OMG I FINISHED MY LONGEST/MOST DEMANDING SEWING PROJECT YET
Self made semi-authentic 1860s ballgown, including the corset and hoopskirt😁😇
I'm so freaking happy right now😁😁
Image and video IDs under the cut
Three photos and a video me wearing a reddish-brown taffeta 1860s-style ballgown with light pink lace trim on the bodice and skirt. The bodice has three layers of the lace that make for an off-shoulder top and serve as the sleeves. The skirt is made of two parts, one long skirt and one shorter one which starts at the tip of the bodice in front and gets longer towards the back.
In all the photos i am standing at an angle to the camera, showing the side and part of the front of the dress. In the first picture i am smiling, and in the second and third i am laughing.
The video shows me turning in a slow circle to show all sides of the dress.
#sewing#my sewing#sewing project #semi historic sewing #1860s ballgown #folks please tell me if i did smth wrong with the IDs if you notice it #i just described the video like i would a picture bc not much happens and it goes with the rest #but if thats unhelpful to you or smth feel free to tell me
enjoying working on my cross stitch but it's got so many different thread colours that I have them all carefully laid out across my room and I can't work on any other projects and tbh it's making me kinda mad. gonna finish this cross stitch out of spite. hate-crafting
#it's half done. HALF DONE IN THREE MONTHS #cross stitch #i started sewing some shorts but my brain short circuited and now there's too much stuff in the way #my brain is mad because it feels like i'm not making headway on any of my projects and to be fair that's true #because im spending all my free time trying to do this damn cross stitch so I can move on
I frequently wear patella braces. While producers of medical devices seem to disagree with me on this, I personally think that if I'm going to use something on an almost daily basis, that something might as well be pretty.
Why do medical aids only ever come in Bland Beige and Gloomy Gray anyway? Let's see if we can spruce these braces up a little!
My braces are gray with purple accents and have a big plastic logo in the front.
I dug around in my fabric stash and found a pair of lacy underwear that happened to be the same shade of purple as the accent colour of my braces. Good thing I didn't throw it out during my last closet clean-out!
Keen followers may remember I've reused lace like this before in my lace cover up project.
[ID: two gray patella braces with a logo saying "Push Braces" in the front lying on a black and white checkered floor, along with a pair of lace purple panties.]
As I didn't want to risk messing up the functionality of these braces, I decided to only tackle the front part with the logo sewn onto it, and to stay away from the sliding straps and the knee support in the back.
My first step was to wash and air-dry my braces so I had a clean surface to work with.
I began by removing the logo. It was sewn onto the outer fabric layer of the front of the brace, so I removed it with a seam ripper.
[ID: close-up of a gray patella brace with a logo saying "Push Braces" in the front.] [ID: a pair of gray patella braces with the "Push Braces" logo removed.]
I then took apart the panties I'd found in my fabric stash, removing the elastic at the top with a seam ripper and cutting up the seams, which maximised the amount of lace I could reuse.
I pinned my lace onto my brace, making sure to only pin into the outer layer of the fabric while avoiding any functional parts, and carefully cut out the shape of the front part of my brace that I wanted to cover up.
[ID: close-up of a layer of purple lace pinned to the front of a gray patella brace.]
Once everything was cut and pinned in place, I started sewing down the lace with a whipstitch, using a matching purple thread. I again made sure to only catch the outer layer of the fabric with my needle and to stay away from any functional parts of the brace.
[ID: a pair of patella braces with a layer of purple lace pinned to the front of both braces.]
Once I finished up my sewing, my braces were done! They look much more cheery now, compared to before. I might add some other decorative elements in the future, but I'm still on the fence about it.
[ID: a pair of gray patella braces with a layer of purple lace sewn onto the front of each brace.]
There's no reason why medical aids should look drab. I wear these on an almost daily basis and I like being surrounded by pretty things, so why shouldn't they be pretty, too?
If you want to spruce up your own medical aids, please be careful not to modify anything that could alter their functioning.
Lace is a great resource to mend or alter other clothes with. Who cares if it originally came from an intimate garment? As long as you keep hygiene in mind, it's totally fine to repurpose it as a base material for craft projects. If you enjoy wearing lacy clothes, don't throw out your old garments next time you clean out your closet. Keep them in your fabric stash, instead!
so I just thought of something I think is super cute
so Steve definitely knows how to sew - he would need to know so he could stitch up tears he gets in his clothes while off on missions in the middle of nowhere and so that he could do some emergency stitches if he or a teammate gets injured.
