut the design (make a pattern out of paper to keep the angles right)
(3) cut the same size backing fabric x1 and interfacing x2
(4) interface the design and the backing fabric
(5) pin and sew all together along the edges with zigzag stitch
 Bob's your uncle
Fanny's your aunt.

bish bash bosh - job DONE!

x G

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

My Ass Rocks! (Pt 1 embroidery)

Check it out!!

  ICK! I don't like it that close up it's a bit unforgiving!

There we go:

It started out life here:
 Guys, it's the 21st century! we don't have to spend loads of money on embroidery patterns! google images has a feature now where can specify exactly what kind of picture you want:
and there you go - line drawing = embroidery pattern, job done. Save it, pop it in word, add a text box, add some cheeky text, Bob's your uncle and Fanny's your aunt!

On the Internet there's loads of different ways to transfer embroidery patterns. I chose to use carbon paper because I happened to have some lying around after I failed to use it to transfer sewing patterns in the early days. (Just goes to show NEVER THROW ANYTHING AWAY!!)
As you can see, nice and light, but sharp enough to see what you're doing, awesome!
In case you care I'm just using muslin as a base and when I'm stitching I'll be using backstitch because I don't know ANYTHING about embroidery at all!

Ok so that's the hard part, it took me about 3 nights (3 school nights) to sew this, it's about 3.5x6 inches... something like that.... not big....

In the next installment: how to make you kickass embroidery into a patch for your jeans or jacket... but you still wont be as cool as this guy:
 see you soon!!

x G

Monday, October 25, 2010


My first tentative steps into the world of embroidery:
pokemon embroidery FTW OMGWTFBBQ!
x G

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Dragon Ball Z Tank Top

check this shiz out!

Wanna be cool like me? sure you do!

All you need is one of these!

 Et voila, instant coolness,
Now I'm of to eat nachos :-)

(btw, the festival I'm at there is Sonisphere 2010)
Check out my geeky boyfriends
my beautiful new husband:
 I also took the Superman dress out on a field trip:
and put discarded object on a severly drunk man until he woke up, we called it drunkaroo:

x G

Saturday, October 02, 2010

2 new additions to the family...

First of all, feast your eyes on this beauty!

was an absolute nightmare to find on the internet as the brand was only known as "Regency" in the UK and elsewhere the manufacturer was called "Morse" and the model was the 4400... *tsk* this happened with my starlet/genie too! why do they have to call things different names in different countries!

Anyhow it was being horded by Alex's parents, it belonged to his grandmother and this is the state it came to me in:

can you believe something that dirty was being stored in a bedroom? CRAZY! anyhow it's all cleaned up and beautiful now.... with thee help of some bicarb/white vinegar/lemon juice and hot water.

It comes in its own little table and can handle dual needle sewing as well as some interesting decorative stitches, interestingly enough even though it looks SO typically 50's with it's shiny shiny chrome details and big friendly buttons, it was infact manufactured in the mid 60's! but I think that's because it is the 4'th in the 'fotomatic' line and by the looks of it they kept a similar design all the way though....

And of course... IT DOESN'T WORK!!!

This is how it looks at the moment sitting in my living room
the lever on the left is the stitch pattern selector and it's supposed to turn the belt on the left when it is 'clicked'... it does not... Alex is very concerned that I'm messing around with the complicated innards of a family heirloom but I want to use it dammit! I can fix it I'm sure. ... watch this space....

also lookee here:
That, my friends is an "Adjustoform Supafit Leg Form Sew-Deluxe" aka my first ever dressmakers dummy!! I'm kind of afraid of it! I've just adjusted it to 'life size' (unfortunately slightly bigger than in the picture :-( ) and it's a little creepy stood in the corner, I've put one of my dresses on it, I don't think that helps...
I got it from here £119 + free scissors and free delivery! bargain!

So now I've got the dress form I can start constructing my muslin for the hello kitty dress!

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