While on my blog break, I decided to work on new fabric designs for Spoonflower. I’m very happy with my progress because was able to finish most of the designs I started over a year ago. Although I have many new designs, I have so many didn’t want to make a whole entire post dedicated to them. So, I decided to post about them in different post. That way I won’t overwhelm anyone reading my posts!
This post is about my new crown and tiara fabric designs. In May, I released six tiara designs for sale. A few months ago, I received a request for a color variation for the tiara design. While working on the design request, I discovered I have about three other crown designs that I never finished coloring. Since I was working on the tiara design request, I decided to work on all the crown an tiara designs so I didn’t need to worry about them or forget them anymore. Continue reading “New Fabric Designs- Crown and Tiaras”→
Last week I found out that Just Jessica nominated me for The Liebster Award! I’m so happy she likes my blog and the costumes I make. It always makes me happy to know that others like my blog!
I couldn’t respond to the questions she asked as quickly as I wanted to because I was working on my website and personal matters that showed up this past week. Since things calmed down enough for me to write a post, here it is!
What made you want to start sewing?
I started sewing when I was 8 years old, but it was so long ago I don’t remember what made me start sewing in the first place!
What has been the hardest technique for you to conquer?
There are so many techniques I had a hard time conquering, but I’d probably say sewing button holes is the hardest. I can’t figure out how to sew button holes on the sewing machine, but I am getting better about sewing them by hand. Still, I really don’t like making button holes. I dislike them so much that I avoided sewing anything with button holes for years. My dislike of button holes are fading and I’m accepting them as part of everyday sewing, but I think I need to try to make more things with button holes to officially conquer this technique.
Where do you pull your inspiration from?
Ooo. This one is hard. I get inspired from many places, but I think most of my sewing inspiration comes from historical and vintage clothing. Although I do not sew a lot of historical and vintage clothing, I love studying it because it sometimes gives me answers to questions I have about assembling something I’m working on but cannot find information about in contemporary sewing books.
Do you have any sewing books that are your favorite because of techniques or just for inspiration?
I have a lot of sewing books (Not as many as some I follow, but more than my friends) but my favorites are…
– Glasgow Museums Seventeenth-Century Costume: I’m still reading this book (I’ve been “reading” it for two years) but I find the pictures of the costumes very inspirational.
–Couture Sewing Techniques: This book is not for a beginner sewer, but if someone is not a beginner and is curious to see how couture clothing is made, this is a great book. It also explains the fabric that is used in couture clothing, stitches that are used to make the garments (And how to create the stitches yourself), pattern making, and more. I’ve used this book as a reference more than once while hand sewing.
– It’s All About the Dress: This book was written by Randy Fenoli, best known from the show Say Yes to the Dress. It does not explain how to sew a wedding dress, how to draft a pattern, and so on, but I do find it extremely useful. After reading it, the world of wedding dresses made more sense to me than it ever did before. I like to use it as inspiration and sometimes as a reference, especially since it breaks down the parts of a wedding dress such as the different necklines, trains, and fabrics they can be made out of.
–Patterns of Fashion: I linked to the first book of the series, but there are four. I love these books! I find them very interesting because not only do they have an explanation about specific clothes from the time period, they have patterns. I’m currently trying to make one of the dresses in the first book, but progress on it was delayed for a while. Despite that, I find these books very helpful in trying to learn how clothes were made in different time periods. I’ve used them as reference in solving sewing problems I faced in my non-historical costume sewing.
–Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Fashion in Detail and Nineteenth Century Fashion in Detail: These books are just pretty to look at. I find the attention to detail in these clothes fascinating and very beautiful.
–Victorian and Edwardian Fashion: A Photographic Serveryand Victorian Fashions and Costumes from Harper’s Bazar, 1867-1898: These books are very useful references and inspiration for Victorian clothes. Although I never used either of them for sewing, I used them for my drawings! I know that when I decide to make a Victorian costume, I’ll use these books as a reference and to get ideas for my costume. XD
What is your favorite thing to sew?
Dresses! I love sewing dresses. Some of the dresses I love to make are complex and take a long time to make, but I still love making them.
Other than sewing, what are some other hobbies you enjoy?
Drawing and photography. I also listen to music. A lot. I hate to admit it but I sometimes go through withdraws if I don’t listen to music at least once a day. XD
Where is your favorite place to travel?
I don’t travel as much as I like to, but when I do get out my favorite places to go are outside such as parks and open air museums in Arizona. I love getting out in the air and seeing the different scenery Arizona has to offer.
What’s your favorite place to purchase fabric from?
I used to love buying fabric from Joann’s and Hobby Lobby because they are the closest fabric stores near my house, but lately I’m buying more fabric from Sy Fabrics and Etsy.
Who is your favorite indie pattern company?
I love Truly Victorian’s patterns! I really do like them better than Simplicity and McCall’s Victorian patterns.
What is your favorite sewing tool?
Probably my sewing machine. It saves my hand from sewing too much. XD
What is a conversation you’d like to have with your sewing machine?
I have so many conversations I’d like to have with my sewing machine, but I think it would either be if it needs to be cleaned or what kind of needle it would like to use so I could buy more needles and have them ready for when it’s time to change them.
In order for me to get this award, I need to nominate others for the award. Unfortunately, everyone I follow have more than 500 followers. (They did the last time I checked at least) So, I’m going to cheat and nominate anyone who sews and/or wants to answer my questions! (Yes, yes, that’s bad. You can commence with the booing right now.) If you answer my questions, please tell me so I can link to your blog!
