Fuck Yeah!

Jul. 3rd, 2017 10:45 pm
valkryor: (Life Skill)
With the exception of some hand sewing and maybe going over some of the seams to make sure that they will survive the rigueurs of travel/every day use, [personal profile] shanmonster's waist bag is done. My hands do not like me at the moment, but they can suck it.

Some of it might be a bit wonky, because I am one person doing this for the first time and not someone behind an industrial machine doing this day in and day out. All of it is, however, functional. And better made than the original I was given for patterning.

After dinner tonight, I gave our waitress my business card, since she had remarked on the bag that I had made [personal profile] clawfoot some time ago. If nothing else, it gets my name out there.

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Apr. 23rd, 2017 08:54 am
valkryor: (Sludge Lagoon)
Family Easter today. Last week, we were at the in-laws. I really did not enjoy it. Everyone talks over every one else and I found it especially draining this time. So much so that I was still feeling the effects two days later. Paul's family is fine. They're good people, if a bit...conventional. It was more than I could handle and really needed quiet alone time with nothing more demanding than ambient, everyday home noises, like the ticking of clocks and the sound of traffic through open windows.

Today is my family which should be easier. I can always escape outside since the weather will be lovely. They already know I'm weird and a bit of a loner, so it won't seem odd or leave me feeling guilty when I need some breathing room. And I managed to get my brother-in-law's sewing mostly done (one small hand-stitched seam left), which is awesome, because it's his Christmas present from me to him. Making a gift of my labour and time is something I can get behind. It really takes the pressure off me and my (often) lack of available funds.

Oooo! I think I shall dig out a Christmas-appropriate gift bag and hand the sewing over that way. I'm fairly certain I have one (or a lot) that are big enough. :)

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Feb. 27th, 2017 04:08 pm
valkryor: (Life Skill)
I spent a couple of hours working on shanmonster's coat today. Because it was all hand work, my eyes are a bit squiggy. Close focus, for the win!

It will, though, look fantastic when it's done. AND, dammit, I intend to have it done this week. Wednesday would be ideal (when I see her for dance class), but I will settle for before Sunday. Once it's done, I can start working on the gazillion other sewing projects I have been handed over the past couple of weeks.

And maybe, just maybe, I can start to work on the sewing I want to do for ME.

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Oct. 27th, 2005 01:53 am
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The skirt portion of my costume turned out better than expected, despite the setbacks yesterday and some frustrations today. It looked damned cool and under the black lights of the club, a lot of it glowed (including the veil and wig). So I'm pleased. I even won a prize tonight, so it just validates the work that much more.

Oh, and I promised [livejournal.com profile] the_daily_rant that I would wear red fishnets on Saturday.

It's late, and I should really go to bed now.

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Oct. 25th, 2005 06:28 pm
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Fuckity Fuck Fuck Fuck Fuck.

Every year I tell myself that I'm not going to go nuts on my Hallowe'en costume and spend hours upon hours sewing the damned thing only to get a couple of hours use out of it, and every year, I seem to fall into that trap.

This year, I'm sorry to say, has been no exception. When I found the crinoline/slip at Value Village, I thought, great, I'll just add this with something else and I'll be done. No dice. It was waaaay too small, meaning I would have to build another half then attach it. Building it, so far, hasn't been heinous, just time consuming.

I found out, not ten minutes ago, that when I finally put in the diamond netting to make the new front half poof out as much as the back, the top won't fit right. I have neither time nor money to make a suitable top, so I'm kinda stuck. I now have to tear apart the new front from the back, take the outside panel and the inside panel apart, then sew the two panels together in a skirt like fashion and then finish it (hemming, elasticized waist). This means that the one I found at Value Village is only good for scraps, really (or, if I can sew the seams back together, someone else might get some use out of it).

But I can't work on my costume tonight, because my in-laws' computer doesn't work. Again.


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Oct. 24th, 2005 07:13 am
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The weekend was quiet. After being social every weekend since mid September, it was time to just hang out together and reconnect. We even (a little foolishly) ventured out to KW Surplus and Dollarama for some last minute Hallowe'en props yesterday. I still have to finish (start) sewing my costume, but it's mostly straight lines, so it shouldn't be too bad.

Being out of work, though, is becoming the sticking point. Okay, I left because it was better for my overall well-being and while I'm much happier, conviction alone doesn't pay the bills. If I don't find something soon, I don't know what we're going to do (and this town lacks a decent port so I can't blow sailors for spare change and bubble gum).

Financially, we're beyond up the creek and into "no map and no canoe" territory. I'm running out of time and options. Any suggestions? (No, I'm not kidding.)


