Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Spring Patchwork



It's that time of year again! The Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festivals are coming up soon and once again you can find me at the Santa Ana location on May 27. It's in a new location this year, right in downtown - hopefully that means tons more shoppers and it should be loads of fun! And of course there's still the 100+ local indie artists and vendors, including yummy snacks, a bike valet, the photo booths, & diy crafting tables for everyone to participate in. And I'll also have some new designs to include - unfortunately I have no pictures yet, but I'll give you a couple hints: a Parisian Dandy Rabbit and an Alice in Wonderland pocket watch necklace :) Make sure to stop by and say hello!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Patchwork Holiday Show



Yay - it's Patchwork time again! And I'll be selling at the upcoming Patchwork holiday craft show in Santa Ana! It's next to The Road Less Traveled store on Sunday Nov 27th. Never been? Here's how the organizers describe it:

"Patchwork indie arts & festival showcases over 100 local independent artists, crafters and designers in an outdoor setting. come down and eat & drink from local cafe & restaurant booths and food trucks as you listen to tunes and peruse goods from the best southern california creators. look & shop... clothing for men, women & kids, handbags, accessories, art, ceramics, home goods, garden finds, plushies, jewelry, paper goods, edible treats, pet gear, crochet & knit goods, kits & patterns, bath & body goodies & more. check out our bike valet, photo booths, on-site screenprinting, complementary eco-gift wrapping & diy crafting tables for adults & kids."

It is going to be so much fun! Last time I was right next to a booth that had the most scrumptious cake pops, yum! I also met some great fellow vendors and got to reacquaint myself with a few awesome ladies I already knew. I'll have a bunch of new stuff that hasn't made it to the shop yet, I'm especially excited about my Tea and Cupcakes collection. If you're in the area make sure to stop by and say hi :) Here's a little sneak peek:


Saturday, April 30, 2011

Good news - Patchwork!



I've got good news to share: I've recently been accepted to the upcoming Patchwork spring craft show in Santa Ana! It's near the Bowers Museum on Sunday May 29th. Never been? Here's how the organizers describe it:

"Patchwork indie arts & festival showcases over 90 local independent artists, crafters and designers in an outdoor setting. come down and eat & drink from local cafe & restaurant booths as you listen to tunes and peruse goods from the best southern california creators. look & shop... clothing for men, women & kids, handbags, accessories, art, ceramics, home goods, garden finds, plushies, jewelry, paper goods, edible treats, pet gear, crochet & knit goods, kits & patterns, bath & body goodies & more. check out our bike valet, photo booths, on-site screenprinting & diy crafting tables for adults & kids."

I am soo excited, it'll be my second craft show and I know this one will be much busier. I'm expecting to work my butt off, and that's not a bad thing. I've already started making lots of new goodies just for the show, and of course I'll be bringing all the hair accessories and jewelry from the shop too. There are going to be a lot of really great vendors, I am so lucky to be included - I hope I get some time to walk around and do some shopping of my own. If you're in the area, stop by and say hi :)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Red Reding Hood


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It's been so long since I made a treasury, this week I decided it was about time! So for my first treasury using the not-so-new system I've found inspiration in the upcoming movie Red Riding Hood and the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale it's based on. Looking around Etsy I found some great items inspired by the girl in red, the big bad wolf and the heroic woodsman - I hope you'll enjoy them as much as I have :)




The movie looks visually stunning and you know I love the fairy tale - but I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about it. Mostly because I still haven't seen any of the Twilight movies (and don't plan to...) and coming from the first director who uses a similar style, it's obvious that Twilight made this movie happen. But she also worked on some awesome movies like Tapeheads, Tank Girl, and SubUrbia. So I'm willing to look past the Twilight-ness of it.

Plus, it's got Virginia Madsen, Gary Oldman and Lucas Haas so it can't be bad, right? I also have to admit that I'm looking forward to seeing Shiloh Fernandez. Since the first movie I saw him in I knew he had potential - although I can't say that I recommend it (it was Deadgirl btw), I thought he was one of the best things about it and once in a while I wonder what new projects he might be doing. Still waiting to see Skateland, though. Who knows, he could be the next Joaquin Phoenix, he looks just like him ...among others, haha!

