Thoughts on Blogging

imageWelcome to today’s post! I’ve had some thoughts on my mind that I wanted to share with you. It’s mostly just me ranting with a ton of smiley faces 🙂 but please read it.

Remember my dream of being a famous fashion designer? I’m not sure that I want to be a fashion designer anymore. It seemed like the perfect job for me when I grow up and everybody has told me that I would be a great fashion designer. But I have been having a hard time enjoying it. I sit down and stare at a piece of paper for a while. My mind wanders and I don’t come up with anything. If I come up with anything, it gets scraped in the garbage.

I don’t want to entirely quit my love of  fashion, though, so I’m putting it aside in my brain and taking a break to blog about some of my other intrests. I feel like even though I have been blogging for 3 and 1/2 years, my readers don’t know me as well as I would like.  If you are getting worried, don’t be, because I will STILL continue sewing and I will STILL continue the freckledfashionista. I will always love sewing. I’m not taking a break from my sewing posts, I’m just taking a long break from this whole fashion design thing.

Here’s my question for all of you: how would you feel if I continued blogging about sewing but introduced a new topic to the freckledfashionista? Lately I have been really interested in organic, chemical free beauty and essential oils. I’ve been doing yoga every night and it’s really helped me relax among the craziness of school. I stumbled across the youtube channel Holistic Habits, and I’ve been bingewatching the videos. So now I am asking for your thoughts. If I began posting about organic and chemical-free beauty advice, would you run away in the opposite direction? 🙂

Before I sign off for today, I want you to know some random things about me.

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  • I’m a Christian
  • My favorite color is Seafoam
  • I am kind of obsessed with donuts….
  • My favorite book is the Maze Runner
  • My middle name is Mae
  • BONUS: I wish I had a British accent

Thank you for listening to my rant 🙂 Please give me your thoughts on my new topic. Be honest though, if you don’t really want to read my organic beauty posts let me know. I value my readers so much.

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One more thing before I go! This is long overdue, but better late then never. I would like to thank all of you for voting for me in the sewing contest a couple months ago. I especially want to thank Thimberlina for posting it on her blog. I came in third place, but I doubt I could have got there without all of you. You know who you are 🙂 I don’t view you as readers and followers of my blog, I view you as my friends. The WordPress sewing community is so amazing. Thank you again.

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Floral Kimono

Hi!

I am so excited for today’s post. I actually sewed this a couple months ago, but I’m lazy and forgot to upload it. As you can probably guess….I made a kimono! Kimonos were really on trend last year. I really wanted one, even when they weren’t “in, but when I saw this silky fabric on sale at Joann’s, I grabbed two yards.

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Let’s ignore the fact that this is an odd facial expression.

Ok, so let’s start at the beginning. Sewing this baby. IT WAS REALLY HARD. Let me just get that out. This fabric frays like crazy and slips around everywhere. It took a whole pincushion and ten wonder clips to keep one piece of this together. Most of sewing this kimono was hemming. There was SO much hemming. And the needle wasn’t very happy about sewing this. But it all turned out.

This fabric is gorgeous–but why is it that gorgeous fabrics are the hardest to work with?? I’ve worn this twice, and it’s ripped three times. Yikes. It rips a lot.

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But now for some good things. 🙂 The fabric drapes beautifully. The print really does stand out and the sleeves fall perfectly. Also, the fabric is really light and blows perfectly in the breeze.

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This odd photo was just to show the print of the fabric. The more I look at the fabric, the more I love it.You probably have noticed that some parts are unhemmed. I didn’t use a pattern, I just kinda winged it, but the length turned out odd. I didn’t hem the back and the part at the neck because of that.

I had a lot of fun taking these photos. Enjoy! 🙂

 

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My nose ALWAYS manages to end up in the neck-down pictures. Sorry about that. 🙂

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Aah! I love this! The kimono really stands out.

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This is another one of my favorite photos.

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I was trying to show how big the sleeves are.

Here are the things I would change:

  • I really want to change the length. I’ve said this earlier, but I just feel like the length should be longer.
  • This curve (below). It drives me insane! Instead of flowing out, when I wear the kimono, it swerves out and then back to where it’s sewn on to the back piece; it doesn’t go in front of me. I made some lines below where I wish it went out to.

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Well, there you have it! My kimono! Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. Let me leave you with my last photo:

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This photo is my favorite–I’m not even sure why, I just love it. And I love my followers. And my kimono. Obviously.

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂 Until my next post,

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New Sewing Projects

I guess I have some new projects to show you! I’ve been making little things here and there while I can, but don’t get too excited, it’s nothing fancy.

