Sitting across the bar, staring right at her prey
It's going well so far, she's gonna get her way
26th-Nov-2013 09:31 pm - Stuff to do
teenythings: Beautiful artwork by Kazuko Taniguchi (Blossoms)
* Switch my sewing machine with my mother's (yes she's approved this plan)

* Clear off the lightbox table

* Cut backgrounds from the retired wallpaper catalogs

* Dig out all the Japanese sewing patterns and continue figuring out how to make them work

* Work with non-stretch fabrics (barring items such as leggings/socks/etc)

* Make things for Monster High dolls

* Make things for Kurhn dolls

I guess I've got my work cut out for me! I want to revive Kittyden because looking at Etsy just makes me think I could make better. What's more, I want to, but I'm such a scattered nutbox. x.x It'll give me something to bookend college with once I'm able to register for classes.
24th-Sep-2013 02:54 pm - Just keep following~
teenythings: (Your smile)
So I'm currently working on a custom doll, or rather a custom wardrobe for her. It's fun, but it's also a hassle because it's easier to work from a pre-existing pattern. If I have a pattern that's very much like what I want to do, or would only need minor modifications, I can draft up stuff from that and then figure out how/what I want to change, but I can't seem to find anything that's quite like what I want to do. x.x

I know part of sewing is wasting fabric, but really. It's obscene, how much fabric I'll go through before I've got a useable pattern and process for duplicating items. I frequently run out of the fabric of choice during trial-and-error and then, if I don't have more of it (or something similar) the whole project's off until I can get more (happens basically never). Most of my unfinished projects are sitting around because I'm out of whatever specific fabric they required. I don't know how Jodi manages to put up with me! If I'm not procrastinating, I'm wasting fabric or exclaiming over my inability to find a needle/snap/correct thread color/correct ribbon color.

It also doesn't help that most of my patterns are in Japanese. Lala~
23rd-Aug-2013 12:09 pm - Things and more things
teenythings: Beautiful artwork by Kazuko Taniguchi (Darcy's trouble)
Today is a day of pterodactyl shrieks, running around in the woods taking pictures of mushrooms, and the pending arrival of Cute Dolls. My favorite DS9 authors updated with The Thing (The Thing! The Thing!) for their DD9 AU storyline and that's a million kinds of excitement, and then the mushrooms is just something my girlfriend and I do but also Jodi, apparently, so that's planned for this afternoon, and then Kalli ordered pretties so they'll be arriving soon.

Pretties! (They're nude, and it's a large pic.) )

Jodi and I are probably going to make lovely outfits for them. The one on the left is one of the Moon Fairy versions, the one in the middle is one of the dynasty bride girls, and the one on the right comes in a long pink gown with a brocade collar. These are nude, of course, and were found on eBay (which is rare, since Americans haven't picked up on Kurhn dolls yet). They all have dark hair that's braided and twisted up in fancy hairstyles and each doll has eyelashes.

I can't wait to make things for them!
4th-Jun-2013 11:30 am - State of Doll Things
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I've been feeling really disillusioned about Monster High dolls for the past several months. I love them and their originality (and roots in fiction and fairytale) but the defects/quality control problems are simply astounding. The only upcoming release I'm looking forward to is this Cleo, but only if she's China-made. I'll skip if she's Indonesia because I'm 110% done with shoddy manufacturing.

That and I've got enough pretties to work with. I haven't been sewing for Kittyden lately but hopefully the hiatus won't last. (Jodi's been working on projects for the Gallery in Bridgton; I don't want to be a pest.) We've got cotton kimono and brocade kimono to finish up and list. They're all in the realm of 85-90% complete, which is frustrating but obviously my on-going curse in life. I'm terrible about seeing projects through to completion.

I should post WIP pictures or something. Maybe seeing how nearly-done they are will inspire me to finish them.
10th-May-2013 11:08 am - Kittyden improvements
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Things I've done for the shop:
* Purchased smaller mailing packets! I can't even explain how badly this needed to happen.
* Picked up a white science fair poster-board for creating a new lightbox. (Cats destroyed the first one and it was too small for our purposes anyway.)
* Organized fabrics and supplies into two rolling toolboxes. Steve donated the toolboxes, Alisha and Kalli varnished them, and Alisha put the wheels on. (I'll get some pictures of this arrangement soon.)

Sewing's taken a temporary hiatus over the past few days because Jodi's been getting her pysanky eggs ready to feature in the Bridgton gallery. She'll have her booth for presenting them throughout today and tomorrow. :D
4th-May-2013 10:58 am - Projects (in progress)
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I'm cutting more leggings for the Moxie Teenz today. I've got the silver and gold lycra to work with (for now) but I suspect I've found the jackpot of these fabrics. I can't wait to place an order, but Jodi and I really ought to do some bookkeeping first. (I want to add purple, pink, blue, turquoise, all these gorgeous colors to our inventory!)

We're still working on the kimonos and I need to cut a few more from the cotton print.

Shirts and skirts are still on the table, along with non-stretch pants and newsie shorts (think Draculaura's newspaper fashion pack). They've been cut; we just haven't started sewing them yet. As much as they irked me a few months ago, leggings are what keep Kittyden in business, so we've been doing a lot of leggings. I like them, of course, but I think I was hoping to progress into other things with leggings as a sort of 'stepping stone' which probably isn't the case. They're the breadwinners, regardless of how much I want to do other things.

*rolls around*

(In short: leggings fund creativity in other areas.)

Right, off to the cutting board.
26th-Apr-2013 05:08 pm - Leggings are back!
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I've returned leggings to Kittyden. Stay tuned, more stuff coming! :)
24th-Apr-2013 12:52 pm - Bring out your dead... cuttings?
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I confuse myself on a fairly regular basis. Amidst some cleaning and organizing I found a bunch of stuff I cut out to work on for Kittyden .... but it's really anyone's best guess when! I can't remember when I cut that stuff and you'd think I would. :/ They've been added to the stack of 'presently working on' to make their way into the shop.

Besides finding random bits and pieces, I've assembled the models. Leggings are soon to return to the shop, as well as some new stuff. Brocade kimonos might be up by Saturday (hoping for at least one) as well as some skirts. Blouses and such are trickier, but they'll be getting a debut eventually!

Is it obvious I've been medicated? Beware my productivity!
23rd-Apr-2013 11:56 am - Kittyden hiatus - nearly over!
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Jodi, Kalli and I will have some new stuff up in Kittyden very soon! My impromptu hiatus lasted a bit longer than I'd originally planned, but we've been working on stuff and I've found my overall productivity spiking back now that I've got meds again. ADHD was really kicking my butt, no lie!
26th-Mar-2013 07:16 pm - Dress-making
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Occupational hazard of sewing with the intent to sell items: becoming overly attached with things once they're finally done.

It's a good thing I make patterns as I go along!

Catrine decides she's keeping a dress. )
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