I was lucky enough to get some of this super ultra soft leather from my friend Alyssa, and it had been sitting in my fabric pile for a long time! I was super in love with Baggu’s drawstring purse. It looked simple enough to make, so I made a small pattern from the dimensions they had online and made this:

I added rivets (my first time using my new hole punch and rivet kit) and then made some tassels for the ends. The only thing that I wish I did is used a thicker leather for the bottom, since the leather is almost too buttery soft for the circular bottom, but when I put my phone in it it seems to hold up to the bucket shape quite well. This was my first time sewing with real leather (in comparison to vinyl) so I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

April 6, 2013 bags, diy No Comments

My grey jeans ripped so I couldn’t wear them anymore, and I’ve been wanting to make something out of them for a long time. I’ve been hoarding a lot of fabrics so I decided to make a bucket backpack out of it. I was inspired by a few bags I’ve seen. For this bag I kinda decided to wing it, since I just made a similar style bag. Probably not my best idea, I think I got really really lucky.

old jeans, ripped right in the butt (probably due to the frequent amount of splits I do)
initial sketches, I was going to put pockets in the front, but I ended up with too little fabric.
you can also see another project i am planning out really quickly.
There is a hidden iphone/wallet compartment on the back panel. You can access it without having to unload your bag and open the main compartment. I like that it is hidden on my back so that I can feel safe with my iphone near me at all times but not in a super visible pocket. This feature is something I fell in love with on my incase bag. I used it every day when I was working in the city as I was always grabbing my wallet/clipper card to get in and out of bart.
Another note about this, is that I used all reclaimed material, except for the two zippers. The ladder locks and metal hook came off of some old keychains and things. I keep a lot of random hardware pieces and hoard a lot of fabric. The lining is made of an old t-shirt. I love bright interiors, makes it easier to find stuff!
I hate myself for using my iphone all the time for photos but it is too easy! I think its time to buy a nice camera, I’ve been putting it off for a long time.

I was inspired by this image I pinned.

Recently had a bunch of takeout, so I saved a lot of togo boxes. I have more shrinky dink plastic then ever and I dont even know what to make yet haha but for a small go, I made these.

 

April 2, 2013 diy, jewelry No Comments

Leather elbow patch with studs to a cable knit sweater. It was a little tough squishing the sleeve up the sewing machine, but I love the way it turned out. Inspired from this.

March 11, 2013 clothing, diy No Comments

Work has been busy, so that means less time to make and design stuff for me. A lot of my ideas have been on paper, and I’ve had no time to create anything. I have an idea I’ve been playing around with in my head for awhile though. Hopefully this holiday season will give me a bit of time to work on it.


My last minute halloween costume! I was a paper doll, hehe. I just used some poster board from the dollar store and cut everything out and taped it together. I wore a black dress and then used string to tie the “dress” around my waist. I put the purse on my actual purse, so it was “functioning”. I made hairbows and taped them to my hair ties.
I took some scrap vinyl lying around to make this quick DIY. I was feening for one of these for awhile, and took a break from working for this quick DIY.

Weekends go by too quickly. I have so many ideas and I need to get on them, but the last thing I want to do when I get a break off of work is look at another computer screen for hours…

November 19, 2012 diy, jewelry No Comments

sweatshirt, updated

I stole a sweatshirt off of my boyfriend. Added some rain drops and floral elbow patches (extra fabric from the peplum top). No one says no to elbow patches.

I have too many projects I want to do. Although summer may be over, I still have a pile of fabric to make make make. Excited. Can’t wait.

September 6, 2012 clothing, diy No Comments

Awhile back my friend had leftover fabric and left some for me. It was very bright yellow. I had no idea what to do with it, and kept it for several months.

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I shopped around online for clothes in the color yellow to inspire my hunt. I fell in love with this dress, but I realized the reason why I liked it was the mustard color. So I dyed the fabric with a dark brown dye… only for it to turn out like a gross muddy army green. It looked ugly and discouraged me from moving forward with the pattern… So I tried again, only this time using bleach to lighten the color up a bit… and it turned into a lovely mustard color! Thank you bleach! I then started down the long road of making the dress, using the same princess seam pattern from my last refashion. I’m not usually one to start from scratch. I like to buy things and take it in there, shorten it a bit here… but i felt that a circle skirt is easy enough to try out.

