Wednesday, September 29, 2010

**ACTION** shots! ;D

Polly Amour, performing at Stonefly Brewery in Milwaukee, to "White Rabbit" by Jefferson's Airplane. (Note the skirt from this post)

That's all that you get if you didn't make it to the show ^_^. And if you still want to see Polly in all her awesomeness, her next show is October 30th at The Times Theatre. Come to support and maybe you'll get some sugar ;}. And by that I mean I'll give you some trick or treat candy, duh.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Gettin' Shit Done! (NSFW material)

Now that we've got that out of the way, look what I just finished!

I also spray painted my dress form, but I need to figure out a way to fill it with something that won't make it heavy as all hell. I don't have enough fabric scraps to fill it all the way, and even half full was crazy heavy. I wish I had some of that foam insulation stuff that expands to fill an enclosed place and then hardens... but I don't, so I've been working with it as is, and that's unacceptable.

Here's the skirt, I think finished. As finished as I can make it I think :P

I'll probably post an action shot of me wearing this when I have the whole thing put together.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Dress Form!

So I need to alter my Red Queen skirt that I reconstructed from the bridesmaid dress, but I couldn't very well do it with I was wearing it, and I was afraid I'd screw it up if I just tried to cut it and put in a zipper while it was off. So this happened.

I bought a roll of paper tape, which I used all of, to make a dress form. . . It looks like I'm naked. Or one of those wooden pose-able art dolls. :P

After my boyfriend cut it off me I reinforced it with more tape. I still need to spray paint it, fill it with something, and get a stand for it.

It still works though. ^_^ More pictures when I finish.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Reconstructed Bridesmaid Dress!

First, let me say: This is the sewing machine and stuff I got to work with.

Needless to say, I was a little overwhelmed by all the little contraptions that came along. I have no idea what any of them do and I was freaking out because I couldn't figure out where the regular straight stitch foot thing was. I eventually found it, and after reading through the entire sewing machine manual, I felt comfortable with getting on with my project.


I totally had this idea before they did it on Project Runway.

I got this bridesmaid dress about 1-2 years ago. Anyway, it was at an out of business sale, so it was like $5. I used it as a Halloween costume last year, but it doesn't actually fit (it fit when I bought it, damnit >.<) *sigh* so I thought what's the best thing to do with a too small gaudy bridesmaid dress? Make an awesome skirt for my next bombshell performance, of course!

So I essentially had no pattern to work from, and only a few online tutorials to help me understand what it is to make the fabirc look all scrunchy and old-timey. I'm not finished, but this is how it worked.

So it looked like this, and I pined the front and back of the dress's fabric together and just started cutting. And by "just started" I mean I hemmed and hawed for about 40 minutes thinking, "Oh crap, I'm going to f*&# it up. Oh no... I can't do this. Ohgawd." Then I started cutting.

Luckily it already had ironed down seams on the inside, and I just sewed those down to make little channels for cord to go through. The hardest part was actually pushing this big blunt needle through those channels and bringing them all the way up them. When I finished that though, I just scrunched the fabric up the cord and tied the ends of the cord.

Made it look like this. ^

Apollo approved. :D

Friday, September 3, 2010

A hat a day keeps the...

Social life at bay? ...Yeah, that works. I've actually been very busy the past week, but despite all that I have been knitting one hat a day (or very close to it).

Why, you ask? Because a restaurant in Racine called "The Soup" is owned by an awesome lady that wants her employees to look top-notch in knitted goodness. And she came to meeeeeeeeee. ^_^ She's buying all of these (she wants 40 by opening, which is in a few weeks [yikes]) so I'm going to do what I can. Some of these I've knit a while ago and don't wear myself, so I decided to give them up for hat adoption. She already has a number of them that I had lying about. Here's some of my old ones mixed in with my 5 new ones.

This was one of the first hats I ever knit, but I think it looks like something you wear under one of those helmets of chain mail. :P

Hat #1.
Hat #2: Turn-a-square hat.
Hat #3: Green Lace Slouchy Hat. Made it up as I went and I love it.

Older hat from the yarn I got at Sheep and Wool last year. I like it, but not never wear it.

Another one of my first ever hats, which I believe I gave as a gift to someone and it turned back up in my apt. So it goes :P.
Hat #4: Bobbles! I've never done them before and I added them to this basic cabled hat. They're so weird and neat.
Hat #5: Heart Hat. Tried to do little purl hearts at the bottom, but I don't know if they're noticeable. I think they are more in person.

Hooray for new business ventures!