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12 to Sew: January

31 January 2015

I started rummaging through the piles of old clothes and cloths (purchased, cut out and left over from previous projects) I’ve accumulated over the years to see what I could still use and which ones I wanted to bring to Shanghai and sew with my new machine (have I mentioned I live in Shanghai now???!?!??!). In the end I packed half the usable stuff in my luggage, a quarter I organized and folded neatly for storage, and the rest were scraps too small for an actual garment but still potentially useful.
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Circle skirt

28 May 2011

Sometimes I just go into fabric stores and look around. Sometimes I come out with nothing, but on May 16 I bought something.

 

Anyway I wasn’t really sure what to do with it at the time, I just liked the color and design. A friend suggested a skirt, and I thought that was a good idea. I just didn’t get around to doing it until now. Plus, I was busy with some other sewing project (and work, which I started just this week). I had quite a lot of this fabric so I figured I had enough to make this circle skirt which was simple enough. When I had bought some wide elastic, I went to work on it right away.

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Looky, Looky, Looky!

20 May 2011

Remember my first try at hand stitched book binding? I found a scrap of (synthetic) suede at Carolina’s and I cut and glued it on to make a cover! YAY! It looks so prettyyyyyyyy ❤

I’m considering sealing the whole thing in some sort of varnish or glaze because the paper will be exposed to moisture if used as a pendant. But if I do that all the glorious photocopied text would be hidden. What do you think?

I’ll make more of these when I scrounge up more leather. ^___^

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bubble baubles

17 May 2011

I don’t have chains. I’ve always used nylon string for the accessories I make, and the only metal I use are the clasps and jump rings. I do have a supply of wire, but based on my previous experiment, I’ve concluded I need a thicker gauge. So for me to make this bubbly bracelet I saw a tutorial of, I had to make one by connecting these short chains meant for adjustable clasp things. Anyway, after a full morning of twisting and wrestling with various pliers, I eventually ended up with these:

 

1. Bubble bauble — pearly, shimmery, bronze-y plastic beads attached to a makeshift chain bracelet.

PhP 100 (Bird and branch not included)

 

2. Cluster pendants — Leftover beads from the bracelet ended up as pendants because I love the color combination so much 🙂 Suspended on coated wire thingies (Yeah I don’t know what they’re called). The second one is smaller, but has a small metal flower accompanying it.

PhP 80 each

 

 

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Back it up, Back it up

16 May 2011

These are just a bunch of modifications of my clothes that I find too poofy. I pin these every time I wear them so I figured I might as well make them permanent. I’m not much of a belt person and I didn’t want to change the front of these blouses so I tucked them at the back.

Candidate #1 is an orange blouse from Apple & Eve. One of the most expensive articles of clothing I’ve bought! I got a medium because the chub on my arms prevented me from buying the smaller size. So I have nice fitting sleeves but it was extra-poofy around the waist. The front wasn’t very different in the before and after, though. But it feels better now.

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sheer

14 May 2011

Dainty – made with sheer fabric, wood beads and buttons.

 

PhP 130

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The beginning of something wonderful

13 May 2011

A lot of my time online has been devoured by two websites: Pinterest and Craftgawker. When I saw these incredibly awesome pendants, I knew I just HAD to try my hand at making one (or some), especially when I learned that it was priced at 50USD each. Grah.

After a bit of research, here’s my first attempt using some paper ripped from an old photocopied handout I was using as scratch paper. Since it was tiny, I made holes with a needle and used normal sewing thread to bind the signatures.

Isn’t it awesome? It was nighttime (which explains the grainy, blurry photos) and I didn’t have leather sheets on hand so I’ll have to save that part for another day.

Here’s the 2-part video tutorial I followed:

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Surprise Craft Attack

13 May 2011

Who watched Art Attack on Disney Channel? Wasn’t that guy (I can’t recall his name) really awesome? I love his accent and how he says “PVA Glue” all the time. Anyway, this isn’t about that.

I was supposed to just do some stuff on my laptop this afternoon but when I realized there was still some daylight, I figured I could make a quick craft. I’ve been seeing a lot of fabric-covered bead necklaces around so I started making that. When I turned the fabric I sewed inside-out, I forced it a bit and popped some of the seams. My craft momentum slowed to a halt so I just sat back in front of my laptop and tied the thingy I made around my neck.

After a few hours, the look kinda grew on me. I like it.

 

See my bandaged finger. I cut myself while ripping out thread on another craft this morning. <sarcastic YAY>

oh, and that’s a safety pin hanging from one end.

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Wire, Pins and Other Things

10 May 2011

Today I tried a bunch of experiments with wire. I should get thicker gauge wire someday.

inspirations/sources: [1] [2] [3]

Also, I saw these lovely pincushions and realized how pitiful my makeshift pincushion was. So I pulled out an old sponge and wrapped it with cloth.

Finally, a necklace from a bracelet and a pinecone-ish pendant made of ribbon. Yes, I am wearing a restaurant shirt.

I’m planning to do this next, similar to the yellow-and-green triangle things up top. Let’s see how far my patience takes me.

 

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Oh, Momma!

8 May 2011

This past week I had intended to lay off the crafts and not look at pinterest or any DIY blog I had on my bookmarks because I was trying (operative word: TRYING) to reorganize my stuff/stash/treasure trove and throw out anything that is not useful, only gathering dust, becoming home for insects, or basically decomposing due to neglect. I actually found a colony of tiny ants living underneath a cardboard box that held tubes of tracing paper I used in college. But with Mothers’ Day nearing, I took a little break from “cleaning” and pulled out some materials to make…. Headbands.

A while back I remember my mom was looking for these elastic headbands at the mall but she didn’t find any that she liked so I figured it’d be a nice gift for her. It was also timely that I came across this tutorial of a really simple headband. In the end I made five headbands (only one was made following the tutorial exactly) and I made my mom choose what she liked. She got two, and a bonus necklace which can be seen at the end of the post. I’ll keep one for myself, but the two others are UP FOR SALE! Here’s what they look like:

1. Knit-Sew — this is actually crocheted, not knitted, but “crothet-sew” doesn’t have a catchy ring like the other title. Anyway, all the materials I already had on hand: the tie is a white cord I had lying around, the circles were previous experiments on granny squares, while the band was actually the start of a table runner. It came from way back in the ’90s when I was beginning to like crochet. If you can’t tell yet, I quickly got lazy and stopped at the first inch. It’s amazing that it’s still white. Crocheted band = 40 cm; total lenth (with cord) = 76 cm

PhP 200

2. AquaNautics — (have you guessed by now that I just make those names up as I write?) I learned this beautiful knotted headband from this tutorial. But because my cord was too short, it didn’t go all the way to the back so I had to attach it to a coordinating fabric. The cord was bought a very long time ago (I used it to make a small drawstring bag before, I just kept the remaining material), the fabric is a nice patterned cotton I used in one of the skirt pockets I made, while the elastic inside was the one I took out from the sleeves of the pink blouse/dress here. The seams are done on a machine but the connection between the cord and fabric is hand stitched. Circumference = 53 cm (unstretched) 58 cm (stretched)

PhP 250

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As for the last one, I’ll keep that one for myself because, despite the prettiness, I don’t think the quality is good enough for selling. I’ll make a better version someday, don’t worry! Here’s a quick (yet oddly lengthy) tutorial on how I made it!

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