Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Blogging...

Hello everyone!

I feel awful about not updating the blog! There are lots happening... it is just not always logged in here.

I do more posting on my Instagram account but that is changing soon.

I miss blogging because pictures cannot always replace words.

See you all soon!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

31 Days Straight Art Day 30: March 30, 2015

Hello,

Yay! Second to the last day of the 31 Days Straight Art! I am sorry if I ended up just posting everything on one day. I have been very tired as of late. I did take pictures of everything so it is not all lost!

Spring has officially sprung (daytime wise but weather wise it was like this since January). I am upset about the weather. It is just too damn nice! It feels more like summer than spring. The lack of rain didn't help. In fact, it made things worse.

Since it is so damn nice I went to the yard to weed out my strawberry patch. It has it coming. I had put coffee grounds on the ground to get rid of the snails from the strawberries, which works to a degree. Once you water the plants there is a limit on the effectiveness. I will have to get some more after I get back home.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

31 Days Straight Art Day 29: March 29, 2015

Hello again,

I haven't been inspired to sew, mainly because I can't get my sewing machine to behave. It happens to the best of us. We cannot all be masters of our machines as much as we like it, so I took another break from sewing today. I really need to stop that.

So I did some drawing late into the night. I am such a nerd sometimes! I have watched TONS of anime but my favorite would always be Sailor Moon. It just has that certain something that is lovely AND pathetic about it at the same time. I haven't really seen many shows that comes close to this. I grew up watching it. I was around 6 when the show started, so I knew about the show but it wasn't in the US until much later. By then everyone around me was hooked on the show. I guess with the dawn of the Internet and all we can all enjoy the show now whenever we want to, but the manga is the thing that stuck with me.





I am usually awful with my drawings. My family is a family of artists. My brother is an artist. My mom (was) an artist. I have an uncle that was famous for his Chinese style watercolors (he has since passed away LONG ago). I have a niece that is studying art in art school (lucky her! I want to go to art school!) I love to draw but I rarely keep anything because let's just say that my family's achievements overshadow mines any day. Plus my house has limited space so drawing anything large would make things worse. I haven't given up hope yet. I do have watercolors and I do have watercolor paper, so maybe someday when I am not so nervous about drawing I will color them and give them some life.

Well now you know I can draw. I shouldn't be embarrassed about it really... I really should just post them anyway.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

31 Days Straight Art Day 28: March 28, 2015

Hello everyone!

I spent the day with my local dolly friends. It was pretty pleasant to do something else other than being crammed up at home like I always am.

The girls took me to Hakone Gardens in Saratoga, CA. It is a very nice Japanese garden. I am not sure if this one is bigger than the one in Golden Gate Park by San Francisco but it was nice nevertheless. Apparently you can rent it out to parties and weddings. It is definitely a big enough venue for that!

My friends all took 1 doll each. I took Darline my Unoa Sist to take some pictures.

Bigger sizes are available on my flickr.











I hope you enjoyed these pictures of Darline!

Monday, March 30, 2015

31 Days Straight Art Day 27: March 27, 2015

I didn't feel like sewing today.

I worked on my yard instead. I think I pointed out that I pretty much grow everything organically, so pest control can be quite hard.

Here are some of my ripe berries in my yard. Tasty no?





... and here is what happens when you try to pick them up to eat. Most of them are spared from the hungry snails but then you get that one with the giant hole in it and that would make any grower (organic or not) very anxious and annoyed. I spent this good amount of time growing these babies. I don't want them to eat it! Ahhhh!

31 Days Straight Art Day 26: March 26, 2015

(catching up to all the blog entries is hard but I did do art this whole time!)

So after making this t-shirt I made another pattern, this time more form fitting:



I am on a roll, even if it is small!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

31 Days Straight Art Day 25 & WIP Wednesday: March 25, 2015

Hello!

So my plans for a kitsuke might be put on hold for now.

I got a commission to work on. My friend and I are working on a trade. I need face ups for my girls and she needs clothes for her Unoss, so that is fair I think. Since I didn't have my super sharp scissors until this afternoon I didn't really get a chance to work on it until before dinner.



So... let's get to work! She wanted a cardigan, a t-shirt, pair of jeans, and a pair of tights. Ok sounds fair. Let's go! Bebe will be our model of this fashion journey. She can't wait to get clothes on personally so I will make a few for her too.

Once you memorize how to make something it is easy to just replicate them again. The problem of course is the pattern. If the pattern doesn't fit no matter how many times you make something it just doesn't work.



... and here is how the shirt has started. As you can see there are some fitting issues but that would be no problem to fix the next day when there is more light and less chores for me to do. The actual sewing is easy. Actually this took a few minutes to make a shell.

The hard part is to make the pattern in the first place. I started off with a pattern already in place with a general measurement and then went to work grading, cutting, and then sewing this piece. Notice I did not put the t-shirt collar on nor I did much topstitching. Those are finishing touches to the piece when it is done. Since this is a test piece to just figure out the fit I don't do that much effort in making it look nice. That will be done when the shirt fits and the pattern hangs right. Decorative stitching is always nice of course but you don't start doing that until after you are done figuring out the main garment construction. This piece is also not serged. It is simply a shell made with the correct material to see how the garment drapes.

A t-shirt is simple of course until you have to start from scratch measurements. More photos will come tomorrow!