meanwhile Danny is a shorty who definitely needs pants taken up
so I just imagined Danny heading out the door with a bag of clothes, Steve asks him where he is going, and when Danny tells him Steve offers to do his hems for him <3
and Steve just lovingly does all Danny’s tailoring needs from then on <3
#mcdanno#Steve McGarrett#Danny Williams#H50 #they are so heckin cute #imagine steve quietly sitting on the beach just sewing #and danny's kind of annoyed at first #and doesn't expect steve to do as good a job as his tailor #but then he sees the peaceful smile on steve's face #and he realises that steve needs this #and steve does a great job #and he gets better and better #and eventually he graduates to bigger projects #like sewing a dress for grace's prom
Okay I just made a dramatic black cape out of flowy, semi-sheer organza and I feel like a BAD BITCH. GOTH LEGEND. WITCH OF THE WOODS. Morgana wants what I have. I'm definitely adding this to my goth Rey Skywalker cosplay :)
#im going to finish the inside edge of athe hood and hem it tomorrow. then itll be done #very quick project! i cut it out a week ago then forgot i was doing it. came back to it today and threw it together in a few hours #to be fair the organza was slippery and annoying af to work with #if this were cotton? wowee that wouldve been easier and faster 😂 but not in this house! #we only allow the most DRAMATIC fabrics here #i am basically luke skywalker in roj right now. you know. with the black jedi robes and chanel boots #those are my ideal vibes ok skfjskjgkjfkdk #sewing tag
so. I might make howl’s coat from Howl’s Moving Castle (this one)
#IT LOOKS SO GENDER #but also I have so many ongoing projects and no time #in between school and school and the 2 sewing projects I’m working #I will have to learn how to quilt #and will have to draft it all because I’m ~prideful~ #howls moving castle #howl jenkins pendragon #sewing#sewing projects#cosplay
#me: ok so i have two ridiculously strong hyperfixes rn which are literally consuming all of my brain space all of the time and also i have #like three separate independent projects im working on for each of those hyperfixes and i Need to sew things Right Now #or ill Die i need to Sew Clothing and also ive been hyperfocusing on a Third thing all week and i need to do calligraphy and i need to work #on these comics and cut my hair and oh fuck also i have school but like thats a backseat right now :) #and super big important things r happening with both of those hyperfixes and i need to get better at art and i need to listen to this #analyzing podcast and i need to spend time with my bestfriend boyfriend and i need to learn how to repair watches and i have xmas presents #to work on and and and. #litterally anyone listening to me: 👁👄👁 #anyway. i ordered rit dye for two sewing projects & metal dice for stim toy & a mouse so i can play mc. #but like wowww really how did i fucking exist without having a hyperfixation... liek i am ramped up 2 10 all of the time now ehsfdskskn #incoherent mutterings
Here are some progress photos of the paintbrush case I sewed yesterday!
In college, I used all of my (very cheap) brushes indiscriminately across mediums. In recent years, I finally started treating myself to nicer brushes and setting aside ones exclusively for my oils. With this division and how full my canvas paintbrush case is, I’ve been really needing another for the oil brushes. So, using my canvas case as reference, I pulled out some wine moleskin from my fabric stash and made myself a new case. All in all, I’m pretty happy with the result. :)
Working on a new sewing project and the linen is so tough! I can’t draw threads like normal. I thought that maybe adding some stiffener would make it easier to sew (which is does) but my hands are killing me. It took me no less than three hours to get ever thread drawn out. I’m happy to be sewing again but I have no idea why I insist on making everything so difficult. Perfectionism strikes again!
(For those wondering I’m making a linen shirt to surprise my beau! It’s all handsewn so this is not the end of my hand troubles, lol.) Maybe I’ll post some in progress pictures of it if you guys would like that.
I'm making a little penguin for my nephew H who recently turned 5.
H is incredibly active -like ridiculously so 😬- and just gets more hyper the more people he's around. I can't run around with him atm, but I found that he'll sit and listen to stories for hoooouuuuurrs.
So when we had a mini family reunion over the summer 😳 I took to telling him stories to keep him out of trouble and give my sister a break.
Many tales were told of H visiting his Aunt Odessa in her many castles around the world 🤭😄 and sometimes when I backed myself into a corner when one least expects it, a penguin in a suit of armor would appear out of nowhere and then, just as quick as he appeared, he'd dissappear through small magical doors that lead to far off lands. And occasionally French prisons. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
it's very silly stuff, but H loves it. So I'm trying to make him his own little penguin in armor.
Apparently I had every color of felt except grey ,😑 but that should come tomorrow and then I can do the armor & hopefully I can get it done in the next few days. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
#it's ok，you can say it #''odessa，shut up. literally no one cares'' #😄😂 #i know it's not important to anyone else and I'm sorry but #i just don't care ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ #i don't have anyone else to bombard with this nonsense #so the nebulous void of the internet will just have to do until i get a dog or the being in the attic starts talking back when i ask it ?'s #i don't long post to bother you #it's an unintended side effect，i assure you #sewing projects#felt #i plan on making one of his magical doors to go with him #i haven’t yet decided if that will be made of felt or balsa wood tho 🤔 #he's known to frequent the lighting section of stores like home depot or lowes #they're very magical places you know #good places to open magical portals #also the lighting there is more flattering there than fluorescent lights #reflects off the armor for a more dramatic look
mission: add pockets to my cool holographic backpack (cause there’s no way i’m using my messenger bag on a eleven day disney trip. i would kill my shoulders)
possible water bottle pocket?? and zipper pocket expansion. cause i can
becomes several pockets! then a big one on the other size i was too excited to photograph
IT FITS ALL MY THINGS NOW
bonus regular photo then one with flash (i bought me and my bff @71-82-89-98 matching pins cause she’s a pisces and i’m a gemini and tho they’re technically pisces pins they do have two opposite but identical fish, so it’s perfect for us!)
