Thursday, February 22, 2007

Perfectionism in Picture Posting

I've been putting off posting because I want to put up pictures of a couple of finished projects but haven't had a chance to take any, mostly because I am vain and want to look good in the pictures without having to crop off my head due to a bad hair day or laziness-induced lack of makeup. Last Sunday I actually wore one of my new things over to a friend's house, and got my boyfriend to take some pictures, one of which I erased because I thought I looked fat and the others I asked him to download for me today and email so I could post them (I'm at work today and he's not).

Well, they're not here because he claimed they didn't look good enough because they didn't properly feature the shirt and refused to send them and offered to take new pictures tomorrow night. So tomorrow we'll have a little modeling session and I'll get pics of the sleeveless cowl-neck dress I finished, the blouse I wore in the rejected photos, and hopefully the halter dress that I didn't get done in time to wear out last Saturday and that still needs hemming.

I suppose I should thank him for looking out for me and making sure I don't post crappy-ass photos on my blog, but I do also think he's a bit of a perfectionist. In the meantime here is a picture of me at the park where the Giants play, wearing a scarf I made that you can't see very well but that I love. I tell people that I only had to skin 3 or 4 muppets to spin the yarn for it. Because I'm funny that way.

Friday, February 16, 2007

I bought a dress form!

I've been shopping like a demon for things to feed my current sewing obsession, and while I've probably bought lots of fabric and patterns that I didn't need and won't use for a while I did make one purchase that I think is an actual good investment.

It's a vintage adjustable dress form, not in the absolute best-looking condition, but good enough for me I think.

I had been looking off and on for a form, but they were all always too expensive or not in the right measurements. This one has a plaque on it with the range of measurements and it's uncanny, the range is exactly my range: the skinniest I tend to get on the lower range, and the biggest I tend towards on the upper. Which unfortunately is the range I'm at right now, but that's another lament for another time.
Anyway I'm hoping having a decent dress form will help me get better at fitting things, which has been a bit of a challenge for me. I also want to learn more about how to design my own stuff, and I just signed up for a draping class at Stitch Lounge next month to get going on that. I can't drape without a dress form, so I HAD to get this.

I also went to a Presidents' Day sale at my fave fabric store and got some deals on stuff I've been wanting, including some black eyelet which I want to make a dress out of (I need to find a good pattern now) and some houndstooth wool for a cape I want to make out of a pattern I already have.

Earlier in the week I cut out the pieces for a halter dress out of some black cherry-print fabric, and I want to whip that up tonight and tomorrow to wear to a rockabilly concert I might go to Saturday. It is very important that it look great, and very hot rockabilly-alicious, because I'm auditioning next weekend to sing for this band. I'm not nervous about the singing part, but I'm nervous about the image I will need to project, so I want to make a great first impression.
I'll post pics of some of the other fabrics and things I've gotten lately, and update my works in progress list soon. I'm just pretty psyched about the possibility of having some new things soon. I do need to rein in the spending from here on out though. Hm, maybe after I buy the duro dress pattern. I have some awesome Dia de los Muertos fabric I want to make it out of!

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