torstai 18. elokuuta 2016

Mermaid Skirt Mod, pt. 2

Once upon a time last Thursday, I showed you the beginning of my Mermaid Skirt Mod. You can view it here
As mentioned, the skirt was a little bit too short to be long, so I shortened it even more. I also ripped out the front zipper because I have Issues with such. 

Naturally, the skirt needed some sort of closure. No zippers, definitely no velcro, and most certainly not lacing. 
Buttons were actually both my only and favorite solution. 
I dug deep into my stash, dug around for a very long time, and finally found the buttons I was looking for safely stored in a box labeled "knitting notions". Why, I do not know. 


I sewed buttonholes directly into the skirt. I wanted the buttons to show instead of hiding them. For this reason I chose the flashy, silvery ones. 
I sewed the buttons on, and felt very pleased with myself. Buttons, in my opinion, are more reliable than a zipper, and they look nicer when I'm sitting. 


I wanted another little detail to the skirt. 
Most of my clothes don't have pockets. I've never seen an actual point to them, since I always carry a purse around. This skirt, however, desperately wanted patch pockets. 
I cut out two rectangular pieces, finished the upper edge by simply sewing it to the wrong side, and top stitched the pockets on. 
Again, I felt very pleased with myself. 
These kinds of pockets can be decorated with lacing or sewn-on details, but I left these ones plain. This particular skirt has a lot going on, and an extra detail might have made it too busy. 


As a final touch, I did a rolled hem. I chose the simplest finishing technique since the shape of the hem is very far from straight. Sewing it to the wrong side like I usually do with skirts made with twill would not have looked good. The turn would have made the fabric bulge at the back. By doing a rolled hem, I gained a tidier finish. 



The skirt is now knee-length, and has a bit more details. It's far more comfortable to wear since I don't have to worry about it showing my shoes or rising up a little when I walk. 
The buckle settles nicely into place with the hem cut into a hi-lo -shape, so I'm quite happy I hesitated before cutting it. 

I hope you like my Mermaid Skirt Mod! 

Until next time. 
Love, 
Heather

torstai 11. elokuuta 2016

Mermaid Skirt Mod

Once upon a time, many years ago (judging by the length and colour of my hair), I made a bondage-inspired mermaid skirt. It was very tight, and just a little bit too short. I really like the skirt, but since it has a tendency of climbing a bit as I walk, it shows my ankles. 
I don't like that. A long skirt is to cover my shoes, not flaunt them. 

The fabric and details of the skirt please me quite well. It's made with thick, elastic twill, and features a couple of D-rings in the front... 


... and a lacing across the back. It also has a buckle at the knees to help keep the hem in check. 

Two days ago, I found the skirt again, tried it on, and got very upset about the hem. 
Yesterday at around 9PM, I came up with the simplest solution: chop it. 

I can't make it longer, but shortening it will eliminate the problem. In knee-length, the skirt will show a decent amount of leg instead of an uncomfortable peek at footwear. 



I marked the desired length, took my scissors, and hesitated. 
Hesitation when vamping up something is very uncommon for me, so I took the time to think. 
After an entire minute, I cut the hem to a hi-lo -shape so that the buckle wouldn't appear entirely meaningless. 


Another thing that bothered me about the skirt was the closure. It had a zipper sewn into the center front seam, and those things have an annoying tendency to bulge when sitting down. 
Also, zippers can slide. 


I took my seam ripper, and... 

I'll tell you what happened in a couple of days. 
Until then! 
Love, 
Heather

keskiviikko 4. toukokuuta 2016

Suicide Bunny

Once upon a time on a Sunday two weeks or so ago, I decided to make something. 
I've been toying around with the idea of crocheting an EmoBunny for a long time, and the particular Sunday felt like the right time. 
I dug into my stash, and found white cotton yarn purchased many moons ago. As I have very little use for white anything, it was nice to find use for the yarn. 

