14 July 2013

Spool O'Thread

spool of thread drawing

I have this bad habit of storing needles by sticking them into spools of thread, instead of a needlebook.

hands and spool of  thread

As with a lot of my bad habits, I started it because I was lazy. Unlike a lot of my bad habits, I continued it...

drawing a needle sword

...because it means I get to pretend I'm unsheathing a sword (alternatively: pulling a sword from a stone) like, every time I go to hand sew something.

Of course, a sewing needle's a little small for me to wield as a pseudo-sword, not to mention that it rests in a spool of thread on the table instead of a sheath by my hip. It occurred to me, while drawing the above needle-unsheathing-scene, that there are far better—ahem—candidates, for wielding a needle-sword.

That is my only excuse for the following bit of ridiculousness.

spool of thread needle sword comic

what are you looking at

Not a very polite swords-spool, but I think that's all right.

04 July 2013

Everybody wants a magenta quilt.

Actually, what they (I) really want is for an imaginary magenta quilt to float behind them (me), impossibly large and strategically faded, while they (I) sew in mid-air. But that's not going to happen outside of their (my) daydreams.

This is all to say, I made another drawing:

sewing cartoon, anthony kiedis

Tiled background! Colours straight out of 2003! A sewist who looks like they're spinning tunes at the machine! All my favourite things are here, obviously.

Though sometimes I do wonder just how much my personal aesthetic has been shaped by listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers during most of high school.

(Also, I have a sudden, terrible suspicion that that is Anthony Kiedis--circa 2006--hiding behind the sewing machine. What have I done.)

That drawing was actually originally part of a quick sketch/comic I did earlier this week, but then I got all intense and started adding things like colour and hair and the magenta patchwork quilt. The sketch was pretty basic, went like this:

sewing cartoon

I was originally going to add a(n ironic!) caption like "Need for Speed" or "Fast and Furious", just for kicks, but I decided that the internet doesn't need any more of that kind of thing. Anyway, this blog has too much subtlety and class for trashy font overlays, right?


(Anthony Kiedis I see you there.)

29 May 2013

Camera-less blogging. Also, what's up with these in-seam pockets?

So, me-made-maybe ended up being almost entirely derailed by my abysmal camera skills—or, in other words, by me breaking my old, faithful Sony Cybershot. (Can you top that in terms of photography failures? No, no I don't think you can.)

I just really like this photo

It was also derailed, I'll admit, by the not-exactly-surprising discovery that I really dislike standing in front of a camera and/or posting photos of myself online (my facebook photo for three years has been an applique of a dancing fruit, no I'm not a crazy axe-murderer, I promise) ...but it was mostly the fault of the broken camera.

Now I'm stuck trying to blog without taking photographs, which is just a little disappointing because, with my last year of school finally out of the way, I've actually had time to work on things. Namely, a couple iterations of Simplicity's Amazing Fit 2339, one in linen (yay linen!) and one in a silky white fabric. You'll have to take my word for it that I've been sewing?

2339: Boo to having to rely on online images

(Neither of my versions had the front ruffles, by the way. Just thought I'd get that out there.)

Actually, though, as much as I like the fit of my 2339 blouse, I'm not sure I'm totally behind the Amazing Fit series. On the one hand, the designs are nice and not too simplified, they fill the "well-fitted staples" niche that I think the designers were going for, and the instructions include a few really neat construction tricks. On the other hand, though, there are some pretty weird design choices.

Case in point, the pockets on this jacket pattern:

Maybe you can't tell what I mean from this photo—I didn't notice, after all, until after I'd bought the pattern. Here's a closer view:

...Is it a pocket with a flap? No! ...Is it a pocket inside a seam? No! ...It's—a vertical inseam pocket RIGHT UNDERNEATH a fake-pocket flap!

All caps and exclamation marks are not at all my thing, by the way, so I hope you understand how flabbergasted (there is no other word for it) I was when I saw this. I'm fine with fake pocket flaps and I'm fine with inseam pockets, but together? I just don't understand.

Maybe the pocket flaps are there to mess with the heads of the people around you when you're in public—people who will, after all, be surreptitiously watching you because of your classy jacket.

They watch as you lean casually against a fence or a wall, relaxing in your sweet blazer...

...They watch as, after a while, you decide to raise the cool factor and put your hands in your blazer pockets...

...They watch as you lift the pocket flaps, they watch as you start to slip your hands into the welt pocket under the flap ... They watch as—WAIT ...

...You slip your hands into inseam pockets instead!

Ain't no welt pockets here.


PS: On a completely unrelated note, the me-made garment in my last post was the brown/tan jacket. Thanks to those who guessed here and on flickr!

03 May 2013

Me-Made-Maybe Round 2

First of all, thank you to those who made deductions in Round 1 of Me-Made-Maybe, here and in the Flickr group! I had a really fun time seeing your guesses. And maybe now you're wondering about the puzzle: did you guys get it right? Which one was the self-made item?

The Big Reveal: It was...the grey shirt! Collared, cuffed, made in linen and worn open, it's actually a favourite of mine. The bright floral top was a bit of a red herring, I'll admit, but it's so nice I kind of wish I'd made it.

Round Two
Again, anything's game except for my shoes, my glasses, and any clothing that you can't see at all. Before you start, though, I've added a clue to this round, if you'd like to use it. Just click on the word "CLUE" below, and the clue-card will reveal itself.

CLUE (go on and click!)

And here is the outfit photo:
That's a playground, yes.

Go ahead and guess—and please let me know how you found the "clue"!

PS: There's only one outfit photo this time because, well, it was really windy out and I wasn't using the mini-tripod, so...my camera fell twice and the second time, the lens got stuck. (Yeah. Self-photos are not working out for me too well—but at least I have a whole month to get better at them, haha.)

The camera's 6 years old—it was my first "big" purchase in high school—and I'm sentimental about it so I'm going to muck around and try to get it working.

In the mean time, though, here's a photo to cheer you (and/or me) up:

It's from the first time my camera fell (I don't know why I didn't just stop shooting at this point). The timer went off just after it landed on the ground and I came over to look. Doesn't it look like those scenes in movies, when the camera takes the point of view of someone who's just fainted, and then blinks up at the crowd around them? This is what my camera woke up to, post-faint.

01 May 2013

Me-Made-Maybe Round 1

Today, as I worked to fulfill my Me Made May pledge, I was schooled in the fine art of self photography. Or wait, that's not quite right. Today, I got schooled by my own camera as I tried to take self photos, is more like it.

My morning attempts, in no particular order:

In the end I asked my mother to take the photos for me (yes! MMM as a family project?) ...and managed to keep both my eyes open for about a quarter of the shots. In my defense, it was very sunny outside.

The photos, of course, were for the second part of my Me-Made-May pledge: For these [outfit] photos I will plan and photograph my outfit to intentionally disguise the identity of the self-made item. The item will be as a snake in the grass, a chameleon among the leaves, a purloined letter hiding in plain sight.

So: which part of today's outfit is self-made? If you're guessing, then for today's self-made item you'll have to do with the outfit photo alone, but I've got "clues" ready for all the other rounds.

I should probably also note that the self-made item is visible, it's not my shoes, and it's not my glasses. And for today, that's all I'll tell you.

NOT winking

That's right, come at me.

With deductions.