The Seam-Stressed Seamstress

Supposed to be making 2 skirts for my cousin. Started one and got all the way to hemming and making the elastic casing…and just stopped. 

I just don’t feel like it tonight…and I don’t care if she wants them by tomorrow.. . 

I guess I’ll care tomorrow… 

a-clockworks-rosa:

Who just made a detachable wedding veil? This girl right here!!


This was reblogged from my other blog…because I am lazy.

PS:I did not make the headpiece (Etsy is a beautiful place… ^_^)

The Seam-Stressed Seamstress Gets Crafty: Bridal Shower Centerpieces-Part 2: Let’s Tint Glass!

Ok, so remember when I said if you wanted different colored glass to use transparent glass paint? Yeah, don’t do that. It’s a waste of time and money. But this method I found on the interwebs gave me the results I wanted!! This recipe, I think, is for making multiple items at once so if you just have one item you want to do this on, you may want to play with the measurement amounts.

Let me show you what I did!

Items you will need:
~Mod Podge
~1 Tablespoon of water
~Food Coloring (I used a 1 fluid ounce bottle of red)
~Glass item for staining (make sure it is clean!!)
~Plastic cups and utensils. 
~An oven.

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Step 1:
Pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees and remove all the racks but the bottom one.

Step 2:
Take 12 tablespoons (6 ounces) of Mod Podge and pour it into a cup. Add 1 table spoon of water and drop in your food coloring. Mix well. (**Keep adding food coloring until you get the desired shade. I just dumped the whole bottle in the cup :D )

Step 3:
Pour some of the mixture into the glass item and coat the inside by tilting and turning your item. Once you get to the top, pour out and excess back into the cup.

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Step 4:
On a foil lined plate, let the items drain more of the excess mixture. (Wait about 30 minutes to an hour) Wipe any of the excess Mod Podge off of the top of the item. (Glass cleaner works well for this!)

Step 5:
Place the glass items right sides up on a foil lined baking sheet. Bake for one hour. If you see any opaque patches, keep the item in the oven for a bit longer. 
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Step 6:
Allow the item to completely cool before working with it. 
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And That’s All!

I waited until the next evening to dress them up like I did with the two clear vases. They look amazing when they are all lit up. They add such elegance and ambiance!

Well that’s it for now. I should get back to sewing since well…I do not have a Christmas outfit and that is like…what a month away? Yeah, need to get on that. Until then, keep crafting!

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The Seam-Stressed Seamstress Gets Crafty: Bridal Shower Centerpieces!

Hello There Guys!!!

I have been going crazy for the past month between work, Halloween and preping for a friend’s bridal shower. Now that Halloween is over, that lifts some of the stress…it also gives me more time to get ready for the shower.

I wanted to make some sort of centerpiece for the event and began searching the interwebs for ideas. Since the theme of the wedding is Aquarium/Ocean/Beach/Giant red octopus (etc), I wanted something interesting but elegant. Then it hit me:

"What Are Those Glass Orbs With Netting On Them Called??"

It turns out that they are fishing floats. They were used back in the day to keep the lines and nets of the fishermen afloat. They are no longer in use, but they are beautiful. See??
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Anyway, I wanted to recreate this look and might I say, I did really damn well! Here is what you will need:

 ~Spherical glass vase
~Fishing net
~Twine
~Glass beadie things (or another kind of filler of your liking)
~Candle
~Hot glue gun and LOTS of glue sticks.

STEP 1:
Cut a strip of the fishing net. Make sure it is enough to wrap around the vase. The netting stretches, so if you have too much, it’s ok. Make sure you have sharp scissors, the netting does not cut easily.

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STEP 2:
Hot glue the net to the top and bottom lip of the vase, stretching it as you go. When you get to the end. cut off any excess and overlap  it slightly with the beginning (Glue, Glue Glue!!) There will be hot glue globs all around the top and bottom lip, but don’t panic. This is where the twine comes in.
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 STEP 3:
Cut off any excess netting from the top and bottom. Staring from the back, wrap twine around the top lip until you get to the top of the vase.  The amount of times you wrap it is up to you. Add small amounts of glue periodically as you go around. Once the top is done, do the same to the bottom. 
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STEP 4:
Dump the glass bead thingies (or your filler of choice) into the vase and add your candle. 
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And there you have it!! If you want different colored orbs, use some transparent glass paint. You could even put some water in it and use a floating candle if you wish. It’s all up to you!!