And here are the questions I would like them to answer:
Why did you start sewing/drawing/hobby?
Is there a project you want to sew/work on but don’t because you didn’t feel ready to work on it?
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Do you listen to music/watch TV while working? If so, what is your favorite thing to have playing in the background while you work?
What project did you work on that you are the most proud of? Why?
What is your favorite tool to work with? Why? (Example: sewing machine, pencil, ect)
When is your favorite time to work?
Do you like to travel? If so where?
Do you take your sewing/drawing/hobby with you when you travel? Why?
Was there a time when you wanted to give up sewing/drawing/hobby? Why didn’t you quit?
What is the best part about sewing/drawing/hobby?
Liebster Award Rules:
In order to be eligible, a nominee must:
•link back the person who nominated them
•answer 11 questions designed by the person who nominated them
•nominate up to 11 other bloggers for this award who have less than 500 followers
•create 11 questions for new nominees to answer
•let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them
I’ve been waiting to make a post about this and now I can!
A few months ago the Risembool Ranger’s (Voice actor Vic Mignogna’s fan club) DeviantART group had a group activity I decided to participate in. The goal was to create a deck of playing cards featuring different anime characters Vic has voiced over the years. It’s been a while since I participated in any Risembool Ranger activity and I thought this would be the best activity to participate in!
Anyone who volunteered for the activity was assigned a character, a card number, and a type of card. Then they would create a playing card using whatever they choose to use as an art medium. There were more rules, but that was basically what we were supposed to do. Once we finished them, one of the moderators would print the art and give the deck to Vic at Sakura Con 2015.
I didn’t know what character I would get, but I was hoping to get a character I knew a lot about such as Dark Mousey from D.N.Angel or Tamaki from Ouran High School Host Club. Instead, I got Brolly from Dragon Ball Z. To be honest, I never watched Dragon Ball Z. Ever. I knew people who watched it and would talk about it all the time, but I was never interested in watching it or reading the manga. I was by no means upset to get Brolly, but it was ironic because around that time I was thinking about trying to draw more men! XD
I decided to create my card in Photoshop so I could practice painting and working with layers. Once I was done with the painting, it looked like this…
You can see the painting on DeviantART here and I hope to post it to Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook soon. (Maybe not. We’ll see how busy/lazy I become.)
I decided to delay writing a post about this painting because I wanted to post a link to the video of Vic receiving the cards. Since it was posted recently, here’s the link to the video!
And there is also a second video…
Unfortunately, I couldn’t go to Sakura Con and be there to see Vic get the cards so the only way I could watch Vic’s reaction was through the YouTube videos. I’m so happy Vic loved the cards!
I’ve been so busy lately I still have yet to do something “interesting” to blog about, so I’ll talk about a fabric design feature I received on March 20th!
I was surprised to get an email from Spoonflower on the 20th saying my fabric design Umbrellas and Raindrops- Blue was featured on one of their shopping lists. I was surprised because this is the second design of my Umbrellas and Raindrops series to be featured. Also, I haven’t creating new designs for sale on Spoonflower in a while (Again, I was too busy to upload the files and buy swatches) and I thought that would make my fabric design popularity drop some.
I created the design a while ago as a contest entry for one of Spoonflower’s weekly design contest. I didn’t make the top 10 list, but I liked the design so much I made other designs with umbrellas in different colors. One of them was blue.
The whole entire collection of designs I made with different colored umbrellas can be seen here, but the contest entry can be seen here.
I’m not sure if I’ll make more designs with different colored umbrellas in the future, but I did enjoy thinking of the different color combinations. 🙂
I’ve been meaning to make a post about the fabric features on Spoonflower and reviews of my fabric online, but I wasn’t able to until now. First, I’ll talk about the features.
The first was featured back in October and it is my Pink and Grey Abstract design. The feature was on Spoonflower’s fabric lists called Feshtastic. The fabric design looks like this…
I wasn’t able to write a super excited post about getting featured for this design because I was coming down with the flu and could barely think about anything, let alone write a blog post.
This design can be purchased on Spoonflower here and at Redbubble here. I’m currently working on getting it, along with many other paintings and drawings, uploaded to Society6.
The second fabric design that was featured on Spoonflower was Umbrellas and Raindrops- Pink. This design was featured on the Recent Trends list. The design looks like this…
This design was featured last Tuesday. It was a surprise a second design of mine was featured and I cannot tell you how happy I am!
This design was meant for a Spoonflower contests, but I liked it so much I decided to make the umbrella different colors. I’m currently working on all the designs and hope to order the swatches by the end of this week.
You can purchase this design on Spoonflower here. I don’t have this design available as prints and such.
In addition to the fabric features, two of my fabric design was reviewed on The Girls Who Time Forgot blog. (Their website is located here) The designs were Clara’s Anniversary Dress Scaled and Clara’s Leaves. They also compared the Anniversary dress fabric to the original Clara’s Anniversary Dress. I never mentioned here on my blog that I created a scaled version of Clara’s Anniversary Dress a few months ago. The reason why I did this is because I purchased a skirt made of the same fabric the dress worn by Clara Oswald in the Doctor Who episode Day of the Doctor was made from. (From what I know, there is a dress version and a skirt version. Both uses exactly the same fabric and are from the same company, River Island.) After comparing my fabric design to the screen accurate fabric, I realized I made the first version of the fabric waytoo big. So, I made a scaled version.
Anyway, the review is located here if you want to read it!
That’s all the features and reviews I have to talk about. Thank you for reading!