Wednesday, October 12, 2011
There are definitely more bags, but unfortunately I have to get ready for work! Check out both shops soon for these bags and more!!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
My best friend from childhood, Terry and I have started a new etsy shop. We have been friends since we were nine, and our lives have grown apart and together again more than once. But somehow we have developed similar interests, even when we have been in times of not being as close. She has always been a constant in my life, and we have finally decided to join forces and use our combined skills and interests to open our shop!
It's called retcon designs. Anyone out there who doesn't know what a retcon is? It's short for retroactive continuity. A term usually applied to tv shows, when the history is somehow altered, such as bringing back a dead character or changing the backstory. What does this have to do with sewing and things we can sell on etsy?
Terry and I have always altered things. T shirts become bags or skirts. Sheets become dresses. I remember being little girls and drastically changing the appearance of our barbie dolls.
We retcon things. We are changing the established facts of something old to make it new and different. Hence retcon designs. Also, we are huge nerds, and the term retcon is used so much in geek culture, it just seemed to fit.
Check out the shop. Right now there is just one item listed, but I promise more will be added soon.
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
|Start with a hoodie that is destined for Goodwill.|
|Cut off the bottom band (I guess if you wanted to leave it on you could, but I chose to remove it)|
|Remove the sleeve, and set aside. You will use these for the straps later.|
|Cut through both layers in a straight line, cutting off the hood. I had originally planed to use the hood as a closure flap, but I changed my mind because I didn't want to cover up the faerie. Maybe I will end up using it in another project.|
|Grab those sleeves, just for a second! Cut off the wrist elastic on both sleeves.|
|Grab the main part of your hoodie. Turn it inside out, and sew the bottom closed, right sides together. Sew the side seams closed the same way.|
|I decided to add a little pocket on the sleeve strap. This is super easy. Pick the spot you want your pocket, sew a rectangle through both layers of fabric. The cut through just one layer of fabric, just under the top stiches.|
|Pin the sleeves/strap to the bag. Pin them on the inside of the bag. Topstich around the edge, attaching the straps to the bag.|
Monday, June 20, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
I always forget to take a before picture, but this little pinstripe skirt was a pair of pants that had gotten too small. I used the bottom half of the legs to ads some side panels to make it fit. Since they are the same fabric it doesn't look funny. I also had to try it on a few times to make sure the area just under the zipper didn't look weird. Overall I am happy with the results!
Monday, May 2, 2011
This is the chair I use at my sewing table. It was all torn apart from the cats, and a pretty ugly fabric anyways. So I took it apart and covered it with a cute polka dot print fabric... Or, old sheet actually. It was a pain to take apart, but totally worth it!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Here is the tutorial that I used to make my cardboard skirt pattern. This is a very detailed and easy to understand tutorial, and I highly recommend it to anyone. I have not followed the tutorial for making the skirt yet, but when I do I will post it!
Friday, April 15, 2011
So I decided I needed a basic skirt pattern that was simple enough to alter and play with. I realized that making a new pattern every time I wanted to make a skirt was just silly. I made this out of cardboard so that it can withstand repeated use, and repeated cat attacks! There is a tutorial on how to make this online, which I promise to link to later, when I am on my computer where it is bookmarked. Its fairly simple and such a great thing to have. All you need is you hip, and waist measurments and the measurment of the length between them. Stay tuned for the tutorial!
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I am a Renegade Seamstress. What that means to me, is that I love to sew, but I don't like to follow directions! I rarely use a store bought pattern, and when I do, I usually alter it. Most of the clothes I make come from something else. Old jeans, T-shirts, skirts, even sheets! Anything fabric can become raw material for me. I don't like to spend tons of money on clothes that I know I could make myself, and make better. I hate getting rid of old clothes that don't fit. And I love knowing that nobody else has something like mine!