Well, I need to go make 3 more of these things (and paint two of them). Best of luck and I hope to post again soon. I am currently multi-crafting for this event so…yeah…fun times. See ya!!

basicallycreative:

To finish off (for now), my micro-mini series on random DIYs for Halloween inspiration and ideas, I hereby present ThreadBangers, the DIYiest Youtube channel for DIYing.  They have tutorials for absolutely everything.  Everything! No joke!  (Which is why I have simply linked to their youtube page.  There is no way for me to choose a single video to feature.)

ThreadBanger: Showing you how to make ALL THE THINGS!!

gothiccharmschool:

ai-yo:

fragmentedquailsoul:

anxiousmonster:

iinventedeverything:

weian-fu:

sewingtutorials:

Learn to Sew
“…a series of free online tutorials guiding you through the basics of sewing, from setting up your machine, to understanding sewing patterns, and finishing your seams.”

Saving this for later cause I’m getting rusty as a muggerbugger

SEWCIAL JUSTICE!!!

reblogging because i need to learn and my mom has a sewing machine exactly like this one

oooh

saving for my brother he says I’m not the best teacher

Heads up, folks who occasionally ask me DIY questions! Look, helpful tutorials!

gothiccharmschool:

ai-yo:

fragmentedquailsoul:

anxiousmonster:

iinventedeverything:

weian-fu:

sewingtutorials:

Learn to Sew

“…a series of free online tutorials guiding you through the basics of sewing, from setting up your machine, to understanding sewing patterns, and finishing your seams.”

Saving this for later cause I’m getting rusty as a muggerbugger

SEWCIAL JUSTICE!!!

reblogging because i need to learn and my mom has a sewing machine exactly like this one

oooh

saving for my brother he says I’m not the best teacher

Heads up, folks who occasionally ask me DIY questions! Look, helpful tutorials!

Getting the itch to make something again…

I know I just finished a bunch of stuff, but I need to start something else.

Need to take my mind off of things.

Need to prove to myself that I can accomplish stuff. 

Lord, I hate feeling like this. 

Sophie, Josephine, here I come. 

The Seam Stressed Seamstress: Otakon Mayhem!! - Post 3: By the skin of my teeth (as always) The Finished Product!

Hi all!

I’m back from my adventures at Otakon and I must say, it was a well deserved vacation. I finished the jacket the morning of our departure for Baltimore. My friend had not seen the finished product until we got down to our hotel. She was extra excited about it and so was I! (when people recognized her, I would get all giddy!! [Side note: no one knew who I was cosplaying that day…well….I’m sure they knew, but did not remember the character’s name]). 

So how did I make the jacket? Here’s the pattern that I used:

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Simplicity 2153! (View B)

There were a few modifications involved with this pattern:

~ I used the upper pocket pattern for the sleeve pockets. I added about an inch to the sides so I could make the pleat. For the flaps, I measured the top of the pleaded pocket pieces for the length and 3 or 4 inches for the width. The bottom pockets were done in the same manner, just larger. 

~I yoked the front myself to match the original piece. I eyeballed it and just sewed across. It was uneven, but not noticeable. 

~The collar had to be cut down so it matched the coat opening. 

~I did not add the zipper or the front facing. However, the front facing piece did help in creating the extended flaps for the snap buttons. (I also put too many buttons down the front. I got a little carried away)

~Elastic was not added to the coat at all. I just hemmed all the edges, making sure to fold under any fraying edges. 

~The sleeves were the easiest ones I have ever worked with in my life. (No Gathering!!! Woot!)

And there you have it! I would recommend lining the coat if you can. The insides can be messy if you do not overlock your raw edges. My friend wants to make another one so we can rip the shoulder and put fake blood on it. I think I’ll let her try out the pattern next time. 

And now for the finished product!!

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PS: Just in case you were curious as to who I was, I cosplayed Rebecca Catalina. : P 

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The Seam Stressed Seamstress: Otakon Mayhem!! - Post 2: Feelin’ Lucky!!

Alright, so with little over a week and a half to spare, my friend was able to get off of work. OUR VACATION IS ON!!

However, with that in mind…between the two of us, we still have semi-finished cosplays.

So, let me show you what I have to make before next Thursday:

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Ya see that coat? Yeah, that’s my project. The pieces are cut, but there are a few minor alterations that need to be done. I shall post again once I have a few construction pics. (maybe it will help anyone else out there who wants to do this cosplay but does not know where to start.)

With that said, I’m off to the sewing room! Be back later!!

and…the verdict is in…no Otakon this year……so bummed. ;-;