Monday, March 30, 2015

the upholstery project

first, a little background on my family.  my sister and i love to clothes shop, and i'm a big fan of thrift stores for over-enthusiastic furniture remakes.  our parents, the mums specifically, abhor shopping of any kind that has to be done in person; i think internet shopping was invented for them.  my sister also stand at a towering 4'11.75"... or 5' according to her doctor.  but i digress.  needless to say, regular chairs dwarf her, and her little feet dont touch the ground. 

mums, of all people, found the tiniest chair ever at some kind of estate sale where they live, and brought me the chair to reupholster.  and then it sat in my living room from thanksgiving 2014.  over christmas, my sister and i perused for the appropriate fabric, i ordered it, aaand it sat in my sewing room for the next 4 months. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

liz's laundry

the first outfit says... 36 degrees?  whatever winter, were over.  the second outfit i was told "wow, your necklace matches your shirt exactly!"  well.. really what else would you expect?  the third outfit i was told by several people that i looked like a gypsy/zen priestess.  also, the skirt is just a little too long to wear through a wet sloppy dish room.  but lace dries quickly.  ...all over the tops of my feet.
  • cardi and shorts: old navy
  • tank: h&m
  • tights: target

Saturday, March 7, 2015

liz's laundry

  • tshirt: thinkgeek - this is an xxl mind you.  and i cut off the strangly tight neck. and cropped it
  • palazzo pants: target
  • awkward cardigan: h&m
  • necklace: c&j quarter ring kickstarter

Sunday, March 1, 2015

a 5 minute fix for a year long issue [lots of rants herein]

i'm not going to get into bra politics and normative image portrayal or any of the feminist reasoning behind not wearing bras.  i hear you.  i admit ive bought into the ideal that i should wear a bra so my boobies look "right".  i know "the man" has beaten me into submission, and the media has warped my sense of what is normal.  i also know this - i buy cheap bras.  a $12 bra from target does baaasically the exact same thing a $60 bra from victoria's secret does.  just without the angel "fashion" [sexual exploitation] show and all that shite. 


i suffer from constant-bra-strap-falling syndrome.  it plagues ladies you know, and ladies you dont.  and maybe even some cross dressing gentlemen you dont know.  but i finally have bested it.  not with the weird bra strap converters you can buy at h&m or old navy.  those are a nice idea but generally... not very functional.  and not with the straight-jacket-esque racer-back hooks already built-into my bras.  the straps are just not friggin long enough and i feel like my bra is about to put me in a stranglehold from behind.  but with the power of scissors and sewing! 

no, i just like the alliteration.  the "holy shit that implement for thread ripping out is sharp as shit and now im bleeding" name that i refer to these items as, is a bit cumbersome.  but i picked out the stitches holding down my bra straps at the back, and moved each side about 3/4" toward the hooks.
a quick sewy sew and a lot of back stitching later, and voila!  bra straps that stay on my shoulders all day. 
and yes, i didn't change the thread color.  i have "nude" [wtf color is that really] bras, green, blue, and turquoise bras.  but theyre all fixed now in white thread.  cos really if youre investigating if the thread color of my bra is consistent all the way through, you probably have some serious other issues to contend with. 

just make sure you havent twisted the bra strap when you reattach it.  its harder to pick out your own slightly non-uniform stitches and backstitches than it is factory [slave sweatshop] stitching. 

guhh.  lots of rants about all the anger.
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