I haven't got that much experience with crocheting amigurumis, so I needed a pattern for the actual bunny. I used a free pattern (this one) that comes with permission to sell finished items created with the help of the instructions. 
The pattern was a delight to work with, very clear and easy to follow. And the bunny turned out really cute. 
But I wasn't looking for cute. 

Well, maybe one thing. Big, fluffy bunny tails are always cute no matter what they're attached to.
 I gave the bunny a rope with a real hangman's noose, so it can find a suitable spot to, well, hang itself.
 The bunny wanted earrings, so naturally it got some. They're sewn on, just like the nose and the mouth. 
The eyes are basic buttons. One is sewn on with crossed stitches...
 ... and one has accidentally fallen off a bit. 
Naturally, the bunny has been feeling a little down lately, so it's slashed its wrists on numerous spots.
 I posted a picture of this little guy on my personal facebook-page, and it was practically snatched off my hands. I was thinking I might make these on order, so if you'd like to have a suicidal rabbit hanging around your place, message me. 
Making this was super-fun, and I hope I'll get to make more!

Until next time!
Love,
Heather

perjantai 12. helmikuuta 2016

Corset ReVamp, pt. 3

Once upon a time, I had a not-so-pretty leather corselet. As I didn't want to throw it away, I decided to revamp it. In part one, I took the garment apart, and in part two, I embellished it with lace. This week, I get to show you the finished product. 

I wanted to replace the lining because it was red and not properly attached to the leather. As I took the whole thing apart, changing was actually pretty easy. I cut new lining from black cotton, and attached it to the seams while putting the corset back together. I left the seams on the right side in order to gain a tidy and smooth inside.
 I covered the seams with bone channels, and boned the corset with 7mm spiral steel.
 To the front, I sewed buttons with white splashes on them. I pondered between these and black buttons for quite a while, and chose these only because I liked the way they seemed to repeat the glow of leather.
 I didn't touch the eyelets I'd put in a million years ago. I attached the new lining next to them. I might add a bit of lace to the back later to hide the seam: the stitching isn't quite as straight as I'd like it!
 The fresh lining is much nicer than the previous one. Now I won't have to feel like the red is clashing with my... oh yes. I keep forgetting that.
 
 I even managed to get the lining to settle tidily on the inside of the lacing. 
All in all, re-creating the corset was surprisingly straight-forward. The only thing giving me real trouble was deciding how to decorate it.
 The finished corset isn't as long as the original. It turned out as a short half-bust. Which is really nice, since I didn't have one in my closet before. 
I'm really happy about the way the corset turned out, and I trust it will get much more wear this way. 
And yes, I dyed my hair black. I'm loving it so much <3>
Until next time!
Love,
Heather

keskiviikko 3. helmikuuta 2016

Corset ReVamp, pt. 2





Once upon a time just last week, I started my Corset ReVamp -adventure. Today, I shall continue. 
As promised. 
My original "corset" had plastic boning. After taking them out, I found, non-surprisingly, that they were in pretty shoddy condition. After only a few wears, the plastic bones were bent out of shape. 
To give the corset a longer, more comfortable life, I decided to bone it with 7mm steel spiral. 
This is a very light form of steel bone, which works best for decorative corsets and corset tops. It is comfortable, durable, and flexible. And my favourite since it so versatile. 
Now the bad news was that the bones I had stashed were a bit on the short side. 
So no overbust for Heather.
 As mentioned in pt. 1, the leather had stitch marks on it. My first instinct was to add buckles and rivets and all sorts of things made of metal. 
That, however, seemed to clash with the rest of my wardrobe which is floating to a more feminine, romantic direction. 
So, rummaging through my stash and leaving a horrid mess behind, I ran into a bit of lace left over from an order made a long time ago. 
Non-elastic, high-quality lace. 
Floral and romantic. 
After placing a bit of satin ribbon on the corset pieces to cover some of the stitch marks, I wondered...
 I cut motifs out of the lace. And then I...
 
