a little blog about crafting, sewing, nothing, & everything.

4.19.2009

In the absense of your smiling face, I travel all over the place.



Formal gown is done. There are a few things I don't like about it, but overall I'm relatively satisfied. I am turning it in in a few hours.




Hate things:
*Blind hemming on satin is almost always noticeable from the front and thus not blind.

* I measured the waist of the top several times, but still managed to make it slightly too big and had to put buttons further in to compensate creating asymmetry from the back.

* I had to use an air erasable pen to mark for the buttons, which did not air erase, so I had to use water to blot it away. The water I had to use left ever-so-slight watermark stains on the fabric. (Finding this out hours before turning it in, #$%@*.)

*Lavender is more than likely the worst color ever discovered and should never be worn. (I forget who discovered lavender, but I think they were shot shortly thereafter. With good reason.)

On a slightly less hateful note, The Hate Machine is done!




I love him.

Finally, on my favorite note of all: there's a zombie movie being shot in Smyrna next Sunday and they are looking for zombie extras. I might be able to cross off "Be an extra in a zombie movie" from my bucket list.

4.09.2009

I've been watching you and I've been wondering.

Not much of an update; I haven't really done much since the last entry, however I did complete a drawing that I'd been working solely on at work.


Kurt Vonnegut (I call it "Kurt I" because I plan to do a "Kurt II" with Kurt Cobain if I continue to be slow at work.)

Below are some of my favorite Vonnegut quotes that I hope you'll enjoy:

"Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand."

"I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center."

"Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward."

"Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before... He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way."

4.05.2009

going to get my gun, everyone's got one

I couldn't sit still this weekend; as a result, things got sewn and stuffed.

Though still practically headless, and with two left feet (woops!), Robbie is almost done. And my does he have character! Did I mention his feet? This I realized after stuffing most of the body.. Nonetheless, I'm still a proud mother.



I'm still not sure how I'm going to attach that antenna I haven't made yet, but hopefully that will happen soon.

I've also been working on the formal gown quite a bit this weekend because of its rapidly approaching due date. The skirt lacks only a hem and hook/eye closure, while the top has quite a bit to go. The pieces went together easy enough, but I'm still scared of the idea of sewing a button hole on satin. To justify this fear, I should tell you that I've had to do an embarassing amount of unsewing on this project. My fingers are crossed.



I went through my stack of already-started-but-abandoned-halfway-through projects and found this skirt to work on when I got sick of staring at lavendar. The pattern: McCalls 5473


(I may secretly hem it tomorrow if we're slow at work!)

On an non-sewing related note: I recently stumbled onto a blogging etiquette article online which I incidentally can not find now, and which opened my eyes to "hotlinking". (Sort of, as I'm still not clear if linking without images on your site but to images on the site in the link qualifies as hotlinking. I really hope not because I do that often and haven't figured out how to get my point across with just measly words.) So in hopes of making my blog a little more "outside link source" friendly, I've removed a few images from earlier posts that were from external sources in hopes that there's not some internet person really upset with me. Luckily, I don't think this thing gets the bandwidth I'd like it to..

So uh..if anyone has any incite on "blogiquette" (yes, I wish that were mine), feel free to comment.

4.02.2009

Here’s an update on the stuffed robot I’ve dubbed “Robbie the Hate Machine”. Things are going pretty well and he’s coming together more easily than I thought. I have yet to figure out how to put some kind of antenna on his head, but that will come soon hopefully. I figured out that I am going to have to hand sew (expletive.) his feet on because I don’t think I can sew that narrow of a circle on the machine.



Lately, I’ve been feeling like I need more art in my life. I keep seeing things that other people have created and thinking I would enjoy sketching again. Also, I discovered the luxury that is Micron brand pens. Below is a drawing I did for someone that was a pretty cool project to finish. I call it “Girl in Red”.



Also, as stated previously, I finished the Entrelac scarf. Here’s the proof. I redact my statement earlier about it reminding me of Neapolitan icecream. It now makes me want salt water taffy.



So that is what I’ve been working on for fun. Below is what I should be doing for..not fun / work: a formal outfit for some wedding.



It’s going to be a tea-length A-line skirt with a fitted gathered-strap top. (This top includes button closures.) So far, it’s just fabric, and it’s due in about two weeks. I can’t remember the number on the pattern; otherwise I’d post a picture. I’ll just describe it for you: it’s a pattern for a skirt and a top, it’s on brown tissue paper, and it appears relatively simple with the possible exception of those button holes that I’m about to have to do on satin.

I hope for my own sake that I have updates on the last project soon.

It’s about to storm and I can’t wait.


(Not a picture of today. )