Sunday, February 12, 2012

To The Next Room [Craft Sales]

Have I mentioned whenever I have nothing to do, I go completely stir crazy and proceed to deco/sew/knit/cook my way into oblivion?

I have spent my last week or so doing nothing but stabbing my fingers with needles and breaking nails on upholstery thread. All in the best fun though!

My first set of creations was these. I altered a few steps of my old fluffy star tutorial and started working with other shapes, as you can see here. Bats, bones, all of the cliche creepy-cute things that are the 'next big thing' in cute clothing.

And then I made wrist cuffs. Which I am absolutely in love with. The local craft store has beautiful lace that I've been eying since I moved to Portland so I decided I absolutely needed to make myself some wrist cuffs!

I want to make another pair with pink and white and star charms that I just bought to match some of my more crazy-sweet coordinates that I have planned in my head.

And of course, a post like this wouldn't be complete with my latest, greatest creation, I'm extremely proud at how professional these turned out:

Foxtails! I am absolutely in love with them. From top to bottom I can't find a thing I'd change on their making and I'm really proud to have figured out a method to make them myself. The market isn't too large for pastel-colored fox tails, nor for ones that aren't overpriced.

The picture of them flat doesn't completely do them justice, I think. So here's a few more.

As with most of my creations they're all available for sale. The fuzzy brooches are about $8 a piece and the fox tails start at $13 dollars a piece, both of those prices include shipping within the United States.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Sugary Carnival and Pastel Crafts

I received my first Lolita purchases in months this past week in the mail and I can't believe how excited I was.

I really, really missed collecting Lolita because to me, it's much more than a fashion, it really is a collection. Each coordinate is some sort of "match set" I have in my head that I need to collect the bits and pieces to.

One of my first purchases once I started buying was a new pair of bloomers. When these popped up I was absolutely in love. They were only about $7 shipped and I couldn't pass up the deal. I do have a pair of bloomers that I made myself but they were mistakenly washed on the wrong cycle and now a bit more beaten up than they were before, haha!

My next purchase was this cardigan, which I got for $12. It's really cute and it fits well. It has a lot of pearl and frill detailing which makes it perfect for my more OTT looks.

I may take it in a bit at the bottom to detract from the 'box' shape, but I won't until I've tried it on with a jsk so I can be sure that tightening the bottom won't throw off the shape of a high-waisted dress.

I also got my hands on a Sugary Carnival replica. At first I wasn't sure about doing so and while I've heard both good and bad about the replicas, I really did hesitate before buying this one. It is a little long in the skirt but I was prepared for that, and being a replica I feel more at ease altering it to better fit my five-foot form. It really only means shortening the skirt by about an inch but it'll take a bit of work due to the zipper in the side.

This is officially the first 'coordinate' I put together since I left Lolita and I am really happy that I held onto my DreamV cutsews, as the pastel pink is perfect with the jumper.

And, as always, with Lolita comes a great need for me to craft. I don't know why but I've always been a fan of making my own accessories whenever I can do so. So I made this foxtail after a bit of annoyance with my first try [the synthetic fibers of the first fox tail didn't take well to an attempt at dying it a pastel pink color and so I left this one white instead of attempting it a second time].

And then there's my puffy stars, one of my most popular posts was my Puffy Star Tutorial and I have been wanting to revisit it, possibly tweak it, and work on making more puffy stars and brooches for my own fun, as well as possibly everyone else's.

Not the best picture but here's the cardigan as well with the jsk. I really am pleased with this look, now I just need to finish my petticoat so I can try all of this on and see if it looks as good off the hanger!

And, as everyone should know: I'm entered in the GothicLolitaWigs' spokesmodel contest and if you'd like to vote for me, you can do so here.