Sunday, May 13, 2012

Can I do a Tights Rant?
I can do a Tights Rant.

I wear tights about 75% of days I put clothes on. Due to my current predicament, I'm lucky the current heat wave has made that not so necessary, but today it, unfortunately, a tights day.
I probably own about twelve pairs of tights. I count about five of those to be Black.
Black tights are, without a doubt, one of my wardrobe essentials. I wear my black tights twice as often as even my Express tights. (Those are my beautiful neons, Blue and Red.)
Today, and infact, most days I want to wear tights, I was dismayed by my lack of choice: Two poor quality ill fitting ones I ought to just throw away (or use to silkscreen), one pair of Harringbone ones that are fairly too small and ripped in the crotch, one old pair that have miraculously held their shape, even with their run-count surpassing anything I've ever seen, and one slightly blue pair, with holes in the toes, and one in the crotch. The last is the pair I have been wearing most often lately. They don't look trashy; they fit.

Tights are very hard to judge in the store. Most of them feel the same until they've been washed, in fact. As a result, it's uncannily easy to end up with cheap ill fitting tights. And, as if that's not enough, my mother, who buys my clothes, likes to go shopping alone. And knows nothing of tights, much less which brands to buy.
For example, she judges by price- DKNY tights are a Christmas present. For about half the cost, you could get a pair from Express, less likely to run and less.. Brittle.

So, as someone who's worn tights for, honestly, most of her lifetime, let me share with you- The Brands. 

Foot Traffic- Good quality material, Affordable. My friend swears by them. However, they do have a tendency to rip at the crotch seam.

DKNY- Thin yet strong. Good summer tights. They show more skin-tone than most. Expensive, also have a tendency (thou in my experience, less of one) to rip at the crotch seam.

Express- Thick(ish), strong. I've only ripped them once, on Barbed wire. Sometimes they carry all the colors of the rainbow (ie, my neons), but currently, they only have Black, Brown, and Grey. More expensive than Foot Traffic, cheaper than DKNY. Tendency to stretch out from extensive use.

And, you have it. My brands. Now, I'm not saying these are the ONLY brands of tights worth buying- I don't know the brands of many of my tights, even. But keep in mind- If there is a Label sewn in, chances are their good.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I'm such a sucky blogger. I get sick, and I don't go online every day, and I'm not even home everyday... So truly, it's not always my blogging, it's just that I've got no time.
But still. I'm trying!!

So, Today, I'm gonna get you guys a bunch of images and links to other people's tutorials!!

Will this keep you pacified untill I can get my life back together?
Don't worry, I'm only gonna get busier first- 
I should be getting my driver's permit in a few weeks, and then I've got to deal with all that, and I'm working my skinny bumb off to graduate on time (have I mentioned that I dropped out for a semester a while ago?)
And then I've got to get my online shop up and running, and then my other orders of business... The woes of a teen trying to make it in the world of fashion!!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

DIY: Dream Catcher

I just love the whole Bohemian style- its comfortable, it's pretty, its easy, it's logical. What's not to love?
Besides, I was raised by hippies. It's in my genes.

So here goes- au Natural dream catcher- Like the Indian's ones, except easier!

You'll need:
Fishing line
a large twig of flexible material. 
(I got one off my dogwood bush. You can use willow, too.)
a knife
a pot of boiling water
Things to string on the bottom.
(also optional)

Strip any bud or leaves or other small branches using your knife, as to not strip bark.

Curl your branch inside your pot, using a clip to hold it curled. Otherwise it will snap out. Simmer for about half an hour.

Get out your fishing line, crimps, and twine.

You can use this time to braid a length of about nine inches (unbraided) of twine.

Pull out your branch, and let it cool still clipped end over end.

When it's cool, put the ends close together, and start wrapping your fishing line around the two ends. Crimp the end in somewhere, continue wrapping until secure, and crimp the other end. This may be a two-person job, But I did it solo, so it's possible!

