Monday, March 10, 2014

All-Seeing Eye available as an embroidered patch on Etsy!

I can't believe I forgot to update the blog with the link and a photo for this.  I'm actually really proud of this.  I used my graphic design experience to work up a vector file of the pyramid eye, and I had an embroidery shop make these heat-sealed and laser-trimmed patches for the jackets.

This is the only batch of the patches that I'm going to offer in the heat-sealed and trimmed style. They are not a true iron-on patch because the heat-seal material makes them stiff, and they need to be sewn at least at the corners so they don't lift with movement of the underlying structure (whether it's a purse, jacket, backpack, etc.).  If it's applied to something flat that doesn't move, it needs no stitching.

Give them a look! They're inexpensive (ten bucks), and I can think of a ton of things to put them on. If you need any advice about applying them, or have a question, please email me from my Etsy page. Just hit "Ask a question" from the patch listing page, here.

A straight-on picture from above

Taken from an angle to avoid glare (back view), so it is skewed. 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Youtube Instruction Demos for the DSS Jacket?

Hi everyone,

I want you to know that I get every single message sent to me through Etsy. However, I don't always see comments on this blog... So it's always best to go through Etsy, even if it's just to send mail.

It's pretty easy to figure out how to get there: It's my username on this blog! :)

So, this post is a question, but I assume that you'll comment here on the BLOG for this—so don't feel like you have to make a trip to Etsy just for this.

What do you think about me creating a series of videos showing how I create the jackets? Would that be of interest to anyone? It would take a LOT of video... Or else I'd have to chop it down and mash it up, Jenna Marbles style. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, check her out. She's pretty funny.)

I would lay it all out step by step, from choosing the pattern to cutting the fabric and pressing the interfacing on, all the way to sewing on the back elements.

It's a lot of steps!! What do you think? Would anyone try it? I want to know, so chime in please! :)


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Old fabric is listed for sale...

Hey, and welcome to my page.  This isn't the most exciting post, so if you're just stopping by, make sure to visit some other pages while you're here!

This is just a notice to any blog followers that I'm listing a 4 yard length of jacket fabric in my Etsy store.  It's the stretchier fabric with gold lurex, which is what I've made my last 6 jackets from.  Everything but the most recent jacket and the very first one (corduroy).

Here are the best pictures I could get of the fabric. I think I could have gotten the gold flecks a little better, so keep that in mind.  Four yards plus a few inches is enough to make just about any size jacket. I usually use about 3.25 yards. It's 45" wide, if that helps!  You can either start a DSS jacket with your own pattern, or make something else that's fabulous. Whatever it is, it probably needs to be lined... And, as a bonus, the opposite side is really the "front side" of the fabric, and it's all gold, baby!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My newest version

This Desperately Seeking Susan jacket took me about 8 months to finish.  I just don't have the room in my life to devote to this task (literally, as I don't have a sewing space), but I know how many people are basically frothing at the mouth to have one.. It's tough to be me! This is the happy client wearing her new jacket.

I've tried to figure out a way to make the back items in a way that I could sell them separately.  So far, I have only put up for sale the all-seeing-eye for $10 in my Etsy store.  It's my own design that I made from my templates. You can iron it onto a piece of red felt, then cut the felt out a little larger around it for the border.  Reinforcement sewing through the patch & felt is required. Then it can be zig-zag stitched onto a purse, or a jacket, or a backpack...  I have plenty of these!  So stop by and pick up a $10 patch, and I will work on  the rest of the elements. Shipping is just a U.S. dollar, and if you want one shipped overseas, just email me on the Etsy site, and I'll figure it out.

And just for fun, I'd like to add a fun video this time.  Whenever I hear this song, it's like Madonna herself is giving me a thumbs-up.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Feeling good about these fabrics!

I absolutely LOVE it when I can find fabrics that are good for this project!  It's one of the really hard parts about this creative journey... I am never sure if I'll be able to find enough of what I need to meet demand.  This skull fabric in gold/black/white is really amazing!   I have mostly seen reproductions of the DSS jacket made with animal prints on the lapel & sleeve, but the original fabric is really a large gold/black/white swirl or geometric.  I love this print because it echoes the skulls that were on the big round suitcase Susan carried around.

Let me know what you think of this new print.  I am still looking for backup fabrics, since this one seems to have sold out already in a lot of places.  Does it make you want to scrunch your hair, put on jelly bracelets, and dry your pits with the air dryer in the public restroom?

Sunday, July 7, 2013

I've been featured on !!

I know this isn't really a news flash, since it was posted last December... But I don't know why I didn't share this at the time.  (Oh yeah. I wasn't making jackets right then...)

How to Dress Like Your Favorite Film Characters

This is a pretty cool blog!  The link to my blog comes in near the end, and it doesn't have any pictures of my items, but who can beat a real photo of Madonna!  The blog even gave me a desire to make myself a satin scorpion jacket like in Drive.  Or maybe I just want to think about Ryan Gosling!

Thank you, Alison Nastasi.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Upgraded fabric & a new pattern!

As you might have guessed from the title, I've been gearing up just a little to start sewing again, and I actually have a jacket in production right now!

The fabric I found is a lightweight denim with gold metallic sheen, which is woven in, and not applied to the surface as a glitter.  (This was the case for the corduroy.)

I intend to add a photo of the fabric, but if I don't get around to it ... sewing, you know... then just link through to my Etsy shop at the bottom of the blog post, and send me a message.  Prompting me does go a long way.  I finally decided to get back "into the groove" after about 20 people requested jackets. I'm very thankful that I have such a wonderful network of admirers.  Literally everyone I have met through this little enterprise of mine has been super cool. :)

I still have some product testing to do, as my ultimate goal is to create jackets that won't be harmed by the dry cleaning process.  The designs on the back still aren't as sturdy as I'd like (the banner, mostly)... but I'm working on improving that with my current project, and I am always trying to think of better ways to complete the quality construction while making the end product even better for you.

As always, I intend to make my Desperately Seeking Susan Jackets the BEST ... not just on the web, but anywhere.

Thank you for supporting me!