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

 

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Sewing Machine Problems!!

Hello Fellow Fashionistas!

I noticed my machine wasn’t sewing as nicely a couple days ago, so I changed the stich length and tension, and the stiches still were super bad and the thread kept getting tangled, so I sat down today and took it apart, and look what I found:

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DUST. It was clogged up with dust! I opened it up last in February, it and was clean, but I’ve sewed considerably more since then. I took 15 minutes cleaning out all the loose thread and dust. My manual didn’t say anything about oiling it, except for saying not to oil the bobbin case. I’ll have to look into that more.

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Once I was done, I put back all the screws, the presser foot, and the other things I needed to take off, I threaded the machine and bobbin, and what happens when I sew? The thread gets tangled. I cleaned out the thread, and then what happpens? The stiches are tight and aren’t sewing properly. Note that the tension is fine, the stich length is at the largest setting…and it won’t sew.

I give up! I love my Brother machine, but I think it’s time for me to take a break for a week or so.

Tell me in the comments about your most frustrating sewing problems!

 

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My Sewing Room

Hello Freckled Fashionistas! I’m sitting on my back porch right now in a sundress soaking in the nice breeze and fresh air.

My sewing room used to be in my bedroom until my mother suprised me with a separate space for me to sew. Today I’m going to give you a tour.

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First are my framed vintage sewing patterns over my vintage table and machine and sewing box. (I just  realized after taking the pictures that one of them is crooked.)

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I had 2 yards of this beautiful fabric and I ended up using it to make a couple throw pillows and pillowcases. It may not have been the best thing I could do with it, but I’m pleased with the outcome.

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You might recognize this dress from last year.

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This basket is just for extra fabric and bits and bobs.

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This fabric shelf is pretty much just filled with children prints (I’m working on a child collection, but more on that later), because I keep my clothing fabric in a seperate container in my room.

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Sneak peak on a vest I’m working on!

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How’s your sewing room (if you have one)? Let me know in the comments! Happy Sewing!

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Design Of The Day

Hello Fellow Fashionistas! Last night I managed to get in a design before I fell asleep.

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The main look in the three outfits is the interesting pattern made by triangles and squares mixed together. I chose not to color it in, because I’m not really sure what colors would go with it.

What do you think? Give me some feedback in the comments.

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What’s In My Bag

Hello Fellow Fashionistas!

I’ve seen many bloggers do a What’s In My Bag post, so I thought I would do something similar to it. But when I ran to grab my purse and take pictures of what was inside it, I felt pathetic.

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Because there’s pretty much nothing. Just my wallet and a Target gift card. The rest of my clutches and purses don’t even have anything,  which shows what a neat freak I am. Once a gum wrapper or paper finds its way into my purse, I make sure it gets back out. So I guess I’ll change this post to What’s In My Caboodle.

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The caboodle was not set up for failure. It’s packed with mismatching bow earrings, a headband or two, TONS of hair ties, nail polish, and some little lipglosses that came in a set. I have more makeup and hair type stuff in a different container.

What’s in your bag or makeup box? Email me a picture at freckledfashionista.wordpress@gmail.com and I’ll post it on the blog.

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Project Runway Part Two

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Hi Fellow Fashionistas! On Wednesday we had our second Project Runway meeting at the library. I spent the WHOLE time cutting all the tulle that I had. Once I got home, I started working on the tulle skirt–or, at least, the front of it. I ran out of tulle because it’s so puffy. image

Each tulle strip had to be cut in the same width and size, which takes even longer. image

My bedroom was COVERED in tulle strips.

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It was super fun to make the tulle knots.

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The hard work paid off! I now have a have puffy tulle skirt! I tried to make it long enough so it won’t be considered a “tutu”, although everybody is telling me that since it’s pink, and it’s glittery, and it’s made with tulle, that makes it a tutu.

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I’m in love with it nonetheless. I wanted it to look like cotton candy, since it’s inspired by the book The Candymakers by Wendy Mass, and it has a very whimsical feel that I adore.

I have to go back to Joann’s soon and buy more tulle for the back of the skirt, and some stretchy bright yellow fabric for the tank top. And more embellishments. Not only will it look great with the tank top down the runway, it will also look awesome with fancy sandals, a cute top, and a denim jacket. What do you think of the skirt? Would you call it a tutu?

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P.S. If you missed the Project Runway Part One post, be sure to check it out!