But anyway, this isn't about boys it's about Red Riding Hood, and I think I might have to download it and read it again before I see the movie. Are you gonna see it?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tutorial: Self Straps

Alice Garden Floral dress


I have a few tutorials I've been meaning to do for a while - so with a little encouragement from a fellow Etsy seller (Nu00, check out her shop!) I'm finally putting up my first one! I hope it's easy to follow :)

This is how to make spaghetti-style straps. I learned this technique from one of my sewing teachers a while back and I use it all the time - it's great for sewing shoulder straps, thin halter ties, button loops, dimensional embellishment (military jackets, anyone?), shoestring ties, or whatever. Basically, it's a bias-cut tube with the seam allowance encased, filling it out and making it round. I like this type for straps instead of a flat band because it's sturdy and easy to make a bunch at one time. And it's great for sheer fabrics because you don't have to worry about having mis-matched cording inside.

Before you do this "for real", you'll need to figure out how wide to cut your bias strips. I do this by trial and error on scraps because it will vary depending on the thickness of the fabric. Just follow through the steps for the samples until you've got the width just right, then once more for the finished one. I usually make mine 5-6" long or so, enough to really see how it works without feeling too wasteful.

It's not very hard, but there is some math involved. For this example I'm using a light-weight poly chiffon and I want the finished width of the straps to be about 1/4". This means my seam line is 1/4" from the fold; you may want to add 1/16" to account for the "roundness", I usually don't bother. To figure out the seam allowance, you can try 2 or 3 x the width or whatever fills out the inside perfectly; you can even eyeball it if you're confident. If you want to try something heavier, maybe a denim, you won't need as much as my chiffon. But it's always better to start with too much and trim as needed.

I've decided on a seam allowance of 1 1/4" (or 5 x 1/4"). So 1/4" + 1 1/4" = 1 1/2" and because the strip is folded in half, that number is doubled to equal 3" as the total width of my strips. Or simply: (strap width + seam allowance) x 2.


Fold the strip in half, right sides together, and stitch 1/4" from the fold (or your finished strap width). If you're making shoulder straps (both ends are in a seam): just sew from one end to the other leaving the ends open.



If you're making halter straps (one end is in a seam and one end is free to tie): start sewing from the fold across 1/4" (or to the seamline; don't forget to back stitch), then pivot and sew to the other end, forming an L-shape. I also cut out the corner to eliminate bulk, but don't trim too much or it will all fall apart in that corner.



If you have a loop turner you can use it to turn the strap right-side-out, "stuffing" the tube with its own seam allowance along the way. If not, you can use a hand sewing needle and some sturdy thread (I use a double strand). Knot the ends and take a stitch or two near the seam.




Insert the needle into the tube and start pulling. The end on the halter strap will be the toughest part to turn, but trust me it is possible with some effort and patience.




Keep pulling the seam allowance all the way through and voila!



Chances are it will feel slightly uneven or lumpy in some spots, but I just pinch and roll it between my fingers to even it out. I also do this to smooth and flatten out my corner on the closed end.

I hope this was easy to understand - feel free to leave any questions in the comments and check out my shop to see how I use these straps in my clothing :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

iggy . frankie & cab in action - fashion show video!

Just when I was starting to think they forgot about us, the video from my RAW artists fashion show is up! There's some snippets of the models cut in with and interview with me. I talk a little about what I do and what inspires me, and how I got started oh so long ago. For more about me and my inspiration and creative process, I also did a written interview here.

Honestly, there were some moments during the interview where I felt awkward and rambling and I was worried I'd look like a total doofus on video for all the internet to see - but now I don't know what I was afraid of because it turned out great. My biggest problem is that not every model's walk/pose was included, which disappoints me. I'd gladly give up some of my own face time to show everyone, but that's what happens when you don't have creative control... Lesson learned! Other than that I am happy with it and I think you should check it out - click here to watch it on YouTube.




I've also started listing the clothing and more jewelry and hair accessories in my Etsy shop, click here to check it out! Unfortunately I haven't made my goal of over 100 listings yet, but at almost 90 currently (and counting) I'm almost there! Listings are added every weekday Monday through Friday, so keep checking the shop for more goodies :)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Peek into the Wardrobe

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Leopard Love



What I'm wearing:
Mesh-panel bandage dress: vintage
Leopard print coat: vintage
Over the knee boots: Nine West

It's been too long since I've done a wardrobe post! Luckily I remembered this one I already waiting for me to post. Just in time for fall weather, this one's actually from a few months ago when it was a weird cold but still sunny day. I've actually had this coat since high school! I got it when I first started wearing vintage - ahh memories.

In other news, I've started listing some of my new jewelry and hair accessories in the shop, check 'em out! I'll be putting up a couple new listings everyday or so - my goal is to have over 100 listings by the end of next month. And just in time for Halloween I put together a costume set with my lace cat ears and new matching chokers. It comes in two options: Naughty (black) or Nice (pastel). I have to admit, they are both super cute!


Kitty Cat-tastic