Pictures? Pictures, you say?

Finally! I have pictures of the things I’ve been sewing!

First …

The skirt!

The Skirt

Apologies for the goofy expression on my face; I was concentrating really hard on getting a good shot of the skirt from the front.

I love this thing. I’ve worn it for two days now, and have decided that it just continues to get more comfortable. I love it so much, in fact, that I took it off for a bit today to reinforce all of the seams.

I’ve decided to call this my tomboy princess skirt; I love the mermaid look of the skirt, it makes it quite elegant, but the jeans are so scruffy and beat up. Then, you see the fabric used for the panels, and understand how elegant it could be. But it isn’t. So it’s a very tomboy skirt, but still very princessy.

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I just love the way the back ended up. You can see some more of the fabric in this one, too. Just gorgeous. It’s the vintage stuff mom found in the basement. And the good news? I still have enough to make a shirt, skirt, vest, or maybe even a full dress.

Here are some pics of the skirt laying down, so you can get a better idea of how it’s constructed:

686688This one is purely for the sake of the fabric:

690Hey, what can I say, when you sew you appreciate these things.

Really, the skirt was incredibly easy. If you have an old pair of jeans lying around and would like to make your own, I would advise typing “how to sew a jean skirt” into Google. Click through the links on the page until one strikes your fancy. Be warned; you won’t find the pattern for a floor-length skirt anywhere. I pretty much made this up on the fly, with a little bit of help from the pages in regards to transforming the crotch of the pants into a good skirt.

But this isn’t all! I’ve been a busy little bee, and today I made a dress!

It’s a cute little almost-pin-up number, but the pictures of myself in it are, at the moment, far too risque without a slip. It is an extremely thin fabric I used for this dress. But it’s gorgeous. I wasn’t expecting to like it; I was going to sell it, give it to a friend, etc. Then I tried it on, and I loved it.

On with the pics:

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680There will be better pictures of it when it’s done (and also when it’s on me). I think I’ll take it apart a bit at the back to slip in the rest of the red ribbon I’ve got; I kind of messed up, and the pattern didn’t tell me when exactly to put it on in the back.

Or I’m not supposed to, but whatever, I’m gonna do it anyway!

Also, I hate hate hate sewing zippers. But I always just let them be after they’re in, because I don’t like ripping them out. I know that’s a bad thing, but this zipper claimed a needle! It’s too badass to rip out of the dress!

683You can’t really see it all that well, but you get the idea. It’s not a good zipper.

If I was sewing it for someone else, I would take it out and make it right, dammit, but it’s for me, and therefore … I don’t care.

I think I’ll buy a cheap slip at Goodwill and sew that into the dress manually. I don’t actually feel like making a lining. It’s not that I don’t have the fabric for it – I have three different lining fabrics right now, in three different colors – I just don’t feel like it, because I’m feeling a bit lazy after these two huge bouts of sewing.

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But I haven’t just been sewing! Oh no, I’m much too busy for that. This week, I’ve been working on a Letter of Inquiry for a grant for Grand Aspirations. It’s only a three-pager, but in a lot of ways, that’s harder. So I spent most of this afternoon ripping apart the draft of the LOI, and making it not suck. I’m still not entirely convinced of the fact that it doesn’t suck, but I’ll leave another section of LOI destruction for Thursday or Friday. Tomorrow is a day to … not do that.

Also, update on the NAU grant: We didn’t make it to the top 5, but we still have a shot at making the NAU choice (basically, the people putting on the grant choose 5 people they think are cool but didn’t quite make it to the top 5, and they get to go on to the next round of competition). But we won’t find out about that until Timothy gets back and is able to sift through his email, which will be around Sunday.

So that’s life. Lots of sewing, lots of grant-writing. Not nearly enough dishes-doing, especially considering how much I’ve been cooking lately, but … alas, that is for another day. Meaning, that is for tomorrow morning. For now, I am tuckered out and ready to curl up with knitting and/or a good book.

Good night, land of the internet, and fare well!

Who needs to be social on a Saturday night when you can just make yourself a new skirt?

Lately I’ve been on a kick of doing strangely domestic things at odd hours of the night. Tonight was classic; as soon as I got back home from visiting friends, I started to work on a new skirt. Mind, it was around 8. Now it’s midnight, and I have an absolutely fab-u-lous new skirt.

And it’s a JEAN SKIRT.

A few days ago, I was hanging out with a friend I haven’t seen for a while. This is someone I worked with in the costume shop, and she’s been doing a lot of crafty things this summer. When I was with her, she was wearing this amazing jean skirt that she’d made out of a pair of “laundry day” pants. These had got too hole-y, and so she made a floor-length skirt out of them.

That got me thinking.

I had this pair of jeans that I’d worn during some construction-type jobs (specifically, during a spring break trip to New Orleans to help rebuild), and they were far too ripped up in the tail to wear. But they are super comfortable around the waist, and I wear them almost every time I have to do laundry at my parent’s house.

Last winter break, I was sewing a skirt for myself when my mom discovered some really groovy vintage fabric. I immediately claimed it, and have been pondering what to do with it ever since.

Eureka! Solution to both issues! FanTAstic new skirt!

Thus far, I absolutely love it, and can not wait to go out in it tomorrow.

I’ll have to post pictures later because, my camera is being rather stupid, and my computer isn’t finding the pictures on it. But I do have photographic evidence! That is a post for tomorrow!

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As a side note, it is freezing right now in MN. It has not spiked above 70 F all day today. And I didn’t have a sweatshirt for rather too much of that! Brr!