Cut about four feet of twin to start with (you may have to add more later, depending on how close you do your loops. Wrap it around the branch form. 

The closer you wrap them, the closer and tighter your webbing's gonna be.

You can add beads, too- string them on before a loop.

Just keep looping, until you get as close to the center as you want. (or as close as you can go.)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I've done it.

Fridays don't work. Lets strive for sundays.

I have a tutorial written up, and all done. It's of this gorgeous Dreamcatcher I made last weekend, all layed up in bed. It's got beads all done thru-out, and tea-dyed muslin with big wooden beads strung up and a shell necklace hanging, and it looks great against my light blue wall.

Unfortunately, I've lost my camera. Problems of a large house and larger family.
I swear, I'll post it next chance I get, once I find my camera. (which also had the last necessary picture of my pillow for that tutorial...)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Artist's Corner!

I'm a lazy bum (actually, I'm sick) and haven't done anything remotely productive besides paint since my last post. And I don't show off paintings until their Done. [Capital D]

So lets look at some drawings I scanned!
I did this one in Palestine, bored out of my mind, missing my boyfriend(who was likely not missing me) with my grandma sitting over my shoulder. She didn't know till then that I wanted to be a fashion designer.

Also done in Palestine. We had no internet there, and that left me a very bored nerd.

Ha!! Haha!! All that time dating him, and I kept getting "draw me, draw me!!" Few months after the breakup, and whatdoyaknow, blooming out of the page comes him and the chick he cheated with. Life, you're really funny.

I am amazingly proud of this. To this day, I cannot believe this came out of my hands. I still open my sketchbook in awe. (btws, it's of the Kaulitz Twins.) (Shhh, let me be a teenager while I still am...)

Friday, February 17, 2012

First of a Tradition! (I hope.)

Getting into a "Posting Tutorials Every Friday" schedule, here goes!

This adorable dress (size small/xsmall) was a men's t-shirt! (size medium) 

Thing about me #1: I love soft fabric. When it stretches, even better.
Result: Buy soft men's tees. Cut. Sew. Cut some more. Sew some more. It looks a bit like this: 
My own Drawings, yes. I sacrificed a whole sketchbook page for this!!

Now, Show & Tell!! 
Another Shirt, once plain. Much the same as the top, except I kept the shoulder seams in place, therefore making it shorter. And, you know. Added a pocket. (cut from a sleeve.)

PJ pants, from a pair of (very long) matching pillow cases. I lay a pair of kinda-to-big pants ontop of the pillow cases, and cut. Their a bit odd, fit wise, but who cares, their just pjs, and their definitely comfortable.

Yes, I'm a Nerdfighter, and proud of it. And I love that cover to death. Unfortunately, I hate dust covers; they get in my way. So here is my nerdy tribute! DFTBA!

Long time, No see!

It's been around six months since I last posted, I think, and in all honesty, I've got no excuse.
Not like anyone minds; seeing as I have no readers, I told myself it was all fine. Which is silly. I think I even have some tutorials stashed away; written and photographed and all. I just need to get in the habit of posting. I'm gonna try to post every Wednesday and Friday, but don't be too shocked if it doesn't play out.

I've got a Dream Catcher (summer decor, if we're gonna get all fancy with terms) post coming up, and a cylindrical pillow with piping (yes, that was my first time.)
And probably more; I know I've got more *hey, look what I did*'s even if their not actual tutorials.

Speaking of, I'm thinking I'll do a show-offy post or just bloggy BS post on Wednesdays, Ya know, just for inspiration, and a legit tutorial Fridays. And I'm thinking I'll start a tumblr for all of it, if you don't wanna go to so much work as remembering to check a particular website and typing in the url every time, but if that does happen, the Tums are gonna be much more often links or photos, not full-blown Step by Steps.

Sorry it's been so long! I'm back! (hopefully)