Friday, September 25, 2015

Photoshoot: high priestess of the forest (with DIY outfit)

Hey everyone,
So the other day, I started to wonder how difficult it would be to make a sort of medieval / Celtic / some kind of dress-cloak-whatever-thingy.

I kind of sketched something on paper...

Yeah, this was my "pattern". :D

...then I went on to cut two pieces of fabric I bought from the Salvation Army secondhand store for 5 euros altogether. And clothing happened.

So naturally, I then dragged my friend into a forest to take pictures. :D

(All pictures by the lovely Stormiina.)

So, what do you think of the outfit? And more importantly, the photos? Aren't they gorgeous? I am so lucky to have a friend who agrees to tag along with me to a damp forest and then proceeds to take awesome pictures of me. ♥ ^_^


Sunday, September 20, 2015

The three S's: Studying, Sewing and Sleeping

Hello everyone,
University classes started a few weeks back and even though my schedule isn't very full just yet, it still feels like I am more tired and altogether more droopy these days. Thinking does require energy! I'll be doing my BA thesis during this fall and next spring, so I'm preparing to drown myself into books and academic articles very soon.

That doesn't mean I've given up sewing. On the contrary, aside from studying and sleeping, it's pretty much all I do. Sometimes I wonder if I chose the correct career path... but then I remember that voice disorders are interesting as hell, and doing SLP job makes more money than being a seamstress. So yeah, sewing will remain a hobby, fun as it is. :)


When September begun, I decided it was time to retire my old pencil case, which had served me faithfully since middle school. The thing was around 16 years old, which in pencil-case-years is probably like 200 or something, so I turned to the internet to find tutorials on pencil cases.

I found this piano keys pencil case tutorial, but I liked a more rounded/edged pencil case, so I stole the piano keys idea from that and followed another blog post on how to make a different looking pencil case.

I ended up with this:

I'm pretty happy with my new pencil case, and going to classes is a lot more fun with awesome equipment! :)


Another thing I made was this dress:

The fabric has ninjas on it! Ninjas! How cool is that?! :D


Next, I made a shirt just to try it out. I hadn't made a shirt before, so this was kind of new. I like the result, though:


And last but not least, I made a fabulous dress.

See, I'd had awful 90's traumas concerning velvet. The material just seemed to scream 90's style dresses with spaghetti straps, but then I found over 3 meters of black velvet at the Salvation Army secondhand store for 2 euros. I stood there and pondered if I was ever going to use it for anything, but in the end my curiosity won. I decided to see if I could banish my 90's related associations with velvet, and so I made a dress:

I added some decorative pieces of green along the edges of the pockets and the neckline.

So yesterday me and Stormiina headed out to take some pictures of the dress. Or me. Well, me in the dress.

(All of the following photos are taken by Stormiina.)


Don't mind me, just doing my exercise here...

I love the dress and I love the pictures. Photoshoots are always so much fun ^_^

What do you think of the dress and the photos? :)


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Companion Cube giveaway winners

Hey all,
The giveaway participation ended last night, so this morning I did a raffle to find the winners!

So I collected the emails of those who signed up for the raffle and put them in a Word document. If you had three tickets, then your email was in that document three times etc. I simply wrote those emails down into a list and made the list numbered. Then I wrote the numbers on pieces of paper and had my half-asleep husband stand in as Lady Fortuna once more. He pulled two numbers out of a coffee mug, the first number standing for an anonymous user, and the second for Anne. Emails have been sent to the winners.

So, Anon user got the Cube, but I mentioned in my last post I had a surprise runner-up prize as well. See, I had a canvas bag left over from the last giveaway, so I made this:

This bag will be sent to Anne and the Cube to the anonymous user.

Thanks to everyone who participated, and stay tuned as I will be hosting more giveaways in the future! :)


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Reminder: Companion Cube giveaway

Hey everyone!
There's still time to participate in the raffle for the Companion Cube giveaway, which will be on September 9th. I also have another surprise runner-up present, so go comment on the previous post to sign up for the raffle! :)