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I made Marckie some leggings left over from my Art Gallery Fabric top. I have to say, they look adorable but I barely had enough fabric to make them properly! He is so hard to photograph…this blurry photo that I took on the stairs was one of the only good shots! (Marck’s my brother if you didn’t know)

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And…another blurry picture. Yikes. These are pajama leggings, they aren’t really for outside wear. I made them in about 15 minutes. Not my best work, but he likes them, and luckily doesn’t mind the bright “girly” colors. When I wear my Art Gallery Top, we look like matching twins.

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I have a new obsession with zippered pouches and I finally figured out how to make them right.

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I’m super proud of the lining! Besides the fact that on one side the sewing machines are upside down. I made the outside of the bag out of a fat quarter.

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The other one has a cute lining as well. I made this one out of an upholstery fabric on the outside, so it’s sturdier.

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I made some mini bunting flags for my sewing room. My mother asked for some polka dot bunting flags for the kitchen (oops forgot to photograph them!) These were really easy to make….I love making bunting flags. My first try for my brother’s room turned out pretty terrible…

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Thanks for reading!

love abigail

Copic Marker Review

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Hi everybody! I got back from Cape Cod on Saturday and remembered I had to do a blog post!  (To all my sewing followers, I apologize, this post really has more to do with fashion design then sewing. I try to keep an even balance between my sewing and my fashion design posts, so feel free to skip this post if it doesn’t interest you.)

So, today, I am doing a review on Copic markers! I was having trouble with Sharpies and other markers, just because they don’t have enough colors and they wear out way too fast. Then I remembered Copic markers, which I’ve known about for a while but haven’t really looked into enough. I decided to order some, and I LOVE them.

What are Copic Markers?

Copic markers are a kind of marker that were invented and are made in Japan. Lots of people use them for Manga and Anime there, but they have many other uses, like comics, fashion design, calligraphy, and drawing! They make four types of these markers (wide, ciao, sketch, and original) but I only own the sketch kind, so that’s what I’ll be reviewing.

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First, let’s start with the pros.

1. They come in over 350 colors! Lots of choices!

2. The color and name of the marker is on the cap, making it easy to grab and draw.

3. They’re so light and easy to hold!

4. You never have to buy a new marker. You can refill the ink and replace the nibs. This is a feature of the marker that I really like! An ink refill is the same price as a marker, but it can refill one sketch marker up to seven times.

5. Tutorials. There are tons of videos on youtube about how to use the markers!

6. Two ends. The marker has two tips, a fine tip and a medium tip.

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Now for the cons, I don’t really have many!

1. They bleed. Only through about two sheets of paper, but they bleed nonetheless. This can be avoided though, but buying marker paper or mixed media paper, which is thicker.

2. The price. One sketch marker can be from six to eight dollars on amazon.com, making it pricier then most markers. The shipping is free most of the time, though. You can also buy copics at Joann’s (online only, though, and the shipping is not free) or at Michael’s (they have tons in the store). The reason the price is so high is because of the quality of the markers, professionals use them, you never have to buy another marker, more colors…what I’m saying is that the price is worth it.

So, that’s my review! Search these markers online and check them out in action. Have a good day!

love abigail

Note: the Copic Marker company did not ask me to write this review, I did it of my own accord because I wanted to let everyone know what I think of them.

How To Draw A Figure Sketch/Fashion Design

Hello Fashionistas! Happy Saturday!

I haven’t posted in a while….the truth is, I haven’t had much to talk about! For some reason, I don’t like sewing or designing during the summer, since it’s so hot and there’s so much to do outside that I don’t want to be cooped up indoors.

So, I was scrolling through the comments for my New Design post, and I got an idea from Sewloveable’s comment:

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I’m sorry, Sewloveable, but how can I resist? In today’s post I’m going to show all of you how to draw a figure sketch!

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Step One:

This is super easy. Just start by drawing a normal circle for the head and draw a line under it for the neck. In fashion design, you basically make the skeleton of the body before everything else.

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Step Two: 

Draw a medium-length line under the neck for the shoulders. Then at each end of the shoulder line, draw the arms, which are just two lines. This is basically lines the whole time! Lastly, draw the torso, which is a line connected to the neck. Don’t worry yourself with a ruler, it’s okay if the lines are not perfect and there’s always room to improve later.

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Step Three: 

A line under the torso should do for the hips/waist. It needs to line up with the shoulders. I’m designing a dress for this, so I’m not going to do the legs. Email me if you want me to do legs in a different tutorial.

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Step Four:

Time for the curves. These are pretty easy to draw if you know what you are doing. Pretened the curves are smiles, so when you turn the paper sideways it looks like a smile. Make the curves come up to the armpit area. Bear with me, we’re almost done!

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Step Five:

Arms! Probably one of the easiest steps, they’re like sticks. You’re just going to add an extra line to the other skeleton arm shape you have so far. For the hands, I normally just draw little diamonds. I added my skirt here too, which is long and flowing. You can choose whatever you want.