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It took me all weekend to figure out but I’m so happy with it. I had trouble with the armpit fitting so I had to pin and repin. Every day I try to research and look up sewing tutorials just to keep myself inspired and understand how to finish a dress so that it looks professional. The inside is a hot mess though as I haven’t finished all the seams properly, but since its a knit material, I don’t have to! And yesterday I bought this lovely belt at target for $5.

See that pink fabric in the back? Eventually it’ll turn into something… I hope. Coming soon.

August 13, 2012 clothing, diy No Comments

I had this dress I bought from target for $5 bucks for awhile… I’ve worn it a few times but I wasn’t thrilled about wearing it. So I changed it.


The after didn’t turn out as great as I thought. I was taking inspiration from this top  but I realized that the stripes and the placement is what made it. It was my first venture into the princess seam, and I made my own pattern from this princess seam generator. I drew out the pattern in adobe illustrator and printed it out! So that was pretty fun and I hope to find more ways to incorporate my cad skills and the like into outfits. That would be cool. Although the top isn’t crazy, at least now I will wear this out more and it won’t sit in my “donate” pile.

August 6, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

I got a job. It is really really cool, and I’m loving it so far. I don’t want to get much in to it though, but its at a small studio in SF called Studio Far. I get to help design bags, and its awesome. I get so excited about it every day. I love it! I am so thankful and blessed to have such an awesome opportunity. Being paid to do what you love is so awesome… It feels too good to be true, so I try to appreciate every day of the job.

Because of this job this whole crafting summer thing hasn’t really happened, but after a very depressing shopping trip today I realized that I need to stop BUYING things to make and use what I already have. (except for shoes, I am on an on going quest to buy good quality shoes after having serious bouts with plantar fasciitis) My goal is to try to upcycle clothes that I’m unhappy with, and slightly alter clothes  that I don’t wear because they fit funny.

Trying to get back into sewing. I’ve been having a hard time, with a few botched projects that didn’t turn out. I’ve been doodling stuff, what sucks is I get some great ideas in my head during bike rides and I can’t seem to draw and bike at the same time.

But here is my first real attempt at “upcycling” or refashioning clothing. This was a strapless 3 tiered ruffled dress, but it just made me look too ruffled and fluffy, so I made it into a peplum top.

August 5, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

If there is something you must know about me it is that I am VERY addicted to clearance. If it is cool and 70% off or more I usually get it. I love cheap thrills. It is a huge problem. I think my wardrobe is built around clearance. Anyway I finally got around to buying some studs so that I could do some damage to a $3 pair of flats I bought 4 months ago… haha see? I bought these clearance flats for a future DIY 4 months later. clearance hoarderrrrr

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Here is the final product instagrammed of course.

In retrospect I wish I had kept the bows… but yeah. I also backed the studs with some felt so that my feet don’t rub against the metal.

I think what I love about DIY is this whole customization thing. Though I started off with generic flats that anyone could purchase, I made them mine with a few simple snips. No one else can recreate these flats exactly, unless they measured out each of the studs from each area. There is something that I really love about DIY, its that sort of emotional attachment that I get to all of the things I made. I have dresses I haven’t worn in years that I’ve sewn but I keep them because I made it, I put my mark on it…. Especially when it comes to altering my clothes, which is my favorite way to DIY and customize (because its much easier then starting from scratch)

Upcycling or revamping clothes is almost like graffiti, you’re leaving your tag on this product, on this object. Same could even be said for sneakers, some people wear shoes till they have holes in them, but its that sort imperfection that gives their shoes personality. They are yours, they are custom molded to YOUR foot. No one has your feet, unless they get some sort of cool innovative technology where they can take a mold of your foot and surgically attach a prosthetic or something. That sort of thing hasn’t been invented yet, but even then it would still be a replica, and not the original… Blah blah I could go on for hours.

June 25, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments