Thursday Next Wrap

Hello, readers!

I have a MASSIVE project post. Garment: Thursday Next Wrap. It is so dubbed because it’s a garment so versatile that I can wear it from one Thursday to the next and look different every day. The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next novels) have also been at the top of my reading list for years, and I haven’t got around to them.

The idea for this wrap came from the cardi-wraps that have been so popular the last two years. I’ve wanted one since before they were in stores, but have not shelled out the cash to get one. So, I made a mock-up pattern and tried my hand at making one from scratch. And this is the result!

035This beautiful wrap can be worn so many ways I haven’t even found them all yet. Here are some of my best pictures from the photoshoot today:

one of my favorite ways to wear it

one of my favorite ways to wear it

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if you can't tell, it's upside-down

if you can't tell, it's upside-down

And there is certainly more where that came from. Almost anything (aside from the upside-down wrap) can become a dress, or a shirt. That was the great fortune of having bought too much fabric.

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On a different note, sorry for the lack of posts this month. My life has been really intense, and I haven’t been able to justify spending a lot of time posting here.

I’ve been working on three major projects, all of which are consuming a lot of time. Project 1: Schooooooool. This semester is really intense, and I’ve been struggling to stay ahead of the game. Project 2: Grand Aspirations. Have been putting together a workshop for next weekend, and will have to give it myself. Project 3: Costume Shop Sale. This has really only been about 12 hours a week, but when you add that to these other two projects, it’s quite the workload.

I know I really need to slow down. Know how I know? I hadn’t hung out with friends (other than Chelsea) for the entire month of October until last weekend. … GUH. After the workshop is done, my work load should lighten, though school will start getting more and more intense until finals. My peace of mind is definitely suffering. This past week has been incredibly up and down, feel a little like I’m turning inside out. At least tonight my homework is to read. Read, read, read some novels. I should have about 400 pages of reading done by the end of tonight if I’m going to get ahead on work before the weekend. *dies*

I’m already looking forward to winter break. I’m actually going to take J-Term off this year, and have time to relax and recouperate from the madness that is the last six months of my life. Hopefully, I’ll get some time to just do what I want to for a change. Lord knows I need it.

Okay, can’t justify spending any more time on the computer right now. Need to end this post. Hopefully I’ll have more to talk about later.

First Design for Someone Else

I finally finished April’s skirt!

Through this process, I really realized that I love designing things for other people, particularly people I know fairly well. I know what sort of thing they like, and how to personalize it to suit them specifically. Very, very fun process. It really didn’t take me long – probably 5 hours all together, and the outcome is fabulous. She loves it, I love it, and it looks GREAT on her!

Enough with the gib-gab, on to the pictures!

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This is what she told me she likes: Mermaid skirts, buttons, and lots of threads/DIY stuff everywhere.

Knowing her, I know she wears a lot of warm colors. So I accented with some orange yarn (so you could see the threadwork), and put in buttons. Made sure the inserts started above the knee, so that her mobility wouldn’t be restricted, and added some “kick pleats” or inserts on the side seams to add to the mermaid effect.

All in all, I’m very proud of this garment.

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Also, while she was over picking up her skirt, I convinced her to snap a few pics of me in the dress I’ve completed!

Remember this one? This is what it looks like completed!

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008I really do love this dress. Pity it’s getting to be too cold for it! Oh well – I will have a shiny new dress to wear once it’s warm out again.

Have been digging through the internetz for some new, free patterns. I have some new projects in mind that I’m itching to get a start on – but alas, I have to get my schoolwork done first. Also, I really can’t afford more new fabric right now to be specific to projects. Grargh.

I just got back from Renaissance Festival, and am absolutely beat! Spent far, far too much money, and will have another post up (probably tomorrow or Tuesday) detailing how RenFest went, and how much I looooove it, with some appropriate pictures.

Felt very witchy/spiritual today indeed. But more on that in the next post! Until then, I have a horrendously messy room to deal with and a LOT of pages to read for tomorrow. I think a strongly caffeinated tea is in order.

