Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!


Saturday night was the night to dress up for Halloween this year. Who has a costume party on a Monday? After a trip to the Halloween supply store that morning, I decided to go as Lady Gaga (mostly because I wanted to buy a blonde wig). ALL the costumes are so boring and overpriced. One size fits all never fits my body either. If I was going to have to alter something, I figured I might as well make something and save money.


My Lady Gaga costume consisted of:
  • Black vinyl boots from Goodwill, $10. 
  • Fishnet tights, $6 at Lucy's Love Shop. 
  • White skirt I made from an 80s ball gown purchased at Goodwill, $10. 
  • Chloe sunglasses I've owned since high school, very Gaga. 
  • Gold belt, thrifted. 
  • Black mini dress, already owned.
  • Big hair bow was originally sewn to Jessica's dress she used for her costume.
  • Small cute black purse with gold chain, big enough to fit just a tube of lipstick and safety pins, thrifted.
  • Two sets of fake eyelashes and crazy makeup.
  • Blonde wig.



Jessica bought the same wig as me, but a shade darker. With lots of blood, a dress I bought in Muskegon, and a tiara, Jessica went as Carrie. As soon as I started splattering blood all over her, Matt walked up to my house, seeing us in our costumes for the first time. Strange sight, Lady Gaga pouring blood all over someone. I wish I had pictures of that. 


Before the Gaga makeup. Blonde wigs (or wigs drastically different from one's natural color) are so much fun! It's funny how I can  see the resemblance between my sister and I a bit more when I had this on. I can't wait to wear it again. Jessica and I are going to have some adventures to come.


I made Matt's priest costume from a button up at Goodwill for $3 and a scrap piece of purse handle. I cut the points of the collar off, folded it in half, top stitched the collar down and added the white strip to one side. It snaps to the other side of the collar from behind. I bought his black pants for $4. The entire costume cost $7 and took about an hour to make. Priest costumes of very poor quality at the Halloween store sold for $40! It's always so much better to make your own costume!



At a local bar with other girls in their costumes. Such a great night. Now time to make some hot coco and dress up my cats in their funny little costumes.

Did you make your costume this year? What did you all dress up as?

A visit from Kaitlyn


For all you long time readers, you may remember my student, Kaitlyn. This time last year, she would come over to my apartment three to four times a week for sewing lessons. She was a senior in high school working on her "senior project". I helped her create a full line of recycled clothing for her January fashion show. 


Well, now she is a freshman at University of Georgia, studying fashion merchandising. She came to visit me on Saturday! We went out for breakfast at a diner a few blocks from my house, The Whistle Stop Cafe, to catch up on the last few months. She made a mess as usual. Clumsy Kaitlyn. 


I miss this girl so much! She has grown up so much in the time that I have known her. I am so proud of her and hope to see her face more often since she is a model in my upcoming fashion show! 

Happy Monday everyone! I'm so glad to have internet again in my home. I can finally get back to blogging on a regular basis. Sorry for the extended absence.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Making a mumu sexy.


My favorite part about using old fabric for lingerie is giggling at what it was before it's transformation. Today, I'm turning an old mumu into a sexy romper.



Pretending I'm a crazy cat lady with Clem when Rachael bought me this romper in August 2010.




I'm so excited to finally make this into something beautiful! Hopefully I will have enough fabric to make a few things with this, so I'm carefully cutting things out.

Back to work! Have a great day everyone.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sneak peek!


Here's a little sneak peak of my line I'm working on for my December's fashion show. More to come!

And now I must get back to my sewing machine...

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Finally set up!


I'm back to sewing full time for the first time since I've moved into my new place, and it feels fantastic! Every time I don't feel right, the littlest things getting me down, I go to my sewing machine and everything in my brain that is jumbled and freaking out gets sorted. It's funny how everyone has that one thing that makes them tranquil and at ease. For me it's sewing. I'm in heaven when sitting at my machine creating things.

What makes you utterly happy and calm?

Ah! And there's only 6 weeks until my fashion show! I have so much work to do. Back to my machine.

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Skinny Jeans!

Yesterday, I put these Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail strips on my nails. They are the "skinny jeans" strips. I LOVE THEM! I wasn't so sure about these at first but I had to quickly pick them out while Matt and I were in a rush to get game day supplies (Saturday afternoons are strictly reserved for college football this time of year). Since I've already done the houndstooth design with these nail strips, and I'm not a butterfly or glittery kind of girl, these seemed like fun.


The strips come in all sizes and I even used a few leftover strips on my big toe nails so I can paint the rest of my itty-bitty toe nails to match. I had to have something to do while watching football yesterday. I love college football, but it gets a bit mind numbing after a while. Great day tough! I attended Michigan State University, and we beat our rivals, University of Michigan. Yay! Fourth year in a row! I wish I could have gone to the game; boy do I miss tailgating. It's been almost two years since I went to an MSU football game, so sad.

