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Cut, Cut, Cut You Up.

16 May

**Kudos to anyone who instantly thought of AFI upon reading my title.**

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So, let me just say, I friggin’ love this fabric! Once again, I went into Joann’s with one thing in mind and have come out with something completely different. Maybe one day I will make a garment with something other than quilting fabric. I just can’t help but fall in love with all of the fun prints.

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Not only is this fabric amazing, but this pattern (Simplicity 1803) is pretty great too. I found it when looking for a more versatile pattern that was fun and interesting, but that was still basic enough to use as more of a sloper when needed. The pattern worked up pretty quickly and easily. I did have a little trouble with the fit in the bust being slightly too big. After doing a little research, it seems that this is a common issue. Unfortunately, I did what I do best and way over did the “fix”. In trying to take it in and fix it, I ended up taking in way too much. To fix my fix, I had to let out the darts in the back, which is quite unfortunate as it would have looked much nicer and more professional (who am I kidding; I threw professionalism out the window when I chose to use fabric covered in scissors.).

DSC_0201I made scissor earrings to match.

Other than the bust issue, this dress is great, and I absolutely love how it turned out (The inner seams are the cleanest I’ve ever achieved. Thank goodness for sergers!). I can’t wait to make another. I may even use big girl fabric. I’ve got to learn to sew with something other than basic cotton some time, right? I did learned how to use bias tape to finish the sleeve edges. I’m pretty excited about this. I’ve never seemed to be able to get the arm holes of sleeveless clothing to look nice, but I think I’ve found my go-to method. I also did my first lapped zipper. I’m still not sure how I feel about it though. It didn’t really feel any easier than the way I usually do it, and it didn’t look any better either. Maybe I just need practice.

P.S. I’m about to start working on designing a 40s style dress for a contest with Shabby Apple. I’m pretty excited about it. I’ll keep you posted. I also have a fun little side project I’ve been working on with a dear friend. More on that later, as well.

DSC_0216This is Princess. She is old, fat, and cranky, but I love her dearly.

Love,

Jess

Of Mice and Sloths

20 Jun

One day, upon perusing Pinterest, I came across a pair of Marc Jacobs flats that were made to look like little mice.  I am quite the fan of small furry rodents and shoes, so the combination was just mind blowing. You have no idea how much these shoes needed to be on my feet! The issue, however, was the price tag. I am not the wealthiest lady in all the land, and I most definitely could not afford to spend $200 on a pair of shoes. This was wear my love of all things crafty came in!

As you can see, I needed these shoes so much that I made them myself. It was super simple. I bought a pair of $5 fabric flats, cut out the shapes for the noses and ears, sewed them on, and used my Gem Magic to put on the metal eyes. For the ears, I actually sewed two pieces of fabric together to get a fuller, less frayed looking ear. The original nose I sewed on was much wider. I cut down though, because (according to my most valued critic-the boyfriend) it made my mouse shoes look more like pig shoes. Don’t get me wrong, I adore pigs as well, but it wasn’t what I was going for with these shoes.

I am super proud of how they turned out, and I am pretty sure these will be on my feet at all times, regardless of what outfit I’m wearing. I love them so much, I’m considering making another pair with a different animal face.

Speaking of cute things, just look at this face!

How can anyone resist the adorable little face of a sloth! Not me that’s for sure, so it was lucky that while visiting the Cincinnati Zoo, I was there at exactly the right time. I got to pet this little gal! Let me tell you, my all-time favorite animal is the sloth (two-toed or three-toed, they are both equally awesome), so getting to pet this sweet little two-toed sloth was a dream come true.

P.S. This pretty little sloth ended up at the zoo, because a person thought she would make a good pet, but then could not handle her. She was lucky that the zoo could provide a nice home for her, but other wild animals are not so lucky. Please, please do not keep wild animals as pets. Trust me, they would prefer to be in their habitat and not yours.

P.P.S. Is my photography getting better? I’m working on taking better photos as well as utilizing Photoshop. I hope it shows!

Love,

Jess