Ta ta!

xx

In which Abbie talks simultaneously about school, knitting, sewing, and herbology. E-gads!

Ugh.

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The semester officially starts tomorrow. Who’s not ready? That would be me.

Thankfully this fall I’m taking a lighter load. Only 12 credits, rather than my usual 16. I’ve been dragging my feet much more than usual this year, but I think that has a lot to do with not having much of a break this summer. I was just gettin’ my groove on! Getting projects completed/started!

I think, next summer, I’m just going to do Summer of Solutions. And maaaaaaybe a class. Maybe. If I really need to do it to graduate on time. Or to maintain my sanity in the spring semester.

At least I’m starting the semester off with the one class I’m really excited about – the 21st century novel. I’m going to spend the rest of tonight finishing the first novel for that class, and maybe getting a dent in the next one. I definitely suggest Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem to anyone looking to spice up their reading list with something really reminiscent of the noir genre.

My other classes are a science class, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, and one for Social Justice, From Development to Globalization. When/if I go to India, I’ll be studying development issues in-depth, and this should be a good way to get started thinking about that.

We’ll see how I feel at the end of the week, once I’ve got more fully into my classes.

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So I’m almost done with that white dress from a couple of posts ago. I’m wearing it right now, and it’s incredibly sexy. But there are some issues with the construction of it that I need to fix goddammit because they’re going to bother me from now to eternity.

I think this dress might be an exercise in patience. Unfortunately, I got my patience from my mother, who is a hot-blooded, red-headed Norwegian. And I believe a Taurus Scorpio. Yeah, you can imagine how much patience that leaves me with.

But if I am considering, at all, selling home-made clothing for any kind of money, I need to learn to be patient and crank out really good products quickly. And right now, while it’s a flattering dress, it’s not made as well as it could have been.

Here’s a teaser picture for you all before that dress is done:

013It’s not a terribly good picture, but you get the idea. I should really find someone who would be willing to photograph me wearing the things I’m making after they’re done … there is always the roommate, but I’m not sure if she’d like doing that. For now, we’ll just have to make do with my self-taken photos in a full-length mirror.

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Thankfully, the knitting is going much better than the sewing these days. Which is strange, because knitting takes much more patience (just because it takes infinitely longer). But the sweater I’m working on is really coming along. A couple more movie nights, and I should have the body of it done. I’m probably about half done with that. Still have a long way to go, though – there are the sleeves, after all. But it’s definitely coming along, and resembling something I would wear on my torso.

Here are a couple of pics of the progress so far:

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I particularly like how the flash played with the colors for this picture.

Best picture of the buttonholes I could muster.

Best picture of the buttonholes I could muster.

Oh, and I almost forgot the exciting bit of this post! A friend of mine saw my jean skirt, and she liked it so much that she commissioned me to make her a skirt out of a pair of her old jeans! We went and bought fabric the other day, and I think it will be super cute. It won’t be the same as my skirt, but now that I’ve done it once I feel like I can take some creative license with it.

There will be pics of that skirt to come later, and I’m sure she wouldn’t mind posing for me in it once it’s done.

I’ve also been a very good scavenger lately. This past weekend, I found some fantastic used fabric for dirt-cheap. I’ll buy some vintage patterns to go along with it, and post some pics. Yesterday, Goodwill was having a 50% off sale, and I went and found some amazing things. Mostly kitchen things, but I found a book on natural healing that was quite exciting and a Brita filter for a friend. If only I’d found some more fabric or some patterns! But alas, we can’t always have such luck.

Due to my using a lot of herbs for cooking, witchery, and other various uses, I think I might start an herb container garden. More coming on this later, but know that it’s coming. Most likely. I need to gauge how expensive it will be to start up an herb garden, and how well the herbs will take to growing inside. I also need to have a more final list of plants I’m going to grow, and for what purposes. Anyway, more on that later. I have things to do other than post this entry!

I’m off to finish reading my book.

Ta ta,

Abbie