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Step Six:

Whoa, I skipped ahead! Technically, you’re already done! You just have to draw your shirt, some hair, and erase your pencil lines (And color it in if you want, but I didn’t do that for this sketch). Now that you have your basic body shape down, the rest is up to you! You can draw sequins, pleats, long sleeves, high sleeves…play around with it! I almost never draw a face, since I don’t want it to be drawing away from the outfit. Also, I’m bad with faces.

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And this is my sketch! I hope this was easy enough for you to follow. Thanks for reading, and have a good weekend!

love abigail

P.S. I’m still collecting sewing and fashion stories and I now have a offical page where you can tell me your sewing and fashion stories. I want your stories and I cannot wait to put them on the blog! Thanks to those that have sent me their stories!

New Design

Hello Fashionistas!

I made a new design! These days my fashion designs linger in my head for a month or two before I acutally draw them. Also, the other day I just found my sketchbook that has been missing for three months.

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It’s really simple; the skirt with the thorns is the main detail of the outfit. It’s a very rough, whimsical design, almost like something out of a fairytale. I really like it. I didn’t color it in because I like the black and white colors.

And now I have an annoucement. I want your sewing and/or fashion design stories to post on my blog at the end of the month. They can be funny, or a mistake you made during sewing, or anything you want! You can send your stories to me here or in the comments. I love reading stories, especially when they are about fashion and sewing.

love abigail

 

10 Things About Sewing That I Learned The Hard Way

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I’ve learned from my mistakes this past year of sewing, and I wish I knew some of the stuff I know now. Here are my tips.

1. Make sure you have enough fabric for your project. 

Sometimes I’m so caught up in sewing something that I forget to check how much fabric I need. This has happened to me a million times, and it’s frustrating!

2.  Clean your machine often.

Need I say more? Check out this link where I am reminded painfully of this.

3. When cutting a pattern, make sure you have cut all the pieces before you throw away the scraps.

Last year, I was sewing a dress, and I cut all the pieces without checking for the back bodice piece. It either didn’t come in the pattern package, or I threw it out, but it caused a lot of trauma and stress. Eventually, I drafted my own pattern with my mom.

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This was the dress I made–it’s hard to tell that I drafted my own back bodice pattern.

4. When buying fabric at a store, be sure to check how much the fabric is per yard.

I think everybody knows this, but once I get to the checkout counter, it’s shocking how much fabric supplies I buy! Just walking into Joann’s instantly makes me want to buy stuff.

5. When buying fabric, have an idea of what you’re actually going to do with it.

This is similar to the 4th and 1st tip. I always buy fabric and don’t actually have an idea of what to do with it. Then when I wan to make something out of it, I either don’t have enough or it’s the wrong type of fabric, etc.

6. Remember to change out your needle for the right fabric.

I’m always so lazy about this, and the other day I was sewing really thick fabric with the standard needle. And what do you think happened? The needle got caught when sewing, and it wouldn’t sew or come up. I eventually had to take the bobbin out, turn the machine off, and cut the fabric out until the needle finally came up bent. So I had to throw it away! You would have thought I learned my lesson, but then the next week the same thing happened!

7. Use the right stich length and tension for the right project.

I can’t tell you how many times this has happened, and again, I was lazy and didn’t change it. Oh well.

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8. Don’t use a million pins.

I’m pin-crazy, and I use tons of pins when I don’t really need them. Once it’s time to sew, though, I get annoyed at having to pull out the pins.

9. Don’t sew over the pin.

Okay, so maybe this one is like the 8th tip, but it’s happened to all of us.

10. Last, but not least, read all the instructions on the pattern.

More often than not, I skim over the instructions, and it comes back to me later when I sew the wrong pieces together.

I would LOVE to hear your funny sewing stories. Either let me know in the comments or tell me here. I’ll post all the stories on the blog in the next post. Thanks!

love abigail

Tulips!

Hello Fashionistas! Normally my blog is about sewing and design, but today I can’t resist showing you some pictures of tulips from the Tulip Festival in my town.

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My ouffit wasn’t too dressy. It’s 80 something degrees today, so comfy shorts and a cute top works fine for me.

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My outfit: Shorts from Target, Top from Old Navy, Shoes from Payless, Cami from Forever 21.

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We took about 50+ pictures of all the beautiful tulips.

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It’s hard not to…there are so many different kinds and colors. I got lots of inspiration for designs.

Have a happy weekend!

love abigail

New Dress On Mannequin!!!

Happy Sunday, Fellow Fashionistas!

I had about 10 or 9 yards of fabric that I bought somewhere to test on, and I was feeling bored, so I made a quick dress on my mannequin! I didn’t sew it (yet) and it’s covered in pins, but I’m happy with the way it turned out.

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I apologize for the junky photos…

I basically let it flow naturally, since the fabric is super soft and silky. What do you think? Let me know!

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