I found this amazing pair of trousers made of a silk/linen blend fabric while thrifting a while ago. They fit, technically speaking, as long as I didn't sit down or eat while wearing them. This was less than ideal.
I decided to buy them anyway, and to let them out.
Most garments have excess material in their seams: this is called seam allowance. This extra fabric can be used to make a garment bigger by opening up the original seam and sewing it back shut closer to the edge of the fabric.
(Image source) [ID: a diagram demonstrating seam allowance. Two pieces of fabric have been sewn together: the diagram shows the right side and the wrong side of the fabric, the stitching which sits about 1/5th of the fabric's width away from the edge, and the seam allowance which is the space between the stitched seam and the edge of the fabric.]
Best case scenario: I end up with a pair of trousers that fit me properly. Worst case scenario: I get some practice with letting out clothes and have an amazing fabric that I can reuse for other sewing projects. Seems like a win-win situation to me.
I only needed a few extra centimetres, so I figured I'd be able to get away with just letting out the seams rather than inserting extra fabric.
[ID: front view of a pair of brown high-waisted pants, shown both right-side out and inside out, hanging from a clothes hanger in front of a white closet door.]
I turned my pants inside out and put them on. While the bottom part of the legs was fine, the tightness started above the knee and ran all the way up to the waist. I took a piece of chalk and marked the side seams where I wanted to start letting them out.
[ID: close-up of two side seams of a pair of brown trousers as seen from the inside of the garment. The edges have been serged with beige thread, and a white chalk line is marked on both seams.]
Lucky for me, the seams had a decent amount of seam allowance. By letting out the space between the current seam and the spot where the serged edge starts, I could win about 2 centimetres per leg by just letting out the outer side seam.
I used a seam ripper to open up the side seams up until the chalk mark I made, then sewed the seams back together. My new seam sits right below where the original seam's serged edges start.
I then did the same to the crotch seams and the seams running along the inner thighs, gaining me about 2 centimetres per altered seam.
[ID: the opened up side seam of a pair of brown trousers.] [ID: the side seam of a pair of trousers, pinned together after having been opened up and in progress of being sewn together again with a sewing machine. The new seam sits beneath the serged edge of the fabric.]
Letting out these seams left a crease where the original stitching sat, but that's nothing a good ironing can't fix.
[ID: close-up of the inside and outside view of the new seam. The outside view shows a crease where the original seam sat. The inside view shows new stitching right below the serged edges of the fabric.]
I then opened up some of the darts that sat at the waistband of the trousers. I opened up both darts in the back, and two out of four darts in the front. One of the front darts ran through a fake pocket: if it hadn't, I would've opened them all up.
This gained me some extra space in the belly and back area.
[ID: close-up of the back of the top part of the trousers, showing darts that have been taken out.]
Finally, I moved the button at the waist about half a centimetre to make the waistband a little looser. I only moved it as far as the buttonhole would allow me to: if I had moved it even more, the buttonhole would've sit awkwardly and the zipper would've been partly exposed.
Luckily, this was sufficient. If it hadn't been, I would've had to alter the waistband which is much more complicated than simply moving a button.
[ID: close-up of the button at the waistband of the trousers. The button has four holes and currently sits about half a centimetre away from its original spot, which is indicated by four holes in the fabric matching the holes in the button.]
I double-checked my trousers to make sure I had removed all loose threads left behind by the seam ripper, then tried my pants on again: they were a perfect fit now.
All my trousers needed now was a spin in the washer and a good ironing.
I now have a pair of pants that fit me! The silk/linen blend makes them perfect for hot weather, and I would've never found them new for the price I paid at the thrift store.
These alterations may seem small, but 2 centimetres per seam adds up quickly! They accumulate in about 12 centimetres of extra space, and that's without taking the darts and button alteration into consideration.
There are many ways to upsize a pair of pants. Letting out the seams is a good technique if you've got a pair that's a tight fit but doesn't need much extra space. If I ever have to go down a size in the future, I can always just tighten up the seams again.
If letting out the seams hadn't been sufficient, I would've opened up the side seams and the waistband to insert strips of fabric to add more room. I might still do this if I gain weight in the future: weight fluctuations are a normal part of life, after all.
We are not static beings: our bodies are meant to change over time, and it's normal to want our clothes to change with us.
These alterations are sufficient for my current body, so I'll leave it at that for now.
#about 2 months ago i bought silver denim & a dark sparkly fabric that were not so far from Timmy's Venice and Cannes looks #i'm sure its all subliminal - I'm not predicting I'm just reading clues without realising #fucker has been inspiring in so many ways coz i havent taken up a sewing project in ages #fashion #timmy x fashion #timothee chalamet