Hello there you! it’s been one whole week since we have seen one another, I know right? a week is a long time in between lattes and vanilla macaroons, do you know that if I didn’t have to work a full time job that this would be my next choice, yep! I’d sew clothes all day take photo’s of them and blog about them. But who would pay you a wage to do that? Instead, I get to sew and blog as a hobby and work as a full time Graphic Designer. I like to think of this as a ‘happy medium.’ My two favourite things Sewing and Graphic Design, you see, I want to be really good at both of them and show you here on my blog how I’m progressing in both fields. Hence my pictures and animations this week. The sewing has been at the forefront mostly and I’m guessing it’s because I do the other everyday. The Diamond Jubilee was this weeks challenge over at Sew Weekly, as you can see I chose the androgynous route. A fitted pinstripe suit which I’ve wanted in my wardrobe ever since watching the ‘Cool Banana’ rock out in this video. Is she wearing a Pam Hogg jumpsuit? after some research it turns out to be a Ashton Michael god damn! those shoulders are killer and who doesn’t love a great headdress? I’ve had a girl crush on Siohban Fahey ever since I was a kid, embarrassingly bringing home Bananarama’s True Confessions album (so shit) so I could perv on Siobhan and her super-stylings and paint my own white denim jacket in hearts & roses. Best thing she ever did was Shakespears Sister- and her new album-Songs from the Red Room is surprisingly good, a mixture between Goldfrapps- Black Cherry album with Siouxsie Sioux drenched vocals on a Donna Summer spin cycle. I think she’s finally nailed it.
This jacket was cut from my McCall’s go-to pattern, every jacket you see me wear on here is from this one pattern , she’s fully lined in a deep red satin, how could I not? I’m slightly disappointed with the pulling around the buttons but given my time constraints last week and possibly the choice of cheap fabric—some sort of $5 polyester blend that feels a tad funky from my finger tips, I’m not going to be too harsh on myself, besides if I move the buttons in a tad this may fix the issue I refuse to give up on the soy lattes. The pants I had self drafted from a pair of my hubby’s trousers that fit me well. There are no pockets just the zip the waistband and button, very simple, straight up and down no fancy-pants here. As a whole, I am happy with the outcome and have worn it twice since, as for the Gif! some peeps were asking me ‘how did you do that?’ I don’t have time to put up a tutorial but I can guide you to places around the internets that can help you get started. Photoshop Masking (removing backgrounds from photos) Try this Pugly Pixel tutorial and definitely take a look around her site you might like the blog labels. To animate you can use apps like Frameograph or Gif Shop App, very easy to export and upload. I use photoshop as my weapon of choice. This tutorial is relatively easy to follow just use a pic instead of text.
…and that’s about it from me for this week. I have a list this long to get through. I have a writing slash sewing gig over at Kollobora, the new New York based DIY website for peeps who are looking at making stuff with a twist so I’m planning to get that completed this week. I’m currently building my clever daughters blog so she can get started blogging about her fancy dresses and pom poms she’s been churning out as well as giving her some photoshop editing lessons so I don’t have to do it. I’m seriously thinking of doing a pattern making course next year and a blogging e-course by the end of this year. I love lists. The one thing I am struggling with is Irvine Welsh’s new book Skagboys, the follow up to Trainspotting. The accent is so strong I have to re-read some lines for it to sink in it’s doing my head in, I hope I can finish it. Tonight I plan on sitting down on the couch with my Boxee and having a Tribal Wives marathon. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend. Happy sewing.