... I appliqued them onto the leather. 
With the stitch marks now completely covered, I could concentrate on deciding how to close the thing. 
When contemplating many things metal, I planned to add a zipper to the front of the corset. 
Zippers are cold, though, and they always slide. 
I don't like busks, either, so I went for my signature-solution.
 I created a criss-cross buttoning to the front of the corset. I've done this before, and I really like the way it looks. 
This option works on decorative corsets only. If you want a proper waist crincher, always use a busk.
 With the corset embellished, it's now time to move on to putting it together. 
Stay tuned for the big finale! 

Love,
Heather

tiistai 26. tammikuuta 2016

Corset ReVamp, pt. 1

Once upon a time, I had made a pretty ugly corset. There was nothing about I liked, other than the fact that it was made of leather. I don't like throwing anything away, not even failed projects, so I decided to revamp it. 
The original corset was made with upcycled leather. It had D-rings on it, and plastic boning. 
The lining was made with red cotton. Ugh. 
Also, the corset had a floating lining, so it was quite horrendous to wear. 
I started by tearing off the lining, leaving a little bit behind to support the eyelets. Which I will not be replacing. 
Undoing anything sewn with leather is risky. Every stitch leaves a little hole into the leather. This corset had plenty of top stitching, so I'm going to have to get pretty creative with it. 
 ... since I tore off all the embellishments, too. 
The leather looks like it's served as a pincushion. 
 And to make it worse, I undid the seams as well. The shape of the corset was a bit off, so this way I get to re-shape the pieces a bit. 
 My plan is to replace the lining, re-do bone channels (I might stick with the plastic boning, though, for this isn't meant to be a waist crincher), and add front closure. The corset also needs decorations. Plenty of it, due to the stitch marks. 
During the upcoming weeks, I'll be re-doing the corset. Stay tuned to see what becomes of it! 

Until next time. 
Love, 
Heather

torstai 31. joulukuuta 2015

Let's Make... Tights to Stay Ups

 Once upon a time, my mother gave me a Christmas present. 
Tights. 
A practical, useful gift well received. 
If only the tights weren't the kind only very small children and very old women wear. Thick cotton with an actual elastic band at the waist, and two seams at the back. 
Eww, said I, grimacing in terror. 
Luckily, I know a solution to the horror of the little girl -tights: turn them into stay ups. 

When dealing with stay ups, the first thing to break is the sock. The lace will last a lot longer than the actual sock. To upcycle the lace, all one needs to do is rip a seam, or just cut it off. I started the process by parting old, broken socks from their silicone-lined lace.
 Then, I cut the legs off the tights. Angrily, I might add, wondering who on earth thought a grown woman would want to wear these.
Next, I pinned the lace on the fresh cut, aligning the seam to center back, with right sides facing.
 Closing the wound took two minutes with my trusted serger. And as a reward, I got thick, warm stay ups.
 Much, much better.

I hope you will all have a magical New Year! 
Until next time.
Love, 
Heather

keskiviikko 2. joulukuuta 2015

Curtains: Lengthened

Once upon a time, I moved. This happened not-so-long ago. 
My new place is a flat in an apartment building from the fifties. It's airy, bright, and very high. Being a relatively small girl, I feel tiny in the tall rooms. 
Which, of course, is nice. 

One thing that gave me a bit of a headache, along with the good old "how do people reach the top shelf" -dilemma, was curtains. The windows are tall, and my curtains were nearly a foot too short. 
To fix the issue, I added length to them. 

I started with a set of light, orange curtains. I had three pieces: two to go on each side of a window, and a long valance. As I didn't need the valance, I sacrificed it. 



 I cut two pieces of fabric, one for each curtain, and sewed them under the original material. This way, I gained a layered look without an eye-sore-seam. 