Oct. 13th, 2005 11:26 pm
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I finished reworking the jabot for [livejournal.com profile] wildelf tonight. It looks much better despite the similarities to what was previously. Still, I'm pleased. It's now even completely removable and there's nothing on the shirt itself to indicate that a something (jabot? other decoration?) is missing. And, best of all, I'm going to hand it over Saturday, so it won't be in my house for longer than a couple of days. :)

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Oct. 11th, 2005 05:38 pm
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I don't think I'll need [livejournal.com profile] fuzzpsych's services in the bedroom any longer.

My new sewing machine makes button holes in one step!

I'm in love!


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Sep. 24th, 2005 03:42 pm
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I think I may have figured out how to fix my sewing machine. Right down to the foot that I've always had problems with. My mom, months back, loaned me her machine. On a sort of permanent basis. It works great and sews just about anything. I have another machine of the same model, but for quite some time, I've not been able to change the stitch length and my foot pedal likes periodically not working (I suspect that is a result of the cord that powers it being taped in three places).

I pulled off a face plate and have been fiddling around with the stitch length/reverse mechanism. And it looks like I can solve the entire mess with a little WD-40. Which is cheap and easy to come by because I'm pretty broke. I have to wait for a while for the oil to penetrate between the bits of metal and unstick it, but I have a costume to make, so I can work on that whilst I'm waiting.

Since my mom's machine makes a hell of a lot more noise than my own, I'm going to swap out her foot pedal for mine. Then I can have my machine back. Yay!

(If I can't fix the stitch length/reverse mechanism, I'll just use mom's machine and put mine aside until I have enough money to take it in somewhere to have it fixed. Hang on, that means that nothing's changed since I was already doing that. :P Here's hoping, though.)

UPDATE: I managed to fix the machine kinda sorta. What didn't work before now does, but it's acquired more quirks overall than it had before. But now the stitch length mechanism actually moves instead of being locked in place and the foot delivers a steady stream of power to the motor. It's not a perfect repair, but it goes, and that's all I really wanted.

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Sep. 17th, 2005 11:33 pm
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At some point earlier in the evening, I noticed that my cords were torn. I have no idea how that happened, or even when, but they started to split right where the fabric was thinnest around the knee area. Damn. I really liked that pair of trousers, but they are beyond repair. I guess that means that I'll just have to make do without.


Mar. 24th, 2005 10:41 am
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I finished the jacket for Tabula Rasa last night and I have to say DAMN! it looks cute. I've used velcro for the fasteners (ease of use when it comes to a baby and I just happened to have it on hand), and the ears flop to the sides, just like a lop eared rabbit. I was having some trouble last night trying to figure out how to attach the lining to the sleeves. I called my mom, who is well and truly learned in such matters, and I still couldn't figure it out. After a second phone call and a quick net search I was still flummoxed. So my mom came over and showed me what she meant.

Have I mentioned yet that my mom totally rocks?

My mom, still getting over a particularly nasty cold, drove over, showed me how to roll the lining into the sleeve so it could be sewn, then drove home so she could watch a mystery/cop programme made by the BBC at 9. I'm amazed that she would do that. She didn't have to. It's possible I might have figured it out or, which is an even greater possibility, I could have popped round sometime today to have her show me. But she came by and I managed to finish the jacket last night.

On a completely unrelated note...
The Giant Tiger in Cambridge (the one in Preston, on highway 8) has on the heading-towards-KW side of it's sign "Run. The Bunnies Are Coming." It tickles me everytime I think of it...:)


Mar. 21st, 2005 10:51 pm
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I've finished cutting the jacket pattern out of velvet. I'm reminded of purple fabric that, years ago, I made into a pair of very funky trousers for the Coyote Priest. After I had sewn them and given them as part of a Christmas gift, I found little purple fuzzballs for months afterwards. The black velvet is already doing the same, so now it will be black ones instead of purple. :P

Anyway, now that the pieces are cut, the first thing I did was embroider the TOB symbol onto the left side.

I used a technique called Blackwork, which is basically a running stitch. It's not as neat as it could be, but it's not bad for a first attempt at the style. My apologies on the picture. Between the scanner and the resizing, it's not very clear how it turned out. You'll just have to take my word on it.

This also means that over the next couple of nights, I will be attached to my sewing machine, finishing the Rabbit Sabbath outfit for Tabula Rasa.
Well, the lining went together with very little fuss. It fits the baby over a thick cotton knit sleeper. It's a little snug, but the sleeper is thicker than the tee, so it should be fine. I had some doubts about the hood, so I'm surprised that it's neither too big nor too small. I still hate that pink fabric, but it was less obnoxious to work with than I was anticipating. The jacket's not done yet, so there's still time for a heap of frustration.

Tomorrow, it's finally time to put scissors to the hunk of cotton velvet that I've had for almost a year. The pants are done, as is the overskirt (both fit..yay!), so I'm almost there.

