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I'm such a huge raging fangirl for Her Universe, the founder of the company is the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels series, Ashley Eckstein. Aside from falling in love with the character she plays, I am mad crazy about the designs her label produces, and slightly jealous. I have a sketchbook filled with designs for geek inspired outfits, and hardly any means to produce them all. Their latest collection is one of the most powerful women in the DC universe, Wonder Woman. And the launch is appropriately timed with the new movie, which I am only super excited for because of all the amazing costuming. Here are my favorite pieces from the collection:
This next one tugs at my obsession with vintage/retro design and space. I love COACH bags, they're all so impeccably made, though my only means of owning one is when my mom passes down her old hand bags to me haha. This is the first time in my life that I have honestly considered selling a kidney to buy a designer bag at full retail price.
I've realized I'm kind of out of my mind wanting this bag, so I'm probably just going to create my own version. Here are some fun space patches from different Etsy shops I follow:
So let's talk about male rompers for a minute. First of all, I am not the type of person that thinks there are gender based boundaries for clothing, wear whatever the fuck you feel comfortable in. That being said, I am extremely disgusted by the idea that a romper is in any way emasculating. Just solely based on functionality and the male anatomy, it actually makes more sense for a man to wear a romper vs a woman. In my experience as a female, wearing onepiece anything that isn't a dress that has a cavernous opening at the bottom from which I can pee, is the most uncomfortable and impractical thing for a woman to wear. At least men have the ability to whip it out of the front of these. I've been asked by a few people to make some, so you may see a few from me in the near future. Bonus points if you can pull it off as well as this guy...
Summer Jumpsuit by Sheehan & Co.
When I sew I like to binge watch whatever new show is out on Netflix or Hulu, I've also been making use of my HBO Now subscription during the Game of Thrones off season lol. If you haven't watched Master of None on Netflix yet, please do. Having only ever known him from Parks and Rec, I never thought I would like Aziz Ansari as a director and writer, it also took me a while to adjust to his character Dev in the series. The first season was pretty great, but the follow up season surpassed all my expectations. It captures the dynamics of friendships and relationships in the city so realistically, and his perspectives as a director are so unexpectedly artful at moments. His real life parents play his parents in the show, and the way he portrays family life as first generation children of immigrant parents is especially relatable to me.
I've been posting progress pictures of my latest cosplay project on Instagram, it's a group commission for some Winter Palace uniforms from Dragon Age: Inquisition. I'll blog later with all the details, but so far this has been such a fun one to work on! Can't wait to see the full cosplay squad in action.
I've also setup a Twitch account, where I've been streaming while I sew, its a new thing and I'm working through being incredibly boring, so bare with me as I try to get it going :3 I'll be streaming while I finish up these Dragon Age outfits and work on other random things, 9PM EST -- you can follow me on Twitch for alerts! www.twitch.tv/sinnasaurus
I've had several projects brewing in mind for cross stitch pieces in the last year, but after realizing how much detail you're able to translate into hand embroidery, I quickly converted to this form of stitchery instead. The obsession and admiration of the art form was then cultivated through some Instagram accounts I follow...
I found some helpful videos for basic stitching:
After watching a few hours of tutorials I thought I was learned enough to start my own project. Fueled mostly by the excitement of attending the March for Science next week, I've been thinking of something witty and clever to write on a sign so I can win the praises and all the internet awards, and obviously advocate for advancements in STEM. All that has come to mind is my favorite line from The Martian, and it's motivational qualities. SCIENCE THE SHIT OUT OF IT.
Here is my sketch and first attempt. I wanted to use a printed fabric for the background but decided this was too busy. Also quickly realized that plastic embroidery hoops aren't the best, I felt like the fabric was slipping through the frame and losing tension because of how smooth it is.
I left it unfinished, bought some wooden hoops, and started a new one. I do like having the color background, though white is better for tracing designs onto the fabric, I had to freehand sketch this out. I also got a disappearing fabric pen so all my marks would go away.
I kind of agonized over finishing it, I left it alone for several days. I wasn't sure if I wanted to add more flourish or just leave it at this. Not to mention I back burnered some other projects that I had to shift my attention back to, it's so easy to zone out on stitching while binge watching Friday Night Lights ;)
I re-did the leaves on the left because they came out a little wonky, and finally settled on adding a few lazy daisies around the atom, which happens to be part of the official March for Science logo. I also read a few days ago that the official color of the march is going to be turquoise, meaning I've unlocked a new skill: Clairvoyant Embroidery.
I don't plan on stocking any hand embroidered pieces on my Etsy, they take a hella long time to make, but I'm offering this design as a limited custom order... find the listing here.
In a similar vein, I've rabbit holed into brush lettering and typography, since most of my ideas at the moment are centered around text.
I was able to find awesome modern calligraphy practice worksheets (they remind me of learning how to write my name in elementary school):
Brush calligraphy was an afterthought, since my handwriting on its own isn't terrible, but I'd love to use it for future projects... I still need a lot of practice. Can't wait to embroider all the things!! I think it will be a huge part of my Spring after I finish up some big cosplay projects <3
Today is the last day for the March Meet the Maker Instagram challenge. It's the first one I've ever participated in, and I was so excited to see all the BTS action from other creatives around the world. All so very inspirational! I thought I'd post some of the pictures from the challenge here, I got a few of the days mixed up and I missed the first few and some between, but I had so much fun figuring out the different challenges...
Also, made it to 400 followers this week, yay!
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