I used a french seam for the curtains to get a tidy finish.
To add some... well, black, I chose to fully hide the seam with satin ribbon. I pinned it on... 
... and top stitched it on both edges for a finished look. 
 As a finishing touch, I added a bow from the black ribbon. 
The curtains turned out really cute, but managing a full photo of them is a bit impossible due to lighting. 
 Altering curtains is an easy way to add personality to home decor. Have you done it? I'd love to see your projects! 

Until next time.
Love,
Heather

keskiviikko 25. marraskuuta 2015

Poncho-Coat Re-Mod

Once upon a time last Wednesday, I didn't write a blogpost. The reason for this was that on Monday, something horrible happened. 
You see, my Ubuntu had decided to move all of my photos to a strange location. I though the folder was a link, pushed Shift+delete, and watched 5,4Gbs of photos fly out the window. Naturally, I had no backups. 
I tried everything I could to restore the lost images, but nothing worked. My latest modelling photos were gone, along with phase photos for two upcoming designs, not to mention memories from the last four years. 

Luckily, I still had some photos on my camera, and more on a flash drive, and even more on my laptop. But even though, recovering from the damage kept me overwhelmingly busy last Wednesday. 

Any photo can be taken again, and so today we had a photoshoot-day! Wiser now, I saved the photos on a flash drive straight away. 

So. 
As you may remember, I modded a poncho-coat a while back. After wearing it a few times, I noted that it gathered static electricity like crazy, and then clung to my clothes making me feel very self-conscious. To fix this problem, and to add some warmth to the light coat, I lined it. 
With red satin. 
After, I crocheted a hood and added that, too.
 Now, the coat is clingy no more. Also, its drama-level went from four to twenty-two in no time!
 Though the coat is still light, it's lovely to wear over a knit dress or a sweater-skirt -combo. The hood brings extra-warmth to it, and makes the coat work better with infinity scarves. I even added a ribbon belt made from the same red satin. 

Wearing this makes me feel like Little Red Riding Hood, but in a good way. It's like forcing a bit of fairytale-magic into this realm.
Until next time!
... and by next time, I mean I might change posting day from Wednesday to Sunday-maybe to avoid collision with the Official Business Blog -post. Anyway, stay tuned!

Love, 
Heather

keskiviikko 11. marraskuuta 2015

How To... Take It In at the Side Seams

Once upon a time, I found a pretty nice lace duster from a flea market. It had only one flaw: it was four sizes too big. 
I bought it anyway, thinking I might use the lace for a whole new creation. I took it home, tried it on, and realized it was one of those rare garments that don't want to be anything else. 
But still, it was four sizes too big. So I decided to just take it in at the side seams. 
The process is relatively simple, but requires basic skills in sewing. Also, understanding how a garment is made helps. Many tutorials tell you to just sew a new seam to make a top smaller. but that doesn't look very nice, nor does it feel good. If you take the two seams in at the same time, the garment will cinch under the arm. 

So today, we shall do this My way. 
First, take the sleeves off. 
 Try them on, and pin down the excess fabric. Sew a new seam, try the sleeves on again, and cut off the extra material. 
 Next, try on the bodice. It's best to do this with the garment inside out, and pin down the seams while it's on you. Or a sewing mannequin. 
I also took a little bit off the shoulder line so that the duster would have a better fit. 
Sew, try on, and cut. I did this in the wrong order, because I've had to do this many, many times before, and knew what to do. But I do recommend sewing first and cutting later. That way, you can shape the seam again if it doesn't look or feel just right. 
 Next stop, set the sleeves. 
It may be necessary to shape both the sleeve arc and the armhole for a perfect fit. 
 The last thing I did was to add darts to the back of the duster. 
 
 The finished garment was happy to get a second try at life, and I'm happy with my new duster. It works wonderfully with knee-length and full-length dresses. Although it isn't very warm, it adds texture to outfits. 
 The dark lace is see-through, and wearing it over a brighter dress would create a lovely contrast. 
I hope this helps in taking in those too-big tops! 

Until next Wednesday.
Love,
Heather