It's going fairly well. I was expecting a lot more headaches since I made the patterns.

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Mar. 14th, 2005 07:40 pm
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I can't tell if I'm amazing or just really lucky.

Two years ago at this time, I was working at LSC (I miss the books...) and feverishly trying to finish two sets of robes (one for [livejournal.com profile] hare_mengele and the other for his wife, who I'll call by one of her old nicknames, Sparkle) in time for Rabbit Sabbath. I didn't manage to complete the hook-and-eye detail on [livejournal.com profile] hare_mengele's coat, but for his wife, I finished without a hitch.

The dress I made for Sparkle was black taffeta (ye gods, why didn't anyone ever tell me that taffeta was so freaking easy to work with!) with belled sleeves lined with hot pink polyester (?) fabric. The dress came together beautifully. The lining fabric was a bitch to work with and even though I had lots left over, I was pretty certain that I would have it for years before doing anything with it.

Fast forward two years.

So now I'm working on a complete outfit for Tabula Rasa for Rabbit Sabbath. It will consist of black cotton pants, a tulle overskirt (black with sparkles) and a black cotton velvet jacket with rabbit ears. I'm lining the jacket in the same freaking hot pink stuff that I hated using two years ago!

Why, you ask? Well, it's in my remnants box. It's the only pink fabric in there. And, to be blunt, I'm broke. So I have to use what I have on hand for this. Even if it means using something that is already giving me a headache.

And as for being lucky or amazing, I couldn't tell you. I made the jacket pattern by tracing one of Tabula Rasa's sweaters onto kraft paper. As I was doing it, I was convinced that the sleeves would be all buggered up (I hate sleeves, and it takes me a long time to get them right). Turns out the sleeves fit perfectly (I did a quick pin to get an idea of sizing and if the pieces fit together...they do) in the armholes. But the proof will be when it's finally sewn together.

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Mar. 12th, 2005 01:36 pm
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Still haven't made a pattern for Shannon's Rabbit Sabbath outfit. Gah! I'm running out of time, but it seems that I have so much to do. Tonight. Tonight I have to haul out the kraft paper that I have left over from Mr Moore's coat and start making the pattern.

But....only if a certain squally someone doesn't want to be a suck.
Simple, yes. But very time consuming. And I also need to remember that when one makes a pillow sham, one should always ensure that the opening is large enough for the pillow in question. That will save lots of frustration and cursing in the end. But goddamn! does it look sexy.

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Mar. 1st, 2005 07:33 pm
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Since [livejournal.com profile] fuzzpsych has gone to work, I have done the dishes, swept the floor and cleaned the bathroom. Now all I have left to do is to sew a fairly simple pillow sham and I'm done.
As I fed the baby, I wondered what I was going to dress her in for this year's Rabbit Sabbath. Then it hit me. I have some cotton velvet in my box of scraps, along with some black tulle with iridescent sparkles that I bought for a Hallowe'en costume that I started and abandonned. I would love to make a little dress, but I don't think she'll tolerate it, so I'm going with velvet pants and hoodie (complete with rabbit ears and the TOB symbol embroidered on probably the left side) with a tulle overskirt. Under the hoodie will be the infamous "They Shake Me!" tee provided by the wonderful Robigus. Now, if I could only get her to tolerate the Ramones sock hat, it would be perfect.

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Oct. 19th, 2004 10:20 am
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It doesn't seem to matter if it's fabric or on classic Star Trek...red shirts are cursed.

It's done though, and hanging up at home. *tired happy dance*

Now I get to see what 6 solid hours of sewing accomplishes tonight. Fun, wow.


Sep. 29th, 2004 11:21 am
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Well, the demon shirt is finally done, out of my house and with its new owner.

I'm pleased with the way it turned out (better than the black one, to my eyes), but the execution of the task was nightmarish at times (hence my love of pleats). The gussets under the arms went in so easily (once I figured out the trick to it, which only took me a few moments instead of hours) and the hems of both the sleeves and the bottom of the shirt matched up. That should have been my first indication that I was in for some serious frustration.

Then I broke two needles in the same place topstitching the sleeves to the yoke. After switching to a heavier needle (a 16/100 instead of the 14/90s that broke), no more breakages. Okay. Fine. Then came the adventure with pleats, which I won't detail for my blood pressure's sake. Then I ran out of thread, which has never happened to me before. Then even more fun with pleats (and the collar). *shudder*

The one part I was dreading actually worked fairly well. Grommets can either go in with no problems or ruin the entire project. The worst they were was tedious. I can handle tedious since the project was finished last night, spritzed with a little water and then hung in the bathroom.

The next two shirts have no pleating (thank god!) and the worse things are more grommets (the red) and two button holes (the green). Those I can handle.

Two down, two to go.

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