Hope you are all enjoying your lazy Sunday! I'm about to finish painting my toe nails to match my awesome fingers. Fun, fun, fun.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Miracle Mile Breast Cancer Walk with 95 Rock



About 7,000 people took to the streets of downtown Augusta early this morning to walk for break cancer. It was a bright and beautiful morning! I walked with the guys of 95 Rock (Augusta's FM rock station) the 3 mile path winding through historic downtown to raise money for the local hospital, University Hospital.


Over $250,000 was raised for free mammograms for local women! That's right, a quarter MILLION dollars! I think it is so awesome that all the money stays here in Augusta! It was such an amazing event. I'm so glad I donated my time and money today.


The handsome men of 95 Rock. Matt Stone (my lovely boyfriend), Chuck Williams, and Sanj. 95 Rock raised over $1,500! Matt designed these awesome pink t-shirts for us all to wear and also for all that donated more than $10 to the station's team. Great job guys!


I hope to be more involved with this event should I happen to live in Augusta next year. It's amazing the powers of a community when everyone comes together. If only there was more awareness for prostate cancer, a cancer that affects more men than breast cancer affects women. I wish there was a Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Soon, I hope.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Sweet sale

Hello all! I'm almost done unpacking and back to sewing. In the meantime, enjoy a great sale in my Etsy shop. I've put ALL accessories on a crazy clearance -- everything is LESS THAN $10! It's time to get rid of all old merchandise and make room for my new line that will be released in December. 

I can't wait to get my sewing room set up and get back to work! I've drastically downsized my workspace, packing up everything that is not lingerie related so I can stay on task (I'm very easily distracted). No more sewing for friends, no more alterations on the side, no more sewing for myself (I may not be able to stick with this one ha). Only lingerie, lingerie, lingerie. Moving has made me very far behind my initial schedule for sewing, no social life for Sally for a while!


One of the many purses in my shop on crazy clearance!

Enjoy the sale, and I will see you all soon with pictures of my new sewing room, yay!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Goodbye Steve Jobs.


Last night I was very sad to hear the news of Steve Jobs passing. He was such an amazing inventor, a forward thinker, knowing no limits and achieving so much with his life. He was beyond inspiring.

Where would we be in this world without Steve Jobs? I would definitely not be laying in my bed, blogging from my iPhone (what I'm currently doing since I have a nasty cold.) The way we use computers in out everyday life would be a world away from what we know had Steve Jobs never created Apple. He was only of the most important men living in our generation. I can't believe he is actually gone.

I read a quote from Steve this morning in the outpour of emotion from those that loved him, that are now mourning his death, and praising his life online.

"Here's to the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... The ones who see things differently - they're not fond of rules... You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can't do is ignore them because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."

It makes me smile. I know I am nothing like Steve Jobs and will never accomplish what he has accomplished (no one ever will), but his life and words always make me feel comfortable and content with my choices in life. Going down the unpopular path, and being different has never been easy, and he makes it feel okay.

Thank you Steve; your life was amazing. I can honestly say you inspired and changed mine.

(my iPod Photo pictured above is from 2004. The first color screen on an iPod. It still plays 40 GB of my Emo college music.)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Guest post: DIY with Freshly Given: Flipped | Men's Jeans to Vest

Hello all!
I am delighted to write a post for this beautiful blog and its followers. I look forward to making these bloomers Sally repurposed for the fall, paired with tights.

My last two DIY projects (including this one) have involved men's jeans. My husband is hard on jeans, so I'm the grateful beneficiary.

You will need:

- Men's jeans (I'm using a pair of Gap 1969 size 34x34. Make sure your pair is large enough. Men's skinny jeans should also work)
- Scissors
- Seam Ripper
- Sewing Machine (Although the STRONG-fingered can pull this off with needle and thread)


Steps:
1. Lay jeans flat, open inner seams, and re-pin shut so that the bottom of the pant leg overlaps and forms a straight line. You should end up with a flap at the top near the crotch area.


Here is the flap I ended up with.


2. Cut under the back pockets to remove top of jeans. You should have something similar to the image on the right.

3. Fold the top of the pant over, about .5 inch, and top stitch. You are basically covering up the messy cut (or is that just me). Then top stitch down the center so that the pant legs are attached.


4. Arm holes: Simply open the left and right seams. I began about 2 inches from the top and opened the seam about 5 inches down. This all depends on your taste. Just make sure it's wide enough for your arm.


5. Optional: I wanted to add a belt so I removed the waistband of the pants, opened another seam below the arm holes, and voila!


6. There you have it folks; eazy breezy. Play around with the lapel. You will see there are many options there. I also shortened the vest a tad bit.

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Author's Bio:

Whitney is the creator of freshlygiven.com where she documents DIY - Repurposed Clothing and Vintage Style Inspiration. She enjoys wearing big hair and snapping pictures of the TV screen while watching TCM.

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